The Premier League Cup was introduced in 2013/14 to enhance the competitiveness of the Professional Development Phase calendar with knockout football alongside the regular league campaign.
The competition is in the UEFA Champions League style, with 32 clubs in the main group stage from Premier League 2 as well as the Professional Development League.
Like Premier League 2, it will be contested between Under-21 teams, with each side allowed four over-age outfield players and one over-age goalkeeper.
- Group stage The tournament will be split into eight groups of four clubs, with each team playing their opposing clubs home and away. The top two teams advance to the knockout stage.
- Knockout stage The last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all be one-off knockout ties. If the ties are level after 90 minutes, they go to extra-time and then penalties if the teams still can't be separated.
|Group A||Group B|
|Group C||Group D|
|Charlton Athletic||Colchester United|
|Norwich City||Leeds United|
|Group E||Group F|
|Bristol City||Fleetwood Town|
|Group G||Group H|
Match round 1: 11-20 Sep
Match round 2: 6-9 Oct
Match round 3: 10-13 Nov
Match round 4: 8-11 Dec
Match round 5: 19-22 Jan
Match round 6: 2-5 Feb
Past Premier League Cup winners
2021/22 West Brom
2017/18 Aston Villa
2016/17 Swansea City
2015/16 West Ham United
*Competition did not take place
**Competition did not finish due to curtailment of season