Nike Premier Cup
|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Current champions||Minerva Punjab|
|Most championships||Minerva Punjab|
|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.
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. 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. 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.
Following 16 teams were participated in 2018 Nike Premier Cup:-
- Bengaluru FC
- MSP Football Academy
- SAI Guwahati
- FC Goa
- Aizawl F.C.
- Reliance Foundation Young Champs
- Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools
- Real Kashmir F.C.
- Minerva Punjab F.C.
- Churchill Brothers S.C.
- Football Club of Mumbaikars
- Chennaiyin FC
- DSK Shivajians F.C.
- East Bengal F.C.
- Raman Vijayan Sports School
- SAG Football Academy
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. 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.
|Nike Premier Cup|
List of winners
|Team||Nike Premier Cup U16||Nike Premier Cup U15|
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