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U17 Premier League Cup: Format explained

1 Oct 2021
Brighton win the 2020/21 Under-17 Premier League Cup

Tournament introduced in 2020/21 to aid clubs in providing first-year scholars more competitive game time

The Under-17 Premier League Cup was launched in the 2020/21 season to help Category One clubs provide first-year scholars at their Academies with more opportunities for competitive football.

Helping to bridge the gap between the Under-16 Premier League Cup and both the Under-18 Premier League and U18 Premier League Cup, all 28 Category One Academies are invited to compete in the knockout tournament each season. 

Mirroring the format of the U18 and U16 PL Cup competitions, the U17 PL Cup is split into seven four-team groups, with clubs playing each other once in the group stage, either home or away.

The seven group winners and the best runner-up, decided by total points and then goal difference followed by head-to-head record, will advance to the quarter-finals.

Knockout ties are all one-off matches, decided by extra-time if level after 90 minutes and then penalties if required.

U17 PL Cup champions

2020/21: Brighton & Hove Albion

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