The AIFF hosted the Indian Football Gala Awards on 8th June 2017 in Mumbai. It was a night of glamour for Indian football with a Fancy Fashion Show, Cultural Events and everything else that made the prologue of the inaugural AIFF Awards Night.
The awards were given out for every category with Jeje Lalpekhlua winning the Player of the year award for 2016. Also, much to the delight of Bengaluru FC fans, their skipper Sunil Chhetri won the Player of the I-League 2016-17 award.
List of the award winners:
Syed Abdul Rahim Award for Best Coach in Hero I-League 2016-17: Khalid Jamil (Aizawl FC)
2016 AIFF Player of the Year: Jeje Lalpekhlua.
Hero of I-League 2016-17: Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)
Best Emerging Player of Hero I-League 2016-17: Jerry Lalrinzuala (DSK Shivajians)
2016 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year: Rowllin Borges
2016 Emerging Woman Player of the Year: Sanju
2016 AIFF Woman Player of the Year: Sasmita Malik
Best Goalkeeper of Hero I-League 2016-17: Debjit Majumder (Mohun Bagan)
Jarnail Singh Best Defender of Hero I-League 2016-17: Anas Edathodika (Mohun Bagan)
Best Midfielder of Hero I-League 2016-17: Alfred Kemah Jaryan (Aizawl FC)
Best Striker of Hero I-League 2016-17: Aser Pierric Dipanda Dicka (Shillong Lajong FC)
Highest Scorer of Hero I-League 2016-17: Aser Pierric Dipanda Dicka (Shillong Lajong FC)
2016 Special Award for being the First Indian Club to play in AFC Cup Final: JSW Bengaluru FC
2016 Special Recognition Award of the Year: Uvena Fernandes
2016 Special Recognition Award of the Year: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Best Home-match Organiser of Hero I-League 2016-17: DSK Shivajians & Bengaluru FC
Hero I-League Fairplay Award 2016-17: Churchill Brothers FC Goa – 201
AIFF Referee of the Year: Pranjal Banerjee