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.  The league was then given a major boost from its main derby, the Kolkata derby, between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. On 20 November 2011, 90, 000 people watched at the Salt Lake Stadium as Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal 1–0.  The league also saw more expansion to others areas with the promotion of United Sikkim from the 2nd Division,  however, their reign was short lived as financial troubles saw them relegated the next season.
51 318 2. 41 486 2. 67 489 2. 69 521 2. 88 530 2. 91 402 156 2. 47 280 2. 55 186 2. 58 225 2. 5 2. 27 303 109 2. 78 187 69[a] 2. 71 216 2. 7 294 2. 58 Player transfer fees Top transfer fees paid by I-League clubs Player Fee (min) Year Transfer Out Transfer In Reference Uga Okpara ₹7 crore (US$880, 000) 2009 Enyimba Odafa Onyeka Okolie ₹3 crore (US$380, 000) 2011 Lester Fernandez ₹20 lakh (US$25, 000) 2012 Prayag United Ronaldo Oliveira ₹10 lakh (US$13, 000) Top transfer fees received by I-League clubs Khalid Aucho ₹4 crore (US$500, 000) Misr Lel Makkasa Sunil Chhetri ₹1.
 The league also announced a change in their foreign-player restrictions with the new rule being that all the clubs could sign four foreigners – three non-Asian and one which must be Asian.  The league also announced that, for the first season, matches will be broadcast on Zee Sports.  The original ten clubs in the I-League's first season were Air India, Churchill Brothers, Dempo, East Bengal, JCT, Mahindra United, Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar, Sporting Goa and Viva Kerala. The early seasons (2007–2012) The first ever I-League match took place on 24 November 2007 between Dempo and Salgaocar.
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 Institutional football Many football clubs in India are termed as institutional teams, in other words controlled or owned by an industrial business.  That means it is difficult for players or coaches to turn into complete professionals.  The players who play for institutional teams would also work on a full-time job outside the game for the company the team was owned by.
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 Competition format Since the league began in 2007, the rules have changed almost yearly. Currently, the league has 12 teams. Each club plays each other twice during the season, once at home and the other time away. At the end of the season, the team with the most points wins the league and gains promotion to the top flight Indian Super League. In the case of a tie then head-to-head record is looked upon. Further, in the case of a tie the goal difference is looked upon the tied teams.  Clubs A total of 36 clubs have played in the I-League since its inception in 2007, up to the current season. Locations of current I-League clubs Current clubs Club City/State/UT Stadium Capacity Owners Founded Joined Seasons in IL Best finish Worst finish Aizawl FC Aizawl, Mizoram Rajiv Gandhi Stadium 20, 000 Robert Romawia Royte 1984 2015 2012– 1st, 2016–17 8th, 2015–16 Churchill Brothers FC Goa Margao, Goa Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 19, 000 Churchill Alemao 1988 2016 2007–14, 2016– 1st, 2008–09, 2012–13 8th, 2013–14 Gokulam Kerala FC Kozhikode, Kerala EMS Stadium 80, 000 Sree Gokulam Group 2017 2017– 1st, 2020–21 9th, 2018–19 Kenkre Mumbai, Maharashtra Cooperage Ground 5, 000 Mohammedan SC Kolkata, West Bengal Mohammedan Sporting Ground 22, 000 Mohammedan Sporting Club Pvt.
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 This is much the same model which was found in Japan before the introduction of the J. League.  The positives are that the teams are usually well resourced with players earning decent money and the reassuring prospect of employment after their footballing days finish.  On the negative side, teams only effectively represent an individual business with a few thousand workers, rather than whole cities, and thus do not gain broad general support.  On 21 February 2014 it was officially announced that the two remaining institutional clubs in the I-League – Air India and ONGC – had been expelled from the I-League and that all other institutional clubs would not be allowed to participate in the league.
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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.
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