Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) National Group stage commences from April 12

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The Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) is a pivotal platform for the future stars of Indian football. The league, which is India’s first developmental football league, is organized by the Reliance Foundation in technical support of the All India Football Federation.

All you need to know about RFDL’s National Group stage matches

The RFDL is part of Reliance Foundation’s continued commitment towards supporting young athletes in India to evolve their skills by providing them with more opportunities, world-class infrastructure, sports science expertise, and coaching.

The 2024 RFDL has reached a crucial stage as the Regional Qualifiers conclude, paving the way for an intense National Group Stage. This stage will take place across four centres, i.e., Mumbai, Kozhikode, Delhi, and Goa from April 12-26. With 20 teams from eight zones, the stage is set for a thrilling display of talent and skill. Five teams are slotted in each group, and they will battle it out across 40 games to make it to the National Championships which will host four clubs.

Indian Super League coaches, including Antonio Habas, Head Coach of Mohun Bagan Super Giant, have emphasized the crucial role played by RFDL in shaping the future of Indian football. Habas highlighted the league’s impact on the scouting network, underscoring the importance of investing in youth development initiatives like RFDL.

The Regional Qualifiers showcased the depth of talent across various regions, with teams demonstrating remarkable skill and determination to secure their spot in the National Group Stage. From Mizoram to Mumbai, Goa to Meghalaya-Assam, young footballers displayed their potential, setting the stage for an exciting phase of the tournament.

Among the qualified clubs who topped the table from their regions include ISL clubs Bengaluru FC, East Bengal FC, Punjab FC and NorthEast United FC along with a young Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) unit.

The league has yet again been headlined by the aspirational and exposure-led vision that it offers to teams and players who do not get enough game time against some of the best clubs across the country.

In each of the regions, there are inspirational stories led by the qualifications of teams like Muthoot FA, Pax of Nagoa, Adamas United SA, Roots FC, Parrapur FC, Home Missions FC and Mighty Young Joe GMSC in addition to Delhi FC and Dempo SC, who have outplayed their counterparts, which includes some of the ISL clubs, showcasing the vast competitiveness, inclusivity and opportunity offered by RFDL.

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