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Monday 09 September 2013

Under-21 Premier League Cup: Derbies emerge in draw

First and second qualifying round draw of new competition produces some interesting ties

  • Chris Casper (left) helps out with the Under-21 Premier League Cup draw

  • Swansea City will face Millwall at home in Qualifying Round 2 South

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.

Under-21 Premier League Cup draw

Qualifying Round 1
NORTH
Burnley v Wigan Athletic
Preston North End v Hull City
Doncaster Rovers v Notts County

 

Qualifying Round 1
SOUTH
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
NORTH
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
SOUTH
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

Format

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.

Under-21 Premier League Cup teams

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3
NORTH NORTH NORTH
Blackburn Rovers Barnsley Burnley
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  
Sunderland Sheffield United  
West Bromwich Albion Sheffield Wednesday  
Wolverhampton Wanderers    

 

Category 1 Category 2
Category 3
SOUTH
SOUTH
SOUTH
Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion AFC Wimbledon
Aston Villa
Bristol City Bournemouth
Chelsea Cardiff City Bristol Rovers
Fulham
Crystal Palace Colchester United
Norwich City
Millwall Exeter City
Reading Queens Park Rangers Gillingham
Southampton Swansea City Peterborough United
West Ham United   Plymouth Argyle
    Torquay United
    Watford

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.

Match dates

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

To find out more about the Under-21 Premier League Cup click here>>

You can follow developments in the Under-21 Premier League Cup and the Barclays Under-21 Premier League throughout the season on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the respective hashtags #U21PLCup and #BU21PL.

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