Play hard. Celebrate harder. This seemed to be the motto of the players as teens from all across Mumbai took to the pitch in the first edition of the VPPL’s Youth League. This is where future stars thrive, and where they make their presence known. The Youth League is a symbol of our passion and commitment towards Football as a sport. Players who register are segregated into tens teams and are essentially an extension of the teams participating in the Championship. It presents an excellent opportunity for the youngsters to hone their skills alongside senior players of the game. Practice sessions of these teams are always held together and so there is a vibrant mixture of two age groups, competing in their own spheres but simultaneously learning from each other. Clubs like Mumbai FC have their scouts present at every match, looking out for the ones who could one day go on to represent them on a national level. Players who perform consistently throughout the League get a chance to try out for this esteemed club, and go one step further in what is the dream of all footballers, playing at the highest level. Come next year, this event will only grow by leaps and bounds, with its innovative concepts already having appealed to the youth of the city. The first season was just the beginning.