India

Next Gen Mumbai

We are very excited to announce we will be taking part in the second edition of the Next Generation Mumbai Cup this month!

Our Under-14 side will be representing the Premier League, along with Manchester United and Southampton, and will be taking on the Under-15 sides of Bengaluru FC, FC Goa and the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Academy.

Representatives from the club, as well as Manchester United, Southampton and the Premier League, will work with coaches from across India across a full week of activities to help support ISL clubs and grow the game in India.

Mrs Nita Ambani, Chairperson FSDL said: “I am sure our talented children from BFC, FC Goa and RFYC will benefit immensely by playing with Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC and Southampton FC youth teams. I welcome all the visiting players and coaches to experience our country’s rich culture and warm hospitality, as we strengthen our bond through the beautiful game.”

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We have an excellent longstanding relationship with the ISL and this week of activity will undoubtedly provide a fantastic opportunity for all young players and coaches involved. It is not just about the on-pitch activities but also the wider cultural and educational experiences, which are hugely beneficial to the players. Supporting youth development within ISL academies is an important part of the work we do to strengthen the growth of the game in India. This week enable us to build on our existing work with the ISL and provide workshops and knowledge exchange programmes to coaches and referees from across India. We saw some very impressive young talent at last year’s tournament and I hope this year’s players enjoy the experience both on and off the pitch.

We will also be joined in India by Premier League record goalscorer Alan Shearer, who said: ‘I have seen first-hand the passion for football in India, not just by fans watching the game but also those participating – I was put through my paces by young players during my last trip to Mumbai.’