U-19 i-League set to start in January 2014

U-19 i-League set to kick start on January 2014

There is set to be an Under-19 I-League Tournament starting in the end of January 2014.  This decision was announced in a seminar at the All India Football Federation Headquarters, Football House, New Delhi, on Monday, December 18.

Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, Airtel I-League, spoke about his plans for the formation of the tournament in a meeting attended by over 25 Representatives from the 13 Clubs of the Airtel I-League.

“The reason for the expansion of this form of the League is to bring in more teams from the 2nd Division and the Academies, and give proper exposure to the youngsters who will be the next stars of Indian Football,” Mr. Dhar stated.

Explaining the format of the U-19 I-League, Mr. Dhar said, “The League would be played first on a zonal basis (home and away) followed by the Final-leg in Jamshedpur.

“The zonal groups will be played in Kolkata, Mumbai, Shillong, Goa, and another Group formed by all other Teams from the Rest of India (to be played on a Single-leg basis in Jamshedpur ahead of the Final-leg).”

The top team from each zone, and two teams from the Rest of India zone, i.e. six teams will play each other in a single leg League,  the final Round of which will start from the mid of April.

Finally, the team with the highest points will be adjudged as the U-19 Champions.

The Second Division Teams and the top academies will also be a part of the zonal groupings.

Zone Goa:

Dempo SC
Churchill Brothers SC
Sporting Clube de Goa
Salgaocar FC
Sesa FA,

Zone Kolkata:

Mohammedan Sporting SC
United SC
Kingfisher East Bengal
McDowell Mohun Bagan
Kalighat MS
Bhowanipore FC

Zone Maharashtra:

Mumbai FC
Pune FC
AIFF Academy
Mumbai Tigers FC

Zone Shillong:

Shillong Lajong FC
Rangdajied United FC
Green Valley
Royal Wahingdoh.

Zone Rest of India:

Bengaluru FC
Tata FA
Aizawl FC
MP United FC
Hindustan FC
Eagles FC
Garhwal FC
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