Monday 07 January 2013
The second phase of the inaugural season of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League starts this week with a new level of competition facing the 22 clubs involved.
Once more the clubs have been split into three divisions but this time according to where they were placed in the first phase of the competition.
The top eight sides will participate in the Elite Group Stage, while one third-placed side and the teams who finished fourth and fifth in their groups will be in the Qualification Tier 1. Those who finished sixth or below have been placed in Qualification Group Tier 2.
The reasoning behind this split is that the best and most evenly match teams will be playing each other in the second group stage, which should encourage consistent competition all the way through the season.
There is also the opportunity for the clubs that will be in the two Qualification Tiers to progress from their group to reach the knockout stage and be crowned champions.
In the second group stage, the clubs will play their rivals home and away again with the chance to progress to the knockout stages on offer for the top teams. In Qualification Group Tiers 1 and 2, this applies to the teams who finish top, who then play off to qualify for the first semi-final. There, they will play the side who finished top of the Elite Group. The teams who finish second and third in the Elite Group will face off in the other semi-final.
These knockout matches, as well as the final, will all take place in May at dates yet to be confirmed.
|Elite Group||Group 1||Group 2|
|West Ham United||Everton||Norwich City|
|West Bromwich Albion||Aston Villa||Bolton Wanderers|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Sunderland||Newcastle United|
|Manchester United||Chelsea||Stoke City|
Download full fixture list here
Wednesday 9 January 2013
Arsenal v West Bromwch Albion, 1pm, London Colney
Thursday 10 January 2013
Chelsea v Fulham, 7.05pm, Cobham Training Ground
Friday 11 January 2013
Stoke City v Norwich City, 6.30pm, Nantwich Town FC
Monday 14 January 2013
Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1pm, THFC Training Centre
Liverpool v Southampton, 2pm, LFC Academy
Manchester United v West Ham United, 7pm, Altrincham FC
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, 7pm, Hinckley United FC
Blackburn Rovers v Everton, 7pm, Leigh Sports Village
Manchester City v Reading, 1pm, Athletics Stadium
Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers, 7pm, Selhurst Park
To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here