Kerala Blasters FC Reserves and Academy

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Kerala Blasters Football Club Reserves and Academy are the reserve team and youth academy system of the Kochi based Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters. The reserve team of the Blasters competes inn the Kerala Premier League, the top division of Kerala football and the RF Development League. The youth system consists of three teams, Under-18, Under-15 and Under-13 age groups that competes in the Elite League, the top tier league of youth football system in India.

Kerala Blasters Reserves and Academy
Kerala Blasters FC logo.svg
Full nameKerala Blasters FC Reserves and Academy
Nickname(s)Manjappada (Yellow Army)
Little Tuskers
Young Blasters
FoundedReserves:
January 12, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-01-12)
Academy:
August 11, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-08-11)
Ground
Capacity15,000
OwnerKerala Blasters FC
ChairmanNikhil Bhardwaj
Head coachTomasz Tchórz (Reserves, U-18)
LeagueKerala Premier League (Reserves)
RF Development League (Reserves)
Youth League (U-18)
Hero Juniors League (U-15)
Hero Sub Juniors League (U-13)
2021-2022 KPL
2022 RF Development League
9th in group B
Runners up
Current season

ReservesEdit

HistoryEdit

On 20 February 2018, it was announced by the All India Football Federation, the organising body for Indian football, that the Kerala Blasters along with six other Indian Super League sides would field a reserve team in the I-League 2nd Division, India's then second division football league.[1]

The first ever competitive match for the reserves was against Ozone FC on 16 March 2018 in which they suffered a defeat.[2] But they managed to become the table toppers of Group B by winning seven games from ten matches.[3] However, as per the rules, reserve teams of the clubs were not eligible for advancing into the final round. In the same year itself, the side also started to participate in the Kerala Premier League, which is the top division league for the clubs from Kerala.[4] During their first season in KPL, they finished the group stage in third place, thus missing the play-offs.

In 2018-19 ,they finished in third place of the group.[5] In KPL they became the semi-finalists during the 2018-19 season.

They won the 2019-2020 season of Kerala Premier League after defeating the reserve side of their rivals Gokulam Kerala FC in a penalty shootout.[6] In the I-League 2nd Division, they finished the season in fifth place.

In January 2021, the club appointed T. G. Purushothaman as their new head coach, replacing Renjith TA and Shameel Chembakath.[7]

In April 2022, they made their debut in the inaugural edition of the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL). Technical Advisor Tomasz Tchorz was appointed as the head coach while T.G Purushothaman became his assistant.[8] The team won five out of the seven matches which included six clean sheets. With sixteen points in total, they finished second in the table behind Bengaluru FC reserves and qualified for the Next Gen Cup to be held in the United Kingdom.[9]

Reserves squadEdit

As of 24 January 2022[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   IND Birendra Raba Singh
13 GK   IND Muhammed Murshid
GK   IND Adhil Faisal
32 DF   IND Amal Jacob
66 DF   IND Aritra Das
3 DF   IND Marvan Hussain
DF   IND Safvan K.N
DF   IND Appu S
12 DF   IND Muhammed Basith
DF   IND Sherin S
7 MF   IND Gourav Kankonkar
No. Pos. Nation Player
10 MF   IND Yoihenba Meitei (Captain)
MF   IND Muhammed Jasim
MF   IND Alkesh A.S
6 MF   IND Mohammed Azhar
FW   IND Sanoop Chandran
37 FW   IND Anil Gaonkar
80 FW   IND Roshan Gigi
FW   IND Adil Abdullah
16 FW   IND Adnan Madambi

Statistics and recordsEdit

Season-by-seasonEdit

As of 18 April 2021

Note: Reserve clubs are not promoted nor allowed to play in playoffs of I-League 2nd Division

Season I-League 2nd Division Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Position Player Goals
2017–18 10 7 0 3 25 17 21 1st (Group B)   Shaiborlang Kharpan 8
2018–19 8 2 2 4 8 13 8 3rd (Group B)   Pragyan Gogoi 3
2019–20 7 1 2 4 8 14 5 5th (Group C)   Ronaldo Oliveira 4
Season Kerala Premier League Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Position Playoffs Player Goals
2017–18 8 5 0 3 27 10 15 3rd (Group A) DNQ   Shaiborlang Kharpan 8
2018–19 7 4 1 2 10 9 12 2nd (Group A) Semi-finalists   Jithin M.S. 3
2019–20 8 3 2 3 13 10 11 2nd (Group A) Champions   Shaiborlang Kharpan 4
2020–21 5 2 1 2 8 9 7 4th (Group B) DNQ   Nihal Sudheesh
  Sreekkuttan V S
2
2021–22 10 3 0 7 11 20 9 9th (Group B) DNQ

Kit manufacturers and Shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Prime Sponsor
2017—2018 Admiral Sportswear Muthoot Group
2018—2020 SIX5SIX
2020—21 Reyaur Sports BYJU'S
2021— SIX5SIX BYJU'S

Youth and academyEdit

The Kerala Blasters youth system known as KBFC Young Blasters currently consists of 3 teams from 3 different age groups, the Under-18, Under-15 and Under-13.[11] The U-18 team participates in the Elite league which is the top division of youth football in India.[12] The U-15 participates in the Hero Juniors League and the Junior most team, the U-13 plays at the Hero Sub-Juniors League respectively. The U-15 side also participates in the Kerala U-15 Academy League, a regional youth league. The young talents from the Under-18 team playing in the Elite League are promoted into the reserve team based on their performance.

HistoryEdit

Inception and early years: 2015–2019Edit

In association with the Kerala Football Association, the Kerala Blasters announced the opening of 25 football schools throughout Kerala.[13] In addition to the schools, the club announced that they would also hold weekend grassroots leagues for the children of under-10 to under-16 and the start of a residential academy in the future.[13] The first Kerala Blasters Football School was inaugurated on 11 August 2015 at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium Kochi after 15 months which the club was founded.[14] Later, three more schools were opened in Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Thrissur as a part of the club's new youth academy system. Former Irish International Terry Phelan was appointed as the head of the grassroots.[15] In 2017, Thangboi Singto was appointed as the technical director of the youth.[16] In the same year itself, their U-18 and U-15 teams began to participate in the Elite League and Juniors League respectively. The U-18 team became the runners up of the 2017–18 Youth League in their first ever appearance while the U-15 side managed to reach the play-offs. In 2018, the U-13 side started to participate in the Sub-Juniors League.[17]

KB Young Blasters: 2019–presentEdit

In 2019, Blasters rejuvenated their youth system. They launched the KB Young Blasters and appointed Mario Marinică as the technical director of the youth.[18] As a part of this, a residential academy was also launched for the first time in club's history.[19] The Blasters also announced that they will launch India's first ever goalkeeping academy in Kochi headed by John Burridge.[20][21] As a part of KB Young Blasters, the club also started the Young Ambassador Program in September 2020. It focus on the promising youngsters from the club's Young Blasters centers across Kerala to make them oriented, trained and equipped with adequate skill and technique, to be the face and voice of the club in the future.[22]

On 16 October 2020, the Blasters announced a five-year partnership agreement with "Sporthood", which is a network of sports centres. The Young Blasters program is now termed as "Young Blasters – Sporthood Academy", that imparts a Kerala Blasters verified performance training curriculum to kids, reviewed and audited by the club's experts from time to time.[23] On 16 January 2021, the club announced the association of "FC Imphal City", the first academy from Manipur to play in the Hero Indian Elite League with the Young Blasters – Sporthood Academy.[24] This was the first time that the Blasters expanded their grassroot system outside of Kerala.[25] In February 2021, the club's senior team assistant manager Tomasz Tchórz took over as the Technical advisor/director role at the Blasters.

The sports Kerala-Kerala Blasters academyEdit

On 16 September 2021, Kerala Blasters launched the sports Kerala-Kerala Blasters academy in association with the Government of Kerala.[26] As part of a five-year deal, the Blasters will be managing a residential football academy for the U-14, U-17 and U-20 categories for boys at the GV Raja Sports School, Thiruvananthapuram.[27][28]

Youth squadsEdit

Kerala Blasters U18Edit

The Kerala Blasters Under-18 team play in the Elite League. They are also the second reserve team of the club or the Kerala Blasters C. The team's best performance came in 2018 as they finished finalists in the 2017–18 season of the league. Best performers in the side are promoted to the Kerala Blasters Reserves squad.

Current squadEdit

Source: [29]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   IND Shifas KF
DF   IND Ibnu Shaharath
DF   IND Muhammed Jiyad
DF   IND Lalramenpuia Ralte
DF   IND Abdul Badish
DF   IND Naorem Nanao
DF   IND Phujam Sanathoi
DF   IND Athul Ganesh
MF   IND L Doungel
MF   IND Yunus Shaikh
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   IND Sanoop C
MF   IND Jose Praveen
MF   IND Abdul Raheeb
MF   IND Mohammed Azhar
MF   IND Abdul Raheeb
MF   IND Zayed Bin Waled
MF   IND Akash Ravi
FW   IND Nihal Sudeesh
GK   IND Ashish Umesh

Elite Youth League U18 statistics of Kerala Blasters U18

Season Position Top Scorer Goals Notes
2017–18 Runners-up Adharsh AS 8 First Appearance
2018–19 Playoffs Surag Chhetri 9

Kerala Blasters U15Edit

Kerala Blasters Under-15 side participates in the Hero Juniors League (Elite U15) and Kerala U15 Academy League. The U15 side has young kids filtered from all of Kerala and around other states of India. The Young Blasters had a tremendous run in 2018–19 season of the Elite U15 League (Juniors League) when they made it to the semi-finals of the competition. The U15 Blasters team was coached by Shameel Chembakath from the beginning. He left the team in 2020.

Current squadEdit

Source: [30]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   IND Vasudev M
DF   IND Mohammee Ziyad
MF   IND Joshua K Denny
MF   IND MK Ansari
MF   IND Pranay Dhamal
MF   IND Adityan A
MF   IND Faris Ali
MF   IND Muhammed Mahin
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   IND Al Shameem
MF   IND Naeef Rahman
MF   IND Muhammed Faris
FW   IND Muhammed Akhthar
FW   IND Lian Thangkhum
FW   IND Athul K
FW   IND Safar K

Hero Juniors League statistics of Kerala Blasters U15

Season Position Top Scorer Goals Notes
2017-18 Playoffs Joshua NJ, Anandu N 3 First Appearance
2018–19 Semi-finals Christopher Rajkumar 10

Kerala Blasters U13Edit

The Under-13 side of Blasters Play in the Hero Sub-juniors League (Elite U13). The U-13 Side has a Promising youngsters mainly from the state of Kerala and also other parts of India selected from Kerala Blasters Summer Football Camps.

Current squadEdit

Source: [31]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   IND Sharon J
GK   IND Saviyol Varghese
GK   IND Navaneeth MS
DF   IND Harish Chandra
DF   IND Muhammed Mifraah
DF   IND Adam Jose
DF   IND Said Hydrose
MF   IND Roshan B
MF   IND Shreyas Lal
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   IND Abhiram A
MF   IND Jithin Reji
FW   IND Abdul Akmal
FW   IND Suryadas P
FW   IND Nilan Shijil
FW   IND Ashwarath S Nath
FW   IND Athul K Chandran
FW   IND Adhil Ashref

Hero Sub-Juniors League statistics of Kerala Blasters U13

Season Position Top Scorer Goals Notes
2018–19 Round 3 Lian Thangkhum 4 First Appearance

Current technical staffEdit

As of 24 January 2022

Role Name Refs.
Head coach   Tomasz Tchórz [32]
Assistant coach   T. G. Purushothaman
Fitness coach   Tiago Matos
Goalkeeping coach   Rafał Kwiecień
Video analyst reserves & U18   SK Nasim Akhtar [33]
Physiotherapist reserves & U18   Anadhu S Kumar [33]
Director of goalkeeping academy   John Burridge [34]

 

Technical directors of youthEdit

Time span Name
2015–2016   Terry Phelan
2017–2019   Thangboi Singto
2019–2021   Mario Marinică
2021–   Tomasz Tchorz

HonoursEdit

ReservesEdit

  Winners (1): 2019–20

YouthEdit

  Runners-up (1): 2017–18

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