ISL To Take Season 4 On World Tour For First Time Since 2019

For the first time since its inaugural season in 2019, the International Swimming League (ISL) will be getting back on the road in 2022.

The league announced a 24-match schedule for its fourth season on Friday, and while specific locations for the matches are still to be determined, the Season 4 slate does indicate the matches will take place in a variety of locations around the globe.

In the ISL’s debut campaign in 2019, there were seven matches in seven different locations, with three in the U.S. and three in Europe before the finale was held in Las Vegas.

Season 2 was expected to be an expanded 27-match schedule in a variety of locations, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games, it became a truncated campaign inside a bubble in Budapest, Hungary.

In Season 3, the entire regular season took place in Naples, Italy, and then the playoffs and league final were in Eindhoven, Netherlands (the final was initially going to be somewhere else, but the ISL ultimately decided to stay in Eindhoven and move up the finale date to eliminate any scheduling conflict for athletes with SC Worlds).

The ISL has put North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region on its Season 4 schedule:

  • North America – 5 regular season matches (June 3 – July 3)
  • Europe – 11 regular season matches (August 25 – October 7)
  • North America – 3 playoff matches (October 22 – November 6)
  • Asia/Pacific – 4 playoff matches (November 12 – December 4)
  • North America – league final (End of December)

The current COVID-19 climate, which appears to have led to the postponement of the 2022 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan to 2023, could provide hurdles in following the announced schedule, particularly in the Asia/Pacific Region due to stringent restrictions.

Through three seasons and 38 matches, the ISL has hosted competitions in eight different locations:

  • Budapest, Hungary – 14 matches
  • Naples, Italy – 12 matches
  • Eindhoven, Netherlands – 7 matches
  • London, Great Britain – 1 match
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (USA) – 1 match
  • Lewisville, Texas (USA) – 1 match
  • College Park, Maryland (USA) – 1 match
  • Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) – 1 match

After Season 1, the ISL added two expansion clubs in the form of the Tokyo Frog Kings and Toronto Titans. Japan and Canada are two markets the league has yet to venture into due to the pandemic, but if able, they’ll likely be on the Season 4 slate.

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Bystander
3 months ago

Insanity. Why not take some time to analyse what they’re doing wrong? The travel logistics alone, given lockdown uncertainties and vaccination mandates, are way too complicated, let alone the total expense. ISL haven’t thought it through again. Yet another fanciful spur-of-the-moment move of the delusional helmsman. Less than 4 months out, I wonder how they are going to pull it off.

Tony
3 months ago

It’s disappointing to see LCM get so little in 2022. This very well could have been the year when Dressel would’ve taken down more records, specifically those ancient, super suit era 50 & 100 free LCM records.

MIKE IN DALLAS
3 months ago

Please return to Lewisville, TX – it’s a GREAT facility and the crowds LOVED the great racing!

Scoobysnak
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
3 months ago

Read the article yo

IU Swammer
Reply to  Scoobysnak
3 months ago

>”while specific locations for the matches are still to be determined.”

Mike In Dallas is right. There’s a list of prior locations, which it appears you assumed are the locations for season 4. Reading comprehension matters, yo.

Last edited 3 months ago by IU Swammer
MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  IU Swammer
3 months ago

Thanks!

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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