The I-League 2017 schedule have been officially announced by the AIFF. It will kick off on 7th January 2017 with defending champions Bengaluru FC taking on Shillong Lajong FC at the Shree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru followed East Bengal vs Aizawl FC at the Barasat Stadium, Kolkata. The Hero I-League 2017 is the tenth Season of the I-League after its inception in the year 2007. I-League 2017 will feature two new teams – Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC while Churchill Brothers who were scrapped out of the league in 2014 due to AFC license issue is back in the tournament. [I-League 2016-17 Points Table]
Although the I- League era have the dominance from the teams like Dempo FC, Bengaluru FC, and Mohun Bagan. These Clubs have truly Lifted our nation with pride especially after entering the International competition like the AFC Cup. A total 10 teams are participating in this season representing 9 cities across India. Let’s see the complete full schedule of I-League 2017 (Round 1-9).
I-League 2017 Schedule & Fixtures
|February 26, 2017||7:00 pm||Mumbai FC vs Minerva Punjab FC||Cooperage Ground|
|February 26, 2017||4:30 pm||Churchill Brothers vs DSK Shivajians||Fatorda Stadium|
|February 25, 2017||7:00 pm||Bengaluru FC vs East Bengal||Sree Kanteerava Stadium|
|February 25, 2017||4:30 pm||Shillong Lajong FC vs Mohun Bagan||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium|
|February 20, 2017||2:00 pm||Aizawl FC vs East Bengal||Rajiv Gandhi Stadium|
|February 19, 2017||7:00 pm||Chennai City FC vs Shillong Lajong FC||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium|
|February 18, 2017||7:00 pm||Mumbai FC vs Bengaluru FC||Cooperage|
|February 18, 2017||4:30 pm||Mohun Bagan vs DSK Shivajians||Rabindra Sarobar Stadium|
|February 15, 2017||7:00 pm||Mumbai FC vs Mohun Bagan||Cooperage|
|February 15, 2017||4:30 pm||Minerva Punjab FC vs DSK Shivajians||Guru Nanak Stadium|
|February 15, 2017||2:00 pm||Aizawl FC vs Bengaluru FC||Rajiv Gandhi Stadium|
|February 14, 2017||7:00 pm||Chennai City FC vs Churchill Brothers||Nehru Stadium|
|February 12, 2017||4:30 pm||East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan||Barasat Stadium|
|February 11, 2017||7:00 pm||Chennai City FC vs Mumbai FC||Nehru Stadium|
|February 11, 2017||4:30 pm||Shillong Lajong FC vs DSK Shivajians||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium|
|February 10, 2017||2:00 pm||Aizawl FC vs Churchill Brothers||Rajiv Gandhi Stadium|
|February 05, 2017||7:00 pm||East Bengal vs Chennai City FC||Barasat Stadium|
|February 05, 2017||4:30 pm||Shillong Lajong FC vs Churchill Brothers||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium|
|February 04, 2017||7:00 pm||Mohun Bagan vs Aizawl FC||Rabindra Sarobar Stadium|
|February 04, 2017||4:30 pm||Minerva Punjab FC vs Mumbai FC||Guru Nanak Stadium|
|February 01, 2017||7:00 pm||East Bengal vs Mumbai FC||Barasat Stadium|
|February 01, 2017||4:30 pm||Minerva Punjab FC vs Churchill Brothers||Guru Nanak Stadium|
|January 31, 2017||4:30 pm||Shillong Lajong FC vs Chennai City FC||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium|
|January 29, 2017||4:30 pm||Minerva Punjab FC vs East Bengal||Guru Nanak Stadium|
|January 28, 2017||7:00 pm||Chennai City FC vs Aizawl FC||Nehru Stadium|
|January 27, 2017||4:30 pm||Churchill Brothers vs Bengaluru FC||Tilak Maidan|
|January 24, 2017||7:00 pm||DSK Shivajians vs Mohun Bagan||Balewadi Stadium|
|January 22, 2017||7:00 pm||Mumbai FC vs Aizawl FC||Cooperage|
|January 22, 2017||4:30 pm||East Bengal vs Bengaluru FC||Barasat Stadium|
|January 21, 2017||7:00 pm||Chennai City FC vs Mohun Bagan||Nehru Stadium|
|January 21, 2017||4:30 pm||DSK Shivajians vs Churchill Brothers||Balewadi Stadium|
|January 18, 2017||7:00 pm||Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai FC||Kanteerava Stadium|
|January 18, 2017||4:30 pm||Churchill Brothers vs East Bengal||Tilak Maidan|
|January 17, 2017||7:00 pm||DSK Shivajians vs Chennai City FC||Balewadi Stadium|
|January 17, 2017||4:30 pm||Mohun Bagan vs Minerva Punjab FC||Rabindra Sarobar Stadium|
|January 17, 2017||1:30 pm||Aizawl FC vs Shillong Lajong FC||Rajiv Gandhi Stadium|
|January 15, 2017||4:30 pm||Churchill Brothers vs Mumbai FC||Tilak Maidan|
|January 14, 2017||7:00 pm||Bengaluru FC vs Chennai City FC||Kanteerava Stadium|
|January 13, 2017||7:00 pm||Mohun Bagan vs Shillong Lajong FC||Rabindra Sarobar Stadium|
|January 13, 2017||1:30 pm||Aizawl FC vs Minerva Punjab FC||Rajiv Gandhi Stadium|
|January 08, 2017||7:00 pm||Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers||Rabindra Sarobar Stadium|
|January 08, 2017||4:30 pm||Chennai City FC vs Minerva Punjab FC||Nehru Stadium|
|January 07, 2017||7:00 pm||Bengaluru FC vs Shillong Lajong FC||Kanteerava Stadium|
|January 07, 2017||4:30 pm||East Bengal vs Aizawl FC||Barasat Stadium|
Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo SC decided to withdraw their names from the tournament and Churchill is the only team of Goa. As per I-League 2017 schedule, the first Kolkata derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan is scheduled to take place on 12 February.
The season displayed 72 matches in the league and in total 186 Goals were scored. Ranti Martins turned out to be the top goalscorer for I-League 2016 season with 12 goals. India Football Federation that on May 2016 or we could say Season 2017-18 will be named as League One
The I-League was earlier known as the National Football League also popular as the NFL league in India. However, the National Football League is played since 1996 dominated by the Football Giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in the early years. Currently, Hero is the Official title Sponsor of the I-League 2017 Season.
Meanwhile, the All India Football Federation on May 2016 kept their thoughts on 2017 I-League Season will be changed as League One. Following the FIFA Guidelines One as it will be Second Tier of India Football Structure. As the top, Tier is Indian Super League. Henceforth we will completely provide you the Hero I-League 2017 Schedule as soon as they are officially announced.
Hero I-League 2017 Teams
Kolkata has two I-League teams in the competition, East Bengal, and Mohun Bagan is the two teams that Represents Kolkata in the I-League. Similarly, two teams from Maharashtra i.e DSK Shivajians from Pune and Mumbai FC. Two Teams from Goa i.e Salgaocar as well as Sporting Goa are the teams that belong from the same Geographical province.
Although Aizawl FC from Mizoram, Shillong Lajong from Meghalaya, and Bengaluru FC from Karnataka are the solo representers of their representative State. Here we present you All the I-League 2017 Season Teams list.
|Aizawl||Aizawl (Mizoram)||Rajiv Gandhi Stadium||20,000|
|Bengaluru FC||Bengaluru(Karnataka)||Sree Kanteerava Stadium||24,000|
|DSK Shivajians||Pune (Maharashtra)||Balewadi Sports Complex||12,000|
|East Bengal||Kolkata (West Bengal)||Salt Lake Stadium
|Mohun Bagan||Kolkata (West Bengal)||Salt Lake Stadium
|Mumbai||Mumbai(Maharashtra)||Cooperage Football Stadium||5,000|
|Salgaocar||Vasco (Goa)||Tilak Maidan (Vasco)||12,000|
|Shillong Lajong||Shillong (Meghalaya)||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Shillong)||30,000|
|Sporting Goa||Panjim (Goa)||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Goa)||19,000|
I-League Competition Format
Currently, the Hero I-league has 11 teams but the previous season there were 13 clubs in the I-League. Each club is supposed to face each other twice during the season, once at home and the other away from home. The team receives three points per victory while both teams gain one point if they draw. A loser is not awarded any points. At the end of the season, the team with the most points wins the league.
The Clubs from the Hero I-League officially participates in the AFC Cup which is an international tournament. Previously From 2007 to 2011, the champions of the past I-League seasons were eligible to play in a qualifier for the AFC Champions League. Furthermore, from 2011 to 2013 no I-League club is Eligible to play in a qualifier. However, Pune in 2014 successfully passed the AFC Licensing Criteria. However, to this day, no I-League has actually qualified for the AFC Champions League.