Nita Ambani and the Indian Super League

In order to extend the philanthropic reach of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Nita Ambani established Reliance Foundation (RF) in 2010. The foundation lays heavy emphasis on the role played by sports in the development of youth. As part of this belief, Nita Ambani founded Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL). FSDL is one of the core promoters of the Indian Super League (ISL), which is also the brainchild of Mrs. Ambani.

The Indian Super League

A football league backed by IMG-Reliance, Star India, and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the ISL is a platform dedicated to showcase young football talent. Its third edition began on the 1st of October 2016. The finals of this edition will be held during the end of December 2016. The eight participating clubs in ISL belong to the cities of Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, and Delhi.

The Hero Indian Super League intends to modify and improve the stadiums in these eight cities. Along with this refurbishment activity, the league also relies on a grassroots development program that aims to encourage talent across India. The movement even reaches out to small towns and rural areas in order to help inculcate a multi-sport culture in India.

The league believes that once young talent is equipped with adequate resources, Indian football will not only be able to reach but also exceed global standards. Its goal is to create an Indian football team that qualifies to play at the 2016 FIFA World Cup.

Growth of the ISL

In India, the ISL led by Nita Ambani has succeeded to an extent in popularizing the sport. A premier football platform, the ISL has witnessed several high-profile players associated with it over the past two years. Popular names include Diego Forlan, Lucio, and Floren Malouda. While Diego has played for both Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, Lucio is a Brazilian World Cup winner, and Malouda has been the midfielder for Chelsea and Liverpool. Additionally, ISL fulfills its promise of encouraging new sportspersons by including new talent as well.

2016 opening ceremony

October 1st 2016 marked a star-studded opening ceremony inaugurating the Indian Super League. The chosen venue for this event was the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. Attendees included sportspersons and Bollywood stars. Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, and Jacqueline Fernandez performed along with 500 individuals at the 30-minute-long show. Spectators at this stadium were also treated to an enthralling musical session by the Shillong Chamber Choir.

With regard to co-team owners, Ranbir Kapoor, Sachin Tendulkar, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were present along with ISL Founder and Chairperson, Nita Ambani. They own the Mumbai City, Kerala Blasters, and Chennaiyin football clubs respectively. John Abraham, owner of the NorthEast United FC also made it to the event. Additionally, Rio Olympics medal winner PV Sindhu also graced the occasion.

Nita Ambani believes that sports are a way of bringing people together in a positive and constructive manner. She explained how the ISL will enable millions of Indians to witness the growth of India as a football-friendly nation.


The Indian Super League’s third edition was inaugurated on the 1st of October 2016. Founded by Nita Ambani, the league aims to transform the field of football in India.


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