Monday 09 September 2013
Two south-coast rivalries, two Yorkshire derbies and an intriguing encounter between Cardiff City and Brighton & Hove Albion were among the fixtures to emerge from the draws for the first two qualifying rounds of the inaugural Under-21 Premier League Cup on Monday morning.
Former Manchester United defender Chris Casper, the Premier League's Club Support Manager for Youth, was on hand to pick out the Category 3 teams in the Qualifying Round 1 draw and the Category 2 teams in the Qualifying Round 2 draw from the bowls at the League's central London offices.
And the draw produced some interesting ties with Burnley hosting Wigan Athletic, AFC Wimbledon welcoming Gillingham and Exeter City taking on Devonian neighbours Torquay United in the first qualifying round.
In the Northern section of Qualifying Round 2, Barnsley and Huddersfield Town drew Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at home respectively, while in the Southern section Millwall were called upon to go to Swansea City, Cardiff City will travel to Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace will meet the winners of the Devon derby.
|Qualifying Round 1|
|Burnley v Wigan Athletic|
|Preston North End v Hull City|
|Doncaster Rovers v Notts County|
|Qualifying Round 1|
|Bournemouth v Plymouth Argyle|
|Peterborough United v Colchester United|
|AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham|
|Watford v Bristol Rovers|
|Exeter City v Torquay United|
Qualifying Round 1 matches to be played week beginning 23 September 2013
|Qualifying Round 2
|Crewe Alexandra v Burnley or Wigan Athletic
|Derby County v Preston North End or Hull City
|Coventry City v Doncaster Rovers or Notts County
|Sheffield United v Birmingham City
|Barnsley v Leeds United
|Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
|BYE - Nottingham Forest
|Qualifying Round 2
|Queens Park Rangers v AFC Wimbledon or Gillingham
|Bournemouth or Plymouth Argyle v Watford or Bristol Rovers
|Swansea City v Millwall
|Crystal Palace v Exeter City or Torquay
|Brighton & Hove Albion v Cardiff City
Qualifying Round 2 matches to be played week beginning 21 October 2013
The Under-21 Premier League Cup takes the form of one-off fixtures which are played on a regional basis until the Round of 16, whereupon the draw becomes national. The final will be played over two legs home and away at the main stadia of both teams.
Regional qualifiers will be held to progress to the round of 32, at which stage Category 1 academies will enter the competition.
|Category 1||Category 2||Category 3|
|Bolton Wanderers||Birmingham City||Doncaster Rovers|
|Everton||Coventry City||Hull City|
|Leicester City||Crewe Alexandra||Notts County
|Manchester City||Derby County||Preston North End|
|Middlesbrough||Huddersfield Town||Wigan Athletic|
|Newcastle United||Leeds United|
|Stoke City||Nottingham Forest|
|West Bromwich Albion||Sheffield Wednesday|
|Category 1||Category 2
|Arsenal||Brighton & Hove Albion||AFC Wimbledon|
|Chelsea||Cardiff City||Bristol Rovers|
||Crystal Palace||Colchester United|
|Reading||Queens Park Rangers||Gillingham|
|Southampton||Swansea City||Peterborough United
|West Ham United||Plymouth Argyle|
Matches for Qualifying Round 1 must be played within 14 days of the week beginning 23 September 2013. Due to there being an odd number of teams, one club was awarded a bye in the Northern section of Qualifying Round 2. The club drawn was Nottingham Forest. Matches for Qualifying Round 2 must be played within 14 days of the week beginning 21 October 2013.
Nineteen Category 1 academies will enter the competition in the round of 32, where they will be joined by the 13 successful Category 2 and Category 3 academies, in another regional draw, the date for which has yet to be determined.
Qualifying Round 1 - week beginning 23 September 2013*
Qualifying Round 2 - week beginning 21 October 2013
Round of 32 - week beginning 18 November 2013
Round of 16 - week beginning 16 December 2013
Quarter-Final - week beginning 27 January 2013
Semi- Final - week beginning 22 February 2013
Final – week beginning 17 March 2013
* Ties to be played within 14 days of proposed date
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