The owner of Chennai City FC no longer plays football and has transferred the sports licence. The new owners will have to rebuild the team from the ground up, which means they will have to advance from the state’s lesser levels. When a sports company contacted a source close to the situation, the individual said, “Yeah, we’ve transferred the sporting licence. For the time being, I’m out of football.”
In the 2018-19 season, the team won the I-League.
By providing opportunity to indigenous players, the club played an important role in Tamil Nadu football. Michael Soosairaj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Nandhakumar Sekar, Jockson Dhas, and Ajith Kumar all played for Chennai City FC in the I-League before moving on to the ISL
After the Indian Bank Recreational Club in the National Football League, it became the second club from Tamil Nadu to compete in the top flight. They have competed in the I-League from 2016 (through 2020-21), with home matches held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore. They won the 2018-19 I-League season, making it the most successful in the club’s history.
Uruguayan attacker Pedro Manzi was the standout, scoring 21 goals and a record four hat-tricks. Pedro was given the opportunity to play for Albirex Niigata (Japan’s 2nd level league). The following season and is presently under contract with Rajasthan United FC.
Chennai City FC partnered with FC Basel from Switzerland following a successful I-League season. This was a significant development for Indian football in 2019 since it would assist Indian players. FC Basel also purchased 26% of the stakes from the I-League club.