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Nita Ambani Visits Flood-affected Regions of Kerala to Offer Support and Reassurance

August 31, 2018

Reliance Foundation Chairperson, Nita Ambani, has visited Kerala to get a first-hand look at the flood-ravaged regions. Reliance Foundation, under her leadership, is spearheading relief and rescue operations in the state. Ambani undertook this visit to understand the precise needs of the devastated people and facilitate long-term rehabilitation efforts.

Donations of Reliance Foundation

Reliance Foundation has donated INR 21 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to aid the flood-affected victims of Kerala. Additionally, relief materials worth INR 50 crore have been distributed among the victims.

Efforts of the Reliance Foundation team

On August 14, 2018, Reliance Foundation deployed a team of 30 people to undertake rescue work. The Reliance Foundation Information Services worked in coordination with the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) to conduct rescue and relief operations through its toll-free helpline. More than 1,600 people have been successfully rescued as a result.

Reliance Foundation undertook field operations in six districts of Kerala, which are Idukki, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayanad, Thrissur, and Pathanamthitta. The aim was to provide materials, which were immediately required by 160 relief camps operated by the government. This was facilitated through Reliance Retail, which supplied glucose, ready-to-eat foods, and sanitary napkins. In addition to this, around 70,000 people in these areas were given utensil kits, clothing kits, and ration kits.

Realizing the possibility of an epidemic outbreak, Reliance Foundation also supplied medicines to the state government for district authorities, conducted several livestock camps in Alappuzha and Wayanad districts, and set up medical camps in Wayanad.

Pallipad is one of the worst affected villages in the Alappuzha district, with a population of 24,640. Reliance Foundation is currently supporting 3,500 families by providing cloth kits. This is being done in close coordination with the local government representatives in the village.

Across the six affected districts, Reliance Foundation is supporting a family for a period of 15 days with dry ration kits, providing a family of three with bedding kits, and helping a family to restart their kitchen with a utensil kit along with sanitary kits to disinfect and clean the houses. Going forward, Reliance Foundation is also working closely with the community to identify and rebuild critical infrastructure such as schools.

Words of Nita Ambani

In Kerala, Nita Ambani assured the displaced citizens with timely relief and asked them to keep the faith. She stated that Reliance Foundation is committed to helping them in this time of need and crisis. Showing solidarity, Ambani stated that Reliance Foundation is going to help rebuild Kerala and help the state overcome the calamity. Ambani further stated that Kerala, also known as ‘God’s Own Country,’ would soon regain its former grandeur.

A visit to the flood-ravaged regions of Kerala helped Nita Ambani understand the precise needs of the displaced people. Ambani also met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and pledged to help build critical infrastructure and facilitate long-term rehabilitation operations.

Summary: Nita Ambani has visited the flood-affected areas of Kerala to offer reassurance and support to the devastated people. Reliance Foundation has donated INR 21 crore and deployed a team to help the relief and rescue operations in the state.

Nita Ambani Gives a Generous Gift to The MET

October 13, 2017

Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani is the first South Asian who has been honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Arts (The Met).

Nita Ambani honored by The Met

Nita Ambani was honored by The Met in New York for her philanthropic work. She has done noticeable work in areas of rural transformation, health, education, disaster response, urban renewal, promotion of arts, and women’s empowerment. The Met was impressed by the direction she gave the foundation to focus and work on sustainable rural and urban transformation initiatives.

She has also done some noticeable works for sports in India, which was acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The committee even elected her as its first female Indian member.

Words of Nita Ambani at The Met

Nita Ambani said that she is delighted and humbled for the honor received for her work at Reliance Foundation. She said that it is gratifying to see the changes her efforts have brought in education, rural transformation, and healthcare, which has brought a smile to millions of people. She also feels that this recognition by The Met is a tribute to the foundation that will inspire everyone at Reliance Foundation to do their best and stay committed to social empowerment and sustainable development to make this world a better place for the next generation.

Reliance Foundation gives a generous gift to The Met

The Met announced that they have received a generous gift from Reliance Foundation. Visitors can expect to catch up on some landmark Indian exhibits for the next few years. The philanthropist foundation led by Nita Ambani will be supporting a range of exhibitions. These exhibitions will examine the influence and accomplishments of Indian arts and artists across time and media for the coming years.

The first gift, which was opened on 11th October, was the photographs of Raghubir Singh, titled as “Modernism on the Ganges”. The other following exhibitions will focus on the Mughal and the Buddhist eras as well as on contemporary Indian sculptures.

Nita Ambani’s words on the collaboration

Nita Ambani said that the partnership will allow Indian art to be displayed at an iconic institute. She also feels delighted with the long-term collaboration with the Met and hopes that this partnership will be a wonderful journey of learning and sharing art.

About Reliance Foundation

Reliance Foundation has carried out a variety of works that have been led by its founder, Nita Ambani. The foundation contributes to the fields of education, healthcare, sports development, and women empowerment. It also supports Indian art. Over 10 million Indians have been benefited by this foundation, bringing betterment in the lives of individuals from around 10,500 villages and urban areas.

About The Met

The Met is known as one of the most iconic museums in the world. It is located at three sites in New York—The Met Breuer, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Fifth Avenue. This event at The Met was hosted by the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative to celebrate the museum’s diverse communities and to raise awareness and support for the Audience Development department.


Nita Ambani was honored by The Met for her philanthropic work and she gave a generous gift to the globally famous museum.

Nita Ambani Proud of FIFA U-17 Boys

October 4, 2017

Nita Ambani, the Chairperson of Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS), said that she is proud of the boys, who are going to represent India in the U-17 football world cup.

Indian boys in FIFA U-17

The boys are going to represent India at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It is supposed to kick off on October 6th at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. After a gap of almost two decades, the Indian national team has also broken into the top 100 of the world rankings. In the history of football, it has been the first time that this nation is not only participating in the game but also is hosting the same event for world football.

Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS)

The RFYS has been conceived to start sports in schools and colleges. It is a program, which aims at providing a platform for the youth to showcase their passion and skills for sports. The tournament provides an excellent environment and facilities. Scholarships and opportunities to be selected by teams are given to deserving athletes. The school and college coaches are provided with training programs. Besides, football equipment is also provided to the institutes.

The aim of the program is to create a united sports structure through the initiative. The program will also create a plan for all the major Olympic sports with the goal to provide sports career opportunities for the youth of India.

RFYS has almost 30 centers across the nation with 60,000 kids who are playing football. The foundation is sure that through these football initiatives six million children will be reached by the month of December. The foundation is very happy to see that there is wonderful talent in our nation and that India is not far from the time when it will start competing with top teams in the world.

Nita Ambani, also a committee member at the Olympics, has said that her goal is to build a sports ecosystem in India and encourage kids to take up football.

There are four categories of RFYS i.e. the senior boys, the junior boys, the college boys and the senior girls. Each category has a city winner that has to compete at the zonal qualifiers before national finals, which will be held in January 2018.

Sports programs by Reliance Foundation

  • Reliance Foundation Young Champs

Launched in 2015, the Reliance Foundation Young Champs was started with an aim to provide the country with the top football talent between 10 to 14 years of age. It is a full scholarship and a full-time residential-based program, where education is provided along with football training.

  • Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program

It is a comprehensive basketball program for school-based youth. The program has reached out to almost 34 lakh youngsters in India. It was launched in the year 2013. It promotes fitness and health through basketball.


Nita Ambani is proud of Indian boys’ participation in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the noteworthy initiatives of RFYS.

Mumbai Indians Gets New Players Onboard and Offers IPL Tickets Exclusively for Jio Users

March 17, 2017

Reliance Jio is emerging as one of the biggest telecom companies in India. The company is promoting its telecom services along with a host of apps created for Jio users. One of the main ones is its mobile wallet app, JioMoney.

Mumbai Indian IPL tickets on JioMoney

Reliance Jio owner Mukesh Ambani also owns Mumbai Indians, a team of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The JioMoney app is also an official partner of the Mumbai Indians team.

From 16th March 2017, the tickets for home matches of Mumbai Indians at IPL 2017 will be exclusively available for JioMoney users. The offer will be open for the initial six days and would last until 21st March 2017. Post that, tickets will be made available for other customers as well. These bookings are for the home matches of Mumbai Indians, which will be held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

The ticket price ranges from INR 800 for Sunil Gavaskar Stand to INR 8000 for Sachin Tendulkar Hospitality Stand. The prices for box tickets begin at INR 12,000 and go up to INR 30,000.

Home matches of Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians team has its home matches on 9th April with Kolkata Knight Riders, 12th April with Sunrisers Hyderabad, 16th April with Gujarat Lions, 24th April with Rising Pune Supergiants, 1st May with Royal Challengers Bangalore, 6th May with Delhi Daredevils, and 11th May with Kings XI Punjab.

The tickets for the match on 16th April won’t be available as Nita Ambani led Reliance Foundation has booked the entire stadium for underprivileged children under its Education For All (EFA) initiative on that day.

New players in the team

Mumbai Indians has won the IPL twice. For 2017, the team bought 7 new players in the IPL auction. It has arranged a backup player for all the positions. The team retained the 20 players of its squad and bought new players for INR 8.2 crores. Mumbai Indians had a budget of INR 11.55 crores.

As a middle order batsman, the team got Saurabh Tiwary. It also got leg-spinner, Karn Sharma. In addition to this, the team brought onboard a foreign fast bowler, Mitchell Johnson, who had been a part of Mumbai Indians earlier. Besides, they also got an all-rounder K. Gowtham for INR 2 crores.

Akash Ambani believes that Gowtham will be an asset for the team. Other players added to the Mumbai Indians team are Sri Lankan all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, Delhi bowler Kulwant Khejroliya, and West Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran.

Mumbai Indians team for IPL 2017

The entire team of Mumbai Indians is led by its skipper Rohit Sharma. The other players include Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv Patel, Jitesh Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shreyas Gopal, Kieron Pollard, Karn Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Siddhesh Lad, J. Suchith, Deepak Punia, Krunal Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran,Lasith Malinga, Asela Gunaratne, K. Gowtham, and Kulwant Khejroliya.


IPL 2017 ticket bookings for home matches of Mumbai Indians are open exclusively for JioMoney users for the initial six days.

Nita Ambani Desires for India to Become a Multi-Sport Nation

October 14, 2016

Nita Ambani aims to transform the lives of millions of Indians through Reliance Foundation (RF) and various other initiatives. Her programs are aimed at devising contemporary solutions that help tackle or eradicate problems faced in the country. She has spearheaded several initiatives in the fields of healthcare, sports, and rural transformation, among others.

Nita Ambani and sports

Nita Ambani dreams of a brighter future for India, of it being wholly accepting and encouraging of multiple sport disciplines. She believes that all influential individuals like teachers, coaches, and parents should strive to instill the love of sports in children. Instead of being just another chore, sports should be integrated into the Indian school curriculum, thereby helping students to be more active and physically fit.

By focusing on multiple sports, the scope of growth and development of these children and consequently the country is widened. In order to do so, she states that there is extensive work to be done in terms of the infrastructure available in the country. This would supplement the hard work of the coaches, thereby creating an appropriate platform for talented individuals.

The field of football

Nita Ambani stated how overwhelmed she felt on the support she received for her football initiative, the Indian Super League (ISL). She said that in addition to the fan support, even the franchise owners had a competitive spirit, which contributed to the overall success of the league. On the 12th of October, 2014, the ISL helped start a football revolution in the country, and the league is now in its third run. The first of its kind, the league was the talk of the town and helped popularize the sport. Nita Ambani elaborated on a few challenges faced in the ISL, one of them being the infrastructure. She said that the team had to work a lot to prepare the football pitches and venues for matches.

The ISL’s grassroots program

The league considers its grassroots initiatives to be extremely integral to the development of football in the country. It has laid down a long-term strategic plan that will be incorporated and followed by its clubs. Reliance Foundation’s Young Champs program is also designed to scout and train young children in the sport. They will be selected and trained at an RF facility in Navi Mumbai. This unique scholarship program is a full-time one and is focused on coaching them while also ensuring they receive quality education.

Nita Ambani is paving the way for the development of different sports by working at the grassroots as well as other levels through the Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), Reliance Foundation (RF), as well as the Indian Super League (ISL).

Nita Ambani explains that many Indian parents are wary of their children taking up sports as a profession and that this belief needs to be changed immediately. She believes that all sports can be lucrative and that by creating financially attractive opportunities in the same, Indian sports can become globally recognized.


Nita Ambani, through several initiatives and programs, is working towards transforming India into a multi-sport nation.

Nita Ambani Discusses Sports and its Role in Community Development at the Vatican

October 10, 2016

Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, is a multi-talented individual. An Indian representative at the International Olympic Committee (IOC), she aims to integrate sports into the lives of millions of Indians.

Nita Ambani is also the person behind the popular Indian Super League (ISL). It is a football league that intends to popularize the sport across India and create a unique platform for young talent. Presently in its third edition, the Hero ISL also has a grassroots initiative. Aimed at inculcating the spirit of the sport across rural towns and villages in India, the grassroots program touched the lives of more than half a million children in its first run itself.

Through her work in the foundation, Nita Ambani continues to spearhead projects that emphasize the role played by sports in the growth of the youth, enabling them to develop their leadership skills.

The Vatican Conference

A conference was held in the Vatican by the IOC and the United Nations (UN). It was hosted by Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, and Pope Francis. Nita Ambani was the Indian representative at this event, which witnessed the participation of more than 150 world leaders.

The main focus of this conference was on the role played by sport and faith, which if combined would have a greater impact on individuals belonging to different countries and walks of life.

Nita Ambani’s speech

Nita Ambani spoke about sports and humanity at this event. She explained how the field of sports is a medium of change which can help society overcome its differences and unite for a shared cause. Citing numerous case studies from Reliance Foundation’s (RF) youth engagement drives, she explained how sports can help transform the lives of people by creating new opportunities which were previously unavailable. She emphasized on sports, stating that they have the potential to help communities, countries, and consequently, the entire world.

The power of sports

Nita Ambani thanked the organizers for allowing her to speak at the ‘Sport at the Service of Humanity’ conference. She reinstated how sport is capable of fostering relations between people belonging to different religions, regions, and backgrounds.

Nita Ambani, explained how witnessing people belonging to varied ages and groups coming together to support individual players or a team is magical. She explained how sport has the unique power of creating avenues, allowing communities to cast aside their differences and come together. She said that the conference opened up her mind to newer ideas that she hopes to implement in the near future.


The ‘Sport at the Service of Humanity’ Conference held in Vatican City witnessed Nita Ambani speak about the role played by sports in the overall development of individuals belonging to different communities in India and the world.

Nita Ambani addresses a ‘Faith and Sport’ Conference held by the Vatican

October 7, 2016

Smt. Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation addressed the delegates at the Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference – The First Global Conference on Faith and Sport, held by the Vatican in conjunction with the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. The Conference was hosted by His Holiness Pope Francis, Ban Kimoon, Secretary General of the United Nations, and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.

This Conference held at the Vatican City, which was blessed by His Holiness Pope Francis, saw the participation of over 150 world leaders in discussion on how Sport and Faith working together can improve and enhance the lives of those who most need it in many different walks of life. Smt. Ambani was the only representative from India at the Conference.


Addressing the delegates, Smt. Ambani spoke about the impact of sport on society and its ability to transcend differences. She also shared relevant case studies from the Reliance Foundation’s many youth focused sports programmes, highlighting the transformational power of sport, not just for an individual but also for their community, country and the world.

Speaking on the side-lines of the Conference, Smt. Ambani added, “I am privileged to have had the opportunity to share my experiences at the Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference. Sport, I have observed over the years, has an ability to bring people together irrespective of their geography, ethnicity, religion or circumstance. Magical things happen on sports fields – smiles and friendships bloom over wins and losses.”

She further added, “There is a strong connection today between Faith and Sport, not just as players and spectators but across the entire community. I have seen people from different religions, people who speak different languages, of all age groups come together in support of a single team / player. This is the extraordinary ability that sport has, to multiply the power of Faith, to create human bonding, and foster positive change. I had a very enriching and insightful exchange of thoughts at the Conference, seeding some very tangible ideas which I hope to implement, going forward.”

Smt. Nita Ambani has been an enthusiastic promoter of sport in the country. She is actively involved in promoting multiple sports in India through a number of largescale grassroots initiatives, with focus on developing young talent. She has initiated and singularly driven initiatives like Education for All (EFA), Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) and the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA programme, which have together impacted the lives of more than 5.5 million children across multiple sports.

Her contribution to the growth of sports in India has been recognized as a catalyst of change across various sports through the strong grassroots programmes that will help identify and nurture new talent from across the country. Smt. Nita Ambani was recently elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). She is the first Indian woman representative and is also currently the only representative from India in the IOC.


The goal of the Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference is to create a place where thought leaders from sports, business, politics, academia, media and different religious faiths can discuss how Faith and Sport can work together to better serve humanity.

About Reliance Foundation:

Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Limited, aims to play a catalytic role in addressing the nation’s development challenges through innovative and sustainable solutions. Led by Founder and Chairperson Smt. , Nita Ambani, Reliance Foundation is relentlessly working towards facilitating transformative changes to ensure overall well-being and higher quality of life for all by developing the nation’s social capital. Among India’s largest social initiatives, the Foundation is focused on addressing the nation’s development challenges in areas of Rural Transformation, Education, Health, Sports, Disaster Management, Urban Renewal, and Arts, Culture and Heritage. The Foundation’s direct, hands on approach has touched the lives of more than seven million people across India, in more than 10,500 villages and urban locations.


Nita Ambani addresses the ‘Sport at the Service of Humanity’ Conference held by the Vatican in conjunction with the UN and the IOC – The only representative from India at the Conference.

Nita Ambani’s Role as India’s Women Empowerment Crusader

October 6, 2016

Nita Ambani is a force to reckon with. The personality behind Reliance Foundation, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), and many other key initiatives aimed at creating newer opportunities across India, Nita Ambani is also actively working towards women empowerment.

Involved in several fields like healthcare, education, and sports, she is also responsible for Project Drishti. The project, in association with the National Association for the Blind (NAB), works to help carry out free eye donation drives and corneal transplants for visually-impaired individuals.

Gender inequality in India

Although efforts have been made to create equal avenues for women, there is still a long way to go, especially in a country like India. Patriarchy and misogyny prevent society from encouraging young women and celebrating their achievements. This is a roadblock that has prevented the country from achieving the goal of gender equality. Although India has one of the largest populations of women in the world, the opportunities do not correspond. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to uplift women belonging to marginalized communities.

Women like Nita Ambani are paving the way by creating fundamental structures that are not rigid and acting as a role model for many women. Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani was a key speaker at the Women in the World India Summit 2015.

Women in the World Summit

The first Women in the World Summit in India was held on 20th November 2015 at Delhi. Nita Ambani co-hosted the event along with eminent personalities like Barkha Dutt, Shabana Azmi, Tina Brown, Prabha Narasimhan, and Anand Mahindra. The main focus of her speech was what supporting women meant to her on a personal level.

At the summit, Nita Ambani explained that supporting women was neither a part of her company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities nor a philanthropic drive. Instead, she regards it to be her duty and responsibility as an individual who has access to adequate resources. She claimed to have learnt a lot through RF’s work in rural areas, with many women from these areas who still continue to inspire her.

Nita Ambani’s dream for women in India

She believes that the present is the perfect time to decide what kind of an environment the citizens of India would like to raise their children in. The current scenario in India is unequal and unjust, especially for women. With regard to this, she asked everyone to step forward and not accept a world where women are treated unfairly.

While ending her speech, Nita Ambani  shed light on women leaders of India’s glorious past like Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, and Jhansi ki Rani. She suggested that people should draw inspiration from them and strive towards creating a world that is not just better for women but also supports all sections of society.


Nita Ambani is a major contributor to the women empowerment movement in India. Her initiatives focus on creating long-term solutions and providing employment opportunities to women, thereby helping them become self-sustainable.

Rio Olympics Medal Winners Felicitated by IOC Member Nita Ambani

October 4, 2016

Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani’s recent election to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was met with much fervor in India. Besides being the first Indian woman member on the committee, she also received the privilege of distributing medals at the grand Rio Olympics.

Medal distribution at Rio Olympics

This opportunity not only gave her the chance to represent India on a global platform, but also reflected her immense interest in sports. The 400m freestyle podium winners were presented with their medals by Nita Ambani on the 8th of August 2016. Medal winners included Kathleen Ledecky, Jazz Carlin, and Leah Smith, who won gold, silver, and bronze respectively.

Nita Ambani’s role in the development of Indian sports

Nita Ambani has been actively involved in the development of sports in the country through Reliance Foundation. The foundation’s grassroots programs have extended to more than 3 million children so far. Apart from initiating grassroots programs to scout new talent for various sports like basketball and football, Nita Ambani is also the Founder of the Indian Super League (ISL). This league was started off to promote football in the country. So far, it has managed to rise in terms of mass popularity, with the league now in its third edition. Apart from this, Nita Ambani is also the owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Mumbai Indians.

Election to the International Olympic Committee

Nita Ambani’s dedication towards transforming India into a multi-sport nation earned her global recognition when she was nominated and thereafter elected to the International Olympic Committee. The election ceremony took place during the 129th IOC Session at Rio. The process was completed by adhering to the recommendations of the Olympic Agenda 2020. As per its guidelines, she will hold office as member of the committee till she attains 70 years of age. Previously elected representatives from India in the IOC include Sir Dorabji Tata and Raja Randhir Singh, with the latter presently functioning as an honorary member in the International Olympic Committee.

On her election, Nita Ambani expressed her happiness at a press release by stating that she felt humbled by the gesture. She further elaborated that the opportunity was a moment of recognition for India and Indian women on an international level. Nita Ambani also spoke about her belief in sports, to aid in the development of the country’s youth. She feels that it holds the power to unite people. Post Nita Ambani’s election to the committee, she received a string of congratulatory messages from eminent personalities on various social media platforms like Twitter. Among the many who wished her on the achievement was Reliance’s Sports Division CEO, Sundar Raman.


IOC member, Nita Ambani receives the opportunity to distribute medals to winners at the Rio Olympics.

Nita Ambani and the Indian Super League

October 3, 2016

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.