EPL could tour India for pre-season games


MUMBAI: EPL managing director Richard Masters has said that there is "every possibility" of top English Premier League clubs touring India for pre-season games in the near future.

EPL executive chairman Richard Scudamore went on record earlier this year saying that the world's most glamorous soccer league was taking initiatives towards helping India grow as a footballing nation.

"The popularity of the Premier League and its clubs continues to grow globally and clubs are always considering new countries to visit. There is every possibility that they could come to India in the future," Masters has been quoted by PTI as saying. 

"We know from the work that we do with the ISL and the AIFF that there is a huge amount going on to support football development at all levels in India. Hosting the FIFA U17 World Cup will be another step in putting India on the global football stage and will hopefully inspire more talented youngsters to play and take an interest in the sport," he said. 

"It is great to see the continued growth in popularity of football in India and the success of the Indian Super League. Premier League clubs have a growing and committed fan base in India and we enjoy keep coming back to engage with them. We work very closely with the ISL and the AIFF to support the development of football in India, and to use interest in the Premier League to support the domestic game," he added.

Masters is in Bengaluru for the Premier League International Fan Park, which is being held in the Garden City over the weekend.