Indian Super League

The Indian Super League (ISL) is a professional football league, which is one of two co-existing highest level leagues in Indian football system, along with the I-League. It is organised by All India Football Federation and their commercial partners Football Sports Development Limited.[1][2] [3] [4] Due to sponsorship reason with Hero MotoCorp, it is officially called Hero Indian Super League.

Indian Super League
Organising bodiesAll India Football Federation and Football Sports Development
Founded21 October 2013; 7 years ago (2013-10-21)
Country India
Number of teams11
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Super Cup
Durand Cup
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
Current championsMumbai City (1st title)
Current premiersMumbai City (1st title)
Most championshipsATK (3 titles)
Most premiershipsGoa
Mumbai City
(1 title each)
Most appearancesMandar Rao Dessai (114)
Top goalscorerCoro (48)
TV partnersList of broadcasters
WebsiteOfficial Website
Current: 2021–22 Indian Super League season

The league currently comprises 11 clubs. Each season of the tournament generally runs from November to March. During the league stage of the competition, each club plays against all the other clubs in a round-robin style. At the end of the league stage the team with the most points gets declared the Premiers and presented with a trophy named League Winners' Shield, and the top four clubs qualifies for the play-offs. The season then culminates with the ISL Final to determine the Champions who are presented with the ISL Trophy.

The competition was founded on 21 October 2013 with the goal of growing the sport of football in India and increasing its exposure in the country. The league began in October 2014 with eight teams. During its first three seasons, the competition operated without official recognition from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the governing body for the sport in Asia. The competition was also structured along the same lines as the Indian Premier League, the country's premier Twenty20 franchise based cricket competition. Each season lasted just 3 months, from October to December, and matches were held daily. However, before the 2017–18 season, the league expanded to ten teams, expanded its schedule to six months, and earned recognition from the AFC.

The club who win the League Winners' Shield are granted to participate in the AFC Champions League and the club who win the ISL Trophy are granted to participate in the AFC Cup.

Since the league's inaugural season, a total of four clubs have won the ISL Trophy and two clubs have won the League Winners' Shield. The club with the most ISL Final wins, is ATK, who won their third title in 2019–20. The same season saw the introduction of the League Winners Shield, awarded to the Premier team; the inaugural winners are Goa.