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All You Need To Know About ISL (Indian Super League)
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.
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.
|ATK Mohun Bagan||Kolkata, West Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||Aptonia Lopez||Sourabh Ganguly, Sanjiv Goenka|
|Bengaluru FC||Bangalore, Karnataka||Sree Kanteerava Stadium||Carles Cuadrat||JSW Group|
|Chennaiyin FC||Chennai, Tamil Nadu||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)||Csaba Laszlo||Abhishek Bachchan, MS Dhoni|
|SC East Bengal||Kolkata, West Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||Robbie Fowler||Shree Cement|
|FC Goa||Margao, Goa||Fatorda Stadium||Juan Ferrando||Virat Kohli, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala|
|Hyderabad FC||Hyderabad, Telangana||G.M.C Balayogi Stadium||Manuel Marquez||Rana Daggubati|
|Jamshedpur FC||Jamshedpur, Jharkhand||JRD Tata Sports Complex||Owen Coyle||Tata Steel|
|Kerala Blasters FC||Kochi, Kerala||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)||Kibu Vicuna||Blasters Sports Ventures Pvt. Ltd.|
|Mumbai City FC||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Mumbai Football Arena||Sergio Lobera||Ranbir Kapoor|
|Northeast United FC||Guwahati, Assam||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium||Gerard Nus||John Abraham|
|Odisha FC||Bhubaneswar, Odisha||Kalinga Stadium||Stuart Baxter||GMS 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
- 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.
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