The Under-18 Premier League replaced the Premier Academy League at the start of the 2012/13 season with the aim to enhance youth development and help transition players between the Academy and first team.
Middlesbrough were crowned 2014/15 champions after winning five of their seven final phase matches in Group 1, and Man City only dropped two points in the final stage as they won the competition in 2015/16.
The 2016/17 competition was won by Chelsea. They will defend their title in a newly-formatted League.
The 12-team North and South Groups will remain, but the two regional division champions will play in a national final for the U18 Premier League title. The one-off tie will be held at a main stadium.
The 2017/18 U18 Premier League will take place under the following criteria:
The 12 clubs in the North Group of the Under-18 Premier League are:
Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers
The 12 clubs in the South Group of the Under-18 Premier League are:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United
Past Under-18 Premier League winners
2015/16: Manchester City