The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has accredited 89 clubs/academies for the upcoming 2019-20 season. An accredited club/academy is eligible to participate in the Hero Elite League (U18), Hero Junior League (U15) and the Hero Sub-Junior League (U13) – the top flight youth leagues in the country across different age categories.
A total of 123 clubs/academies had applied for the accreditation and the process takes the football governing body six months to complete.
The current Hero Sub Junior Champions Reliance Foundation Young Champs were rated five stars by the AIFF and becomes India’s first youth academy to be rated as such. Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (Delhi), Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC academies received a four-star rating.
Here’s the list of academies accredited for the 2019-20 season.
BASIC: New Barrackpore Rainbow AC, Keshab-Uma Charitable Trust Football Academy, Lonestar FC, FF Academy, Pay for Right Youth and Cultural Club (Shillong), Football Leaders Academy – Sri Ma, Green Global Sports Academy.
1-STAR: FC Kerala, ARA FC, Guruvayoor Sports Academy, Bangalore Youth Football League, Rangdajied United FC, TYDA, Sreenidhi Football Club, AU Rajasthan, Sports Authority of Jharkhand, The Hooghly District Sports Association, Maximus Prime Sports L. L. P., FAO Academy, Football Plus Professional Soccer Academy, Aazura Football Academy, Youth Soccer Academy, Bhawanipore FC, Real Kashmir FC, Chennai City FC, Aizawl FC, J&K Bank Football Academy, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (Punjab), PIFA, Raman Sports Academy, Dhanbad Football Academy, Muthoot Football Academy, Sporting Clube de Goa, Indian Football Academy, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (Bengaluru), Churchill Brother FC, Football Academy of Bangalore.
2-STAR: Salgaocar FC, Iron Born FC, Jain Academy for Sporting Excellence, Baroda Football Academy, Delhi Dynamos FC, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, Quess East Bengal FC, Conscient Football, SAIL Football Academy (Bokaro), Kerala Blasters FC, Bengal Football Academy, United Punjab Football Club, Football School of India, Roots Football School, Shillong Lajong FC, United Sports Club, FC Pune City, Don Bosco, Oscar SSE, FC Mumbaikars, SESA Football Academy, Raman Vijayan Soccer Schools, Great Goals, ATK, Ozone Football Academy, Baranagar Sporting Club, Numaligarh Football Academy, Stadium Sports Foundation, Bidhannagar Municipal Sports Academy, Mohun Bagan AC, J&K State Football Academy, Somaiya Sports Academy, Round Glass Sports, Gokulam Kerala FC, Sports Hostel Odisha, SAG Football Academy, India Rush Soccer Club, Football Club Mangalore, Kahaani FC, Parappur FC.
3-STAR: Boca Juniors Football Schools, FC Madras, Kenkre FC, Youth Football Club, Minerva Punjab FC, Dempo SC.
4-STAR: Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (Delhi), Jamshedpur FC, Bengaluru FC.
5-STAR: Reliance Foundation Young Champs.