Nita Ambani, Founding Chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), on Sunday, February 23 declared Goa as the venue to host the final of the Indian Super League 2019-20. The summit clash is scheduled at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 14.
“Goa deserves to host the ISL final. There is no denying that Goa loves its football and we would like to bring the most crucial football event to the city for the people of Goa,” announced Nita Ambani.
FC Goa have secured a berth in the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage by finishing the league stage competition on top.
“It has been such a joy to watch FC Goa this season. A fantastic team and the most consistent club in ISL over last six years. My heartiest congratulations to FC Goa’s captain Mandar, their lead goalscorer Coro (Ferran Corominas) and entire squad, coaching staff and the management for winning the first-ever ISL League Shield,” said Nita Ambani.
Goa had last hosted the ISL final in 2015 played out between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa, with the latter losing 2-3 in dramatic fashion, after leading 2-1 till the 90th minute.
As another continental honour for India this season onwards, the winner of the ISL final will be eligible to play the AFC Cup qualifiers. In case the ISL final winner is same as the league winner, then the league runners-up will be awarded the AFC Cup qualifier berth.