Hero Indian Super League is India’s unrivalled football championship kick started on 12th October 2014. It is co-promoted by IMG-Reliance (the joint venture between IMG and Reliance Industries), Star India and supported by All India Football Federation (AIFF). India’s leading industrialists and celebrities from sports as well as the Indian film industry have invested in owning the Indian Super League’s eight franchises. These are based out of Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Each franchise needs to sign 14 Indian players in a minimum squad of 22. Each team has 1 marquee player and 7 internationals.
The League is committed to investing in stadium refurbishment in the eight identified venues and also to a strong grassroots development programme that will create a platform to groom local football talent in the country. For the first time in Indian football, globally renowned footballers will be playing alongside the best Indian footballers. With a mission to revolutionize the sport, Hero Indian Super League is positioned as a high quality and dynamic league that will elevate Indian football to an international level.
Atletico De Kolkata midfielder Borja Fernandez who scored a blinder for his team against Mumbai City FC in the tournament opener was amazed to see the crowd at the Salt Lake Stadium. The midfielder who has played for a long time in the Spanish First Division La Liga, believes the average attendance could be better than La Liga. Bundesliga and Premier League are the most attended league in the sport with average attendances of 43,502 and 36,691 respectively. The current Estimates from Different news agencies shows that the Indian Super League had between 170-180 million viewers Worldwide.
All the matches are live streaming through www.starsports.com for football fans, who could not catch the live action at stadium.
Let's hope that this league should be able to add much more values to the Indian football, with some great results .