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The ISL was set up in 2013 after seeing that many Indians are passionate about football, but regrettably, have no national football league with International reputation to support. The ISL aims to turn the table.
It is going to consist of eight franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will take off in October and end in December.
The eight clubs that will compete in this competition are:
Â· Atletico de Kolkata, coached by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
Â· Chennai Titans, practiced by Marco Materazzi with Italy as the foreign draft.
Â· Delhi Dynamos FC, coached by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
Â· FC Goa, practiced by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
Â· Kerala Blasters FC, assisted by David James with England as the foreign draft.
Â· Mumbai City FC, assisted by Peter Reid with England as the foreign draft.
Â· North East United FC, practiced by Ricki Herbert with New Zealand as the foreign draft.
Â· FC Pune City, practiced by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their outfits, each team will have to aqcuire:
Â· At least 7 foreigners, out of which 2 will be from the team and 5 will be from the foreign player draft;
Â· One star player, which in the words of AIFF is “A foreign recruit who has represented his country in any of the continental championships like the European Championship, Copa America, African Nations Cup, Asian Cup, or FIFA World Cup will be called a marquee player;” and
Â· 14 Indian homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the squad belongs to.
Celebrity Ownership in the Indian Super League
The league is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be shown only on STAR Sports and will have Hero MotoCorp as the competition; thus the name Hero Indian Super League. From Bollywood, we have John Abraham who co-owns the squad North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC outfit, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC club, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City club, and Varun Dhawan who is the brand ambassador of the FC Goa outfit. From the field of Indian Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is the co-owner of the Kerala Blasters FC squad and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata team.
Indian Super League rules:
Every year, the league would be played between October and December. Each squad will play against all other outfits twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will qualify for the finals.
Investing in the squad
Club owners’ investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different teams have spent hugely to acquire foreign players:
Goa: 430.000 USD
Chennai Titans: 380.000 USD
Atletico de Kolkata: 350.000 USD
Mumbai City: 330.000 USD
Kerala Blasters: 315.000 USD
Pune City: 280.000 USD