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League's support for football development in India

24 Sep 2019
Premier Skills, Bengaluru

Premier League has been working to help grow the game in India for more than a decade

The Premier League has been supporting football development in India for more than a decade with a number of local football organisations.

In 2014, a mutual cooperation agreement was signed with the Indian Super League (ISL), where the Premier League would share knowledge and provide strategic support and ideas around the development of the game at all levels.

In 2019, the Premier League hosted the Football Development Week in Mumbai, marking a new phase in our ISL partnership, with a focus on youth development.

Academy teams and coaches from Arsenal and Leicester City visited and took part in the PL-ISL Youth Games tournament against local youth sides.

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The Football Development Week will return to India in February 2020.

Premier Skills

Since 2007, the Premier Skills programme has been active in India, developing coaches.

PL Live Bengaluru Premier SKills
Through Premier Skills more than 2,000 local coaches and referees have been trained in India

The Premier League programme, in partnership with the British Council, has trained more than 2,000 local coaches and referees who have gone on to work with 105,000 young people.

Fan events 

The Premier League has also sought to bring the fans in India closer to the action with fan events.

PL Live Bengaluru screening
The Premier League has hosted three live events in India, the most recent being in Bengaluru in 2017

Three such events have been held in India: Mumbai in 2015 and 2017, and Bengaluru in 2017.

In addition, the Premier League rights holder in India, Star Sports, has held a number of fan screenings.

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