AIFF U-16 Youth League

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AIFF U-16 Youth League
Country India
Number of teams55
Level on pyramid1
Current championsMinerva Academy F.C.
(1nd title)

The U-16 Youth League is a premier football league for Youth teams in India, conducted by AIFF.[1] All I-League Under-16 teams, ISL and some academy U16 teams participate in this tournament. Minerva Academy F.C. are the current champion.[2]


In December 2013 India have been awarded hosting rights of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. To increase pool of players for selection to national team All India Football Federation in 2015 started the Youth League. The league in its first edition started as under-15 Youth League.[1] More than 30 teams from I-League,I-League 2nd Division and some academies participated in first edition.Minerva Academy F.C. overcome Royal Wahingdoh F.C. 4-3 in penalties to crowned as first champions of AIFF Youth League.[2]

In 2016-17 number of teams increased to 55.

Current participants[edit]

The participants for the 2016-17 season in the Under-16 Youth League are: [3] [4]

Maharashtra Zone Kolkata Zone Shillong - Guwahati Kerala Zone Delhi Zone
Group A Group B
  • Football Schools Of India U16
  • Young Champs U16
  • Kenkre U16
  • Pune City U16
  • DSK Shivajians U16
  • Mumbai U16
  • PIFA U16
  • Steadfast FC U16
  • East Bengal U16
  • Southern Samity U16
  • SAI-Kolkata U16
  • United U16
  • Mohun Bagan U16
  • Mohammedan U16
  • Royal Wahingdoh U16
  • Gauhati Town U16
  • Rangdajied United F.C. U16
  • Shillong Lajong U16
  • SAI-Guwahati U16
  • Kovalam U16
  • Redstar U16
  • SEPT U16
  • Prodigy U16
Group A Group B
  • Bhaichung Bhutia FS 16
  • Sudeva U18
  • Real Sports U16
  • SAI-Delhi U16
  • Delhi Dynamos U16
  • Delhi United U16
  • IYSA U16
  • Conscient U16
Bengaluru - Chennai Rest of India Zone
  • Ozone FA U16
  • Mahogany U16
  • Boca Juniors FS U16
  • Roots FS U16
  • Salgaocar 16
  • Dempo U16
  • Sporting Goa U16
  • Bengaluru FC U16
  • Pride Sports U16
  • Sports Authority of Gujarath U16
  • Fateh Hyderabad F.C. U16
  • Kahaani FC U16
  • Anantpur FA U16
  • Aizawl F.C. U16
  • NEROCA F.C. U16
  • TFA U16
  • NRL-SPT U16
  • SAIL-Bokaro U16
  • Minerva U16
  • Hindustan U16
  • Lonestar Kashmir U16
  • Real Kashmir U16
  • J&K Bank U16
  • Youngsters Club U16

Current structure[edit]

Teams are divided into geografical zonal groups. The teams from every zone will play on a home-away basis among themselves in the round robin stage and 16 teams will qualify to the National Final Round eventually. Those sixteen teams will be divided into four groups and the group champions will qualify for the semi-final which will be followed by the final to decide the U-16 Youth League 2016-17 champions.

Past winners[edit]

U15 Youth League
2015-16 Minerva Academy
U16 Youth League
2016-17 TBD

List of winners[edit]

Team U15 (d)
U16 (d)
Minerva Academy 1 0

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics India AND Soccer : Nike Premier Cup, Youth League U15, Youth league U13

Other articles of the topic India : Techgentsia Software Technologies, Rabindranath Tagore, Amjad Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Josh (2000 film), The Orbis School, Manav Rachna International School

Other articles of the topic Soccer : Nike Premier Cup, Youth league U13, Youth League U15
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  • I-League
  • I-League U18
  • AIFF


  1. 1.0 1.1 "AIFF Launch U-15 League Which Kick-Off In September 2015".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Minerva Academy FC Etch Their Name In History Winning Maiden Edition Of Nike Premier Cup". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. "U-16 YOUTH LEAGUE TO KICK-OFF FROM SEPTEMBER 24". 23 September 2016.
  4. "Fixture & Results". 15 November 2016.

External links[edit]

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