Winning head coaches Head coach Wins Winning year(s) Armando Colaco 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12 Ashley Westwood 2013–14, 2015–16 Vincenzo Alberto Annese 2020–21, 2021–22 Kibu Vicuña Akbar Nawas Khalid Jamil Sanjoy Sen Mariano Dias Karim Bencherifa Zoran Đorđević Champions Successful clubs by seasons Season Champions Runners-up Third place Teams Dempo (1/3) Churchill Brothers (1/2) Dempo (2/3) Dempo (3/3) Churchill Brothers (2/2) Bengaluru (1/2) Mohun Bagan (1/2) Bengaluru (2/2) Minerva Punjab Mohun Bagan (2/2) Not Awarded[a] Gokulam Kerala (1/2) Gokulam Kerala (2/2) Notes ^ Matches after 14 March 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mohun Bagan were declared the champions having huge point difference between the second placed club and no runners-up were announced as remaining clubs were very closely placed in the points table.
 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. The match, which took place at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, ended 3–0 in favour of Dempo with Chidi Edeh scoring the first ever goal in league history in the third minute.  After eighteen rounds it was Dempo who came out as the first ever champions in the I-League.
 Then, before the 2009–10 season, the league was once again expanded from 12 teams to 14. In order to make this happen Salgaocar, Viva Kerala, Pune, and Shillong Lajong were all promoted from the 2nd Division to the I-League.  This helped the I-League retain some criticism about how national the league was as now the league would be played in seven different cities/states: Goa, Kerala, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Punjab, and Shillong.  After the 2009–10 season it was Dempo who came out on top for the second time in I-League history.
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 Bhaichung Bhutia, then captain of the Indian national team, said that it was the federations job to spread the game across the country and that it needed to happen.  Regardless of the early criticism, the I-League went on as scheduled and once the 2008–09 season concluded. it was Churchill Brothers who came out on top.
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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. 14 crore (US$140, 000) Mumbai City Pedro Manzi ₹1 crore (US$130, 000) Albirex Niigata Eugeneson Lyngdoh ₹90 lakh (US$110, 000) Pune City Top scorers Season after season, players in the I-League compete for the golden boot title, which is awarded at the end of each season to the top scorer throughout the entire season.
org Current: 2022–23 I-League The I-League (known as Hero I-League for sponsorship ties with Hero MotoCorp) is the second-tier men's professional football competition of the Indian football league system. It is currently contested by 12 clubs across the country with the winners getting promotion to play in the premier division, the Indian Super League. The competition was founded in 2007 as the successor to the National Football League, with the first season starting in November 2007.  The league was launched as India's first ever top-tier professional football league with the aim to increase the player pool for the India national team.  I-League operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the I-League 2 and at first only promotion system with the Indian Super League, from the 2022–23 season.
 On 14 October 2019, the AFC held a summit in Kuala Lumpur, chaired by the AFC Secretary General Windsor John, which involved key stakeholders from the AIFF, the FSDL, the ISL and the I-League clubs, and other major stakeholders to propose a new roadmap to facilitate the football league system in India.  Based on the roadmap that was prepared by the AFC and the AIFF at the summit and was finally approved by the AFC Executive Committee on 26 October in Da Nang, in 2019–20 season, ISL will attain the country's top-tier league status, allowing the ISL premiers to play AFC Champions League and the I-League champions to play AFC Cup.  In addition, starting with the 2022–23 season, I-League will lose the top-tier status, wherein the champion of the I-League will stand a chance to be promoted to the ISL with no participation fee.
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The most recent winner of the golden boot is Bidyashagar Singh, who won the golden boot at the end of the 2020–21 season after scoring 12 goals. Ranti Martins is both currently the holders of the most golden boot titles with five golden boots. Along with Odafa Onyeka Okolie, the two Nigerians make up the eight golden boots won by Nigerians, the most of any nationality in the league. ^ a b c Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the league was suspended after 14 March 2020. Only champions were awarded and remaining prize money in the league was equally divided among the remaining participating clubs and no individual prize money was also not awarded.
One of the clubs in the league, FC Kochin, went defunct in 2002 after it was revealed that the club had not paid salaries since 2000, after making up 2. 5 crores of losses in a season.  After a decade of decline with the National Football League, the All India Football Federation decided it was time for a change. This resulted in the modern day iteration of the top-tier in India.  Formation After the 2006–07 NFL season, it was announced that it would be rebranded as the I-League for the 2007–08 season.
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