The Hero I-League 2017 is the tenth Season of the I-League after its inception in the year 2007. The I-League 2017 schedule is not officially announced by the officials but it is expected to start in January after the ISL 2016. 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.
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. However, the Hero I-League 2017 Schedule is not yet Officially released.
I-League 2017 Schedule Release Date
The I-League 2017 schedule is not declared yet, however, the Hero I-League begins just after the end of the ISL Season (oct-dec) right from the beginning of the year January. Although the 2016 I-League season started in the month of January and ended on 24th April. The 2017 season I-League match fixtures with date, time and venue will be updated here as soon as the timetable release.
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
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.