I-League.

I-League 2022 Match Reports and Live TV Channel Information

I-League is a men’s professional football league, which is one of two co-existing highest level leagues in Indian football system, along with the Indian Super League. The live telecast of the I-League 2021-22 season will be available on the 1Sports TV channel in India. The live streaming of the I-League 2021-22 season can be viewed on the Facebook page of 1Sports.

I-League Details:

I-League

Current Champion: Gokulam Kerala FC (1st title)
Founded: 2007
Teams: 13
CEO: Sunando Dhar (Jan 2010–)
Promotion: Indian Super League (from 2022)

 

The competition was founded in 2007 as the successor to the National Football League (NFL), with the first season starting in November 2007. The league was launched as India’s first ever professional football league with the aim to increase the player pool for the India national team. I-League operates on a system of promotion and relegation with I-League 2nd division, based on State leagues results. For the clubs that become I-League champions, they are granted the opportunity to participate in the AFC Cup, Asia’s secondary international club competition. Until 2017–18, it was the only top division league of India. But after AFC approved Indian Super League as joint top division league in July 2017.

Way Watch I-League Match Around The World

▶️Kenkre vs Punjab ▶️Churchill vs Sudeva

Viewers can easily enjoy every match of I-League outside India. There is the solution of view every match

USA

  • TV channels: NBC, USA Network.
  • Spanish-language TV: Telemundo, Universo.
  • Streaming: Peacock, NBCSports.com (authenticated cable, satellite & telco subscribers)

I-League Clubs

A total of 36 clubs have played in the I-League since its inception in 2007, up to the current season (including the 2021–22 season). Currently I-League is played among 13 clubs.
Aizawl FC, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala FC, Indian Arrows, Kenkre FC, Mohammedan SC, NEROCA FC, Rajasthan United FC, Real Kashmir FC, RoundGlass Punjab FC, Sreenidi Deccan FC, Sudeva Delhi FC And TRAU FC.

I-League Origins

In 1996, the first domestic league was started in India known as the National Football League. The league was started in an effort to introduce professionalism to Indian football. Despite that ambition, that not been achieved to this date. During the National Football League days, the league suffered from poor infrastructure and unprofessionalism from its clubs. One of the clubs in the league, FC Kochin, went defunct in 2002 after it was revealed that the club had not paid salaries since 2000 after running up 2.5 crores in losses a season.

After a decade of decline with the National Football League, the All India Football Federation decided it was time for a change. This resulted in the modern day iteration of the top-tier in India.

I-League Formation

After the 2006–07 NFL season, it was announced that the National Football League would be relaunched and rebranded as the I-League for the 2007–08 season. The league’s first season consisted of eight teams from the previous NFL campaign and two teams from the 2nd Division to form a 10 team league. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the title sponsors of the previous NFL, were named as the title sponsors of the I-League before the league kicked off in November 2007.

I-League early seasons (2007–2010)

The first ever I-League match took place on 24 November 2007 between Dempo and Salgaocar. The match, which took place at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, ended 3–0 in favour of Dempo with Chidi Edeh scoring the first ever goal in league history in the third minute. After eighteen rounds it was Dempo who came out as the first ever champions in the I-League. Viva Kerala and Salgaocar, however, ended up as the first two teams to ever be relegated from the I-League.

I-League Media coverage

Since 2007 the I-League has managed to find a way to be telecast, which is drastic in increasing the profile and popularity of the league.

Period TV telecast Online streaming
2007–2010 Zee Sports
2010–2017 Ten Action, Ten Sports DittoTV
2017–2019 Star Sports 2 & Star Sports 3 Hotstar, Jio TV
2019– 1Sports Facebook, FanCode

Local broadcasters

Language TV telecast
Bengali Kolkata TV
Malayalam Twentyfour News

 

Since the inception of the I-League, a total of seven clubs have been crowned champions. Dempo have won the most titles in league history, being crowned champions three times. Churchill Brothers, Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru have won the league twice. Salgaocar, Aizawl, Minerva Punjab, Chennai City and Gokulam Kerala have won it once.

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