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Premier League and ISL renew the contract for Football Development

Chairperson and Founder of FSDL & Premier League Chief Executive Sign New Agreement.

The ISL and Premier League will resume working together. To share insight and expertise in all tracts of football. Including administration, talent development, commercial expansion, governance.

An agreement to this outcome was signed by the Administrator of FSDL Nita Ambani. And by PL Chief Executive Richard Masters. At the Premier League-ISL Next Generation Mumbai Cup.

According to a media release issued, the alliance between the two leagues began six years ago. This new pact will allow the leagues to continue working together. To enrich the coaching, refereeing and football development in India.

The Next Generation Mumbai Cup has seen three PL Under 14 squads Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC and Southampton FC travel to Mumbai. To play against Under 15 players from Bengaluru FC, FC Goa and Reliance Foundation Young Champs.

Input From The Chiefs

Commenting on the agreement with the ISL, Richards Masters said, we have been working mutually for six years. The PL as an established league is helping ISL. Which seems to be growing swiftly. Events like these are really significant. For the next three years, we are going to be focusing on young players. Youth development is the route to success. And also the advancement of coaching and refereeing. We will do all we can to support the ISL. But it appears to be going pretty well under by its means. It’s an incredible experience for our players to come to an incredible facility like this. I am happy to be here.

Nita Ambani also expressed her joy. After signing the consequential deal. She said ISL has forever believed in grassroots development. At Reliance Foundation, we are after the pyramid structure. Of improving football at the base level. This year we began with 6-12 age group children’s league. Then in the midst, we have youth sports. And then on top of that occupies the young champs. I think the journey is very essential. We develop talent at the young level. This partnership will really benefit us. In producing ISL’s grassroots programme and the youth programme.

Mrs.Ambani also suggested that they will seek to host the Premier League Asia Cup U23 in India.   

She said we have requested Richard if the PL Asia Cup U23 can be held in India. Because it will be a huge boost for Indian football.

When Ranveer Met Shearer

Bollywood actor and PL Ambassador for India, Ranveer Singh, took to the turf. For an exposition cricket skills challenge. Against PL record goalscorer Alan Shearer at the Gallant Sports Arena. Ranveer and Alan interacted with the academy players. They played a friendly football game with the lads.

Ranveer Singh said the Premier League has been doing some incredible work. Imparting insight, expertise and infrastructure to the Indian football system. We have lads from Goa and Bengaluru. They are interacting and playing football with the chaps from Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester. These are remarkable ways of promoting the sport at the grassroots status.

PL ambassador Shearer said it is his third visit to India. He loves the energy of the nation. The standard of football in India is just getting better and better. The ISL and the PL are working hard to nourish young footballers. Through competitions like the Next Generation Mumbai Cup. I have no doubt India will be generating world-class footballers in the future. There is an excess of young talent in India. And collaborative endeavors by the Premier League and ISL will enable the way for fresh talented players.

On Friday, the last match of the PL-ISL Next Generation Mumbai Cup 2020 took place. At the Reliance Corporate Park Football Ground where Reliance Football Young Champs (RFYC) U15 defeated Manchester United U14 side by 1-0. Chelsea U14 has crowned the champions of the competition. 

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