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Mumbai, February 29, 2020
Premier League and Indian Super League (ISL) have signed a new agreement that will see them continuing to work together to share knowledge and expertise in all areas of the game, including governance, talent development, commercial growth, administration and wider community development.
The agreement was signed by Nita Ambani, Chairperson and founder of Football Sports Development Limited and Reliance Foundation, and Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters on Friday at the Premier League-ISL Next Generation Mumbai Cup.
The partnership between the two leagues began six years ago and the new agreement will allow the leagues to continue working together to enhance the coaching, refereeing and football development in India.
Ambani 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 , Manchester United and Southampton -- travel to Mumbai to compete against Under 15 players from Bengaluru, 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.