The field is set for next week’s International Swimming League finale in Eindhoven, Netherlands. For the 3rd time in the 3 ISL seasons, the field for the championship match will be the same: Cali Condors, Energy Standard, London Roar, and LA Current.
That will be the order, though seeding doesn’t really matter in the final – teams all enter that match with a clean slate in a single match, winner-takes-all format.
Final ISL Playoff Standings
Top 4 teams advance to next week’s final.
The two teams at the top of the heap are the Cali Condors and Energy Standard, who won the 2020 and 2019 titles, respectively.
The match will take place on December 3 and 4 at the same time as most matches have been this season: 7:00 PM (19:00) local time.
- Time Central European Time – 19:00-21:00
- Time US Pacific Time – 10:00-12:00
- Time US Eastern Time – 13:00-15:00
- Time Japanese Standard Time – 03:00-05:00
As SwimSwam’s Reid Carlson wrote on Saturday, the four teams involved in the finals this year, as in prior years, are the four teams that were scheduled to race at the December 2018 single-meet event that was eventually canceled over threats from FINA, the international governing body. The advantage that those teams had in the original wide-open recruiting cycle have not yet faded into parity in the league.
The top two teams, Cali Condors and Energy Standard, are the heavy favorites to win, though it’s hard to lay any particular odds until we get a better sense of who will and won’t be available to race for both teams next weekend.
The format of the final is the same as other meets in almost every way: the scoring is the same, the rules are the same, the roster limits are the same.
The only difference is that prize money goes way up.
Athletes on the winning team get $5,000 each, as compared to just $1,000 each in the Playoff round, and $800 in the regular season.
Team Finish Prize Money:
|Rank||Prize per Athlete||Total|
The MVP of the Finals match will receive $20,000 (up from $10,000 in the Playoffs, and $8,000 in the regular season). Individual race prize money will increase too – double in the final what it was in previous matches:
ISL Per Race Prize Money, Grand Final (individual events)
ISL Per Race Prize Money, Grand Final (relay events)
Skins first and second rounds will pay the same as the above, while the winner of the final round skins will receive $9,600 (on top of what they earned in prior rounds) and the runner-up will receive $3,200 (on top of what they earned in prior rounds).
While the original lockdown measures in the Netherlands eliminating spectators at sporting events, aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, were set to expire on December 3, the government this week announced new stricter measures for a 3 week period. That means there won’t be any in-person spectators for either day of the finale.