2016–17 I-League

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I-League
Season2016–17
Champions Aizawl
Relegated Mumbai
AFC Champions League Aizawl
AFC Cup Bengaluru FC
Matches played90
Goals scored225 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorer Aser Pierrick Dipanda (11 goals)
Best goalkeeper Debjit Majumder
Albino Gomes
(8 clean sheets)
Biggest home win Bengaluru 7–0 DSK Shivajians
(22 April 2017)
Biggest away win Minerva Punjab 0–5 East Bengal
(29 January 2017)
Highest scoring Churchill Brothers 4–5 Minerva Punjab
(19 February 2017)
Longest winning run East Bengal
(6 games)
Longest unbeaten run East Bengal
Mohun Bagan
(9 games)
Longest winless run Mumbai
(16 games)
Longest losing run Mumbai
(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
2017–18
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]

Contents

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.

Teams

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

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity
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

TeamHead coachKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Aizawl Flag of India.svg Khalid Jamil VamosNE Consultancy Services
Bengaluru FC Flag of Spain.svg Albert Roca Puma JSW Group
Chennai City Flag of India.svg V Soundararajan Classic PoloBaako
Churchill Brothers Flag of India.svg Derrick Pereira Strikke SportsChurchill Group
DSK Shivajians Flag of England.svg Dave Rogers Nivia DSK Group
East Bengal Flag of India.svg Mridul Banerjee Shiv Naresh Kingfisher
Minerva Punjab Flag of India.svg Surinder SinghT10 Sports Indian Armed Forces
Mohun Bagan Flag of India.svg Sanjoy Sen Shiv NareshNone
Mumbai Flag of Spain.svg Oscar Bruzon Nivia Playwin
Shillong Lajong Flag of India.svg Thangboi Singto Adidas Gionee

Head coaching changes

TeamOutgoing head coachManner of
departure
Date of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming head coachDate of
appointment
Bengaluru FC Flag of England.svg Ashley Westwood End of Contract1 June 2016 [22] Pre-season Flag of Spain.svg Albert Roca 6 July 2016 [23]
DSK Shivajians Flag of India.svg Derrick Pereira Resigned8 June 2016 [24] Flag of England.svg Dave Rogers 14 June 2016 [25]
Mumbai Flag of India.svg Khalid Jamil Resigned15 June 2016 [26] Flag of India.svg Santosh Kashyap 22 June 2016 [27]
Aizawl Flag of India.svg K. MalsawmkimaAssistant coach20 December 2016 [28] Flag of India.svg Khalid Jamil 20 December 2016 [28]
Chennai City Flag of India.svg Robin Charles Raja Sacked7 February 2017 [29] 10th Flag of India.svg V Soundararajan 9 February 2017 [30]
Churchill Brothers Flag of India.svg Alfred FernandesAssistant Coach17 February 2017 [31] Flag of India.svg Derrick Pereira 17 February 2017 [31]
Mumbai Flag of India.svg Santosh Kashyap Sacked18 March 2017 [32] Flag of Spain.svg Óscar Bruzón 19 March 2017 [33]
East Bengal Flag of England.svg Trevor Morgan Resigned17 April 2017 [34] 3rd Flag of India.svg Mridul Banerjee 18 April 2017 [35]

Foreign players

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

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

    Results

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
    1 Aizawl (C)1811432414+1037Qualification to Champions League qualifier
    2 Mohun Bagan 1810622712+1536
    3 East Bengal 1810353315+1833
    4 Bengaluru FC 188643015+1530Qualification to AFC Cup qualifying play-off [lower-alpha 1]
    5 Shillong Lajong 187562423+126
    6 Churchill Brothers 185582426220
    7 DSK Shivajians 184682230818
    8 Chennai City 1845915291417
    9 Minerva Punjab 1827917331613 [lower-alpha 2]
    10 Mumbai (R)182799281913 [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.
    Notes:
    1. Bengaluru FC qualified for the 2018 AFC Cup by winning the 2016–17 Federation Cup.
    2. 1 2 Minerva Punjab ahead of Mumbai on head-to-head record; Minerva Punjab–Mumbai 2–1, Mumbai–Minerva Punjab 0–0

    Results table

    Home \ Away AFC BFC CCFC CB DSK EB MP MB MFC SLFC
    Aizawl 1–11–03–11–01–01–01–02–02–1
    Bengaluru FC 1–02–03–07–01–31–10–03–03–0
    Chennai City 2–01–11–11–12–10–01–22–11–4
    Churchill Brothers 1–32–16–13–00–24–52–11–20–0
    DSK Shivajians 0–12–22–01–11–24–40–05–02–3
    East Bengal 1–12–13–01–20–13–1 0–0 2–01–1
    Minerva Punjab 2–20–10–20–00–00–50–12–11–2
    Mohun Bagan 3–23–02–11–03–1 2–1 4–02–22–0
    Mumbai 0–10–00–00–01–00–40–00–01–1
    Shillong Lajong 1–10–22–01–01–21–22–11–13–1
    Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: I-League
    Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Season statistics

    As of 30 April 2017 [37]

    Hat-tricks

    PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
    Flag of India.svg C.K. Vineeth Bengaluru FC Mumbai 3–018 January 2017 [38]
    Flag of Haiti.svg Wedson Anselme East Bengal Minerva Punjab 5–029 January 2017 [39]
    Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Bektur Talgat Uulu 4 Churchill Brothers Chennai City 6–122 April 2017 [40]

    4 Player scored 4 goals.

    Fair play

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

    RankTeamTotal Points
    1
    Churchill Brothers
    8.07
    2
    Chennai City
    7.91
    3
    Shillong Lajong
    7.79
    4
    Bengaluru FC
    7.76
    DSK Shivajians
    7.76
    6
    Aizawl
    7.74
    7
    East Bengal
    7.73
    8
    Minerva Punjab
    7.69
    9
    Mumbai
    7.63
    10
    Mohun Bagan
    7.49

    Attendance

    As of 30 April 2017

    Average home attendances

    TeamGPCumulativeHighLowMean
    East Bengal 988,53729,0672,3519,726
    Bengaluru FC 978,77112,6425,3118,752
    Mohun Bagan 971,19923,8593,2567,911
    Aizawl 962,48811,0004,7256,943
    Shillong Lajong 956,20023,7003,2006,244
    Chennai City 926,5385,4341,1232,949
    Minerva Punjab 924,8145,1693002,757
    Churchill Brothers 923,0443,9271,7362,560
    Mumbai 919,3193,6248382,145
    DSK Shivajians 910,0511,5476481,118
    Total90470,94129,0673005,233

    Highest attendances

    RankHome teamScoreAway teamAttendanceDateStadium
    1 East Bengal 0–0 Mohun Bagan 29,06712 February 2017 Kanchenjunga Stadium
    2 Mohun Bagan 2–1 East Bengal 23,8599 April 2017 Kanchenjunga Stadium
    3 Shillong Lajong 1–1 Aizawl 23,70030 April 2017 JLN Stadium
    4 East Bengal 1–1 Aizawl 12,7007 January 2017 Barasat Stadium
    5 Bengaluru FC 1–3 East Bengal 12,64225 February 2017 Sree Kanteerava Stadium

    Awards

    Hero of the Match

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

      Season awards

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

      AwardRecipient
      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 refereePranjal Banerjee

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