The League Management Company (LMC), organizers of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) have announced that NPFL clubs will from the new season raise youth teams for players aged 15 years and below to compete in the new NPFL Youth League.
At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the LMC at Enugu on December 11, the LMC approved a Youth League tournament in partnership with LaLiga, for all clubs to participate in.
On the Youth League, the AGM resolution stated, “The meeting approved LMC proposal to start a Youth League Competition for U-15 among NPFL participating clubs in association with LaLiga in furtherance of the partnership agreement between the two leagues. The league would be fashioned after the ‘LaLiga Promisas’ with Laliga serving as technical partners.”
Clubs are expected to employ young coaches for the Youth teams and in line with the collaboration with Laliga, the Spanish league will provide Technical assistance by sending coaches who will train the Youth team coaches before the start of the league.
According to the LMC, clubs will earn N500, 000 for an away win, N200, 000 for an away draw and N250, 000 for attracting over 5000 fans to watch home games in a new bonus/incentive structure. Also, a N200, 000 monthly stadium maintenance support and N100, 000 for dressing three Youth players (U-18) in a Matchday squad with one of the players having a play time of 15 minutes while N200, 000 will be paid to a club that fielded such youth players with one playing for 45 minutes on a Matchday.