Zenit U17 play their first match in the new Youth Football League on Saturday
The RFU's new competition involves the 12 best football academies in Russia.
The league runs until May 2019 and the winner will play in the UEFA Youth League, Europe's premier youth football competition.
Zenit face Konoplev Academy at home at the Gazprom Academy on Saturday 3 August, kicking off at 17:00. The Russian Football Union will broadcast the game live and more information is available on the YFL website.