The first season of the Elite Football League of India (ELFI) saw many superstars being created in a brand new sport, and the rise of six franchises. Who were the top teams in the first season? Here’s a rundown of the franchises that performed the best last year – the top 5 teams in the inaugural season of ELFI:
#1 Pune Marathas
The Pune franchise were the winners of the first edition, beating the Delhi Defenders in the final 6-0.
They played eight games in all, winning six and losing two. With a 75% win rate, they were the most impressive team in the league.
They scored the second most number of points overall in the tournament with 115 points for and 49 against, scoring 15 points on average every game. They had the meanest defense amongst all the teams, letting in just 9.2 points per game.
Dinesh Kumar, as the quarterback, was the star of the team. He won the Most Outstanding Quarterback award and also picked up the Offensive Player of the Year award. Jitendra Mishra, the Defensive Back, was also in great form as he picked up the Most Outstanding Defensive Back award and the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Week 1 – July 25, Delhi vs Pune – Pune won 31-7
Week 2 – July 30, Kolkata vs Pune – Pune won 16-6
Week 3 – August 2, Pune vs Bangalore – Pune won 10-7
Week 4 – August 5, Pune vs Pakistan – not played
Week 5 – August 9, Mumbai vs Pune – Mumbai won 13-6
Week 6 – August 12, Kandy vs Pune – Pune won 19-0
Week 7 – August 15, Colombo vs Pune – Colombo won 9-6
Semi-finals – August 19, (2) Colombo vs (3) Pune – Pune won 21-7
Finals – August 25, (3) Pune vs (4) Delhi – Pune won 6-0