The new HeroISL, India's exclusive football competition is going to launch from 12-10, and while the soccer fans gear up for this soccer league, here is everything you should know about it.
Awaking Hindustani football out of hibernation
The HeroISL was founded in 2013 after seeing that a lot of Indians are passionate about soccer, but regrettably, have no national football competition with International attention to watch. The ISL aims to turn the table.
It will consist of eight franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will take off in October and end in December.
The 8 clubs that will compete in this competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, practiced by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
· Chennai Titans, assisted by Marco Materazzi with Italy as the foreign draft.
· Delhi Dynamos FC, assisted by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, trained by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, assisted by David James with England as the foreign draft.
· Mumbai City FC, coached by Peter Reid with England as the foreign draft.
· North East United FC, practiced by Ricki Herbert with New Zealand as the foreign draft.
· FC Pune City, coached by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their outfits, each club will have to sign:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which two will be from the squad and 5 will be from the foreign player draft;
· One star player, which in the words of AIFF is "A foreign recruit who has represented his country in any of the continental championships like the European Championship, Copa America, African Nations Cup, Asian Cup, or FIFA World Cup will be called a star player;" and
· fourteen Hindustani homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the squad belongs to.
High-Profile Who's who in the HeroISL
The league is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be shown exclusively on STAR Sports and will have Hero MotoCorp as the cup; thus the name Hero Indian Super League. From Bollywood, we have John Abraham who co-owns the team North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC outfit, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC outfit, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City club, and Varun Dhawan who is the brand ambassador of the FC Goa outfit. From the field of Indian Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is the co-owner of the Kerala Blasters FC club and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata team.
Every year, the league would be played between October and December. Each club will play against all other outfits twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will decide in the finals.
Investing in the outfit
Team owners' investments in the Indian Super League are worth having a look. Different squads have invested hugely to buy foreign players:
Goa: 430.000 USD
Chennai Titans: 380.000 USD
Atletico de Kolkata: 350.000 USD
Mumbai City: 330.000 USD
Kerala Blasters: 315.000 USD
Pune City: 280.000 USD
Delhi Dynamos: 260.000 USD
North East United: 260.000 USD
With this kind of financing and international allure towards the ISL, this is surely a soccer league you would not want to miss! Possibly a kickstart to bring soccer in India to a higher level!
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