The fixtures have been released for the Barclays Under-18 Premier League season and as was also announced last week for the Under-21 League for the forthcoming campaign, there is new format to the competition.

Unlike last season when the academies were divided into three national qualifying groups from which the best-performing teams qualified for the post-Christmas Elite Group Stage, this season the league is split into North and South regional leagues.

Each league consists of 11 category one academies who will play each other home and away, and also meet each team in the opposing group once (either home or away) for a total of 31 fixtures per academy.

The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals, with the winner of each league deemed to be the home team, facing the runners-up of the opposing division. Each of the semi-finals will be played at the home team's registered ground or at a neutral venue determined by the Premier League.

Chelsea's Under-18 league fixtures are:

Date Opposition Home/Away Kick-off time
Saturday 17 August Sunderland home 11.30am
Saturday 24 August West Ham United home 11am
Tuesday 27 August Norwich City away 1pm
Saturday 31 August Everton away 1.30pm
Saturday 14 September Liverpool home 11am
Saturday 21 September Blackburn Rovers away 11am
Saturday 28 September Middlesbrough home 12 noon
Saturday 5 October Southampton home 11am
Saturday 19 October Tottenham Hotspur away 11am
Saturday 26 October Stoke City away 12 noon
Saturday 2 November Wolverhampton Wanderers home 12 noon
Saturday 16 November Arsenal away 11am
Saturday 23 November Aston Villa home 1pm
Saturday 30 November Leicester City away 12 noon
Saturday 7 December Fulham home 11am
Saturday 14 December West Bromwich Albion away 12 noon
Saturday 21 December Reading home 11am
Saturday 11 January Norwich City home 12 noon
Saturday 18 January Tottenham Hotspur home 11am
Saturday 25 January West Ham United away 11am
Saturday 1 February Southampton away 11am
Saturday 15 February Arsenal home 11am
Saturday 22 February Aston Villa away 12 noon
Saturday 1 March Leicester City home 12 noon
Saturday 8 March Fulham away 11am
Saturday 15 March Reading away 11am
Saturday 22 March West Bromwich Albion home 12 noon
Saturday 29 March Manchester United away 1.30pm
Saturday 5 April Bolton Wanderers home 11am
Saturday 12 April Newcastle United away 11am
Saturday 26 April Manchester City home 1pm