Youth League U15
|Number of teams||78|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Current champions||Minerva Punjab|
|Most championships||Minerva Punjab|
|2017–18 Youth League U15|
The Youth League U15 previously known as Youth League U16 is 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. HappenIng in 2 phases preliminary round and final competition popularly known as Nike Premier Cup. Most successful team currently is Minerva Punjab, who won all three titles held.
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. 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. In finals series teams have divided in 4 groups of 4 to determine champions.
The participants for the 2017–18 season in the Under-15 League are:
|Maharashtra Zone||Football club of Mumbaikars||Kenkre||Football School of India||Steadfast – Mumbai Rush||PIFA||Reliance Foundation Youth Sports||Mumbai Warriors Sports Club||Indian Football Academy||Mumbai School Sports Association|
|Kolkata Zone||East Bengal||ATK||SAI Kolkata||United||Mohun Bagan||Mohammedan||The hooghly district sports association||New Barrackpore Rainbow AC|
|Shillong–Guwahati||NorthEast United||Rangdajied United||Shillong Lajong||SAI Guwahati||Gauhati Town Club|
|Goa Zone||Salgaocar||Dempo||Sporting Goa||Goa||SESA||Churchill Brothers|
|Chennai Zone||Chennaiyin||Raman Vijayan Soccer School||Football Plus Professional Soccer Academy||Chennai City||Mahogany FC||Oyyabo Sports|
|Delhi Zone||Bhaichung Bhutia FS||Sudeva||Indian Youth SA||Delhi United||Delhi Dynamos||Hindustan||Delhi Development Authority||Conscient Football||Real Sports Academy|
|Bengaluru Zone||Bangaluru FC||Roots Football School||Boca Juniors Football School||Stadium Sports Foundation||Bangalore Youth Football League||Ozone F.C.|
|Gujarat Zone||SAG Fotball Academy||Baroda Football Academy||Kahaani Football Club||Ara Football Club|
|Rest of India Zone||Group A||Aizawl||NEROCA||FC Imphal City||Numaligarh Refined Ltd. Football Association|
|Group B||Minerva Punjab||Youngsters Club||Shivanand FC||Youth FC||United Punjab Football Academy|
|Group C||Sports Hostel Odisha||DSK Dhivajians F.C.||Tata Football Academy||Ananthapur Sports Academy||Fateh Hyderabad F.C.|
|Group D||Real Kashmir F.C.||J&K Football Academy||Jammu United FC & Academy|
|Group E||MSP Football Academy||Kerala Blasters||Don Bosco Football Academy||Prodigy Sportz||Kocalam FC|
|Group F||Gokulam Kerala FC||Wayanad FC||FC Kerala||SAI Trivendrum|
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 popularly known as Nike Premier Cup 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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