The International Swimming League (ISL) announced a 24-match schedule for its fourth season of competition, set to kick off in June 2022.
The Season 4 schedule consists of 15 regular season matches, six playoff matches and one final, plus one wild card match in both the regular season and playoffs.
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The regular season will get underway on June 3rd and run through October 2nd, with the wild card match scheduled shortly thereafter.
While exact locations have yet to be determined, the ISL release does note that the season will open in North America, and that the 10 clubs will compete in both North America and Europe over the course of the regular season.
Just like last season, the Season 4 playoffs will consist of the top eight clubs from the regular season battling across six matches, though one new facet will be the playoff wild card match. In that match, the third through sixth-ranked clubs will battle to determine the final two spots for the final.
The playoff matches will take place in North America and the Asia Pacific Region from Oct. 22-Dec. 3, the release says, while the finale is slated for the end of December at a location TBD.
The regular season schedule will break for nearly eight weeks from July 3 until August 25.
ISL Season 4 Breakdown
- 15 regular season matches (June 3 – October 2)
- Regular season wild card match (October 6-7)
- Six playoff matches (October 22- November 27)
- Playoff wild card match (December 3-4)
- League Final (End of December)
ISL founder Konstantin Grigorishin said the league will implement some changes to the format for the upcoming season that will make the matches “even more unpredictable.”
“Last year we introduced ISL’s, and swimming’s, first-ever Draft,” Grigorishin said. “This season we are preparing some very exciting innovations to our format, which will make ISL’s matches even more unpredictable. We also plan to expand our geographic reach and bring the ISL competitions to Asia for the first time. Our fans should stay tuned!”
Season 4 ISL Schedule (Subject to change):
Season 4 marks the first time the ISL has been able to run out the expanded schedule it had previously planned for before the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to change on the fly.
In Season 2, the ISL initially planned to run a 27-match schedule beginning in September 2020, shortly after the Tokyo Olympics, before things changed due to the pandemic. The second season ended up being a 10-match regular season with two semi-final matches and a league final in a condensed period of time, October/November 2020, in a bubble in Budapest.
In Season 3, the ISL ran a total of 18 matches, with 11 in the regular season (including the wild card “Play-In” match), six playoff matches, and the final.