The Indian football season is set to kick off with the I-League Qualifiers 2021, which will take place at the Bangalore Football Stadium in Bengaluru from October 4 and will conclude on October 23, 2021. With 10 teams participating in the tournament, the clubs have been divided into two groups of five each, and the action gets underway on October 4, with two debutants, Madan Maharaj FC and Hyderya Sports Kashmir FC squaring off at 12.30 PM IST, in Group A. Meanwhile, the action from Group B kicks off a day later, when Kerala United FC takes on Kenkre Sports at the same venue at 12.30 PM IST.
A total of 26 matches are set to be played in the entire tournament, with 20 of them being in the group stage, while six matches will be played in the Final Round. The team that finishes top after the end of the 26 matches will earn a promotion to the Hero ILeague 2021-22 season.