Next Generation Mumbai Cup: Man United, Chelsea U-14 sides to play in India
Next Generation Mumbai Cup will see three Premier League Under 14 sides – Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC and Southampton FC – travel to India for the first time to play
Mumbai: The Premier League and the Indian Super League (ISL) are bringing the second edition of the Youth Games to Mumbai starting on February 24 (Monday).
This year’s event, titled Next Generation Mumbai Cup, is supported by Star Sports and will see three Premier League Under-14 sides – Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC and Southampton FC – travel to India for the first time to play against three Under-15 Indian Youth sides, Bengaluru FC, FC Goa and the Reliance Foundation Young Champs academy. This competitive tournament will take place at Reliance Corporate Park, Navi Mumbai over five days alongside a varied programme of activities.
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The Premier League’s record goalscorer and ambassador Alan Shearer will join Bollywood star and Premier League ambassador Ranveer Singh to meet and support the young players during the event.
Nita Ambani, chairperson, Reliance Foundation and Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) – organisers of ISL alongside Premier League CEO Richard Masters will attend the final day event on February 28.
The Next Generation Mumbai Cup takes place during a week of activities dedicated to youth player development as part of the Premier League’s ongoing partnership with the ISL.
Representatives from the Premier League, Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC and Southampton FC will work with 75 ISL coaches, local coaches and referees from across India to lead workshops, offer training and run development forums. The week will provide cultural and educational experiences for the 108 young players involved.
Shearer, who scored 260 goals in the Premier League playing for clubs including Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, will be meeting with players and coaches to offer expertise and support.
Shearer said: “I am looking forward to returning to Mumbai and meeting the youth players and coaches participating in the tournament. 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. I wish all those taking part in the tournament good luck and I look forward to seeing the teams in action.”