Delhi Youth League set up in 2012 with an objective to introduce competitive youth football in India to children of a wide variety of backgrounds; increase the quality of football; and expose children to various cultures, religions and economic backgrounds through a fun and learning based system under the motto: ‘The best teacher is the game itself’.
To stress on the importance of grassroots football development, UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh says: "Football is a sport for everyone, irrespective of size, shape, colour or faith. It is a real sporting democracy which offers educational values, health benefits, social opportunities and sporting worth. The game is a wonderful vehicle for personal and sporting development. At the base of the football pyramid, grassroots football benefits all levels of the game."
Despite the presence of several academies and clubs, there are very few opportunities for children to put their learning into practice as there is no official youth football league in India for children under 19 years of age.
This has now changed and under the motto, “the best teacher is the game itself” the Delhi Youth League (DYL) introduced a new league for children from various backgrounds aged 6 to 19 years old and let them play in a competitive league on a weekly basis. Children playing in the league come from disadvantaged sections of society, as well as from International schools, football academies and public and private schools in Delhi.
In the first year, DYL brought together over 300 children from all cultural, religious and economic backgrounds to play football with and against each other, learn from each other and most importantly have fun with each other under equal circumstances. In the next years an exponential growth was seen to 70 teams and almost 1500 children playing in 7 age groups, only limited by the number of fields available. 36%-40% of the players come from the weaker economic sections and play free of cost.
The Embassy of Netherlands, and His Excellency Alfons Stoelinga - Netherlands Ambassador has been a patron to the league since its inception. We have been supported from the Embassy of Israel for the past two years. In addition, individuals as well as corporate houses have supported the league. This include Adie Broswon, Dr. Poonam Batra, SAAB and Volvo Cars.
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