However, as per the request of the I-League clubs, the AIFF and FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited) negotiated the deal with the new broadcast partner providing exclusive rights for on-air and digital content.  2007 – 2017 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. Before the inaugural 2007–08 season, the All India Football Federation reached a deal with Zee Sports to broadcast 45 of the 90 matches that season with TEN Sports broadcasting 15 matches in the inaugural season.
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 In 2017, FIFA and the AFC had appointed a committee to look at the footballing landscape in the country which was in disarray due to two simultaneous leagues running together, and come up with solutions to re-establish a singular league pyramid which would be acceptable for everyone.  In the month of June, IMG–Reliance, the AIFF and the I-League representatives, met with the AFC in Kuala Lumpur in order to find a new way forward for Indian football.  The AFC were against allowing the ISL as the premier league in India while the clubs like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan wanted a complete merger of ISL and I-League.
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In 2008 Dempo managed to reach the semi-finals of the AFC Cup before being defeated by Al-Safa of Lebanon.  East Bengal also managed to reach the semi-finals in 2013 before being knocked-out by Kuwait.  Bengaluru is the only I-League club to reach the AFC Cup Final in 2016 but lost to Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya of Iraq.  However, in the AFC Champions League, no I-League club has ever managed to make it past the qualifiers.  AFC Cup AFC Champions League Group stage Play-off Round Semi-finals Round of 16 DNP Qualifying Round 1 Preliminary Round 1 Preliminary Round 2 Inter-zone finals Group Stage Inter-zone semi-finals Cancelled ATK Mohun Bagan See also Indian football league system Football in India History of Indian football List of football clubs in India 2021–23 Indian football club competition play-offs for AFC IFA Shield References ^ "New roadmap for Indian football proposes Hero ISL as premier league".
"Brilliant Gokulam Kerala FC edge past Mohammedan SC to win historic consecutive I-League titles". sportskeeda. Kolkata, West Bengal: Sportskeeda. Archived from the original on 15 May 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022. ^ a b "Indian National League (I-League) 2011–12 Season Review". Goalden Times. Archived from the original on 7 October 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2014. ^ Radhakrishnan, M.
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Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi Capacity: 30, 000 Capacity: 6, 000 Capacity: 11, 000 Capacity: 35, 285 Coaches The role of the head coach in the I-League varies from club to club. Some like to appoint technical or sporting directors as well as manager-style coaches.  The All India Football Federation does impose licensing requirements for head coaches in the I-League, the rule being that the head coach must have an AFC Professional Coaching Diploma in order to coach in the I-League. However, some clubs and coaches like Subhash Bhowmick, Subrata Bhattacharya, Sukhwinder Singh and Bimal Ghosh were known for accepting a technical director role in order to bypass the head coaching requirements.
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Hero of the League Bidyashagar Singh Marcus Joseph Syed Abdul Rahim Award 2008–09 Dave Booth 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 Trevor Morgan 2012–13 Derrick Pereira 2013–14 2017–18 Gift Raikhan 2018–19 2020–21 Emerging Player of the Season Position Baljit Sahni Forward Joaquim Abranches Jeje Lalpekhlua Pailan Arrows Manandeep Singh Alwyn George Midfielder Udanta Singh Winger Jerry Lalrinzuala Left Back Samuel Lalmuanpuia 2018–19 Phrangi Buam Emil Benny Jiteshwor Singh Foreign Player of the Year Odafe Onyeka Okolie Beto 2011–12 Ranti Martins Darryl Duffy Indian Player of the Season Mohammed Rafi Mehtab Hossain Syed Nabi Defender Lenny Rodrigues Balwant Singh Fans' Player of the Year 2008–09 Subrata Pal Goalkeeper Francis Fernandes Zohib Islam Amiri Boithang Haokip I-League clubs in Asia Traditionally, I-League clubs have done particularly well in the AFC Cup.
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 making up 2. 5 crores of losses in 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.  Formation After the 2006–07 NFL season, it was announced that it would be rebranded as the I-League for the 2007–08 season.
Nandakumar Singh 27 January 2020 2 years, 310 days Richard Towa 5 July 2022 151 days Atsushi Nakamura 1 September 2022 93 days Andrey Chernyshov 21 May 2021 1 year, 196 days Fernando Santiago Varela 20 April 2021 1 year, 227 days Khogen Singh 3 July 2021 1 year, 153 days Ed Engelkes 23 March 2022 255 days Fransesc Bonet 3 December 2021 1 year, 0 days Antonio Jesús Rueda Fernández 15 February 2022 291 days Former Dempo manager Armando Colaco was the longest serving and most successful manager in the history of the I League.
 A couple weeks later, the AIFF proposed that both ISL and I-League run simultaneously on a short–term basis with the I-League champions retaining the spot for the AFC Champions League qualifying stage, while the AFC Cup qualifying stage spot going to the ISL champions.  The proposal from the AIFF was officially approved by the AFC on 25 July 2017, with the ISL replacing the domestic cup competition, the Federation Cup.  On 14 October 2019, the AFC held a summit in Kuala Lumpur, chaired by the AFC Secretary General Windsor John, which involved key stakeholders from the AIFF, the FSDL, the ISL and the I-League clubs, and other major stakeholders to propose a new roadmap to facilitate the football league system in India.
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 Bhaichung Bhutia, then captain of the Indian national team, said that it was the federations job to spread the game across the country and that it needed to happen.  Regardless of the early criticism, the I-League went on as scheduled and once the 2008–09 season concluded. it was Churchill Brothers who came out on top.  Then, before the 2009–10 season, the league was once again expanded from 12 teams to 14. In order to make this happen Salgaocar, Viva Kerala, Pune, and Shillong Lajong were all promoted from the 2nd Division to the I-League.  This helped the I-League retain some criticism about how national the league was as now the league would be played in seven different cities/states: Goa, Kerala, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Punjab, and Shillong.  After the 2009–10 season it was Dempo who came out on top for the second time in I-League history.
 Conflict of parties On 9 December 2010 the All India Football Federation signed a 15-year, 700-crore deal with Reliance Industries and International Management Group of the United States.  The deal gave IMG-Reliance exclusive commercial rights to sponsorship, advertising, broadcasting, merchandising, video, franchising, and rights to create a new football league.  This deal came about after the AIFF ended their 10-year deal with Zee Sports five years early.
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Winning head coaches Head coach Wins Winning year(s) Armando Colaco 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12 Ashley Westwood 2013–14, 2015–16 Vincenzo Alberto Annese 2020–21, 2021–22 Kibu Vicuña Akbar Nawas Khalid Jamil Sanjoy Sen Mariano Dias Karim Bencherifa Zoran Đorđević Champions Successful clubs by seasons Season Champions Runners-up Third place Teams Dempo (1/3) Churchill Brothers (1/2) Dempo (2/3) Dempo (3/3) Churchill Brothers (2/2) Bengaluru (1/2) Mohun Bagan (1/2) Bengaluru (2/2) Minerva Punjab Mohun Bagan (2/2) Not Awarded[a] Gokulam Kerala (1/2) Gokulam Kerala (2/2) Notes ^ Matches after 14 March 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mohun Bagan were declared the champions having huge point difference between the second placed club and no runners-up were announced as remaining clubs were very closely placed in the points table.
When the I-League began in 2007 the last sponsor from the old National Football League, ONGC, were brought in as the sponsors, making the league be known as the ONGC I-League.  However, after the 2010–11 season, the deal with ONGC was not renewed and the I-League was left without a sponsorship deal till 2013.  On 24 September 2013, it was announced that telecommunications company, Airtel would be the new title sponsor of the I-League, thus making the league known as the Airtel I-League.  In December 2014, it was announced that Hero MotoCorp would replace Airtel as the title sponsor for the league and hence the league would be known has Hero I-League.
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It is currently contested by 12 clubs across the country with the winners getting promotion to play in the premier division, the Indian Super League. The competition was founded in 2007 as the successor to the National Football League, with the first season starting in November 2007.  The league was launched as India's first ever top-tier 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 the I-League 2 and at first only promotion system with the Indian Super League, from the 2022–23 season.
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