The Indian Super League came into existence in 2014 as the top tier league of Indian football, taking the mantle from I-League. The journey of ISL over these 8 years has been huge. The league started with just 8 teams and currently comprises 12 teams with further talks of more teams coming into the league.
The ISL has managed to bring more attention to Indian football on the world football map. Players from top footballing nations like Spain and France play for the ISL teams which definitely shows how much the league have evolved over the years.
The Indian football players have also benefitted from the ISL as they now regularly train and play alongside world-class foreign players. ISL allows 4 foreigners in the playing XI for any team. This rule has been quite beneficial for the homegrown players and you can see it in the results.
Here’s how the Indian football players have evolved in the Indian Super League over the years
The number of goals scored by the Indian football players has increased significantly over the years and it crossed the 100 goals mark for the first time this season in ISL history.
33.8% of the total goals scored in the ISL 2021-22 season were scored by Indian players!
The growth of the Indian football players can also be seen in the assists chart. The Indian players provided 107 assists this season, crossing the 100 assists mark for the first time as well.
48.63% of the total assists in the ISL 2021-22 season were provided by Indian players!
The two Kolkata giants are at the opposite end of this table. While ATK Mohun Bagan has 19 goals scored by Indian players, SC East Bengal has the fewest goals scored by Indian players.
Nevertheless, the growth of the Indian football players have been quite significant in the ISL over the years and we hope to see more Indian players making it big on the world stage.