Indian football has grown leaps and bounds in recent years, so has the fan-following for the clubs in the country. Although the country still has a long way to go to become one among the elite in the footballing world, the nation seems to be heading in the right direction.
With new roadmap set to be put in place next season onwards, and a larger league reportedly on cards, Indian football fans have plenty to watch out for - although the new roadmap meant I-League would become the second-tier league in the country.
In this article, we take a look at 5 Indian football clubs with most social media following.
5. FC Goa
FC Goa have arguably been the most entertaining and one among the most consistent sides in the Indian Super League. Thanks to their style of play, they command a decent fan following, both in and outside the state.
The Goan outfit has 451k followers on Facebook, 332k on Twitter and 254k on the photo and video-sharing app, Instagram.
4. Chennaiyin FC
Chennaiyin FC are one of the most successful sides in the Indian Super League history. The Super Machans have won the coveted ISL trophy twice - in the second and fourth editions - and came close to bagging their third in the recent incarnation of India's premier football league.
The Chennai-based club boast a staggering 467k followers on Facebook, 870k on Twitter and 249k on Instagram.
3. East Bengal
The Red & Yellow Brigade are one of the most followed football clubs in India. Based out of Kolkata, one of the hotbeds for Indian football, East Bengal have been a strong presence in the Indian football circuit. The club, founded in 1920, plies their trade in I-League.
East Bengal have a whopping 1.3million followers on Facebook. However, they have a relatively lesser fan-following on Twitter and Instagram, with 241k and 60k - the least followed side, on these platforms, among the top-five.
2. ATK - Mohun Bagan
Mohun Bagan won the I-League this season. ATK clinched the ISL six trophy, making it their third Indian Super League title. They are the champions of India. The two outfits will merge and participate in the coming seasons as a unified team in the Indian Super League.
The two teams boast a massive fan-following on social media platforms. ATKFC have 1million followers on Facebook, 470k on Twitter, 198k on Instagram, while Mohun Bagan have 534k, 363k, 73k followers, respectively.
1. Kerala Blasters
You knew this already, I believe. Kerala Blasters are the most followed Indian football club on social media. If you're active on the social media platforms, you'd not even need numbers to declare this. As simple as that. Poor performances may have taken a toll on the attendance, but there is no questioning over Kerala Blasters' dominance on social media, not yet, at least.
Blasters are also the only side to have more than 1m followers on all three social media platforms that we have considered - 1.1million on Facebook, 1.8m on Twitter and 1.4m on Instagram.