The Indian Super League (ISL) is a men’s professional football league in India, and is one of the top football leagues in the country.
The league is made up of 10 teams which runs for five months from November to March.
India’s leading industrialists and celebrities from sports, such as Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, as well as the Bollywood film industry including Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan, have heavily invested in the league’s ten franchises based in the following cities: Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, Benglaru and Jamshedpur.
This season, there are two teams joining the league: Benglaru FC and Jamshedpur FC. As well as expanding by two teams, the league will now be played for five months rather than three.
Recently, Bengaluru FC has made an announcement of a new signing of India’s top goalkeeper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, on a one-year deal ahead of the 2017-2018 season.
Ex-Spurs star Teddy Sheringham is currently Atlético de Kolkata’s head coach, and now Robbie Keane is also set to join the team as well.
— Atlético de Kolkata (@atletidekolkata) August 4, 2017
Where did the Indian Super League come from?
In December 2010, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed a 15-year deal with IMG-Reliance which gave them all-exclusive access to commercial rights, and full freedom to create a new and lucrative football league in the country.
What teams are involved?
The 10 teams involved are Atlético de Kolkata, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin, Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City, NorthEast United and Pune City.
Who are involved in the teams?
Atlético de Kolkata:
Jayesh Rane, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Keegan Pereira, Shankar Sampingraj, Anwar Ali, Hitesh Sharma, Robin Singh, Rupert Nongrum, Debjit Majumder, Prabir Das, Ashutosh Mehta, Augustin Fernandes, Ronald Singh, Kunzang Bhutia, Bipin Singh Thounaojam
Lalthuammawia Ralte, Rahul Bheke, Harmanjot Khabra, Subhashish Bose, Alwyn George, Lenny Rodrigues, Zotea Ralte, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar and Malsawmzuala, Abhra Mondal, Boithang Haokip, Collin Abranches, Joyner Lourenco, Calvin Abhishek
Thoi Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanachandra Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Fulganco Cardozo, Pawan Kumar, Keenan Almeida, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Karanjit Singh and Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mohammed Rafi, Ganesh Dhanapal, Sanjay Balmuchu, Francisco Fernandes, Shahin Lal Melol
Albino Gomes, Pritam Kotal, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sena Ralte, Seityasen Singh, Pratik Chaudhari, Romeo Fernandes, David Ngaihte, Sukhadev Patil, Sajid Dhot, Rowilson Rodrigues, Munmun Lugun, Arnab Das Sharma, Simranjeet Singh
Narayan Das, Pronay Halder, Chinglensana Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Seriton Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Naveen Kumar, Mohamed Ali, Laxmikant Kattimani, Mandar Rao Dessai, Jovel Martins, Amey Ranawade, Anthony Dsouza, Mohammad Yasir, Bruno Colaco
Mumbai City FC:
Balwant Singh, Arindam Bhattacharya, Raju Gaikwad, Abinash Ruidas, Sahil Tavora, Aiborlang Khongjee, Sanju Pradhan, Zakeer Mundampara, Amrinder Singh, Sehnaj Singh, Biswajit Saha, Pranjal Bhumij, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Kunal Sawant, Lalchhawnkima
Adil Khan, Kean Lewis, Chhuantea, Jewel Raja, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Harpreet Singh, Wayne Vaz, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kaith, Ashique Kuruniyan, Baljit Sahni, Rohit Kumar, Ajay Singh, Gurtej Singh
Rino Anto, Lalruatthara, Milan Singh, Arata Izumi, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Jackichand Singh, Siam Hanghal, Lalthakima, Sandesh Jhingan and CK Vineeth, Pritam Kumar Singh, Samuel Shadap, Loken Meitei, Karan Sawhney, Ajith Sivan
Holicharan Narzary, Nirmal Chettri, Lalrindika Ralte, Robert Lalthlamuana, Sieminlen Doungel, Reagan Singh, Ravi Kumar, Gursimrat Gill, Rowllin Borges, TP Rehenesh, Malemnganba Meitei, Abdul Hakku, Lalrempuia Fanai, Gurpreet Singh, Sushil Meitei
Anas Edathodika, Subrata Pal, Mehtab Hossain, Shouvik Chakrabarti, Robin Gurung, Bikash Jairu, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Souvik Ghosh, Sairuat Kima, Sanjiban Ghosh, Farukh Choudhary, Sumeet Passi, Yumnam Raju, Ashim Biswas, Siddharth Singh
Last year’s winners were Atlético De Kolkata, where they defeated Kerala Blasters in the final on penalties, but will they take the trophy this season?
By Amy Lehal