Well to be honest... do these kids deserve cash prizes. They are u20 players! All the champions deserve are call-ups to the national team.
While were at it lets give 14 year olds money as well! Even at a club like Arsenal the u18s and some Reserves are not payed. Only pay the exceptional youngsters.
Talk about overpaying Indian footballers.
now you are talking.... yes there needs to be an system in place...some motivation...
whatever that might be (maynot be monetary) is beyond by strategic capabilities..
In fact arsenal example is not bad at all...any player playing in Arsenal u18 knows what that means...playing itself is a big motivation...even if they turn out to be shit, they wud very likely be in one of lower division clubs.... playing for any youth team in Indian system doesn't mean anything...
I do think this is just not a tournament for any club to show how good is their youth system....had that been the case pune fc would have easily get past mumbai fc last time to final round...
But this tournament is one chance for those youngsters to prove to their fellow club officials that they are made of some stuff worth to be used by the club in future and get them recognized by club coaches as next big thing from the club......if you see this time 5 of mfc u-19 guys made it to main team roster though they didnt got that chances to prove themselves for obvious reasons the team's position in league table..this is mainly because of their best performance in last season for u-19 team
This league is more about opportunities than pride as i think