U18 Premier League Cup: Format explained

1 Jul 2021
Man City win 2019/20 U18 Premier League Cup

Man City have won the knockout competition in two of the three seasons since its introduction in 2017/18

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Introduced from the 2017/18 season, the Under-18 Premier League Cup adds the extra competitive edge of knockout football to complement the U18 Premier League schedule.

The U18 Premier League Cup is split into seven groups of four teams, 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.

The U18 Premier League Cup format is mirrored by the Under-17 Premier League Cup and Under-16 Premier League Cup.

U18 PL Cup champions

2020/21: N/A*
2019/20: Manchester City
2018/19: Manchester City
2017/18: Chelsea
*Competition didn't take place in 2020/21

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