2016–17 I-League

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1st I-League title
1st Indian title
AFC Champions LeagueAizawl
AFC CupBengaluru FC
Matches played90
Goals scored225 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorerAser Pierrick Dipanda (11 goals)
Best goalkeeperDebjit Majumder
Albino Gomes
(8 clean sheets)
Biggest home winBengaluru 7–0 DSK Shivajians
(22 April 2017)
Biggest away winMinerva Punjab 0–5 East Bengal
(29 January 2017)
Highest scoringChurchill Brothers 4–5 Minerva Punjab
(19 February 2017)
Longest winning runEast Bengal
(6 games)
Longest unbeaten runEast Bengal
Mohun Bagan
(9 games)
Longest winless runMumbai
(16 games)
Longest losing runMumbai
(6 games)
Highest attendance29,067
East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan
(12 February 2017)
Lowest attendance300
Minerva Punjab vs Chennai City
(8 April 2017)
Total attendance470,941
Average attendance5,233
All statistics correct as of 30 April 2017.

The 2016–17 I-League was the 10th season of the I-League, the top Indian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season began on 7 January 2017 and concluded on 30 April 2017.[1]

Aizawl won their first title on the final day after securing a draw against Shillong Lajong on 30 April 2017. Defending champions Bengaluru FC finished in the fourth place. Dempo had entered the league after being promoted from the I-League 2nd Division but withdrew from the league along with Salgaocar and Sporting Goa. Aizawl were reinstated into the league after being relegated while Churchill Brothers, Chennai City, and Minerva Punjab were granted direct-entry into the I-League.


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Ten teams are competing in the league. The majority of the teams from the previous season as well as recently promoted Dempo were originally supposed to compete this season. Dempo were promoted to the I-League on 30 May 2016, defeating Minerva Academy 3–1.[2] Aizawl were relegated from the I-League the previous season, despite finishing above last place DSK Shivajians who were exempt from relegation. However, on 27 September 2016, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced that Aizawl would be reinstated into the I-League for the 2016–17 season.[3]

Throughout the summer of 2016, the three Goan I-League clubs – Dempo, Salgaocar, and Sporting Goa – had been indecisive over their participation in the league. On 24 June 2016 it was first announced that Salgaocar and Sporting Goa would withdraw from the I-League following their displeasure over the proposed roadmap for Indian football for the 2017–18 season, with Dempo also threatening to do so next.[4] However, in September 2015 it was revealed that despite withdrawing Sporting Goa and Dempo still submitted their AFC Licensing documents needed for I-League play.[5] It was then revealed on 10 November that both Sporting Goa and Dempo were given national licenses for the I-League.[6] Despite this though, however, on 22 November 2016 it was officially announced by Sporting Goa that they would withdraw from the I-League for good.[7]

As well as dealing with the Goan clubs potential exit from the league, the AIFF have also worked on providing direct-entry for certain clubs into the I-League for this season. On 26 October 2016 it was revealed that both Minerva Academy and FC Bardez had submitted documents for direct-entry into the I-League.[8] However, on 23 November, it was announced that the AIFF would be issuing new tenders for a direct-entry side in the league after none of the three sides which applied fulfilled the financial criteria.[9]

On 8 December 2016, after Dempo confirmed their exit from the league, the AIFF reinstated Churchill Brothers into the I-League.[10] Finally, on 11 December 2016, the AIFF granted direct-entry to both Chennai City and Minerva Punjab to bring the number of teams in the league to ten.[11]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aizawl Aizawl, Mizoram Rajiv Gandhi Stadium 5,000[12]
Bengaluru FC Bangalore, Karnataka Sree Kanteerava Stadium 24,000[13]
Chennai City Chennai, Tamil Nadu Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 40,000[14]
Churchill Brothers Vasco da Gama, Goa Tilak Maidan Stadium 12,000[15]
DSK Shivajians Pune, Maharashtra Balewadi Stadium 12,000[16]
East Bengal Kolkata, West Bengal Barasat Stadium 22,000[17]
Minerva Punjab Ludhiana, Punjab Guru Nanak Stadium 15,000[18]
Mohun Bagan Kolkata, West Bengal Rabindra Sarobar Stadium 22,000[19]
Mumbai Mumbai, Maharashtra Cooperage Ground 5,000[20]
Shillong Lajong Shillong, Meghalaya Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000[21]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Head coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aizawl India Khalid Jamil Vamos NE Consultancy Services
Bengaluru FC Spain Albert Roca Puma JSW Group
Chennai City India V Soundararajan Classic Polo Baako
Churchill Brothers India Derrick Pereira Strikke Sports Churchill Group
DSK Shivajians England Dave Rogers Nivia DSK Group
East Bengal India Mridul Banerjee Shiv Naresh Kingfisher
Minerva Punjab India Surinder Singh T10 Sports Indian Armed Forces
Mohun Bagan India Sanjoy Sen Shiv Naresh None
Mumbai Spain Oscar Bruzon Nivia Playwin
Shillong Lajong India Thangboi Singto Adidas Gionee

Head coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming head coach Date of
Bengaluru FC England Ashley Westwood End of Contract 1 June 2016[22] Pre-season Spain Albert Roca 6 July 2016[23]
DSK Shivajians India Derrick Pereira Resigned 8 June 2016[24] England Dave Rogers 14 June 2016[25]
Mumbai India Khalid Jamil Resigned 15 June 2016[26] India Santosh Kashyap 22 June 2016[27]
Aizawl India K. Malsawmkima Assistant coach 20 December 2016[28] India Khalid Jamil 20 December 2016[28]
Chennai City India Robin Charles Raja Sacked 7 February 2017[29] 10th India V Soundararajan 9 February 2017[30]
Churchill Brothers India Alfred Fernandes Assistant Coach 17 February 2017[31] India Derrick Pereira 17 February 2017[31]
Mumbai India Santosh Kashyap Sacked 18 March 2017[32] Spain Óscar Bruzón 19 March 2017[33]
East Bengal England Trevor Morgan Resigned 17 April 2017[34] 3rd India Mridul Banerjee 18 April 2017[35]

Foreign players[edit]

A team can register up to four foreign players, of which one should compulsorily be a national of an Asian Country.[36]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Aizawl Ivory Coast Kamo Stephane Bayi Liberia Alfred Jaryan Nigeria Kingsley Obumneme Syria Mahmoud Amnah
Bengaluru FC England John Johnson Serbia Marjan Jugović Spain Juanan Australia Cameron Watson
Chennai City Brazil Charles Brazil Marcos Thank Nigeria Echezona Anyichie
Churchill Brothers Liberia Ansumana Kromah Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Wolfe Kyrgyzstan Bektur Talgat Uulu
DSK Shivajians Bosnia and Herzegovina Saša Kolunija Republic of Ireland Shane McFaul Spain Juan Quero North Korea Kim Song-yong
East Bengal Haiti Wedson Anselme Trinidad and Tobago Willis Plaza Uganda Ivan Bukenya Australia Chris Payne
Minerva Punjab Nigeria Victor Amobi Nigeria Loveday Enyinnaya Nigeria Kareem Omolaja South Korea Sang-Min Kim
Mohun Bagan Equatorial Guinea Eduardo Ferreira Haiti Sony Norde Scotland Darryl Duffy Japan Katsumi Yusa
Mumbai Trinidad and Tobago Densill Theobald Afghanistan Djelaludin Sharityar
Shillong Lajong Brazil Fábio Pena Cameroon Aser Pierrick Dipanda Romania Dan Ignat Japan Yuta Kinowaki


League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Aizawl (C) 18 11 4 3 24 14 +10 37 Qualification to Champions League qualifier
2 Mohun Bagan 18 10 6 2 27 12 +15 36
3 East Bengal 18 10 3 5 33 15 +18 33
4 Bengaluru FC 18 8 6 4 30 15 +15 30 Qualification to AFC Cup qualifying play-off[lower-alpha 1]
5 Shillong Lajong 18 7 5 6 24 23 +1 26
6 Churchill Brothers 18 5 5 8 24 26 −2 20
7 DSK Shivajians 18 4 6 8 22 30 −8 18
8 Chennai City 18 4 5 9 15 29 −14 17
9 Minerva Punjab 18 2 7 9 17 33 −16 13[lower-alpha 2]
10 Mumbai (R) 18 2 7 9 9 28 −19 13[lower-alpha 2] Relegation to I-League 2nd Division
Source: IndiaFooty.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
  1. Bengaluru FC qualified for the 2018 AFC Cup by winning the 2016–17 Federation Cup.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Minerva Punjab ahead of Mumbai on head-to-head record; Minerva Punjab–Mumbai 2–1, Mumbai–Minerva Punjab 0–0

Results table[edit]

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Season statistics[edit]

As of 30 April 2017[37]


Player For Against Result Date Ref
India C.K. Vineeth Bengaluru FC Mumbai 3–0 18 January 2017 [38]
Haiti Wedson Anselme East Bengal Minerva Punjab 5–0 29 January 2017 [39]
Kyrgyzstan Bektur Talgat Uulu 4 Churchill Brothers Chennai City 6–1 22 April 2017 [40]

4 Player scored 4 goals.

Fair play[edit]

Churchill Brothers led the fair play table at the end of the season.[41]

Rank Team Total Points
Churchill Brothers
Chennai City
Shillong Lajong
4 Bengaluru FC
DSK Shivajians
East Bengal
Minerva Punjab
Mohun Bagan


As of 30 April 2017

Average home attendances[edit]

Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
East Bengal 9 88,537 29,067 2,351 9,726
Bengaluru FC 9 78,771 12,642 5,311 8,752
Mohun Bagan 9 71,199 23,859 3,256 7,911
Aizawl 9 62,488 11,000 4,725 6,943
Shillong Lajong 9 56,200 23,700 3,200 6,244
Chennai City 9 26,538 5,434 1,123 2,949
Minerva Punjab 9 24,814 5,169 300 2,757
Churchill Brothers 9 23,044 3,927 1,736 2,560
Mumbai 9 19,319 3,624 838 2,145
DSK Shivajians 9 10,051 1,547 648 1,118
Total 90 470,941 29,067 300 5,233

Highest attendances[edit]

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Stadium
1 East Bengal 0–0 Mohun Bagan 29,067 12 February 2017 (2017-02-12) Kanchenjunga Stadium
2 Mohun Bagan 2–1 East Bengal 23,859 9 April 2017 (2017-04-09) Kanchenjunga Stadium
3 Shillong Lajong 1–1 Aizawl 23,700 30 April 2017 (2017-04-30) JLN Stadium
4 East Bengal 1–1 Aizawl 12,700 7 January 2017 (2017-01-07) Barasat Stadium
5 Bengaluru FC 1–3 East Bengal 12,642 25 February 2017 (2017-02-25) Sree Kanteerava Stadium


Hero of the Match[edit]

Round Hero of the Matches
1 Nigeria Kingsley Obumneme India Udanta Singh India Thoi Singh India Kingsley Fernandes India Karanjit Singh
2 Syria Mahmoud Amnah Scotland Darryl Duffy Trinidad and Tobago Willis Plaza India Karanjit Singh India Adil Khan
3 Syria Mahmoud Amnah India Jeje Lalpekhlua India Milan Singh India Lalrindika Ralte India C.K. Vineeth
4 India Rupert Nongrum India Jerry Mawihmingthanga Brazil Marcos Thank Uganda Ivan Bukenya India Jayesh Rane
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Saša Kolunija India Chesterpoul Lyngdoh Cameroon Aser Pierrick Dipanda Brazil Marcos Thank Haiti Wedson Anselme
6 Cameroon Aser Pierrick Dipanda Liberia Alfred Jaryan India Rowilson Rodrigues Trinidad and Tobago Willis Plaza Japan Katsumi Yusa
7 India Anirudh Thapa India Prabir Das India Vishal Kaith Haiti Wedson Anselme India Holicharan Narzary
8 Nigeria Kingsley Obumneme Brazil Charles Republic of Ireland Shane McFaul India Sunil Chhetri India Rehenesh TP
9 India Brandon Fernandes India Albino Gomes India Laxmikant Kattimani India Vishal Kaith India Vinit Rai
10 Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Wolfe Cameroon Aser Pierrick Dipanda Trinidad and Tobago Densil Theobald India Balwant Singh India Laldanmawia Ralte
11 India Brandon Vanlalremdika India Robin Singh Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Wolfe India Arnab Das Sharma India Vishal Kaith
12 Cameroon Aser Pierrick Dipanda India Chesterpoul Lyngdoh Ivory Coast Kamo Stephane Bayi India Lenny Rodrigues India Nanda Kumar
13 India Nim Dorjee Tamang India Laldanmawia Ralte India Naveen Kumar India Daniel Lalhlimpuia Haiti Sony Norde
14 Nigeria Kareem Omolaja India Holicharan Narzary India Arindam Bhattacharya India Vishal Kaith India Karanjit Singh
15 India Michael Soosairaj India Milan Singh India Laxmikant Kattimani India Jayesh Rane Haiti Sony Norde
16 Australia Cameron Watson Ivory Coast Kamo Stephane Bayi India Krishna Pandit India Jerry Mawihmingthanga India Karanjit Singh
17 India Zohmingliana Ralte Kyrgyzstan Bektur Talgat Uulu India Sunil Chhetri India Rowllin Borges India Isaac Vanlalsawma
18 India Mandar Rao Desai India Bikash Jairu North Korea Kim Song-yong Ivory Coast Kamo Stephane Bayi Haiti Sony Norde

Season awards[edit]

Hero I-League 2016–17 awards were voted by coaches and captains of the participating teams.[42]

Award Recipient
Hero of the League Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)
Best Goalkeeper Debjit Majumder (Mohun Bagan)
Jarnail Singh Best Defender Anas Edathodika (Mohun Bagan)
Best Midfielder Alfred Jaryan (Aizawl)
Best Striker Aser Pierrick Dipanda (Shillong Lajong)
Emerging Player Jerry Lalrinzuala (DSK Shivajians)
Syed Abdul Rahim Best Coach Khalid Jamil (Aizawl)
Best Organizers DSK Shivajians
Bengaluru FC
Fairplay award Churchill Brothers
Best referee Pranjal Banerjee

See also[edit]


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  3. "AIFF reinstates relegated Aizawl FC in I-League after club's impressive run". FirstPost. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
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  5. Paransar, Swapnaneel (15 September 2016). "Sporting Clube de Goa submit all licensing documents as Salgaocar stand firm on boycott". Goal.com. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. "Bengaluru FC granted AFC license for 2016–17 season". Goal.com. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. "Sporting Clube de Goa confirm their withdrawal from I-League, Dempo SC to follow suit". FirstPost. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. "Minerva FC, FC Bardez Goa submit bids for direct entry into I-League". One India. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  9. "AIFF issues fresh tender as interested I-League clubs' bids fall short". Times of India. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
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  15. "Churchill Brothers Stadium". I-League.[permanent dead link]
  16. "DSK Shivajians Stadium". I-League.[permanent dead link]
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  24. "I-League: DSK Shivajians opt to not renew Derrick Pereira's contract". Goal.com. 2 June 2016.
  25. "DSK Shivajians rope in Englishman Rogers as head coach". 14 June 2016.
  26. "I-League: Khalid Jamil steps down as Mumbai FC coach". goal.com. 15 June 2016.
  27. "I-League – Santosh Kashyap announced as new Mumbai FC Head Coach". goal.com. 22 June 2016.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Aizawl FC appoint former Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil as their head coach ahead of I-League". 20 December 2016.
  29. "Chennai City sack head coach Robin Charles Raja". ESPNFC. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  30. "I-League 2017: Chennai City appoint V Soundararajan as head coach". Goal.com. 9 February 2016.
  31. 31.0 31.1 "Churchill Brothers appoint Derrick Pereira as new head coach". 17 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  32. "I-League 2017 – Official: Mumbai FC SACK Santosh Kashyap". 18 March 2017.
  33. "I-League 2017: Mumbai FC appoint Oscar Bruzon as new head coach to replace the sacked Santosh Kashyap". 19 March 2017.
  34. "Trevor Morgan resigns as East Bengal coach". 17 April 2017.
  35. "Mridul Banerjee replaces Trevor Morgan as East Bengal football coach". 18 April 2017.
  36. "Hero I-League regulations 2014–15" (PDF). Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  37. "I-League – Top scrores". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  38. "Bengaluru FC 3–0 Mumbai". Soccerway. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  39. "Minerva Punjab 0–5 East Bengal". Soccerway. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  41. "Here is the standing for the Fair Play award in this season of the #HeroILeague".
  42. "Sunil Chhetri wins the 'Hero of the League' award". 2 May 2017.

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