U16 Premier League Cup: Format explained

9 Mar 2018
2017/18 Under-16 Premier League Cup champions Manchester City

Introduced in 2017/18, knockout tournament is first competitive cup in U16 Games Programme at Academies

The Under-16 Premier League Cup introduces a competitive, season-long tournament at U16 level to the Games Programme for the first time.

Brought in from the 2017/18 season, The U16 Premier League Cup consists of Category One and Category Two clubs. Manchester City were the first winners of the tournament, beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final. 

Mirroring the format of the Under-18 Premier League Cup, the U16 competition is split into six groups of four teams.

Clubs play each other once, home or away. The six group winners and two best runners-up, decided by total points and then goal difference and head-to-head record, will advance to the quarter-finals.

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

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

Winners of the U16 Premier League Cup

2017/18: Manchester City

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