Over the years, Indian football fans have appreciated and enjoyed following our very own Indian Super League (ISL) and at a recently held event, there were some changes and additions made to the existing format of the ISL. It was brought to notice that in the upcoming season of ISL, the number of matches would be increased from 61 to 95. Further, the duration of the tournaments would also see an increase.
In addition to the existing teams, 2 new teams have also joined the league - Jamshedpur FC and Bangalore FC which will be promoted by Tata Steel and JSW respectively. With JSW (Jindal Steel Works) having a stronger base in Bangalore and Tata football academy, being a team sponsored by Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, The inclusion of these two teams is welcome for many more corporates to invest in ISL, anytime in the future.
The interest and followers of ISL have only increased over the last 3 years and the game has received great love in the country. This has also resulted in the increased TV viewership and an improved ranking for the nation on the global charts. Ambani said that the league had “rekindled” love for the beautiful game in India. Each season of ISL should get bigger and better and the ISL stays true to this. Further, she congratulated all the ISL clubs in the country, as they increased the interest of football fans in India, Reliance Foundation's Youth Sports also reached 3.3 million youngsters in the country. This is a platform that allows players to show their talents.
On the same occasion, Nita Ambani praised Indian women's cricket team who reached the women’s world cup final yesterday. She said that Indian Women's Cricket Team has won the hearts of millions of people in the country and has inspired more women to take up women’s cricket team. Their excellent performance throughout the tournament under Mithali Raj’s captaincy has garnered attention from cricket enthusiasts from all over the world.