ISL, Premier League renew mutual co-operation agreement


ISL, Premier League renew mutual co-operation agreement

Indian Super League (ISL) and Premier League have renewed their mutual co-operation agreement for the development of football in India.

Football Sports Development Limited and Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani joined Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters today at the Premier League-ISL Next Generation Mumbai Cup to sign a new agreement.

This will see the ISL and Premier League continue to work together to share knowledge and expertise in all areas of the elite game including governance, talent development, commercial growth, administration and wider community development.

The partnership between the two leagues began six years ago and this new agreement will allow the leagues to continue working together to enhance the coaching, refereeing and football development in India.

Ambani’s Reliance Foundation Young Champs Under 15 sides is one of the teams taking part in the week-long event. She said, “The Indian Super League is now forging into next step of our partnership with Premier League. The association over the last six years has been very satisfying for the work we have done in developing Indian football. We would like the two Leagues to further strengthen the tie through the renewed Premier League-ISL partnership to work on youth development, coaching, and refereeing aspects.”

The Next Generation Mumbai Cup has seen three Premier League Under 14 sides – Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC and Southampton FC – travel to Mumbai to compete against Under 15 players from Bengaluru FC, FC Goa, and Reliance Foundation Young Champs. The tournament not only gives the academy players new experiences on the pitch, with the difference in the weather and playing style but also off of it, with the opportunity to visit local schools and communities to understand more about different cultures.

Not only that, but the Premier League coaches from the three attending clubs have been working alongside staff from PGMOL who look after match officials, to help enhance the skills of coaches and referees in Mumbai who can take their learnings into the local community to develop grassroots football.

Masters said, “We are extremely pleased to reaffirm our long-term commitment to developing football in India by signing a new Mutual Cooperation Agreement. Over the past six years, and in partnership with the Hero ISL, we have supported football coaching and development, as well as other areas of the elite side of the game including infrastructure and finance. This new agreement brings with it a new focus, this time on the development of youth football, so we look forward to working in collaboration with our Indian counterparts to enhance this area of the game.”

The Next Generation Mumbai Cup highlights the commitment from the Premier League to work alongside other football bodies to help assist them in a number of business and delivery areas – including finance, academy and youth football, and coaching.

The activities around the tournament were also further enhanced by the UK Sports Alliance, whose conferences and meetings to encourage knowledge-sharing amongst different sports were aligned to the Next Generation Mumbai Cup.