From 2016/17 the Premier League Cup replaced the Under-21 Premier League Cup, which was introduced in 2013/14 to enhance the competitiveness of the Professional Development Phase calendar with knockout football alongside the regular league campaign.
The new competition is in the UEFA Champions League style with 32 clubs in the main group stage, replacing the straight knockout in the U21 Premier League Cup. Like Premier League 2, it will be contested between Under-23 teams, with each side allowed three over-age outfield players and a goalkeeper born before 1 January 1994. The format is as follows:
Aston Villa (pictured at the top of the page) won the 2017/18 Premier League Cup with a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory over defending champions Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. The final was goalless after extra-time.
Swansea (pictured above) claimed the 2016/17 trophy with a 2-0 win over Reading at the Welsh club's home ground.
After Djair Parfitt-Williams gave West Ham a 1-0 victory in front of over 10,000 fans in the first leg at the Boleyn Ground, Will Annan levelled the tie in stoppage-time at Hull's KC Stadium, before goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel was the hero for the visiting Hammers.
West Ham’s Premier League Cup success followed the 2014/15 triumph by Southampton, in front of over 12,000 spectators at St Mary's Stadium for their second leg victory against Blackburn Rovers. Reading won the inaugural competition in 2013/14.
2017/18 Aston Villa
2016/17 Swansea City
2015/16 West Ham United