The Indian Super League (ISL) is a men's professional football league in India. The league is officially named the Hero Indian Super League for sponsorship reasons. Currently not a part of the Indian football pyramid, the league serves as one of the top tournaments in India, along with the domestic I-League. The league runs from October to early December, with a finals series determining the champion in mid-December. The league however is neither licensed by FIFA nor AFC
The Indian Super League was founded in 2013 in an effort to make football a top sport in India and to increase the level of Indian football worldwide. The league currently features eight teams from around India, with four of the top five cities by population represented in the league. Unlike other football leagues from around the world, the ISL is one of the few leagues to not use the promotion and relegation system but instead a franchise system along the lines of the Twenty20 cricket league, the Indian Premier League, Major League Soccer of the United States and Canada, and the A-League in Australia.
Since the inaugural season, two teams have been crowned the champions of the Indian Super League. Atlético de Kolkata have won the league twice, in 2014 and 2016. Chennaiyin are the second team to have won the league, winning in 2015.
The ISL is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world, with an average attendance of 26,741 for matches in the 2015 season. This is the third-highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world, behind the Bundesliga and the Premier League.Close