These entities play a crucial role in the operations of the team.
A football club needs proper planning and support to run smoothly. One of the major aspects of a club’s overall revenue are the sponsors. There are several types of sponsors but the most identifiable are the shirt sponsors, who have their brands stamped in front of the jerseys. All 13 clubs in the I-League have shirt sponsors, who provide brilliantly designed kits to the teams.
Several big brands and companies shell out big money to get their name featured in front of a football team’s jersey. This in turn helps football teams to complete their operating costs and pay their staff. In Indian football, securing sponsors for lower-tier division clubs could be tricky but it is not the case for the I-League. The competition still enjoys a decent viewership and the respective clubs have many high-profile shirt sponsors.
Let’s take a look at the shirt sponsors of all I-League teams for the 2021-22 season.
13. Aizawl FC – NECS Limited
Aizawl FC’s shirt sponsors are the NorthEast Consultancy Services Limited, which is a management consultancy company based out of Mizoram, India. They have been the shirt sponsors since 2011.
12. Churchill Brothers – Churchill
Churchill Brothers will have ‘Churchill’ across their shirts during the 2021-22 season as well. Their kit are manufactured by Nivia.
11. Gokulam Kerala – CSB Bank
Gokulam Kerala unveiled an official sponsorship with CSB Bank for the 2021-22 season. Established in 1920 as The Catholic Syrian Bank Limited, CSB Bank Limited is the oldest private sector bank in Kerala. SEGA manufactures their kit, while the players also sport a Gokulam Group tag on the back their shirts.
10. Indian Arrows – Hero MotoCorp
Hero MotoCorp is one of the largest Indian two-wheeler manufacturing companies and the main shirt sponsors of the AIFF developmental side Indian Arrows. In fact, Hero MotoCorp is the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the world.
9. Kenkre FC
I-League newcomers Kenkre FC do not have a shirt sponsor yet. The Mumbai-based club are making their debut in India’s second-division league after AIFF disqualified Chennai City for failing to comply with association’s Club Licensing Regulations for the upcoming season. Kenkre FC, which was founded at the start of the 21st century as Kenkre Academy FC, were granted an entry into the I-League by virtue of being the Maharashta Football League champions.
8. Mohammedan SC – Bunkerhill Sports
Bunkerhill Sports are the main shirt sponsors for the Kolkata-based club. The reigning CFL champions Mohammedan SC are partly owned by Bunkerhill Pvt. Ltd. of which Bunkerhill Sports is a subsidiary. The Black Panthers started their I-League campaign with a narrow win over Sudeva Delhi. Hummel are manufacturers of their kits.
7. NEROCA – Vintel Infracom Pvt. Ltd.
NEROCA will have Vintel Infracom Pvt. Ltd. as their shirt sponsors in the 2021-22 season of the I-League. The 2017-18 I-League runner-ups have now had three new shirt sponsors in the last three seasons. Nivia are the manufactuerers of their kits.
6. Rajasthan United – Poornima University
Rajasthan United are one of the newcomers in the I-League 2021-22 and their principal shirt sponsor is the Poornima University. It is based out of Jaipur, Rajasthan and recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
5. Real Kashmir – Hotel CH2
Real Kashmir has had Hotel CH2 as their principal shirt sponsor since 2018. It is a four-star hotel based in Srinagar. According to the reviews, the hotel has professional staff, great services, ample security and is wheelchair friendly. Their kits are manufactuerd by SIX5SIX.
4. RoundGlass Punjab – RoundGlass
RoundGlass itself is the main shirt sponsor for the Punjab-based club. It is a global holistic wellbeing company dedicated to empowering and enabling people on their personal well being journey. It has multiple subsidiaries such as RoundGlass Sports and RoundGlass Foundation that work in various different aspects. They are also the owners of the club.
3. Sreenidhi Deccan FC – Sreenidhi Group
Sreenidhi Deccan FC is also an I-League debutant in the 2021-22 season and the Sreenidhi Group are the shirt sponsors for the club. The Group is a collection of entities that work in multiple fields such as engineering, managing and consulting. Nivia are the kit manufacturers.
2. Sudeva Delhi – Liquid Life
Sudeva Delhi’s shirt sponsors are Liquid Life, makers of the premium bottled natural water which has a considerable presence mainly in the northern part of India.
1. TRAU – HVS
Hailing from the state of Manipur, TRAU FC has HVS as their principal shirt sponsor. Their kits are manufactuerd by ambition sports, who are the kit manufacturers of Rajasthan United FC. They played a goalless draw against the Indian Arrows in their first match of I-League 2021-22 before the league was suspended for at least six weeks.