Kerala to host Hero Super Cup in April

NEW DELHI: The 2022-23 Hero Super Cup, featuring 16 teams in the Group Stage, will take place from April 8-25, 2023, in Kerala. Two of the three cities among Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram will host the tournament. The qualifying round will kick off on April 3.

All 11 teams from the Hero Indian Super League and the champions of the 2022-23 Hero I-League will get direct entry into the Group Stage of the Hero Super Cup. Teams placed 2nd to 10th in the Hero I-League will compete in the Qualifying Rounds for the four remaining Group Stage spots.

In the qualifiers, Hero I-League teams placed 9th and 10th will face each other in Qualifier 1, with the winner set to meet the 2nd-placed team in Qualifier 2. Along with the aforementioned fixtures, Hero I-League teams placed between 3rd to 8th will face each other in a knockout format for the Qualifiers.

Below are the fixtures of the Hero Super Cup Qualifiers:

April 3: HIL Team 9 vs HIL Team 10

April 5: HIL Team 2 vs HIL Team 9/10

April 5: HIL Team 3 vs HIL Team 8

April 6: HIL Team 4 vs HIL Team 7

April 6: HIL Team 5 vs HIL Team 6

The 2022-23 edition will mark the return of the Hero Super Cup after four years. FC Goa emerged champions in the previous edition in 2019, beating Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in the final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The inaugural tournament in 2018 was won by Bengaluru FC, who beat East Bengal 4-1 in the final.

AIFF Secretary General Dr Shaji Prabhakaran said, “It is great that the Super Cup is back after four years. We could not stage the tournament during the pandemic, therefore, its return is very positive news for Indian Football. It will provide more competitive opportunities for players.

“It will be amazing to have the Hero Super Cup in an electric atmosphere in Kerala. I’m sure the Group Stage, followed by a Knockout Rounds, will make for an interesting tournament. My best wishes to all participating teams,” he added.

The four Hero I-League teams that emerge from the Qualifiers will join the 11 Hero ISL sides and the Hero I-League champions in the Group Stage of the Hero Super Cup. The 16 teams will be divided into four groups of as many teams each, competing in a single round-robin format. The four group winners will qualify for the Semi-finals.

The group stage will be held from April 8-19, followed by the Semi-finals on April 21 and 22. The 2022-23 Hero Super Cup Final will take place on April 25. The winners of the Hero Super Cup will play 2021-2022 Hero I-League champions Gokulam Kerala FC for a place in the 2023-24 AFC Cup group stage. If Gokulam Kerala win the 2022-23 Hero Super Cup, they get automatic qualification to the 2023-24 AFC Cup Group Stage.

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