FOOTBALL IN INDIA
Football is India’s second most popular sport, next to the game of cricket. Traditionally it has enjoyed.
Football popularity in the regions such as WestBengal, Goa, Kerala, Odisha, and entire north-eastern India, especially Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim. Tamil Nadu is a recent addition to this list.
India’s current top domestic league, I-League, was formed in 2007 in an attempt to professionalise local football and in 2013 the Indian Super League was formed with eight teams to promote Indian football to the country and the world. Also contested is Santosh Trophy, a knock-out competition between states (provinces) and government institutions.
The current captain of the Indian national team is Sunil Chhetri, and Stephen Constantine coaches the team. India is currently ranked 163 in the FIFA World Rankings, up by three places from 166 in December 2015.
The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup is scheduled to take place in India. By being the host country, the Indian team will automatically play in the tournament. Depending on the performance of the U-17 team, the All India Football Federation has indicated consideration for a U-20 bid.
Did the ISL help football in India?
ISL is much better than i-league, There are some outstanding players too like Borja of ATK has recently signed for a 1st division Spanish side. Speaks volumes about the quality of footballers that play in ISL. Agreed that ISL players are nowhere compared to the top 5 of Europe, however, Indian players are benefiting a lot from ISL, they get a right amount of money.
Plus there are some great footballers who have retired but played in ISL like Piero.
And believe me, year by year the quality of the professional footballers who come from Europe and South America will improve.
This turn will lead to even more exposure more exciting matches higher viewership ratings more revenue generation higher wages. Improve the quality of the local footballers.
Indian football still has a long way to go. But it is things like ISL that will have to set the ball rolling. It will take a long time for ISL to fulfil its aim of improving Indian football. But in the long run Indian football will gain a lot from ISL.
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more severe than that.