The Indian Super League (ISL) (known as the Hero Indian Super League for sponsorship reasons) is a professional football league in India. The league is one of the top-tier football leagues in India, the other being the I-League. The league features eight franchise teams from all around India. The ISL runs from September to December, with a finals series determining the champion.
The Indian Super League was founded in 2013 in an effort to make football a top sport in India and to make Indian football a major player worldwide. The league operates along the lines of the Twenty20 cricket Indian Premier League, and Major League Soccer of the United States. Unlike the majority of football leagues around the world, the ISL does not use the promotion and relegation system but instead a franchise system in which eight teams were created to participate in the league.
The inaugural season of the league started on 12 October 2014 and concluded on 20 December 2014. The current champions are Atlético de Kolkata , who won the 2014 season by beating the Kerala Blasters 1–0