The 2013–14 I-League (known as the Airtel I-League for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the I-League, the top-tier Indian professional league for football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season began on 21 September 2013, and ended on 28 April 2014.
|AFC Champions League||Bengaluru FC|
|AFC Cup||Bengaluru FC|
|Goals scored||402 (2.58 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Cornell Glen|
(14 goals each)
|Biggest home win||Mohun Bagan 4–0 United SC|
(6 December 2013)
Sporting Goa 5–1 Shillong Lajong
(14 December 2013)
Dempo 4–0 Sporting Goa
(8 March 2014)
Rangdajied United 4–0 United SC
(9 March 2014)
|Biggest away win||Shillong Lajong 0–4 East Bengal|
(9 October 2013)
|Highest scoring||Mohammedan 4–5 Shillong Lajong|
(16 April 2014)
|Longest winning run||5 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||8 games|
|Longest losing run||4 games|
Mohun Bagan 0–1 East Bengal
(24 November 2013)
On 21 April 2014, Bengaluru FC were crowned champions with one game remaining, winning their first ever I-League title by defeating Dempo 2–4 at Fatorda Stadium. Bengaluru FC also created history by becoming the first team ever to win the I-League title in its debut season. On 28 April 2014, Mohammedan were relegated from the I-League when Churchill Brothers defeated Salgaocar 2–1, and hence survived relegation. Churchill Brothers also avoided being the first defending champions to be relegated.
A total of 13 teams are currently registered to start the new season. Ten clubs from the previous campaign, two promoted sides from the 2013 I-League 2nd Division and one new expansion team.
United Sikkim and Air India were relegated, although Air India would not have been given a licence to compete in this edition after failing to fulfill the AIFF criteria. This same fate happened to ONGC who have also been left out of the coming season.
Mumbai Tigers was accepted into the league on 27 May 2013 but later withdrew citing unavoidable circumstances with only 20 days left into the start of the new season.
Bengaluru was also accepted into the league and is based in Bangalore. One other consortium from Kerala, whose leading company is Eagles FC, also expressed interest in joining the league. It was also announced in late May that English club Queens Park Rangers also expressed interest but look to be prepared to enter for the 2014–15 season.
On 29 August 2013, the AIFF decided to shut down Pailan Arrows and withdraw them from the coming season. The league committee also announced in May 2013 to use a Conference Model, the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. The top-four from each Conference would advance to play the final round. But this was later dropped.
Venues and locations
|Bengaluru FC||Bangalore, Karnataka||Bangalore Football Stadium||8,400|
|Churchill Brothers||Salcette, Goa||Fatorda Stadium||24,000|
|Dempo||Panjim, Goa||Fatorda Stadium||24,000|
|East Bengal||Kolkata, West Bengal||Kalyani Stadium||10,000|
|Mohammedan||Kolkata, West Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||120,000|
|Mohun Bagan||Kolkata, West Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||120,000|
|Mumbai||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Balewadi Sports Complex||22,000|
|Pune||Pune, Maharashtra||Balewadi Sports Complex||22,000|
|Rangdajied United||Shillong, Meghalaya||Nehru Stadium||30,000|
|Salgaocar||Vasco da Gama, Goa||Tilak Maidan Stadium||16,000|
|Shillong Lajong||Shillong, Meghalaya||Nehru Stadium||30,000|
|Sporting Goa||Panjim, Goa||Duler Stadium||6,000|
|United SC||Kolkata, West Bengal||Kalyani Stadium||10,000|
Personnel and kits
|Team||Manager||Captain||Shirt sponsor||Kit sponsor|
|East Bengal||Kingfisher and SRMB TMT1||Shiv-Naresh|
|Mohun Bagan||McDowell's No.1||Fila|
|Team||Outgoing head coach||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming head coach||Date of appointment|
|Bengaluru FC||Expansion team||Pre-season||2 July 2013|
|Dempo||End of Contract||31 May 2013||1 June 2013|
|East Bengal||Mutual Agreement||12 May 2013||12 June 2013|
|Mohammedan||Resigned||10 May 2013||10 June 2013|
|Pune||End of Contract||12 May 2013||12 May 2013|
|Rangdajied United||None1||6 June 2013|
|Salgaocar||End of Contract||12 May 2013||12 May 2013|
|East Bengal||Resigned||13 November 2013||10th (5 games in)||20 November 2013|
|Mohammedan||Sacked||17 December 2013||11th (13 games in)||17 December 2013|
|United SC||Resigned||27 January 2014||9th (15 games in)||15 February 2014|
|Rangdajied United||Sacked||21 February 2014||13th||1 March 2014|
Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field during each game including at least one player from the AFC country.
- ^1 Foreign players who left their clubs midway or after first half of the season.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Bengaluru FC (C)||24||14||5||5||42||28||+14||47||Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off|
|2||East Bengal||24||12||7||5||39||23||+16||43||Qualification for 2015 AFC Cup group stage|
|11||Rangdajied United (R)||24||6||7||11||29||38||−9||25|
|12||Churchill Brothers (R)||24||6||7||11||25||37||−12||25|
|13||Mohammedan (R)||24||6||6||12||27||35||−8||24||Relegation to 2015 I-League 2nd Division|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored; 5) taking lots
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Top Indian Scorers
|5—1||14 December 2013|
|4—1||28 March 2014|
|4—2||13 April 2014|
|5—4||16 April 2014|
4 Player scored 4 goals
Most red cards (2) Most yellow cards (7) Worst disciplinary record (2 red cards & 5 yellow cards)
The Fair Play qualities of the participating teams and which are pertinent to the spectators will be evaluated using the FIFA Fair Play evaluation form. Salgaocar led the Fair Play rankings at the end of the season.
All India Football Federation awarded the following awards for the I-League season, voted by all the captains and the coaches of all the participating clubs.
- Best player of I-League: Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)
- Best goalkeeper of I-League: Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar)
- Best defender of I-League: John Johnson (Bengaluru FC)
- Best midfielder of I-League: Douhou Pierre (Pune)
- Best forward of I-League: Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)
- Best referee of I-League: Pratap Singh
- Best assistant referee of I-League: Sapan Kennedy
Number of teams by state
|State||No. of teams||Teams||City|
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