I-League U19

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I-League U19
I-League U19 logo.jpg
Country  India
Founded 2011
Divisions 3
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 1
Current champions Tata Football Academy
(1st title)
2014 I-League U19

The I-League U19 is the top level of youth football in India. It is contested between the under-20 sides of The I-League. The most successful team currently is Pune who won the league in 2012 and 2013.

History[edit]

The league was founded as the I-League U19 in 2011 which was to give youth teams of the I-League a national league to play in as at that time the I-League youth teams only played in state youth leagues. Clubs fielded Under-19 teams. 16 teams were split into four groups of four with only one group containing only three teams. At the end of the season the top team from the group stage would move onto the final group stage with the other group winners and play each other once. The inaugural winners were JCT.

The competition name was changed in 2012 to the I-League U20 [1] because many u20 players in the I-League were not getting any time in the senior teams. Teams will play those within their own group twice and again the top teams will move on to the final group at the end.

The U20 title however only lasted for two seasons before the All India Football Federation decided to switch the tournament back to an under-19 tournament from 2014 onwards. [2] From 2014, the format was changed where the tournament was divided into five region based zones, namely, Kolkata, Mumbai, Shillong, Goa and Rest of India.

Current participants[edit]

The participants for the 2014 season in the Under-19 League are:

Goa Zone Kolkata Zone Maharashtra Zone Rest of India Zone Shillong Zone

Current structure[edit]

All teams play each other in the group once and at the end the champion of the group goes to the final phase and plays each other once.

Past winners[edit]

  I-League U19
2011 JCT
  I-League U20
2012 Pune
2013 Pune
I-League U19
2014 Tata FA

List of winners[edit]

Team U20 (d)
titles
U19
titles
Pune 2 0
JCT 0 1
Tata FA 0 1

(d) - defunct

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ :::: The Aiff ::::
  2. ^ "AIFF's Emergency Committee meets in New Delhi". The All India Football Federation. Retrieved 28 May 2013.