ISL NEWS : 2016


ISL PRESS RELEASE : 07.09.2016 : As a part of its commitment to ensuring a fair and clean tournament, Football Sports Development Limited – the promoter of Hero Indian Super League announced that its third season of 2016 will be overseen by Sportradar’s Integrity Services who will monitor international betting markets for suspicious betting and assist in any potential investigation work.

The Hero Indian Super League will kick off from 1st October 2016 and will whittle down eight teams from across India to two finalists who will play for the trophy on 18th December 2016.

Speaking about the new partnership, Hero Indian Super League spokesperson said: “Hero Indian Super League continues to go from strength to strength and by bringing Sportradar on board, we have highlighted our commitment to the integrity of our league and we look forward to another exciting competition.

Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director for Integrity Services added: “Following our extended partnership with the AFC, this cooperation is a special one, allowing us to work with such a vibrant league that is pivotal to growing the sport in the subcontinent. It is wonderful to see a league so proactive and committed to integrity”.

Sportradar Integrity Services have partnerships with some of the world’s key football stakeholders, such as UEFA, AFC, CONCACAF, MLS, Federação Paulista de Futebol as well as of course the ISL. Altogether, Sportradar monitors over 230 football leagues and competitions worldwide.



ISL PRESS RELEASE : 02.09.2016 : The Hero ISL Referee Workshop conducted by FIFA instructor, Ishiyama Noburu from Japan at Mumbai came to an end on Thursday. The three-day long workshop from August 30 to September 1 is an initiative taken by the ISL in keeping with its objective to help football grow across all aspects by conducting numerous theoretical as well as practical sessions.

A total of 26 AIFF match officials- 13 referees and 13 assistant referees were trained at the workshop that focused on enhancing the knowledge, application and interpretation of the laws of the game with effective teamwork and communication amongst the officials.

Speaking on the occasion, Ishiyama Noburu said, “The partnership between the ISL and the AIFF has developed into a very professional and collaborative relationship putting referee development at the heart of their priorities. This is my second stint as I have trained the Referees in the first ever workshop in 2014 as well. I have seen a significant increase in the officials’ knowledge and experience which is clearly demonstrated through their higher level of interaction during the practical and theory teaching sessions.”

The workshop included sessions on topics that were segregated into new interpretation of laws, teamwork in match officials, management skills and field training.



21.8.16: A new home venew for Atletico De Kolkata. The champions of the inaugural edition of Indian Super League, Atletico De Kolkata will play their home matches at Rabindra Sarovar Stadium at South Kolkata. This was officially announced by the Kolkata franchisee in a Press Release. The ISL franchisee were forced to changed the home ground as Yubabharati Kriangan is under renovation for the U-17 World Cup.Kolkata’s Rabindra Sarobar Stadium built in 1961, has a capacity of 22,000 spectators.

The Atletico officials are in search of a new home venue since long and finally decide to set up their new fortress at Rabindra Sarobar which is located at the heart of South Kolkata with good communications through roads, circular railway and Metro Railway from all parts of the city and it's surroundings. It will be undoubtedly a new era in the history of Rabindra Sarobar on 2nd of October when Atletico De Kolkata will face Chenniyian FC in the third edition of ISL. Rabindra Sarobar hosted a number of I league and some international matches along with CFL in the recent past.



20.08.2016 : Football Sports Development Ltd, the promoters of Hero Indian Super League have finally decided that Guwahati,to host the opening ceremony of the third edition of Hero Indian Super League 2016.

The North East region of India have established itself as the emerging football powerhouse in the country. By awarding Guwahati the rights to host ISL 2016 opening ceremony, Football Sports Development wishes to celebrate North East’s contribution to the development of Indian football and recognise the potential it has in shaping the future of the beautiful game in the country.

Indira Gandhi Stadium, Sarusajai, with a capacity of 30,000 will be the venew of grand opening ceremony along with the inaugural match of the competition. The North East United will play the opening match against Kerala Blasters FC after the opening ceremony.



15.05.2016: The twenty-two young Reliance Foundation Young Champs currently in England visited the Premier League headquarters in London as they entered the second week of their 11-day trip. The Young Champs have already visited the academies of Premier League outfits like Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Southampton since arriving in England on May 11 and will soon be visiting those of West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City and Liverpool before their scheduled departure on May 23.

After experiencing their first live premier league match at St, Mary’s Stadium on Sunday as Southampton hosted Crystal Palace, the youngsters travelled to the Premier League headquarters for a fun-and-educational session. The youngsters also received the opportunity to pose alongside the Premier League trophy and were addressed by Executive Chairman of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore.

Scudamore started his address by highlighting the world class youth development facilities on display at Premier League clubs. “You’ve already been to Chelsea, already been to Southampton, you’re here today and then travelling up the rest of the country, finally Manchester and Liverpool. You will see a complete spread of what’s best about Premier League Youth Development facilities,” he said.

However, Scudamore didn’t forget to emphasise that there was more to a footballer’s development than just excellent facilities. “But I don’t want you to leave your tour here thinking that it’s all about facilities. Your career development, youth development is primarily down to you as individuals. It is of course, not only about how good you are physically but also how good you are mentally,” he said.

He also stressed the need for top quality coaches to help the young budding talents further their footballing education. “Probably the most important thing is your coaching and the quality of your coaches and the coaches as mentors in the way they develop you. Realistically, it will be difficult in the next couple of years in terms of your development, to have an enormous amount of facilities in India like you’ll see this week.”

Scudamore ended his address to the Reliance Foundation Young Champs by stating that it was a privilege to have the young champs in England and encouraged the talented youngsters to enjoy their stay in England. “Most importantly, this week and next week just ensure you have fun and it’s really been a privilege of ours to host you, to be involved in your visit and it’s really great to see you,” he concluded.


11.5.16: Indian Super League has taken forward its esteemed association with the Premier League to provide a unique experience to the Reliance Foundation’s Young Champs (RFYC) to train at various prestigious Club academies in the United Kingdom.

The RFYC group comprises of 22 young Indian footballers in the age group of under-12 and under-14, who have been training at Navi Mumbai for the past one year under the RFYC residential scholarship programme. They will embark on their twelve day journey on 12th May 2016, accompanied by Young Champs Head Coach Mark Vaessen and assistant coach Jose Barreto.

The 22 young people traveling to UK are Bunando Singh, Koustav Dutta, Yashvender Singh, Ronik Singh, Tushar Kumar, Rashid Cherukad, Mustaque Ahmed, Mikhil Patil, Muhammed Nemil, Muhammed Basith, Ranit Sarkar, Ayush Chhikara, Sumit Das, Aqib Nawab, Aritra Das, Subhajit Belel, Razibul Mistry, Basker Singh, Supriyo Sardar, Zidan Singh, Birendra Singh and G Balaji.

The Premier League is a strategic partner to the Indian Super League (ISL) and the visit is part of their Mutual Cooperation Agreement. Earlier, in April 2015, the Premier League, along with Arsenal, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion hosted a five day event, sharing best practice with ISL club owners and senior management, with a focus on Club Organisation, Youth and Community Development and Fan Engagement.

Their schedule begins with training at the Chelsea FC Academy in Cobham, followed by friendly matches over the following two days against the Crystal Palace, Southampton and Reading academies. The group will also get an opportunity to watch the last game of the Premier League season at St. Mary’s Stadium between Southampton and Crystal Palace on Sunday 15th May.

The following week will see the group visit the Premier League offices, where the young people will hear from the Youth Development team around expectations of players, alongside fun and engaging workshops delivered by the Education department and a photo opportunity with the Premier League Trophy. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for the ISL central academy coaches to hear from Ged Roddy, Director of Youth at the Premier League, about the development of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP)