2020 International Swimming League Match 2: All the Links You Need

2020 International Swimming League – Match 2

The second match of the 2020 International Swimming League season will take place on Sunday, October 18 and Monday, October 19. 300 swimmers from nearly 50 countries make up 10 international teams. The 2020 ISL regular season, semi-finals and Grand Final will take place at the Duna Arena in Budapest in a condensed five-week schedule, concluding on November 22.




  • Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Tunisia: beIN Sports
  • Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho , Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe: SuperSport


  • USA: CBS
  • Canada: CBC
  • Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Republica Dominicana, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguayand Venezuela: Claro Sports
  • Brazil: TV Globo
  • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Navassa Island, Puerto Rico, Saba, San Andrés, Providencia, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & The Grenadine, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island and United States Virgin: ESPN


  • Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Singapore: beIN Sports
  • Japan: TV Asahi
  • India: Eurosport India


  • France, French Overseas Territories, Monaco, Andorra and Turkey:  beIN Sports
  • Italia: Sky
  • UK: BBC, Eurosport
  • Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark: Eurosport
  • Russia: Match TV
  • Belarus: Belarus TV and Radio Company, Sport 1
  • Hungary: M4
  • Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Estonia: SPORT 1
  • Lithuania: Sport 1
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia: Sportklub

Middle East

  • Barhain, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, the Palestinian territories, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen: beIN Sports
  • Israel: Sport 1


  • Australia: Seven, beIN Sports
  • New Zealand: ESPN


Match 2 will feature three International franchises and one North American franchise. We’ll update as meet rosters become available.

  • Aqua Centurions
  • DC Trident
  • Iron
  • London Roar


Here’s a look at the event schedule. Each session is broken into three blocks, which ends in a relay event, followed by a 6-minute break.

Day 1 Events

1 100 Fly 2
3 200 Back 4
5 200 Breast 6
7 4×100 Free Relay
9 50 Free 8
11 200 IM 10
13 50 Breast 12
4×100 Free Relay 14
15 50 Back 16
17 400 Free 18
19 4×100 Medley Relay 20

Day 2 Events

21 100 Free 22
23 200 Fly 24
25 100 Back 26
27 100 IM 28
29 200 Free 30
31 50 Fly 32
33 100 Breast 34
35 4×100 Mixed Free Relay 35
36 400 IM 37
38 50 Skins, stroke TBD 39
40 4×50 Mixed Medley (if tiebreak needed) 40

Point Scoring Formats

Each ISL match includes 39 events, divided by several point-scoring formats. Swimmers earn points for their teams according to the following table:

Race Scoring

  Indiv. Event Relay Event Skins Round 1 Skins Round 2 Skins Round 3
1st place 9 18 9 9 14
2nd place 7 14 7 7 7
3rd place 6 12 6 6
4th place 5 10 5 5
5th place 4 8 4
6th place 3 6 3
7th place 2 4 2
8th place 1 2 1
DNS -4 -8 -4 -8 -12
DNF -2 -4 -2 -4 -6
DSQ -2 -4 -2 -4 -6

Jackpoint Points

A swimmer who wins by a wide margin can steal points from the bottom-end finishers in the event. If a swimmer beats any other swimmers by the jackpot time margins, the winning swimmer steals the finish points of the other athlete. Teams also steal jackpot points if another team takes a DQ, a DNS, or a DNF in a race.

Cut-off Time Penalties

In addition, the league will continue to use cut-off times, meaning athletes will lose points if they swim slower than a set time. A swimmer failing to meet these times will have a one-point penalty, while a relay will have a two-point penalty. These penalties are assessed after finish points are determined – so a swimmer taking 8th but missing the cutoff time will earn one point for the 8th-place finish, then take the one-point penalty for a total of zero points.

If a swimmer misses the cutoff time and gets their points stolen by jackpot, the cutoff penalty remains, but the finish points get stolen. So an athlete taking 8th, missing the cutoff time and falling outside the jackpot margin would incur -1 point for their team, taking the cutoff penalty, but having their 8th-place finish point stolen by the jackpot swim.

Prize Money Format

Athletes and relays earn money for top-4 finishes under the following system, which we’ve simplified below:

  1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
Individual events 6 points 4 points 2 points 1 point
Relay events (points will be distributed equally between the team members) 12 points 8 points 4 points 2 points
Skins race round 1 6 points 4 points 2 points 1 point
Skins race round 2 6 points 4 points 2 points 1 point
Skins race round 3 12 points 4 points

Regular Season Matches

  1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
Individual 2400 USD 1600 USD 800 USD 400 USD
Full Relay 4800 USD 3200 USD 1600 USD 800 USD
Skins Round 1 2400 USD 1600 USD 800 USD 400 USD
Skins Round 2 2400 USD 1600 USD 800 USD 400 USD
Skins Round 3 4800 USD 1600 USD

MVP Bonus in Regular Season Matches

  • 1st: 10,000 USD
  • 2nd 6,000 USD
  • 3rd 4,000 USD


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Bolles Tradition
3 years ago

Can anyone tell me if CBS will cover ISL match 2? I don’t see it in the upcoming events.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Bolles Tradition
3 years ago

It is listed on the Comcast CBS Sports Network schedule in CT today (Monday 10/20) at 10 AM

Last edited 3 years ago by ct swim fan
3 years ago

I’m confused how are they doing this meet in an hour? Football starts at 1.

3 years ago

Back-to-back ISL meets? Y’all know we’re getting excited.

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