2020–21 I-League

The 2020–21 I-League (known as the Hero I-League for sponsorship reasons) was the 14th season of the I-League, one of the top tier Indian professional football leagues, since its establishment in 2007. The tournament was hosted in bio-secure bubble across four venues in Kolkata due to COVID-19 pandemic situation in India.

Hero I-League
Season2020–21
Dates9 January – 27 March 2021
ChampionsGokulam Kerala
1st I-League title
1st Indian title
AFC CupGokulam Kerala
Matches played80
Goals scored216 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorerBidyashagar Singh
(12 goals)
Best goalkeeperKiran Chemjong
(105 mins per goal)
Highest scoringIndian Arrows 2–5 Churchill Brothers
(10 January 2021)
Gokulam Kerala 4–3 Punjab
(14 January 2021)
Real Kashmir 4–3 NEROCA
(13 February 2021)
Longest winning runTRAU
(5 games)
Longest unbeaten runChurchill Brothers
(11 games)
Longest winless runIndian Arrows
(7 games)
Longest losing runNEROCA
(6 games)

Mohun Bagan was declared the champion of the 2019–20 season after the cancellation of matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, since the second placed team could not catch up even if all 20 games were completed.[1] However, following Mohun Bagan's merger with Indian Super League (ISL) club ATK, the club began competing in the ISL from the 2020–21 ISL season.[2]

Throughout the First Phase, Churchill Brothers kept its dominance with an unbeaten run of 11 games, while in the Second Phase, Gokulam Kerala, Churchill Brothers and TRAU traded the lead several times throughout the Championship Stage. Entering the final matchday, Gokulam Kerala were ahead on goal difference. However, with the Gokulam and TRAU facing off, either team could claim the title with a win. A draw in the Gokulam Kerala–TRAU match and a win were needed for Churchill Brothers to be crowned champions. The game ended in a 4–1 win for Gokulam, giving the Malabarians their first I-league title and qualification for the AFC Cup.[3] NEROCA finished bottom of the Relegation Stage and were to relegated, but were reinstated by AIFF after the viewing the situation of Covid-19 pandemic.[4]

Changes from last seasonEdit

Changes in rules and regulationsEdit

  • AIFF has implemented the '3+1' foreigners rule from this season. Under this rule, each club will be allowed to field a maximum of four foreign players and one of those four foreign players must be from an AFC affiliated country.[5]
  • Due to COVID-19 pandemic, this season's league format was shortened. All teams will face each other once in the first leg of the league, then they will be divided into two different groups. According to points table from first leg, top six teams will face each other once again in the Championship stage, where the team with most points (cumulative points collected from all fifteen matches) will be declared the winner of the league and qualify for the 2022 AFC Cup group stage. The other five teams will play against each other in a Relegation stage where the team with the lowest points (cumulative points collected from all fourteen matches) will be relegated to the 2nd Division League.[6]

Number of clubsEdit

All India Football Federation (AIFF) issued an invitation to accept bids for new clubs from non I-League cities, like Delhi, Gangtok, Ranchi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mangalore, Bhopal, Lucknow, Kanpur, Ahmedabad and Calicut among many others, to join the league from 2020 onwards. The invitation mentioned that the entity which wins the bid will be granted the right to own and operate a new football club.[7] On 12 August, AIFF announced that Sudeva of Delhi would join the league from this season and Sreenidi Deccan, which is based in Hyderabad, will be playing from Visakhapatnam from the following season.[8][9][10]

East Bengal and Mohun Bagan moved to the Indian Super League, when East Bengal joined the league as an expansion team, while Mohun Bagan and ATK, the champions of 2019–20 ISL season, merged to play as ATK Mohun Bagan in the ISL.[11][12]

Edit

Promoted from the 2019–20 2nd Division League

Relegated clubsEdit

Relegated from the 2019–20 I-League

  • None

TeamsEdit

 
Locations of the stadiums for I-league


Stadiums and locationsEdit

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all the matches will be played in a single venue. AIFF declared Kolkata as the venue on 14 August.[14] Matches will be played in Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kishore Bharati Krirangan and Mohun Bagan Ground[15] in Kolkata, and Kalyani Stadium in Kalyani.[16]

Stadium Capacity Location
Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan 85,000 Salt Lake, Kolkata
Kishore Bharati Krirangan 12,000 Jadavpore, Kolkata
Mohun Bagan Ground 20,000 Maidan, Kolkata
Kalyani Municipal Stadium 20,000 Kalyani, Nadia
Team Location
Aizawl Aizawl, Mizoram
Chennai City Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Churchill Brothers Margao, Goa
Gokulam Kerala Calicut, Kerala
Indian Arrows Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mohammedan Kolkata, West Bengal
NEROCA Imphal, Manipur
Real Kashmir Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
TRAU Imphal, Manipur
Sudeva Delhi New Delhi, Delhi
Punjab Ludhiana, Punjab

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Head coach Captain Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
Aizawl   Yan Law   Alfred Jaryan Vamos[17] NECS Limited[18]
Chennai City   Satyasagara   Charles Anandraj Nivia Sports[19] TVS Group
Churchill Brothers   Fernando Santiago Varela   Bazie Armand Nivia Sports[19] Churchill
Gokulam Kerala   Vincenzo Alberto Annese   Mohamed Awal SEGA[20] Sree Gokulam Group[21]
Indian Arrows   Shanmugam Venkatesh   Lalchhanhima Sailo SIX5SIX[22] Hero MotoCorp
Mohammedan   Sankarlal Chakraborty   Kingsley Obumneme Trak Only[23] BunkerHill Sports[24]
NEROCA   Gift Raikhan   Bishorjit Loitongbam Ambition Sportswear[25] Grow Manipur Team[26]
Punjab   Curtis Fleming   Bikramjit Singh T10 Sports[27] RoundGlass Sports[28]
Real Kashmir   David Robertson   Mason Robertson Adidas[29] Hotel CH2[29]
Sudeva Delhi   Chencho Dorji   Ajay Singh Puma[30] Liquid Life[31]
TRAU   Nandakumar Singh   Phalguni Konsam Romi Bag[32] HVS Foundation

Head coaching changesEdit

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Ref. Position in table Incoming coach Date of appointment Ref.
Gokulam Kerala   Fernando Santiago Varela End of contract 17 August 2020 [33] Pre-season   Vincenzo Alberto Annese 19 August 2020 [34]
Churchill Brothers   Mateus Costa End of interim period 23 September 2020 [35]   Fernando Santiago Varela 23 September 2020 [35]
Chennai City   Akbar Nawas Mutual consent 26 October 2020 [36]   Satyasagara 10 December 2020 [37]
Aizawl   Stanley Rozario Mutual consent 18 January 2021 [38] 10th   Yan Law 19 January 2021 [38]
Mohammedan   José Hevia Mutual consent 19 February 2021 [39] 7th   Sankarlal Chakraborty 19 February 2021 [40]

TransfersEdit

Foreign playersEdit

Minimum of three and maximum of four foreign players including one player from AFC—affiliated country per team.[41] Indian Arrows cannot sign any foreign players as they are a part of AIFF's developmental program. The newly joined team, Sudeva Delhi will field an all-Indian squad for its debut I-League season.[42]

  • Players name in bold indicates the players who are capped for their respective national team.
Team Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 AFC Player Former Player
Aizawl   Alfred Jaryan - -   Abhishek Rijal   Princewill Emeka
  Richard Kasagga
Chennai City   Vladimir Molerović   Demir Avdić   Elvedin Škrijelj   Iqbal Hussain
Churchill Brothers   Clayvin Zuniga   Bazie Armand   Luka Majcen   Hamza Kheir
Gokulam Kerala   Philip Adjah   Denny Antwi   Mohamed Awal   Sharif Mukhammad
Mohammedan   Kingsley Obumneme   John Chidi   Pedro Manzi   Jamal Bhuyan   Mohammed Fatau
  Raphael Onwrebe
NEROCA   Varney Kallon   Nathaniel Garcia   Judah Garcia   Prakash Budhathoki
Punjab   Chencho Gyeltshen   Baba Diawara   Joseba Beitia   Kiran Chemjong   Danilo Quipapá
Real Kashmir   Aser Pierrick Dipanda   Lukman Adefemi   Mason Robertson   Zohib Islam Amiri
TRAU   Helder Lobato   Joseph Olaleye   Bruno Rodrigues   Komron Tursunov

First phaseEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Churchill Brothers 10 6 4 0 15 6 +9 22 Promote to Championship Stage (Group A)
2 Punjab 10 5 3 2 12 7 +5 18
3 Real Kashmir 10 4 5 1 18 9 +9 17
4 Gokulam Kerala 10 5 1 4 20 14 +6 16
5 TRAU 10 4 4 2 17 13 +4 16
6 Mohammedan 10 4 4 2 9 8 +1 16
7 Aizawl 10 4 3 3 13 8 +5 15 Demote to Relegation Stage (Group B)
8 Sudeva Delhi 10 2 3 5 11 11 0 9
9 Chennai City 10 3 0 7 7 19 −12 9
10 NEROCA 10 2 2 6 13 15 −2 8
11 Indian Arrows 10 1 1 8 6 31 −25 4
Updated to match(es) played on 1 March 2021. Source: I-League
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


Fixtures and resultsEdit

All matches were played at neutral venues. The "home" and "away" are designated for administrative purposes.

Home \ Away CHB PUN REK GOK TRAU MDS AIZ SDA CNC NER IDA
Churchill Brothers 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0
Punjab 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–0
Real Kashmir 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–3 6–0
Gokulam Kerala 2–3 4–3 0–0 1–2 4–0
TRAU 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–0 2–0
Mohammedan 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–0
Aizawl 1–3 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–1
Sudeva Delhi 0–1 2–3 0–1 0–2 3–0
Chennai City 1–2 0–2 0–3 0–4 1–0
NEROCA 0–1 1–4 1–1 1–2 1–2
Indian Arrows 2–5 1–2 1–5 1–0 0–4
Updated to match(es) played on 1 March 2021. Source: I-League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by matchdayEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each round mentioned in official fixtures.[43]

Matchday1234567891011
Aizawl910673488577
Chennai City279107699999
Churchill Brothers11111113111
Gokulam Kerala851034694434
Indian Arrows1111111111111111111111
Mohammedan33346745766
NEROCA794610101010101010
Punjab46899521242
Real Kashmir52255232323
Sudeva Delhi104588377888
TRAU68722856655
Promotion to Championship stage (Group A)
Demotion to Relegation stage (Group B)
Source: I-League

Results by gamesEdit

Match12345678910
AizawlLWDWDLDWLW
Chennai CityWLLWLWLLLL
Churchill BrothersWDWWDDDWWW
Gokulam KeralaLWLWDLWWWL
Indian ArrowsLLLDLLLWLL
MohammedanWDDDDWLLWW
NEROCADWLLDLLWLL
PunjabWLLDDWWWDW
Real KashmirDWDDWDWDWL
Sudeva DelhiLWDLDWDLLL
TRAUDDDWDLWLWW
Source: I-League
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Second phaseEdit

Championship stage (Group A)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Gokulam Kerala 15 9 2 4 31 17 +14 29 Champions and Qualification for 2022 AFC Cup group stage
2 Churchill Brothers 15 8 5 2 22 17 +5 29
3 TRAU 15 7 5 3 27 19 +8 26
4 Punjab 15 6 4 5 18 15 +3 22
5 Real Kashmir 15 5 6 4 23 18 +5 21
6 Mohammedan 15 5 5 5 18 20 −2 20
Source: I-League
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

Fixtures and resultsEdit

All matches were played at neutral venues. The "home" and "away" are designated for administrative purposes.

Home \ Away CHB GOK MDS PUN REK TRAU
Churchill Brothers 0–3 1–4 3–2
Gokulam Kerala 1–1 4–1
Mohammedan 1–2 0–4
Punjab 0–1 3–3 1–0
Real Kashmir 1–2 2–1 1–3
TRAU 1–1 1–0
Source: I-League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by matchdayEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each round mentioned in official fixtures.

Matchday12345
Churchill Brothers11232
Gokulam Kerala32311
Mohammedan66456
Punjab44544
Real Kashmir55665
TRAU23123
Source: I-League

Results by gamesEdit

Source: I-League
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Relegation stage (Group B)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Aizawl 14 7 3 4 21 12 +9 24
2 Sudeva Delhi[a] 14 5 3 6 16 14 +2 18
3 Chennai City 14 5 0 9 16 25 −9 15
4 Indian Arrows[b] 14 3 1 10 11 38 −27 10
5 NEROCA[c] 14 2 2 10 14 22 −8 8
Source: I-League
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
Notes:
  1. ^ Sudeva Delhi were exempted from relegation for this season, as they had achieved a direct entry into the league.[44]
  2. ^ Indian Arrows were exempted from relegation, as they are an AIFF developmental team.
  3. ^ NEROCA were relegated, but were reinstated by AIFF after the viewing the situation of Covid-19 pandemic.[45]

Fixtures and resultsEdit

All matches were played at neutral venues. The "home" and "away" are designated for administrative purposes.

Home \ Away AIZ NER SDA CNC IDA
Aizawl 2–1 1–2
NEROCA 0–1 1–2
Sudeva Delhi 1–0 1–0
Chennai City 1–3 1–2
Indian Arrows 3–0 0–5
Source: I-League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by matchdayEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each round mentioned in official fixtures.

Matchday12345
Aizawl11111
Chennai City33333
Indian Arrows55444
NEROCA44555
Sudeva Delhi22222
Source: I-League

Results by gamesEdit

Source: I-League
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Gokulam Kerala (C) 15 9 2 4 31 17 +14 29
2 Churchill Brothers 15 8 5 2 22 17 +5 29
3 TRAU 15 7 5 3 27 19 +8 26
4 Punjab 15 6 4 5 18 15 +3 22
5 Real Kashmir 15 5 6 4 23 18 +5 21
6 Mohammedan 15 5 5 5 18 20 −2 20
7 Aizawl 14 7 3 4 21 12 +9 24
8 Sudeva Delhi 14 5 3 6 16 14 +2 18
9 Chennai City 14 5 0 9 16 25 −9 15
10 Indian Arrows 14 3 1 10 11 38 −27 10
11 NEROCA 14 2 2 10 14 22 −8 8
Source: I-League
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

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

As of 27 March 2021

Top scorersEdit

The table includes only the top 10 goalscorers of this season.

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Bidyashagar Singh TRAU 12
2   Luka Majcen Churchill Brothers 11
  Denny Antwi Gokulam Kerala
4   Clayvin Zuniga Churchill Brothers 8
5   Chencho Gyeltshen Punjab 7
6   Komron Tursunov TRAU 6
  Mason Robertson Real Kashmir
  Pedro Manzi Mohammedan
  Lukman Adefemi Real Kashmir
10   Philip Adjah Gokulam Kerala 5
Source: I-League

Top Indian scorersEdit

The table includes only the list of top Indian goalscorers with more than 2 goals in this season.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Bidyasagar Singh TRAU 12
2 MC Malsawmzuala Aizawl 3
Lalremsanga Fanai Aizawl
William Pauliankhum Sudeva Delhi
Harsh Patre Indian Arrows
Vineeth Velmurugan Chennai City
Konsam Phalguni Singh TRAU
Brandon Vanlalremdika Aizawl
Kean Lewis Sudeva Delhi
Danish Farooq Bhat Real Kashmir
Emil Benny Gokulam Kerala
Songpu Singsit NEROCA
Source: I-League

Top assistsEdit

The table includes only the top 10 assist providers of the season.

Rank Player Club Assists
1   Denny Antwi Gokulam Kerala 7
2   Komron Tursunov TRAU 6
3   Sena Ralte Real Kashmir 5
4   Joseph Olaleye TRAU 4
  Tirthankar Sarkar Mohammedan
  Deepak Devrani Gokulam Kerala
7   Songpu Singsit NEROCA 3
  Luka Majcen Churchill Brothers
  Nathaniel Garcia NEROCA
  Bryce Miranda Churchill Brothers
Source: Global Sports Archive

Hat-tricksEdit

Player Club Against Goals Date
  Bidyashagar Singh TRAU Mohammedan 3 5 March 2021
Real Kashmir 10 March 2021
  Clayvin Zuniga Churchill Brothers Indian Arrows 3 10 January 2021
  Lukman Adefemi Real Kashmir NEROCA 3 13 February 2021

Clean SheetsEdit

As of 21 March 2021

The table includes only the list of top goalkeepers with more than 1 cleansheet in this season.

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1   Kiran Chemjong Punjab 7
2   Mithun Samanta Real Kashmir 5
  Rakshit Dagar Sudeva Delhi
4   Shibinraj Kunniyil Churchill Brothers 4
  Ubaid Kadavath Gokulam Kerala
6   Subham Roy Mohammedan 3
  Lalmuansanga Aizawl
  Bishorjit Singh NEROCA
9   Shilton Paul Churchill Brothers 2
  Ahan Prakash Indian Arrows
  Amrit Gope TRAU
  Zothanmawia Aizawl
Source: I-League

DisciplineEdit

As of 27 March 2021

AwardsEdit

  • Match 1 - Match 55 = First Phase
  • Match 56 - Match 80 = Second Phase

Hero of the MatchEdit

Match No. Hero of the Match Match No. Hero of the Match Match No. Hero of the Match
Player Club Player Club Player Club
Match 1   Faisal Ali Mohammedan Match 28   Lalmuansanga Aizawl Match 55   Kiran Kumar Limbu Punjab
Match 2   Pritam Singh Punjab Match 29   Dipanda Dicka Real Kashmir Match 56   Suresh Meitei Churchill Brothers
Match 3   Vijay Nagappan Chennai City Match 30   Chencho Gyeltshen Punjab Match 57   Bidyashagar Singh TRAU
Match 4   Helder Lobato Ribeiro TRAU Match 31   Asheer Akhtar Mohammedan Match 58   Denny Antwi Gokulam Kerala
Match 5   Clayvin Zuniga Churchill Brothers Match 32   Shilton Paul Churchill Brothers Match 59   Sairuat Kima Sudeva Delhi
Match 6   Denny Antwi Gokulam Kerala Match 33   Shankar Sampingiraj Chennai City Match 60   Halen Nongtdu Indian Arrows
Match 7   Kean Lewis Sudeva Delhi Match 34   Baba Diawara Punjab Match 61   Chencho Gyeltshen Punjab
Match 8   Bryce Miranda Churchill Brothers Match 35   Amrit Gope TRAU Match 62   Bidyashagar Singh TRAU
Match 9   Dipanda Dicka Real Kashmir Match 36   Emil Benny Gokulam Kerala Match 63   Denny Antwi Gokulam Kerala
Match 10   Yumkhaibam Singh NEROCA Match 37   Kiran Kumar Limbu Punjab Match 64   Lalliansanga Aizawl
Match 11   Hamza Kheir Churchill Brothers Match 38  Lukman Adefemi Real Kashmir Match 65   Jockson Dhas Chennai City
Match 12   Komron Tursunov TRAU Match 39   Ahan Prakash Indian Arrows Match 66   Naocha Singh Gokulam Kerala
Match 13   Shaiborlang Kharpan Sudeva Delhi Match 40   Rakshit Dagar Sudeva Delhi Match 67   Komron Tursunov TRAU
Match 14   MC Malsawmzuala Aizawl Match 41   R Malsawmtluanga Aizawl Match 68   Pedro Manzi Mohammedan
Match 15   Judah Garcia NEROCA Match 42   Dipanda Dicka Real Kashmir Match 69   Parthib Gogoi Indian Arrows
Match 16   Bidyashagar Singh TRAU Match 43   Luka Majcen Churchill Brothers Match 70   Gursimrat Singh Gill Sudeva Delhi
Match 17   Sajad Hussain Parray Indian Arrows Match 44   Bishorjit Singh NEROCA Match 71   Shubho Paul Sudeva Delhi
Match 18   Ruivah Hormipam Punjab Match 45   Vincy Barretto Gokulam Kerala Match 72   Brandon Vanlalremdika Aizawl
Match 19   Luka Majcen Churchill Brothers Match 46   Mason Robertson Real Kashmir Match 73   Konsam Phalguni Singh TRAU
Match 20   Philip Adjah Gokulam Kerala Match 47   Vincy Barretto Gokulam Kerala Match 74   Denny Antwi Gokulam Kerala
Match 21   Kiran Chemjong Punjab Match 48   Suraj Rawat Mohammedan Match 75   Chencho Gyeltshen Punjab
Match 22   Elvedin Škrijelj Chennai City Match 49   Clayvin Zuniga Churchill Brothers Match 76   Vladimir Molerović Chennai City
Match 23   Bidyashagar Singh TRAU Match 50   Komron Tursunov TRAU Match 77   Rohmingthanga Bawlte Aizawl
Match 24   PC Laldinpuia Aizawl Match 51   Pedro Manzi Mohammedan Match 78   Dharmaraj Ravanan Real Kashmir
Match 25   Emil Benny Gokulam Kerala Match 52   Konsam Phalguni Singh TRAU Match 79   Emil Benny Gokulam Kerala
Match 26   Ngangbam Naocha Sudeva Delhi Match 53   Lalmuansanga Aizawl Match 80   Clayvin Zuniga Churchill Brothers
Match 27   Subham Roy Mohammedan Match 54   Luka Majcen Churchill Brothers Source: The AIFF

Season awardsEdit

Award Winner Club
Hero of the League   Bidyashagar Singh[47] TRAU
Golden Boot   Bidyashagar Singh[47] TRAU
Golden Glove   Kiran Chemjong[47] Punjab
Jarnail Singh Award (Best Defender)   Hamza Kheir[47] Churchill Brothers
Best Midfielder   Konsam Phalguni Singh[47] TRAU
Syed Abdul Rahim Award (Best Coach)   Leimapokpam Nandakumar Singh[47] TRAU
Emerging Player of the League   Emil Benny[47] Gokulam Kerala

Team of the seasonEdit

Source: arunfoot.com

See alsoEdit

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