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Nike Premier Cup
Founded2016
Country India
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Current championsMinerva Punjab
(3rd title)
(2018)
Most championshipsMinerva Punjab
(3 titles)
2018 Nike Premier Cup

The Nike Premier Cup is a national finals competition for the U15 level of youth football in India. It is contested between the under-15 sides of The I-League teams, Indian Super League teams, as well as other youth teams. From 2018 season 16 teams are qualifying from Youth League U15 for this competition to get Nike Premier Cup. The most successful team currently is Minerva Punjab, who won all the previous seasons.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

After the success of Youth League U18 All India Football Fedration proposed U15 youth league which was kicked off from September 2015. The announcement came during the I league workshop held at AIFF headquarters, Football house on July 7.[2] After inaugural season, it was remodelled as U16 youth league primarily to handpick more talents ahead of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. World cup was the first of its kind hosted by India and ecpectations were spiralling up around the competition.[3] It contested in 2 phases. In the first phase more than 50 teams competes in the Youth League U15 for the qualification to the national finals which is known as Nike Premier Cup.

Current Participants[edit | edit source]

Following 16 teams were participated in 2018 Nike Premier Cup:-

Current Structure[edit | edit source]

All teams play each other in their respective groups twice – home and away. At the end of the group stages, the top 2 teams go through to the final phase from Chennai, Maharashtra, Goa zones and 1 team each qualifies for finals from Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat and Shillong-Guwahati zones. In addition to this, teams from the rest of country were divided into six groups. The teams who performed there had to further negotiate a playoff stage.Total 5 teams qualifies from rest of India zone for the finals after their performance in playoffs.[4] In the final phase 16 teams have been divided into four groups and the group winners progress to the semifinals, from where the finalists who will battle for the top honour will be determined.[5]

Past Winners[edit | edit source]

Nike Premier Cup
2016 Minerva Punjab
2017 Minerva Punjab
2018 Minerva Punjab

List of winners[edit | edit source]

Team Nike Premier Cup U16 Nike Premier Cup U15
Minerva Punjab 1 2

See also[edit | edit source]


Others articles of the Topics India AND Soccer : Youth League U15, Youth league U13

Others articles of the Topic India : Bahujan Azad Party, Game Over (2017 film), Trishna Mukherjee, 2019 Kashmir airstrike, Jitendra Verma Jeetu, Mr. Rajkumar (actor), Swarna Bharat Party

Others articles of the Topic Soccer : Youth league U13, Youth League U15
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "u15 youth league kicks off tomorrow". www.i-league.org.
  2. "AIFF launches u15 youth league". www.i-league.org.
  3. "U16 Youth league". www.i-league.org.
  4. "Nike premier cup". www.goal.com.
  5. "Nike premier cup". www.goal.com.

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