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U18 Premier League Cup: Format explained

16 Mar 2018
Chelsea win Under-18 Premier League Cup final

Chelsea were the first winners of knockout competition introduced in the 2017/18 campaign

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.

Chelsea were the first winners of the competition, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final at Cobham Training Ground.

The U18 Premier League Cup is split into six groups of four teams, with clubs playing each other once in the group stage, either home or away.

The six group winners and the two best runners-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 group stage draw will be mirrored by the Under-16 Premier League Cup, another competition in its debut season, before the knockout rounds are dependent on finishing position within each age category.

The U16 matches will be played on the same dates as the U18 Premier League Cup fixtures, subject to change.

U18 PL Cup champions

2017/18: Chelsea

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