Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), on Wednesday, February 19 unveiled the ‘League Winners Shield’ for the Indian Super League (ISL). The silverware comes with a cash prize of Rs 5 million (50 Lakh) for the club winning the league stage. The League winners will be the first Indian club to participate in the group stages of the AFC Champions League in 2021.
Currently, ATK and FC Goa are locked in an intense battle heading for a possible photo-finish with much at stake and an opportunity to grab a historic place in Indian football. Having already qualified for the ISL knockout phase, FC Goa have a slender advantage with a three-point lead, currently at 36 points from 17 games. The Gaurs next play Jamshedpur FC, against whom they had suffered their first loss (0-1) at home earlier in the season. On the other hand, ATK have 33 points and will hope to leapfrog to the top in the event FC Goa loses to Jamshedpur FC and they overcome a Bengaluru FC challenge.
The Shield will be presented to the league topping club at their home playoff fixture.
The ISL League Winners Shield, weighing approx. 5 kg with a diameter of 22 inches draws inspiration from global football traditions and design tones of the ISL trophy. The wreath surrounding the silver football symbolises the victors of the beautiful game.