Indian Super League

The Indian Super League (ISL) is a men's 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 by Hero MotoCorp, it is officially called Hero Indian Super League.

Indian Super League
Organising bodiesAIFF and FSDL
Founded21 October 2013; 8 years ago (2013-10-21)
First season2014
CountryIndia
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams11
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Super Cup
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
AFC Cup
Current championsMumbai City (1st title)
(2020–21)
Current premiersMumbai City (1st title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsATK (3 titles)
Most premiershipsGoa
Mumbai City
(1 title each)
Most appearancesMandar Rao Dessai (114)
Top goalscorerCoro (48)
TV partners
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 qualify 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 league Premiers are granted to participate in the AFC Champions League and the ISL Final winners are granted to participate in the AFC Cup.

Since the league's inaugural season, a total of four clubs have been crowned as the Champions: ATK (3), Chennaiyin (2), Bengaluru (1) and Mumbai City (1). Since it's introduction in 2019–20 season, both Goa and Mumbai City won the League Winners Shield once.