How to Watch Match 3 of the 2020 International Swimming League Season

2020 International Swimming League – Match 3

The third match of the 2020 International Swimming League season will run from Saturday, October 24 to Sunday, October 25. It will be the first time we see expansion teams Tokyo Frog Kings and Toronto Titans in action. In all, over 300 swimmers from nearly 50 countries make up the 10 teams of the ISL this season. All ten regular season matches, the semi-finals, and the Grand Final will take place at the Duna Arena in Budapest over a period of five weeks, with the Grand Final scheduled for November 22.

(Note: Daylight Saving Time ends in Hungary on Sunday, October 25, a week earlier than in the U.S. Japan does not observe Daylight Saving Time.)




  • 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, Uruguay and 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

  • Bahrain, 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

Teams Competing

Match 3 will feature three International franchises and one North American franchise. We’ll update as meet rosters become available.

  • Aqua Centurions
  • LA Current
  • Tokyo Frog Kings
  • Toronto Titans

Event Lineup

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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Swim Fan 070
2 years ago

Anybody find it in the US this morning? When it is CBSSN, I can find it easily on Dish or DirectTv. Can not find it on CBS all Access, CBS Where else to look?

Reply to  Swim Fan 070
2 years ago

I was able to watch it live yesterday morning. I downloaded the CBS Sports app onto my phone. Once open, click the 3 lil lines up in the right hand corner. A blue screen will show with a list of sports, scroll down until you see the lil TV icon & a red WATCH box @ the time it is scheduled to come on. Today is 17:00 Hungarian time. Good Luck!

2 years ago
2 years ago

Hope we will have a hero send a link out like for the other matches as well so everyone can watch together

Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Well, I’m up. Can’t find it on CBS All Access? Not sure how I’m supposed to watch.

Reply to  Barry
2 years ago

Same problem here! Where the heck is it???

Reply to  Barry
2 years ago

Try a VPN free trial and put your location as Canada. Watch for free on CBC sports!

Canada super fan
2 years ago

How to watch it in Canada on TV for Sunday match? I only see Saturday one on CBC, not Sunday, help!

Reply to  Canada super fan
2 years ago

Streaming on CBC at noon eastern –

CBC is doing some TV coverage and some streaming coverage

Swim fan
2 years ago

I don’t know how I’m going to be able to watch this. Doesn’t appear for me in the upcoming for Cbs or cbs sports

Swim fan
Reply to  Swim fan
2 years ago

Obviously I don’t want to get up at 5 for a production that isn’t where it’s supposed to be, or stay up trying to figure out how to record it when it’s not even on upcoming Cbs sports

2 years ago

How to watch ISL Match 3 (if you live in the US):
Either get up way earlier than you normally would, or escape morning practice.

Reply to  swimfan210_
2 years ago

Sleep is overrated

Reply to  Gator
2 years ago

One Swimswam article: get up at 3 am to watch the ISL
Another Swimswam article from the same day : sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep

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