NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) is a Football Club playing in the Indian Super League (ISL), the premier competition of Indian Football. At advent of the ISL, the Club, led by actor/ producer John Abraham, secured the North-East franchise because the region is the epicentre of footballing talent in the country. Thus on 13th April 2014, the Club, which encapsulates all eight states of the north-east, was conceived. It was a historic moment in Indian football as NorthEast United FC became the first team in the world to have a representation by region, rather than representation by city. We feel an immense amount of gratitude and responsibility towards our fans, especially in the north-east region.
Historically, the eight states have been marginalized in India. However, football is one of the core strengths of the north-east and talent in the country has traditionally come from this region. The first player to captain the National team, Dr. Talimeran Ao, post-independence, was from the north-east. The north-east has also been a steady feeder for the National football team. Year over year, there has been a heavy representation of north-eastern players in the National Football leagues as well.
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 states of north-east India. The team plays its home games at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. The Club aims to be a platform for the 8 States to showcase their talents nationally and internationally.