|AFC Champions League||Bengaluru FC|
|AFC Cup||Mohun Bagan|
|Goals scored||186 (2.58 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Ranti Martins (12 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Mohun Bagan 5–0 Bengaluru FC|
(23 April 2016)
|Biggest away win||Salgaocar 0–3 Sporting Goa|
(23 April 2016)
|Highest scoring||Sporting Goa 5–2 Shillong Lajong|
(10 April 2016)
|Longest winning run||3 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||11 games|
|Longest winless run||10 games|
|Longest losing run||4 games|
Mohun Bagan 1–1 East Bengal
(23 January 2016)
2016–17 →All statistics correct as of 24 April 2016.
The 2015–16 I-League was the ninth season of the I-League, the Indian professional football league, since its establishment in 2007. The season commenced on 9 January 2016, after the Indian Super League finished, and concluded on 24 April 2016.
Bengaluru FC won their second I-League title after winning their first ever title in 2013–14. The defending champions Mohun Bagan finished second. Aizawl and DSK Shivajians entered the league for the first time in their history, Aizawl through promotion from the I-League 2nd Division and DSK Shivajians through a direct-entry spot.
- 1 Teams & Season Details
- 2 League table
- 3 Season statistics
- 4 Awards
- 5 References
- 6 External links
- 7 See also
Teams & Season Details
After the 2014–15 I-League season, three-time I-League champions, Dempo, were relegated to the I-League 2nd Division. Mizo club, Aizawl, were promoted from the 2nd Division earlier in May following a 4–2 victory over Chanmari. DSK Shivajians were announced as the direct-entry club for this season on 12 November 2015.
In August 2015, it was first reported that Pune clubs, Pune, and Bharat F.C., the direct-entry side from the previous season, would be withdrawing from the I-League due to the lack of a "long-term vision" for the league. Then, towards the end of October, it was announced that both Pune and Bharat FC had failed to compile to the AFC-licensing criteria needed to participate in the I-League. On 21 November 2015, it was confirmed that Royal Wahingdoh, another debutant club from the previous season, were withdrawing from the league.
Stadiums and locations
- Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
|Aizawl||Rajiv Gandhi Stadium||20,000|
|Bengaluru FC||Sree Kanteerava Stadium||24,000|
|DSK Shivajians||Balewadi Sports Complex||22,000|
|East Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||68,000|
|Mohun Bagan||Salt Lake Stadium||68,000|
|Salgaocar||Tilak Maidan Stadium||12,000|
|Shillong Lajong||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium||30,000|
|Sporting Goa||Fatorda Stadium||19,500|
Personnel and kits
|Team||Head coach||Captain||Kit Sponsor||Shirt sponsor|
|Aizawl||Jahar Das||David Lalrinmuana||Vamos||North East Consultancy Services|
|Bengaluru FC||Ashley Westwood||Sunil Chhetri||Puma||JSW|
|DSK Shivajians||Derrick Pereira||Aser Pierrick Dipanda||Nivia||DSK Group|
|East Bengal||Trevor Morgan||Gurwinder Singh||Shiv Naresh||Kingfisher|
|Mohun Bagan||Sanjoy Sen||Shilton Paul||Shiv Naresh||None|
|Mumbai||Khalid Jamil||Taisuke Matsugae||Nivia||Playwin|
|Salgaocar||Santosh Kashyap||Karanjit Singh||Shiv Naresh||Salgaocar|
|Shillong Lajong||Thangboi Singto||Aibor Khongjee||Adidas||Gionee|
|Sporting Goa||Mateus Costa||Odafa Onyeka Okolie||None||Models|
Head coaching changes
|Team||Outgoing head coach||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming head coach||Date of appointment|
|East Bengal||Eelco Schattorie||Mutual consent||19 June 2015||Pre-season||Biswajit Bhattacharya||19 June 2015|
|Salgaocar||Derrick Pereira||26 June 2015||Malky Thomson||26 June 2015|
|Aizawl||Hmingthana Zadeng||20 August 2015||Manuel Retamero Fraile||20 August 2015|
|DSK Shivajians||New club||Derrick Pereira||20 August 2015|
|Salgaocar||Malky Thomson||Mutual consent||29 January 2016||9th||Santosh Kashyap||29 January 2016|
|Aizawl||Manuel Retamero Fraile||Sacked||7 February 2016||7th||Jahar Das||7 February 2016|
|East Bengal||Biswajit Bhattacharya||Resigned||11 April 2016||3rd||Trevor Morgan||13 April 2016|
Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to Five per team. A team could use Four foreign players on the field each game.
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Asian Player|
|Aizawl||Alfred Jaryan||Emmanuel Chigozie||Joel Sunday||Yuta Kinowaki|
|Bengaluru FC||John Johnson||Michael Collins||Curtis Osano||Kim Song-Yong|
|DSK Shivajians||Aser Pierrick Dipanda||Douhou Pierre||Juan Quero||Zohib Islam Amiri|
|East Bengal||Bernard Mendy||Ranti Martins||Bello Razaq||Do Dong-hyun|
|Mohun Bagan||Luciano Sabrosa||Sony Norde||Cornell Glenn||Katsumi Yusa|
|Mumbai||Ryuki Kozawa||Eric Brown||Son Min-chol||Taisuke Matsugae|
|Salgaocar||Éder Monteiro Fernandes||Darryl Duffy||Martin Scott||Calvin Mbarga|
|Shillong Lajong||Fábio Pena||Uilliams||Penn Orji||Yusuke Yamagata|
|Sporting Goa||Loveday Enyinnaya||Odafa Onyeka Okolie||Densil Theobald||Mahmoud Amnah|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Bengaluru FC (C)||16||10||2||4||24||17||+7||32||Qualification to Champions League qualifying play-off|
|2||Mohun Bagan||16||8||6||2||32||16||+16||30||Qualification to AFC Cup qualifying play-off[a]|
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) play-off match
- Mohun Bagan qualified for the 2017 AFC Cup by winning the 2015–16 Federation Cup.
- Sporting Goa and Salgaocar withdrew from I-League.
- Salgaocar ahead on head to head record with a 1–1 draw and 1–0 win over Aizawl over the two legs.
- Aizawl were supposed to be relegated, but reinstated for 2016–17 season.
- DSK Shivajians were given relegation immunity for three years.
|Home \ Away||AFC||BFC||DSK||KEB||MB||MUM||LAJ||SFC||SCG|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
- As of 24 April 2016
Top Indian scorers
|Ranti Martins||East Bengal||Shillong Lajong||4–0||9 February 2016|||
|Darryl Duffy||Salgaocar||DSK Shivajians||3–2||14 February 2016|||
|Ranti Martins||East Bengal||Aizawl||3–2||12 March 2016|||
- Best player of I-League: Sony Norde (Mohun Bagan)
- Best goalkeeper of I-League: Amrinder Singh (Bengaluru FC)
- Best defender of I-League: John Johnson (Bengaluru FC)
- Best midfielder of I-League: Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Bengaluru FC)
- Best forward of I-League: Ranti Martins (East Bengal)
- Best coach of I-League: Ashley Westwood (Bengaluru FC)
- Best organizer of I-League: Bengaluru FC
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- Jitendran, Nikhil (13 November 2015). "DSK Shivajians will fly the flag for Pune this season". Goal.com. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- "I-League clubs Pune, Bharat FC planning to disband first team". Indian Express. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- "Pune FC, Bharat FC fail licensing criteria". Times of India. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- "Royal Wahingdoh FC pull out of I-League, 3rd club to do so this year". IBN Live. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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- "Aizawl FC part ways with Manuel Retamero, Jahar Das appointed as new head coach". Goal.com. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- "I-League: East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya resigns, search for new coach begins". Goal.com. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- "East Bengal appoint Trevor Morgan as head coach, gaffer to arrive in Kolkata by weekend". Goal.com. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
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- "Top and Flop: Sporting Clube de Goa 3–2 Mumbai FC". 15 February 2016.
- "I-League: Aizawl FC 2–3 East Bengal: Ranti Martins' hat-trick secures victory for stuttering Kolkatans". 12 March 2016.
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