U-16 Youth Cup to feature more than 50 teams

The League which has conceptualised as the U-15 Youth League has been rechristened to U-16 Youth League keeping the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 in mind.

The inaugural edition of the Youth League saw Minerva Academy FC overwhelming Royal Wahingdoh FC in the high-octane final in Goa to conquer the silverware.   -  AIFF

More than 50 teams will participate in the the second edition of the U-16 Youth League which is scheduled to kick-off in September 2016. The League which has conceptualised as the U-15 Youth League has been rechristened to U-16 Youth League keeping the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 in mind.

Sunano Dhar, CEO of I-League, said he was overwhelmed by the interest shown in the league. “Last season 39 Teams had competed in the Youth League but the number has jumped to 50 this season, which is more than overwhelming,” he added.

AIFF technical director Scott O’Donell said the magic mark of 50 showed the “positive intent.” among the clubs. "Reaching the magic figure of 50 in the second year of the U-16 Youth League shows the positive intent among the clubs and private academies. They deserve due credit for their untiring effort towards building up the teams,” he said.

“Playing competitive football is a big part of a young player’s development. The U-16 Youth League will give the players (and coaches) the opportunity to test themselves against teams from other States. The first edition of the U-15 Youth League was a huge success and it is great to see even more teams expressing their interest,” O’Donell said.

The inaugural edition saw Minerva Academy FC overwhelming Royal Wahingdoh FC in the high-octane final in Goa to conquer the silverware.

Highlight of this season will be the participation of three teams from Kashmir. After LoneStar Kashmir’s success, Jammu and Kashmir Bank and Real Kashmir have also enrolled for the U-16 Youth League.

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