Khogen Singh is the latest Indian coach to win the I-League in 2017–18 season.  Current coaches in the I-League Nat. Name Appointed Time in charge L. Nandakumar Singh 27 January 2020 2 years, 297 days Richard Towa 5 July 2022 138 days Atsushi Nakamura 1 September 2022 80 days Andrey Chernyshov 21 May 2021 1 year, 183 days Fernando Santiago Varela 20 April 2021 1 year, 214 days Khogen Singh 3 July 2021 1 year, 140 days Ed Engelkes 23 March 2022 242 days Fransesc Bonet 3 December 2021 352 days Antonio Jesús Rueda Fernández 15 February 2022 278 days Former Dempo manager Armando Colaco was the longest serving and most successful manager in the history of the I League. Winning head coaches Head coach Wins Winning year(s) Armando Colaco 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12 Ashley Westwood 2013–14, 2015–16 Vincenzo Alberto Annese 2020-21, 2021–22 Kibu Vicuña Akbar Nawas 2018-19 Khalid Jamil Sanjoy Sen Mariano Dias Karim Bencherifa Zoran Đorđević Champions Successful clubs by seasons Season Champions Runners-up Third place Teams Dempo (1/3) Churchill Brothers (1/2) Dempo (2/3) Dempo (3/3) Churchill Brothers (2/2) Bengaluru (1/2) Mohun Bagan (1/2) Bengaluru (2/2) Minerva Punjab Mohun Bagan (2/2) Not Awarded[a] Gokulam Kerala (1/2) Gokulam Kerala (2/2) Notes ^ Matches after 14 March 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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One of the clubs in the league, FC Kochin, went defunct in 2002 after it was revealed that the club had not paid salaries since 2000, after making up 2. 5 crores of losses in a season.  After a decade of decline with the National Football League, the All India Football Federation decided it was time for a change. This resulted in the modern day iteration of the top-tier in India.  Formation After the 2006–07 NFL season, it was announced that it would be rebranded as the I-League for the 2007–08 season.  The league's first season consisted of eight teams from the previous NFL campaign and two teams from the 2nd Division to form a 10 team league.
 Season awards End of season I-League awards were previously conducted by the Football Players' Association of India and All India Football Federation since 2008–09 season. Currently the awards include the Hero of the league, the golden boot, the golden glove, the best head coach (Syed Abdul Rahim Award), the best defender (Jarnail Singh Award), the best midfielder and the emerging player of the league, all of which are sponsored by Hero. Hero of the League Bidyashagar Singh Marcus Joseph Syed Abdul Rahim Award 2008–09 Dave Booth 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 Trevor Morgan 2012–13 Derrick Pereira 2013–14 2017–18 Gift Raikhan 2018–19 2020–21 Emerging Player of the Season Position Baljit Sahni Forward Joaquim Abranches Jeje Lalpekhlua Pailan Arrows Manandeep Singh Alwyn George Midfielder Udanta Singh Winger Jerry Lalrinzuala Left Back Samuel Lalmuanpuia 2018–19 Phrangi Buam Emil Benny Jiteshwor Singh Foreign Player of the Year Odafe Onyeka Okolie Beto 2011–12 Ranti Martins Darryl Duffy Indian Player of the Season Mohammed Rafi Mehtab Hossain Syed Nabi Defender Lenny Rodrigues Balwant Singh Fans' Player of the Year 2008–09 Subrata Pal Goalkeeper Francis Fernandes Zohib Islam Amiri Boithang Haokip I-League clubs in Asia Traditionally, I-League clubs have done particularly well in the AFC Cup.
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 League improvement Despite the ongoing war between the AIFF, IMG-Reliance, and the IPFCA, the league did manage to improve its product on the field and awareness did increase during this period. It all started when the India national team participated in the AFC Asian Cup in 2011 for the first time in 27 years.  Despite being knocked-out in the group stage after losing all three of their games, India came back home more popular than ever. Subrata Pal, of Pune gained the most popularity after his impressive performances in goal for India during the Asian Cup.  At the same time, before the Asian Cup, Sunil Chhetri became the second Indian footballer in the modern footballing era to move abroad when he signed for the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer in 2010. He also became the first exported Indian from the I-League.
 Then, on 4 May 2012, the AIFF hosted the last ad hoc meeting – an annual meeting between the AFC and AIFF to assess the growth of Indian football. The AFC president at the time, Zhang Jilong, was also in attendance at this meeting.  It was reported that the IPFCA would use this meeting to voice their displeasure at the AIFF and IMG-Reliance but the association never showed up at the meeting.  On 18 June 2012 the IPFCA was officially sanctioned under the Society's Act of 1960.
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 The AFC were against allowing the ISL as the premier league in India while the clubs like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan wanted a complete merger of ISL and I-League.  A couple weeks later, the AIFF proposed that both ISL and I-League run simultaneously on a short–term basis with the I-League champions retaining the spot for the AFC Champions League qualifying stage, while the AFC Cup qualifying stage spot going to the ISL champions.
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Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi Capacity: 30, 000 Capacity: 6, 000 Capacity: 11, 000 Capacity: 35, 285 Coaches The role of the head coach in the I-League varies from club to club. Some like to appoint technical or sporting directors as well as manager-style coaches.  The All India Football Federation does impose licensing requirements for head coaches in the I-League, the rule being that the head coach must have an AFC Professional Coaching Diploma in order to coach in the I-League. However, some clubs and coaches like Subhash Bhowmick, Subrata Bhattacharya, Sukhwinder Singh and Bimal Ghosh were known for accepting a technical director role in order to bypass the head coaching requirements.