Double Pass Development League
DPDL kicked off its inaugural grassroots season in june 2019 with exemplary support from parents, coaches and participants. The competition follows a league-plus-knockout format spread across 6 months with matches held on weekends. The first season hosted 600+ matches overall from three age categories (U7, U9, U11) and provided an opportunity to compete to approximately 500 kids from 39 teams between June 2019 and January 2020.
Some of the most prominent football academies in Bangalore, including the youth teams of the current Indian Super League (ISL) champions Bengaluru FC, took part in the season long competition. Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools, Roots Football School, Raman Sports Academy, BARÇA Academy Bengaluru, Gameday Football Academy, to name a few, had incredible talent representing them in DPDL 2019/20. The hyper-local format of DPDL further enriches Bangalore’s football ecosystem by giving the lesser known academies a chance to challenge and compete with the best from the city.
DPDL is Bangalore’s largest grassroots league and is supported by the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) and approved by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) under its player development initiative – Baby Leagues.
In a move that will strengthen the roots of Indian football, Double Pass kicked off a four-month-long youth football league at the HAL Sports Club in November 2019. The league was launched by NA Harris, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Shantinagar, Bengaluru.
The Double Pass Development League’s youth competition featured teams from across the city participating in two age categories. Children in the under-14 category played 9v9 games, while those in the under-16 category played 11v11 games. With matches held every Sunday, the league ran from November 2019 to February 2020.