Premier League 2

City begin PL2 title defence against Spurs as fixtures are released

2 Aug 2023
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New PL2 season starts on Friday 11 August with new-look format as 26 teams compete in one division

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The fixtures for the 2023/24 Premier League 2 season have been released.

Champions Manchester City begin their title defence on Saturday 12 August when they host Tottenham Hotspur.

City finished 13 points above Liverpool last season and are looking to claim an unprecedented fourth consecutive title.

The season starts on Friday 11 August, with four sets of derbies taking place over the opening weekend including Arsenal at home to West Ham United and Everton's trip to Liverpool. 

Changes to PL2 this season

The PL2 competition has undergone changes this season, with all teams now playing in one division rather than there being a split of two divisions. 

The league is made up of clubs with Category One Academies. At present there are 26 such clubs, which is one more than the 2022/23 season. 

Twenty Matchweeks will take place, with each team playing 20 regular-season matches throughout the season.  

Teams will play one match against each club in their own seeding pot, which is based on performances over the past three seasons. They will also face three to five teams in all of the other pots either home or away.  

Results (three points for a win and one point for a draw) will generate a table ranking for the 26 teams. After the regular season of 20 Matchweeks has been completed, the top 16 teams will qualify for a single elimination playoff.

Teams will be drawn against each other based on their league positions, for example the team finishing first facing the team that finished 16th. These will be one-off elimination matches with the higher-seeded team at home. 

See: Reformatting of Premier League 2 for 2023/24 explained

Start and end dates of the season 

The first four matches of the campaign will simultaneously commence on Friday 11 August 2023 at 19:00 BST. The last set of fixtures will take place over the weekend of 19 April 2024. 

Dates for the elimination matches will be announced in due course.  

All 2023/24 fixtures, which are subject to change, are available on the PL2 fixtures page. All match kick-off times are BST.

PL2 Matchweek 1 fixtures

Friday 11 August 
19:00 Arsenal v West Ham
19:00 Aston Villa v West Brom
19:00 Brighton v Leeds
19:00 Chelsea v Blackburn
19:00 Wolves v Fulham 

Saturday 12 August 
13:00 Man City v Spurs

Sunday 13 August 
12:30 Newcastle v Southampton 

Monday 14 August 
13:00 Crystal Palace v Man Utd
19:00 Leicester v Derby
19:00 Liverpool v Everton 
19:00 Nott'm Forest v Middlesbrough 
19:00 Stoke v Reading 
19:00 Sunderland v Norwich

Fans can add Premier League 2 and Under-18 Premier League fixtures to keep up to date with the up-and-coming stars' schedules by downloading the Premier League's digital calendar.

Download the Premier League's digital calendar

You will be able to follow all the latest PL2 and Under-18 Premier League matches this season on the official Premier League app, where you can find team line-ups, live in-match stats and text commentaries for every fixture in the competitions.

On the app homescreen, click on the "PL" button at the bottom and in the "Fixtures" PL2 section, you will find the fixtures or live matches. Go to the "Results" PL2 section for results, match details and stats as well as line-ups. 

On the "Stats" section of the app, scroll down to find the PL2 and Under-18 top scorers, the players with the most assists and much more.

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