NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) is a football club that competes in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), the premier football league in Indian football. At the advent of the ISL, the Club, led by actor/producer John Abraham, secured the Northeast franchise to represent the region, which is the hotbed of footballing talent in the country. Thus, on 13th April 2014, the Club, which represents the seven sisters and one brother of the Northeast, was conceived. It was a historic moment in Indian football as NorthEast United FC became the first team in the world to represent a region.
India’s footballing talent has historically hailed from the region. The first player to captain the National team, Dr. Talimeran Ao, post-independence, was from present day Nagaland and the region continues to be a steady feeder for the National football team.
The Club prides itself as an entity that both passionately and resolutely stands for the region and was founded on two key pillars:
We live this mission by scouting, nurturing and grooming local talent from the region.
The crest of NorthEast United FC was designed keeping the ethos of the Club in mind. It features 8 stars at the top, representing each of the 8 Northeastern states. The colors of the crest are inspired by the 3 primary colors that are frequently seen across the region – red, black and white.
The team plays its home games at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati and boasts one of the most passionate fan bases in the league with an average attendance of 17,000 people per match.