- In the regular season, each team will play all the other teams at home and away.
- The top four sides at the end qualify for the playoffs. The first round of the playoffs sees the first-placed team take on the fourth-placed team while the second-placed team faces the third.
- In the playoffs, the first round is played in a two-legged format with both teams playing each other at their home venues.
- At the end of the two matches, the team which leads on aggregate would move on to the final.
- The final is a single-leg match which takes place in a neutral venue.
- If scores were tied on aggregate in the first round or in the final, 30 minutes of extra time would be used to determine the winner and finally, if still tied, penalties.
- From the 2017–18 season, the Indian Super League champions were allowed to participate in the AFC Cup from the qualification stages of the competition. Meanwhile, India’s spot in the AFC Champions League, Asia’s top club competition, is still kept by the I-League.