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.
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Ambedkar Stadium Anuj Gupta and Vijay Hakari 2014 2020– 8th, 2020–21 TRAU FC TRAU Football Club Pvt. Ltd. 1954 2019 3rd, 2020–21 All-time points table The following is a list of clubs who have played in the I-League at any time since its formation in 2007 to the current season. Teams playing in the 2021-22 I-League season are indicated in bold.
The armed forces are never too far behind the country's professional clubs. Army Green, in fact, won the cup in 2016 and will be hoping to repeat the feat. VenueStadiumCapacityCityVivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan85000KolkataKishore Bharati Krirangan12000KolkataIndira Gandhi Athletic Stadium25000GuwahatiKhuman Lampak Stadium35285ImphalDurand Cup TelecastDurand Cup 2022 will be streamed live on Voot and JioTV.
 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. In its recommendation for 2024–25, it was agreed to fully implement promotion and relegation between the two leagues, and abolition of parallel league system.  Criticisms Financial situation One of the major criticisms of the I-League has been the league's continuing financial instability.  Since the league began in 2007 the league has seen four clubs disband their operations – Chirag United Kerala, JCT, Mahindra United, and Pailan Arrows.
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 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.  Viva Kerala and Salgaocar, however, ended up as the first two teams to ever be relegated from the I-League.
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 The deal with Zee Sports was a continuation of the 10-year deal reached between the AIFF and Zee Sports in 2005.  However, in October 2009, Zee Sports reportedly sent a letter to the AIFF asking for the Federation to review the 10-year contract after concerns were raised by the broadcaster that the league was not attracting as many sponsors as they would have liked.  In August 2010 it was revealed that there were crunch talks between the AIFF and Zee Sports over these concerns and that there was a provision in the 10-year deal that said it could be reviewed after the first five years.  Stadiums Home stadiums of current I-league clubs Mumbai Kenkre Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl Fatorda Stadium, Margao EMS Stadium, Kozikode Mohammedan Sporting Ground, Kolkata Cooperage Ground, Mumbai Khuman Lampak Main Stadium, Imphal Capacity: 20, 000 Capacity: 19, 000 Capacity: 80, 000 Capacity: 15, 000 Capacity: 5, 000 Punjab Guru Nanak stadium, Ludhiana Rajasthan University Sports Complex, Jaipur TRC Turf Ground, Srinagar Dr.
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.  The league's first season consisted of eight teams from the previous NFL campaign and two teams from the 2nd Division to form a 10 team league.  Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the title sponsors of the previous NFL, were named as the title sponsors of the I-League before the league kicked off in November 2007.  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 Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, will also make its I-League debut, with Real Kashmir FC shifting to the venue from February onwards. The Deccan Arena in Hyderabad and the Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi will be the other two debuting venues in the league this season for Sreenidi Deccan FC and Sudeva Delhi FC, respectively. Image- AIFF Meanwhile, the I-League will return to one of its favourite venues, South Bombay, once again, with Kenkre FC hosting their home games at the iconic Cooperage. Over in Delhi, the historic Ambedkar Stadium will play host to Rajasthan United FC.
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