ISL Releases Meet Schedule For 2020 Season: Friday-Tuesday Meets

October 14 update: The ISL has released a second schedule which changes a number of the original dates, compresses the season, and includes two semifinals and the league finale in November as well:

Our original reporting:

The International Swimming League will mostly compete between Saturday and Tuesday for its 2020 regular season.

The ten-meet schedule features meets mostly clustered around weekends. In all but two sets of meets, competition will run Saturday-Sunday for the first group and Monday-Tuesday for the second group. The opening weekend is shifted, with the first meet running Friday-Saturday and the second meet Sunday-Monday. And the final week of the regular season features both matches on a Saturday-Sunday format.

Meets will still feature four teams at a time. That means in each week of competition, two four-team groups will compete and two teams will have bye weeks. Here’s a look at the schedule:

Update: this schedule has now been replaced by the one above.

Week Date Time (Budapest) Time (U.S. ET) Teams Teams on Bye
1 Fri. Oct 16 – Sat. Oct 17 4-6 PM Friday
8-10 PM Saturday
10 AM – 12 PM Friday
2-4 PM Saturday
Energy Standard
Cali Condors
LA Current
NY Breakers
Tokyo Frog Kings
Toronto Titans
1 Sun. Oct 18 – Mon. Oct. 19 6-8 PM Sunday
4-6 PM Monday
12-2 PM Sunday
10 AM – 12 PM Monday
London Roar
DC Trident
Aqua Centurions
Iron
Tokyo Frog Kings
Toronto Titans
2 Sat. Oct 24 – Sun. Oct. 25 12-2 PM Saturday
5-7 PM Sunday
6-8 AM Saturday
12-2 PM Sunday
Aqua Centurions
Tokyo Frog Kings
LA Current
Toronto Titans
Energy Standard
London Roar
2 Mon. Oct 26 – Tue. Oct. 27 3-5 PM Monday
3-5 PM Tuesday
10 AM – 12 PM Monday
10 AM – 12 PM Tuesday
DC Trident
Iron
Cali Condors
NY Breakers
Energy Standard
London Roar
3 Sat. Oct 31 – Sun. Nov. 1 12-2 PM Saturday
6-8 PM Sunday
7-9 AM Saturday
12-2 PM Sunday
London Roar
DC Trident
LA Current
Tokyo Frog Kings
Iron
Cali Condors
3 Mon Nov. 2 – Tue. Nov 3 4-6 PM Monday
4-6 PM Tuesday
10 AM – 12 PM Monday
10 AM – 12 PM Tuesday
Energy Standard
Aqua Centurions
NY Breakers
Toronto Titans
Iron
Cali Condors
4 Sat. Nov. 7 – Sun. Nov. 8 2-4 PM Saturday
2-4 PM Sunday
8-10 AM Saturday
8-10 AM Sunday
London Roar
Tokyo Frog Kings
Cali Condors
NY Breakers
Aqua Centurions
LA Current
4 Mon. Nov 9 – Tue. Nov 10 4-6 PM Monday
4-6 PM Tuesday
10 AM – 12 PM Monday
10 AM – 12 PM Tuesday
Energy Standard
DC Trident
Toronto Titans
Iron
Aqua Centurions
LA Current
5 Sat. Nov. 14 – Sun. Nov. 15 12-2 PM Saturday
12-2 PM Sunday
6-8 AM Saturday
6-8 AM Sunday
Energy Standard
Iron
Tokyo Frog Kings
Toronto Titans
DC Trident
NY Breakers
5 Sat. Nov. 14 – Sun. Nov. 15 TBA Saturday
6-8 PM Sunday
TBA Saturday
12-2 PM Sunday
London Roar
Cali Condors
LA Current
Aqua Centurions
DC Trident
NY Breakers

The ISL has not yet revealed its season points format, which will determine the teams that advance to the postseason.

You can see the full schedule reveal document here.

The ISL will run its second season over a five-week span, with all athletes and coaches living and training together in Budapest, Hungary. The season plan was shortened from its original plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Breezeway
9 months ago

Broadcast schedule?

AuggieBuschFan
9 months ago

, any word on the Pro Swim Series circuit and if it’s happening or not?

Admin
Reply to  AuggieBuschFan
9 months ago

The 2020 dates aren’t happening. Hoping to start in 2021.

Troyy
9 months ago

I’m glad they didn’t schedule every single session for the European and US markets this time. I guess with a Japanese team entering the league they couldn’t get away with that again.

Lopez
9 months ago

It would be great if we could bet online, I really missed doing so in the Olympics. Makes the sport go to the next level of enjoyment!

Admin
Reply to  Lopez
9 months ago

I do know that gambling is part of the plan long-term.

That being said, a big piece of gambling on sports is transparency and consistency of rules and information. Right now, there are two big hurdles to gambling:

1) The rules as produced aren’t always precisely adhered to (we learned this last year with some of the MVP scoring, and with the ‘roster limits,’ for example)
2) There is no transparency of information – for example, last season there were several instances where a final roster was announced Tuesday or Wednesday, and then *surprise,* Saturday rolled around, and one swimmer was off that roster and another swimmer on it. There was some number of people who knew that those… Read more »

Lopez
Reply to  Braden Keith
9 months ago

I agree there is work to be done on the consistency of the rules, as well as injury reports to be able to have odds before a matchup begins. What they can still do is go ahead with live betting, as a few European sites do for major swimming championships. These sites only release the events once the heats/relay swimmers are confirmed.

Kim
8 months ago

It’s a match day! The schedule is wrong…

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