Football Sports Development (FSDL) made an announcement that the Hero Indian Super League ‘Shield Winners’ by INR 3 crore starting from the 2021-22 season.
The league winners shield, introduced in the 2019-20 season saw the victors earn a cash reward of INR 50 Lakhs since the last 2 seasons.
And going forward, FSDL have allocated a total of INR 3.5 crore as cash reward for the League Winners.
The league winners will also get the chance to represent India in the AFC Champions League. FC Goa were its first winners in 2019-20. Mumbai City FC won it last season along with the ISL trophy.
Furthermore, the winner of the Indian Super League will now be presented with INR 6 crore (previously INR 8 crore), runners-up will get INR 3 Crore (previously INR 4 Cr). The two losing semi-finalists will continue to receive INR 1.5 Crore each.
- As table toppers, a club is guaranteed INR 3.5 Crore
- If a club goes on to win the ISL Championship, they would stand to gain a total windfall of INR 9.5 Crore
- If finished as runners-up in the ISL final, the club would earn total of INR 6.5 Crore
- In case the table topper finishes 3rd or 4th in the knock out competition, the club would earn a minimum of INR 5 Crore
The total prize money pool for ISL 2021-22 remains INR 15.5 Crore.
The Indian Super League kicks off on November 19 with ATK Mohun Bagan taking on Kerala Blasters in Goa.