ABOUT THE UNDER-21S AND UNDER 19S
Chelsea's Under-21s side is part of the development process for young players at the club.
Replacing the old reserve league, a new Under-21 nationwide Under-21 league was introduced for the 2012/13 season.
Rather than seasoned professionals not currently selected for the first team, the Under-21 side is more likely to be young players looking to press for a first team breakthrough or a chance to gain experience on loan with a lower division club. However a small number of 'over-age' players can be selected so on occasions established first team squad members will be given Under-21 outings, especially when coming back from injury or in need of match fitness.
Players who have done well in the youth team will be given the chance to test themselves against older opposition while still eligible to play for both sides.
Consequently, the Under-21s are judged on individual performances rather than results as the club looks to nurture future stars - although the development of a winning mentality is encouraged.
In addition to the Under-21 league, Chelsea also enter a side in the Next Gen league which involves Under-19 teams across Europe playing in an approximation to the Champions League format. There is an overlap between the Under-21 and Under-19 squads involved.
UNDER 21 TEAM GAMES
The home games are at Griffin Park, the home of Brentford FC in west London.
Brentford Football Club, Griffin Park, Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT
Entry is £3 adults and £1 juniors and seniors.
To check the Under-21s team fixtures list please click here
Please note: No spectators will be admitted for any Under-21 or NextGen fixtures at the Cobham training ground.
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