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Players from all nine I-League teams assemble before the start of the new seasonIANS

The 2015-16 edition of the I-League is almost upon us, and we will see nine teams go against each other in an exciting battle for the biggest title in Indian club football. The ninth season of the domestic football league kicks off on Saturday in Kolkata and Goa.

There will be a total of 18 rounds this time, and the league is scheduled to run for a span of four months.

Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan are the defending champions, whereas Aizawl FC and DSK Shivajians are the new entrants. In the inaugural encounter of the season, Bagan will host debutantes Aizawl FC at Salt Lake Stadium.

Last season went down as probably the best in the history of the I-League. The champions were decided on the final day of the season, and the script couldn't have been more dramatic. Bagan drew against Bengaluru FC to bring the trophy to the City of Joy for the first time.

"We've witnessed an enthralling I-League last season which kept us captivated till the final whistle on 31 May, 2015," AIFF General-Secretary Kushal Das said during the launch ceremony of the new I-League season in Kolkata on Wednesday.

"The teams will definitely try to push their limits this season, too, and strive hard to win the silverware. Champions Mohun Bagan can't show any signs of complacency as all eight teams will play out of their skins to dethrone them," Das added.

The winners this season will pocket a whopping Rs 1 crore, while the teams finishing second and third will win Rs 60 lakh and Rs 40 lakh, respectively. 

TV listings of I-League: Ten Sports Network.

I-League schedule:

Round 1

Date Home Team   Away Team Time  Venue
9 Jan 2016 Mohun Bagan v Aizawl FC 4:30 pm IST Salt Lake Stadium
9 Jan 2016 Salgaocar FC v Bengaluru FC 7 pm IST Fatorda Stadium
10 Jan 2016 Shillong Lajong v Mumbai FC 4:30 pm IST JLN Stadium, Shillong
10 Jan 2016  Sporting Goa v East Bengal 4:30 pm IST  Fatorda Stadium

Round 2

Date Home Team   Away Team Time Venue
16 Jan 2016 Aizawl FC v Bengaluru FC 1 pm IST Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl
16 Jan 2016 Mohun Bagan v Salgaocar FC 4:30 pm IST Salt Lake Stadium
17 Jan 2016 Sporting Goa v DSK Shivajians 4:30 pm IST Fatorda Stadium
17 Jan 2016 Mumbai FC v East Bengal 7 pm IST Cooperage Ground

Round 3

Date  Home Team   Away Team Time  Venue
22 Jan 2016 Aizawl FC v DSK Shivajians TBD Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl
23 Jan 2016 Mohun Bagan v East Bengal   Salt Lake Stadium
24 Jan 2016 Mumbai FC v Salgaocar FC   Cooperage
24 Jan 2016 Bengaluru FC v Shillong Lajong   Kanteerava

Round 4

Date Home Team   Away Team Time Venue
25 Jan 2016 Aizawl FC v Sporting Goa   Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl
26 Jan 2016 East Bengal v DSK Shivajians   Barasat Stadium
27 Jan 2016 Mumbai FC v Bengaluru FC   Cooperage
28 Jan 2016 Shillong Lajong v Salgaocar FC   JLN Stadium, Shillong

Round 5

Date Home Team   Away Team Time  Venue
30 Jan 2016 DSK Shivajians v Mohun Bagan   Balewadi Sports Complex
30 Jan 2016 East Bengal v Bengaluru FC   Barasat Stadium
31 Jan 2016 Shillong Lajong v Sporting Goa   JLN Stadium, Shillong
31 Jan 2016 Salgaocar FC v Aizawl FC   Fatorda Stadium

Round 6

Date Home Team   Away Team Time Venue
5 Feb 2016 East Bengal v Aizawl FC   Barasat Stadium
6 Feb 2016 Bengaluru FC v Sporting Goa   Kanteerava
6 Feb 2016 Mohun Bagan v Shillong Lajong   Barasat Stadium
7 Feb 2016 DSK Shivajians v Mumbai FC   Balewadi Stadium

Round 7

Date Home Team   Away Team Time  Venue
9 Feb 2016 East Bengal v Shillong Lajong   Barasat Stadium
10 Feb 2016 Bengaluru FC v DSK Shivajians   Kanteerava
10 Feb 2016 Mumbai FC v Mohun Bagan   Cooperage
11 Feb 2016 Sporting Goa v Salgaocar   Fatorda Stadium

Round 8

Date Home Team   Away Team Time  Venue
13 Feb 2016 Aizawl FC v Shillong Lajong   Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl
13 Feb 2016 Bengaluru FC v Mohun Bagan   Kanteerava
14 Feb 2016 Sporting Goa v Mumbai FC   Fatorda Stadium
14 Feb 2016 DSK Shivajians v Salgaocar FC   Balewadi Stadium

Round 9

Date Home Team   Away Team Time  Venue
20 Feb 2016 Aizawl FC v Mumbai FC   Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl
20 Feb 2016 Mohun Bagan v Sporting Goa   Barasat Stadium
21 Feb 2016 DSK Shivajians v Shillong Lajong   Balewadi Stadium
24 Feb 2016 East Bengal v Salgaocar FC   Barasat Stadium
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