Indian Super League (ISL)
The Indian Super League, officially known as the Hero Indian Super League for sponsorship reasons, will be a professional football league in India. The league will be one of the top tier football leagues in India, the other being the I-League. It will feature eight franchise teams from all around India. The league will run from October to December, with a finals series determining the champion.
Hero Indian Super League is India’s unrivalled football championship scheduled to kick off on 12th October 2014. It is co-promoted by IMG-Reliance (the joint venture between IMG and Reliance Industries), Star India and supported by All India Football Federation (AIFF). India’s leading industrialists and celebrities from sports as well as the Indian film industry have invested in owning the Indian Super League’s eight franchises. These are based out of Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
The Indian Super League was founded in 2013 in an effort to make football a top sport in India and to make Indian football a major player worldwide. The league will operate along the lines of the Twenty20 cricket Indian Premier League, and Major League Soccer of the United States. Unlike the majority of football leagues around the world, the ISL will not use the promotion and relegation system. Instead, the ISL will use a franchise system in which eight teams will be created to participate in the league.
The first rumours of a Indian Premier League-type football league started during the conflict between the owners of the I-League clubs and the AIFF over lack of communication. The rumour was that IMG-Reliance had planned on reforming the I-League along the lines of the IPL and Major League Soccer in the United States
The League is committed to investing in stadium refurbishment in the eight identified venues and also to a strong grassroots development programme that will create a platform to groom football talent in the country. For the first time in Indian football, globally renowned footballers will be playing alongside the best Indian footballers. With a mission to revolutionise the sport, Hero Indian Super League is positioned as a high quality and dynamic league that will elevate Indian football to an international level.
- To present an international-quality domestic football competition
- To engage hundreds of millions of passionate and proud Indian football fans
- To encourage and facilitate the masses to start playing the sport
- To produce a large pool of increasingly talented Indian players and ‘heroes’ to play for the Indian national team
- To set new standards of sports administration, governance and marketing in India
- To deliver value to all our stakeholders and partners, and create demand for further investment