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Youth League U15
Founded2015
Country India
Number of teams78
Level on pyramid1
Current championsMinerva Punjab
(3rd title)
(2017–18)
Most championshipsMinerva Punjab
(3 titles)
2017–18 Youth League U15

The Youth League U15 previously known as Youth League U16[1] 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.

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.[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. In finals series teams have divided in 4 groups of 4 to determine champions.

Current Participants[edit | edit source]

The participants for the 2017–18 season in the Under-15 League are:

Zone Teams
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

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 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.[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 : Nike Premier Cup, Youth league U13

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Others articles of the Topic Soccer : Nike Premier Cup, Youth league U13
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "AIFF Moots U-15 & U-18 I-League For Clubs & Academies". I-League.org. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  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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