I League 2016/17 : Teams, changes, foreigners and everything you need to know


As the coveted ISL ends, the premier domestic league of India, I League is about to kick off in style. Thanks to the lackluster approach of AIFF, there is next to nothing that we know when the league starts, but today we can bring you something about the teams that will be playing in this season’s competition.

9 clubs will be participating in this season’s I league. Aizawl were relegated last season but they retain their place in the elite league due to withdrawal of Salgaocar FC. The promoted team this season has been Dempo SC.

Clubs to play I League 2016:

Bengaluru FC, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Aizawl FC, Dempo SC, DSK Shivajians, Mumbai FC, Shillong Lajong FC, Sporting Clube de Goa.

Changes in the I league:

  • East Bengal and Mohun Bagan both will have to find a new home as the Salt Lake Stadium is under renovation for the U-17 World Cup next year and will be unavailable. The most likely destination for both the teams may well be Barasat Stadium, at the outskirts of city of Kolkata.
  • Ashley Westwood’s contract with Bengaluru FC has ended and the new manager of Bengaluru is Albert Roca.
  • Khalid Jamil was sacked from Mumbai FC helm and Santosh Kashyap is the new boss of the Mumbaikars.
  • The only team who are yet to announce any of their foreign players is Aizawl FC. In fact they haven’t yet appointed any manager.

Foreign Recruits:

I league teams can register maximum 4 foreign players in the squad, of which at least one should be a national of any Asian country. A list of the players that the clubs have recruited so far.

Bengaluru FC: John Johnson, Juanan, Cameron Watson
East Bengal: Wedson Anselme
DSK Shivajians: Shane McFaul, Juan Quero, Kim Song-Yong
Dempo SC: Chika Wali, Felix Chidi Odili
Mumbai FC: Son Min Chol
Mohun Bagan: Darryl Duffy, Katsumi Yusa
Lajong: Uilliams, Penn Orji, Fabio Pena, Yusuke Yamagata
Sporting Goa: Loveday Enyinnaya, Francis Dadzie


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