The top two teams from the competition will travel to the UK.

The inaugural edition of the Reliance Foundation (RF) Development League will take place in Goa from April 15 to May 12. The league will be the first of a kind initiative in India that will provide a unique opportunity for emerging players to compete against the best talent in their age group from across the country.

A total of eight teams, including seven from the Indian Super League, are participating in the first edition of the Reliance Foundation Development League.

Matches in the league will be played in a round-robin format with teams facing each other once each. All eight teams involved must arrive in the Goa by April 12 with the tournament set to commence two days later.

Prize

The top two teams at the end of the league will travel to the United Kingdom to participate in the Next Gen Cup tournament, hosted by the Premier League. The two teams from the RF Development League will clash against select PL youth clubs.

Venues

The matches will take place at the Nagoa Football Ground and the Benaulim Football Ground, which are in South Goa. Teams are also provided with three additional training grounds for their sessions.

Teams

Seven teams from the Indian Super League, namely – Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters FC, Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC will be participating in the competition. Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) are the other side in the league.

Eligibility Criteria

Only players born on or after January 1, 20221 are eligible to participate in the RF Development League. However, each team have been allowed to include up to five players born on or after January 1, 1999, in their respective squads. Only three such players are permissible in the playing XI at any given time. The maximum squad strength is 24 players. Teams are also not allowed to name any foreign nationals in their squads.

League Format

Matches will be played in a round-robin format, which allows each team to play at least seven games in the competition. Teams will face each other once each with the top two teams at the end of the league stage rewarded with the trip to the UK to play in the Next Gen Cup.

Fixtures

Matchday – 1

April 15, 2022 – 8:00 am – Chennaiyin FC 0-1 FC Goa, Match Report

April 15, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Bengaluru FC 2-0 RF Young Champs, Match Report

April 16, 2022 – 8:00 am – Kerala Blasters 2-0 Hyderabad FC, Match Report

April 16, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Mumbai City FC 0-3 Jamshedpur FC, Match Report

Matchday – 2

April 19, 2022 – 8:00 am – Bengaluru FC 2-1 FC Goa, Match Report

April 19, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Chennaiyin FC 2-2 Jamshedpur FC, Match Report

April 20, 2022 – 8:00 am – Kerala Blasters 1-0 Mumbai City FC, Match Report

April 20, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Hyderabad FC 2-1 RF Young Champs, Match Report

Matchday – 3

April 23, 2022 – 8:00 am – Chennaiyin FC 0-1 Kerala Blasters, Match Report

April 23, 2022 – 04:30 pm – Mumbai City FC 0-2 RF Young Champs, Match Report

April 24, 2022 – 8:00 am – FC Goa 1-5 Jamshedpur FC, Match Report

April 24, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Bengaluru FC 2-1 Hyderabad FC, Match Report

Matchday – 4

April 27, 2022 – 8:00 am – Chennaiyin FC 0-0 RF Young Champs, Match Report

April 27, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Kerala Blasters 2-0 Jamshedpur FC, Match Report

April 28, 2022 – 8:00 am – Bengaluru FC 5-0 Mumbai City FC, Match Report

April 28, 2022 – 4:30 pm – FC Goa 2-2 Hyderabad FC, Match Report

Matchday – 5

May 3, 2022 – 8:00 am – Jamshedpur FC 0-1 RF Young Champs, Match Report

May 3, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Bengaluru FC 3-0 Chennaiyin FC, Match Report

May 4, 2022 – 8:00 am – Mumbai City FC 0-5 Hyderabad FC, Match Report

May 4, 2022 – 4:30 pm – FC Goa 3-1 Kerala Blasters, Match Report

Matchday – 6

May 7, 2022 – 8:00 am – Bengaluru FC 5-2 Jamshedpur FC, Match Report

May 7, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Chennaiyin FC 3-2 Hyderabad FC, Match Report

May 8, 2022 – 8:00 am – FC Goa 1-0 Mumbai City FC, Match Report

May 8, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Kerala Blasters 4-0 RF Young Champs, Match Report

Matchday – 7

May 11, 2022 – 8:00 am – FC Goa 2-0 RF Young Champs, Match Report

May 11, 2022 – 4:30 pm – Chennaiyin FC 3-2 Mumbai City FC, Match Report

May 12, 2022 – 8:0 am – Jamshedpur FC 0-1 Hyderabad FC, Match Report

May 12, 2022 – 4:30 pm, Bengaluru FC 0-0 Kerala Blasters, Match Report

Telecast

Information regarding the live telecast and live streaming of the RF Development League will be added once it is announced.

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