ISL 2018-19 Team List- 10 Teams To Battle it out this Indian Super League
The fifth edition of the Indian Super League will see 10 teams featuring in the competition after two new sides were added to the competition last season. The organizers of the Indian Super League had invited bids from prospective owners for one of 10 listed cities and Bengaluru and Jamshedpur were selected to join the original eight teams, that included Atletico de Kolkata, Delhi Dynamos, Kerala Blasters, NorthEast United FC, FC Goa, Chennaiyin FC, Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City.
The other cities for which these bids were accepted included Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram. Kolkata already has a team, in the form of ATK.
Interestingly, last season, one of the new teams last season, Bengaluru went all the way through to the final before they lost to Chennaiyin in a hard-fought title-decider. That made is Chennaiyin’s second ISL title to go with two titles that ATK have won. ATK had a terrible last season, as they failed to qualify even for the semi-finals.
Each team was allowed to sign eight foreign players till last season but now this number has been dropped to seven. That said, the number of on-field foreign players is going to remain five.
With owners like Abhishek Bachchan, M.S. Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly, the celeb quotient of the league is all set to rise with the induction of new owners and new fans. However, Sachin Tendulkar, who held a stake in the Kerala Blasters has now decided to give up on it and move on.
A total of 90 league games will be played in this ISL season with breaks at different points for internationals. The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals at the end of the league phase.
The next logical step for the ISL would be to expand to a seven-month format with games on weekends, like every other major league in the world. While that looks to be off the cards for now, watch this space for more on the ISL.
Delhi Dynamos FC
|Lalhmangaisangha ‘Sena’ Ralte||Defender|
Kerala Blasters FC
NorthEast United FC
|Mandar Rao Desai||Midfielder|
|Chinglan Sana Singh||Defender|
Atletico de Kolkata
Mumbai City FC
FC Pune City
|Nim Dorjee Tamang||Defender|