2018–19 I-League

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I-League
Season 2018–19
Dates 26 October - March
2019–20 →

The 2018–19 I-League is the 12th season of the I-League and Minerva Punjab are the defending champions. Real Kashmir are making their debut in I-League as the promoted team from the 2017–18 I-League 2nd Division. The season will begin in October 2018.[1]

Teams[edit]

Real Kashmir were promoted for winning 2017–18 I-League 2nd Division. Churchill Brothers were relegated in 2017–18 I-League season.

However in the Emergency Committee meeting held in New Delhi on 18 September 2018, it was decided to waive the relegation of Churchill Brothers and they were reinstated in I-League.[2]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aizawl Aizawl, Mizoram Rajiv Gandhi Stadium 20,000
Chennai City Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore 30,000
Churchill Brothers Salcete, Goa Tilak Maidan Stadium 6,000
East Bengal Kolkata, West Bengal Salt Lake Stadium 85,000
Indian Arrows Bhubaneswar/Cuttack, Odisha Kalinga Stadium/Barabati Stadium 50,000/45,500
Gokulam Kerala Kozhikode, Kerala EMS Stadium 75,000
Minerva Punjab Panchkula, Chandigarh Tau Devi Lal Stadium[3] 12,000
Mohun Bagan Kolkata, West Bengal Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan 85,000
NEROCA Imphal, Manipur Khuman Lampak Main Stadium 35,500
Real Kashmir Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir TRC Turf Ground 15,000
Shillong Lajong Shillong, Meghalaya Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Sponsor Co-Sponsor Kit Sponsor
Aizawl India Gift Raikhan[4] TBA NECS Vamos
Chennai City Singapore Akbar Nawas[5] Australia Jerrad Tyson SRM University Viswa Devji,
Thyrocare
TYKA Sports
Churchill Brothers Romania Petre Gigiu[6] TBA Churchill Group Nivia[7]
East Bengal Spain Alejandro Menéndez TBA Quess Shyam Steel PERF
Gokulam Kerala IndiaBino George Uganda Musa Mudde Gokulam Aachi Kaizen
Indian Arrows India Floyd Pinto India Amarjit Singh Kiyam Hero Nike
Minerva Punjab Northern Ireland Paul Munster TBA Apollo Tyres Cleartrip,
Gatorade
Astro
Mohun Bagan India Sankarlal Chakraborty India Shilton Paul M.P Birla Cement
Ripley
Shiv Naresh
Neroca Spain Manuel Retamero Fraile[8] India Lalit Thapa Classic Group of Hotels Likla
Arun Enterprise
Sqad Gear
Real Kashmir Scotland David Robertson TBA Kashmir Monitor Adidas
Shillong Lajong India Alison Kharsyntiew TBA McDowell's No.1 Nivia

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming coach Date of appointment
Chennai City India Soundararajan End of contract 14 March 2018 Pre-season Singapore Akbar Nawas 15 March 2018
Aizawl IndiaSantosh Kashyap End of contract 21 June 2018 India Gift Raikhan 22 June 2018
NEROCA India Gift Raikhan End of contract 1 July 2018 Spain Manuel Retamero Fraile 7 July 2018
East Bengal India Khalid Jamil Mutual consent 1 July 2018 Spain Alejandro Menéndez 7 July 2018
Indian Arrows Portugal Luís Norton de Matos End of contract 1 July 2018 India Floyd Pinto 7 July 2018
Minerva Punjab FC India Kogen singh End of contract 1 July 2018 Northern Ireland Paul Munster 7 July 2018

Foreign players[edit]

On 20 June 2018, it was decided by the All India Football Federation that the number of foreigners for each I-League club will be kept six as previous season. Asian player quota is abolished. Clubs can sign maximum six players of any nationality.[1]

Indian Arrows cannot sign any foreign players as they are the AIFF developmental team.

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Visa 5 Visa 6 Former Players1
Aizawl Liberia Alfred Jaryan Ivory Coast Léonce Dodoz Zikahi Nigeria Kareem Omolaja Paraguay Enzo Prono Liberia Ansumana Kromah Kyrgyzstan Bektur Talgat Uulu
Chennai City Spain Nestor Gordillo Spain Roberto Eslava Suarez Spain Sandro Rodriguez Spain Pedro Manzi Cruz Australia Jerrad Tyson
Churchill Brothers The Gambia Dawda Ceesay Trinidad and Tobago Willis Plaza Uganda Khalid Aucho Bosnia and Herzegovina Nenad Novakovic Mexico David Izazola Lebanon Hussein El Dor
East Bengal Costa Rica Johnny Acosta Senegal Kassim Aidara Mexico Enrique Esqueda Spain Borja Gómez Pérez Syria Mahmoud Amnah
Gokulam Kerala England Antonio German Argentina Fabricio Ortiz Uganda Erisa Ssekisambu Uganda Musa Mudde Ghana Daniel Addo Uzbekistan Evgeniy Kochnev
Minerva Punjab Rwanda Aimable Nsabimana Brazil Robert de Souza Ghana William Opoku Nigeria Philip Njoku Japan Yu Kuboki
Mohun Bagan Cameroon Aser Pierrick Dipanda Uganda Henry Kisekka Nigeria Kingsley Obumneme Egypt Omar Elhussieny Haiti Sony Norde Japan Yuta Kinowaki
NEROCA Australia Aryn Williams Liberia Varney Kallon Italy Mauro Boerchio Nigeria Felix Chidi Odili Equatorial Guinea Eduardo Ferreira Japan Katsumi Yusa
Real Kashmir Scotland Mason Robertson Nigeria Henry Ezeh Nigeria Loveday Enyinnaya Ivory Coast Bazie Armand
Shillong Lajong[9]
  • ^1 Foreign players who left their clubs midway or after first half of the season.
  • In bold: Players that have been capped for their national team.

Results[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Aizawl 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2020 AFC Champions League preliminary round 1[a]
2 Chennai City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Churchill Brothers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 East Bengal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Gokulam Kerala 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Indian Arrows[b] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Minerva Punjab 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Mohun Bagan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 NEROCA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Real Kashmir 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Shillong Lajong 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to 2019–20 I-League 2nd Division
First match(es) will be played on October 2018. Source: i-league.org
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. ^ If the team cannot qualify for 2020 AFC Champions League group stage, they will enter 2020 AFC Cup group stage.
  2. ^ Indian Arrows are exempted from relegation, because they are AIFF developmental team.

Results table[edit]

Home \ Away AIZ CHE CB EB IA GK MP MB NFC RK LAJ
Aizawl a a
Chennai City a
Churchill Brothers
East Bengal a
Indian Arrows
Gokulam Kerala a
Minerva Punjab
Mohun Bagan a
NEROCA a a
Real Kashmir
Shillong Lajong
Source: I-League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

  Home Match Win;   Match Drawn;   Away Match Win;   Match Abandon

Positions by round[edit]

The following table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve the chronological evolution, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled but added to the full round they were played immediately afterward. If a club from the I League wins the super cup, they will qualify for the AFC Champions League, unless they have already qualified for it through their league position.

Leader
Qualification to 2020 AFC Cup Standby teams
Relegation to 2019–20 Second Division
Updated to match(es) played on October 2018.

Statistics[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref

Own goals[edit]

Player Club Against Round

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets

Attendance[edit]

Average home attendances[edit]

Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
Aizawl 0 0 0 0 0
Chennai City 0 0 0 0 0
Churchill Brothers 0 0 0 0 0
East Bengal 0 0 0 0 0
Gokulam Kerala 0 0 0 0 0
Indian Arrow 0 0 0 0 0
Minerva Punjab 0 0 0 0 0
Mohun Bagan 0 0 0 0 0
NEROCA 0 0 0 0 0
Real Kashmir 0 0 0 0 0
Shillong Lajong 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[10]

Highest attendances[edit]

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium

Notes:
Updated to games played on 28 October 2018. Source:

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Goal of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club Player Club

Notes: Fan's voting

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AIFF LEAGUE COMMITTEE MEETS AT FOOTBALL HOUSE". AIFF. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Churchill Bros back in I-League". heraldgoa.com. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  3. ^ "I-League: Minerva Punjab to play home matches in Panchkula". Indianexpress.com. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  4. ^ "I-League: Aizawl FC snap up Gift Raikhan from NEROCA FC". goal.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ Parasar, Swapnaneel (20 March 2018). "I-League: Akbar Nawas takes over at Chennai City FC". Goal. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Churchill Brothers put faith in Romanian coach". timesofindia.com. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Hussain eldor on instagram". instagram.com. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  8. ^ Neogi, Saurav (7 June 2018). "NEROCA appoint Spaniard Manuel Fraile as new head coach". Khelnow. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  9. ^ "I-League 2018-19: Shillong Lajong to field an all-Indian squad". goal.com. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  10. ^ [https: "Attendance"] Check |url= value (help).

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