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.
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.  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.
Zoran Đorđević of Serbia was the first ever foreign head coach to win the I-League.  Italian coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese became the first coach to win back-to-back I-League titles in 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons. Armando Colaco was the first Indian coach to win the I-League in the league's opening season and he has the most I-League championships at three.  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 3 years, 1 day Richard Towa 5 July 2022 207 days Atsushi Nakamura 1 September 2022 149 days Andrey Chernyshov 21 May 2021 1 year, 252 days Fernando Santiago Varela 20 April 2021 1 year, 283 days Khogen Singh 3 July 2021 1 year, 209 days Ed Engelkes 23 March 2022 311 days Fransesc Bonet 3 December 2021 1 year, 56 days Antonio Jesús Rueda Fernández 15 February 2022 347 days Former Dempo manager Armando Colaco was the longest serving and most successful manager in the history of the I League.
 I-League operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the I-League 2 and at first only promotion system with the Indian Super League, from the 2022–23 season.  Since the inception of the I-League, a total of seven clubs have been crowned champions. Dempo have won the most titles in league history, being crowned champions three times. Churchill Brothers, Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru and Gokulam Kerala have won the league twice.  Salgaocar, Aizawl, Minerva Punjab and Chennai City have won it once. History Origins In 1996, the first domestic league was started in India, known as the National Football League,  in an effort to introduce professionalism in Indian football.
In 2008 Dempo managed to reach the semi-finals of the AFC Cup before being defeated by Al-Safa of Lebanon.  East Bengal also managed to reach the semi-finals in 2013 before being knocked-out by Kuwait.  Bengaluru is the only I-League club to reach the AFC Cup Final in 2016 but lost to Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya of Iraq.  However, in the AFC Champions League, no I-League club has ever managed to make it past the qualifiers.
 Lebanese international Bilal Najjarine also signed with Churchill Brothers in 2012.  Demotion to second tier On 18 May 2016, IMG–Reliance, along with the AIFF and I-League representatives met during a meeting in Mumbai. At the meeting, it was proposed that starting from the 2017–18 season, the Indian Super League becomes the top-tier football league in India while the I-League gets relegated to the second tier, but the idea was not entertained by the I-League representatives.  In 2017, FIFA and the AFC had appointed a committee to look at the footballing landscape in the country which was in disarray due to two simultaneous leagues running together, and come up with solutions to re-establish a singular league pyramid which would be acceptable for everyone.
Ltd. (50%) and Bunkerhill Pvt. (50%) 1891 2020 2008–09, 2013–14, 2020– 6th, 2020–21 13th, 2013–14 NEROCA FC Imphal, Manipur Khuman Lampak Main Stadium 35, 285 NEROCA Football Club Pvt. Ltd. 1965 2015– 2nd, 2017–18 6th, 2018–19 Rajasthan United FC Bhilwara, Rajasthan Rajasthan University Sports Complex 6, 000 RUFC Sports Private Limited 2018 (as JECRC CF) Real Kashmir FC Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir TRC Turf Ground 11, 000 Shamim Mehraj and Sandeep Chattoo 2018 2018– 3rd, 2018–19 RoundGlass Punjab FC Mohali, Punjab Guru Nanak Stadium 30, 000 RoundGlass Sports 2005 (as Minerva Academy FC) 1st, 2017–18 9th, 2016–17, 2018–19 Sreenidi Deccan FC Vizag, Andhra Pradesh Deccan Arena, Hyderabad [yet to announce] Sreenidhi Group Sudeva Delhi FC New Delhi, Delhi Chhatrasal Stadium Anuj Gupta and Vijay Hakari 2014 2020– 8th, 2020–21 TRAU FC TRAU Football Club Pvt.
In its recommendation for 2024–25, it was agreed to fully implement promotion and relegation between the two leagues, and abolition of parallel league system.  Criticisms Financial situation One of the major criticisms of the I-League has been the league's continuing financial instability.  Since the league began in 2007 the league has seen four clubs disband their operations – Chirag United Kerala, JCT, Mahindra United, and Pailan Arrows.  When JCT disbanded, head of operations, Samir Thapar stated that the lack of any credible exposure and money as a major reason for JCT disbanding.
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 AFC Cup AFC Champions League Group stage Play-off Round Semi-finals Round of 16 DNP Qualifying Round 1 Preliminary Round 1 Preliminary Round 2 Inter-zone finals Group Stage Inter-zone semi-finals Cancelled ATK Mohun Bagan See also Football in India History of Indian football List of football clubs in India 2021–23 Indian football club competition play-offs for AFC IFA Shield NFL Second Division NFL Third Division References ^ "HERO MOTOCORP TO BE TITLE SPONSOR OF THE FEDERATION CUP AND I-LEAGUE". www.
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