AIFF unveils Youth Leagues comeback in mid-December with 50+ teams

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The All India Football Federation is set to launch the AIFF Youth Leagues in the second week of December. The leagues will feature U-17 age category apart from the U-13 and U-15 age categories.

This year’s AIFF Youth League has been delayed by a few months. The Youth Leagues will begin with the U-17 category first during mid-December. The U-15 and U-13 Youth Leagues will be held from January 2024 onwards.

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32 elite academies, along with the youth teams of the ISL and I-League clubs will compete across the mentioned age categories. Altogether, more than 50 teams are expected to participate in the AIFF Youth League.

Direct entry has been granted to teams from the Indian Super League (ISL), I-League, I-League 2, and Elite Academies with AIFF Academy Accreditation. To ensure fair play and remove age fraud, the AIFF will conduct TW3 Tests for the U-13 and U-15 Youth Leagues.

To ensure the authenticity and integrity of the National Accreditation, the AIFF intends to carry out surprise inspections of the accredited academies. Any deviations or failure to meet the criteria outlined in the accreditation policy may result in the revocation of the academy’s accreditation status.

Taking to X, AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey wrote, “Delighted to announce, AIFF is ready to bring back, youth leagues after 3 years. 32 elite academies, along with the youth teams of the ISL and I-League clubs will compete across U-13, U-15 & U-17 age categories scouts present in the games to identify talents.”

“This year, the leagues have been slightly delayed. After three years, the Junior and Sub-Junior National Football Championships Tier 1 and 2 for boys and girls were organised”, Chaubey said.

The AIFF Youth League strives for inclusivity by inviting nominations from AIFF Member Associations that have effectively organized Youth Leagues within their respective states. Their cooperative approach is for establishing a competitive platform for the budding football talent in India.

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