In Conversation With Shikha Tandon

Parents around the world face the difficult decision of letting their children pursue a career in sports as the traditional education system is not flexible enough to balance both sports and academics. This can take a toll on their academic qualifications or force them to quit their sporting dreams. Identifying the persistence of this issue in India, The Sports School was established in 2019 with the vision to integrate sports and education to encourage young sports enthusiasts and support professional athletes. The Sports School is the only institution in India that integrates sports and academics to create the perfect training ground for champions of tomorrow.

One of the best examples of success and achievements in both sports and academics is Shikha Tandon, Indian Swimmer & Sports Advisory Board Member at The Sports School. A Jain University Alumni, she also studied biotechnology at Bangalore University. Later, she completed her dual master’s degree in Biology and Biotechnology from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, and then proceeded to work as Science Program Lead at US Anti-doping Agency, Colorado Springs, USA. Currently, she is working with Silicon Valley Exercise Analytics (Svexa), a physical training intelligence software company. 

She has represented India in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian games. She has won 146 national medals, and 36 medals in international competitions, including five gold medals to date. In 2005, she was honored with an Arjuna Award by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 

Watch her interaction with our team, where she shares her insights on Swimming, Indian Sports & How Young Athletes should shape their careers.

All You Need To Know About ISL (Indian Super League)

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All You Need To Know About ISL (Indian Super League)

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About ISL:-

The Indian Super League (ISL) is the highest level of a Professional Football League in India founded in October 2013. The league involves 11 teams with each season usually running from November to March. During the league stage of the competition, each club/team plays 20 games against the others in an all-play-all tournament (or round-robin style). The top four teams at the end of the league stage qualify for the play-offs. The season then winds up with the ISL Final to discover the Champion. The league has been officially known as the Hero Indian Super League since its initiation as Hero MotoCorp signed a sponsorship agreement with ISL. Its organizing committee are AIFF (All India Football Federation), FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited) and Star Sports. Initially, the league started with 8 teams, then expanded to 10 teams in 2017-18 and currently it has 11 teams competing against each other. 

 

Competition Format:-

The league stage follows a double round-robin format (all-play-all), with each club playing against others twice, once at their home stadium and once at their opponents’ stadium, for a total of 18 matches each. Teams earn 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, with the highest-ranked club at the end of the league stage being awarded the ISL League Winners Shield and the top 4 ranked teams advancing to the finals.

 

Clubs:-

CLUB

LOCATION

HOME GROUND

HEAD COACH

OWNERS

    ATK Mohun Bangan ISL

ATK Mohun BaganKolkata, West BengalSalt Lake StadiumAptonia LopezSourabh Ganguly, Sanjiv Goenka
Bengaluru FCBengaluru FCBangalore, KarnatakaSree Kanteerava StadiumCarles CuadratJSW Group
Chennaiyin FC Chennaiyin FCChennai, Tamil NaduJawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)Csaba LaszloAbhishek Bachchan, MS Dhoni
SC East BengalSC East BengalKolkata, West BengalSalt Lake StadiumRobbie FowlerShree Cement
FC GoaFC GoaMargao, GoaFatorda StadiumJuan FerrandoVirat Kohli, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
Hyderabad FCHyderabad FCHyderabad, TelanganaG.M.C Balayogi StadiumManuel MarquezRana Daggubati
Jamshedpur FCJamshedpur, JharkhandJRD Tata Sports ComplexOwen CoyleTata Steel
Kerala Blasters FCKerala Blasters FCKochi, KeralaJawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)Kibu VicunaBlasters Sports Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
Mumbai City FCMumbai City FCMumbai, MaharashtraMumbai Football ArenaSergio LoberaRanbir Kapoor
NorthEast United FCNortheast United FCGuwahati, AssamIndira Gandhi Athletic StadiumGerard NusJohn Abraham
Odisha FC Odisha FCBhubaneswar, OdishaKalinga StadiumStuart BaxterGMS Inc.

ISL Record holders:-

 

  • Most titles as a Coach:- Antonio Lopez Habas
  • Most points in a season:- 40, Bengaluru FC
  • Most wins till date:- 51, FC Goa
  • Most draws in total:- 35, Kerala Blasters
  • Most goals in total:- FC Goa
  • Most goal by an Indian in Indian Super League goals:- Sunil Chettri, Bengaluru FC
  • Biggest win:- 7-0, FC Goa vs. Mumbai City FC

 

League Champions:-

 

  • 2014 :- ATK Mohun Bagan
  • 2015 :- Chennaiyin FC
  • 2016 :- ATK Mohun Bagan
  • 2017-18 :- Chennaiyin FC
  • 2018-19 :- Bengaluru FC
  • 2019-20 :- ATK Mohun Bagan
  • 2020-21:- ?

ATK Mohun Bagan holds the most ISL trophies with 3, defeating Chennaiyin FC in the 2019–20 final.

ISL Trophy

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