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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.  The league's first season consisted of eight teams from the previous NFL campaign and two teams from the 2nd Division to form a 10 team league.  Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the title sponsors of the previous NFL, were named as the title sponsors of the I-League before the league kicked off in November 2007.
The most recent winner of the golden boot is Bidyashagar Singh, who won the golden boot at the end of the 2020–21 season after scoring 12 goals. Ranti Martins is both currently the holders of the most golden boot titles with five golden boots. Along with Odafa Onyeka Okolie, the two Nigerians make up the eight golden boots won by Nigerians, the most of any nationality in the league. ^ a b c Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the league was suspended after 14 March 2020. Only champions were awarded and remaining prize money in the league was equally divided among the remaining participating clubs and no individual prize money was also not awarded.  However, Aser Pierrick Dipanda of Minerva Punjab scored the highest number of goals, having scored 12 goals in 15 matches; whereas, Rochharzela of Aizawl scored 6 goals in 15 matches, highest among Indians.
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 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.
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".
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.
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 On 21 February 2014 it was officially announced that the two remaining institutional clubs in the I-League – Air India and ONGC – had been expelled from the I-League and that all other institutional clubs would not be allowed to participate in the league.  Competition format Since the league began in 2007, the rules have changed almost yearly. Currently, the league has 12 teams. Each club plays each other twice during the season, once at home and the other time away. At the end of the season, the team with the most points wins the league and gains promotion to the top flight Indian Super League.
 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.  Two months later, on 8 February 2011, it was reported that twelve of the fourteen I-League clubs held a private meeting in Mumbai to discuss the ongoing issues related to the league.
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