UNDER-21 FIXTURE NEWS

Chelsea's Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures for the new season have been released.

There is a change from last season's format when midway through the campaign, teams were assigned to new leagues according to their results in the first half of the season.

Instead there is one national division, the Barclays Under-21 Premier League, comprised of 22 category one academies.

Each club will play each other once, either home or away, and then the top four teams in the table will progress to a semi-final stage followed by a final to determine the overall league winners.

The teams who finish first and fourth in the league will meet in one semi-final, with the former at home, while the second and third-placed clubs will meet in the other semi-final, with the league runners-up the home team.

This season each team is required to play at least three home matches at their nominated home stadium, with training grounds and academy venues permitted for the staging of up to three home matches.

Please note that the Stamford Bridge games below are still to be confirmed and that admission prices for home games are to follow.

There is also a new Under-21 Cup knockout competition although the dates listed below are only provisional.


Chelsea's Under-21 fixtures

Date

Opposition Home/Away Kick-off time Venue
Friday 9 August Tottenham Hotspur home 7pm Aldershot Town FC
Friday 16 August Southampton away 7.30pm St Mary's Stadium
Saturday 24 August Leicester City home 2pm Stamford Bridge - to be confirmed (tbc)
Monday 2 September Aston Villa away 7pm tbc
Friday 13 September Norwich City home 7pm Brentford FC
Monday 23 September Everton away 7pm Southport
Saturday 28 September provisional date Under 21 Cup, round of 32
Sunday 6 October Manchester City home 11am Stamford Bridge - tbc
Monday 21 October Sunderland away 7pm Stadium of Light
Friday 1 November West Ham United home 7pm Brentford FC
Saturday 23 November provisional date Under 21 Cup, round of 16
Monday 2 December Newcastle United away 1pm Northumberland FA
Monday 16 December Bolton Wanderers away 7pm Lancashire FA
Saturday 21 December provisional date Under 21 Cup, round of 8
Friday 10 January Reading home 7pm Aldershot Town FC
Monday 20 January Wolverhampton Wanderers away 7pm Telford FC
Friday 31 January West Bromwich Albion home tbc tbc
Friday 7 February Fulham away 7pm tbc
Friday 14 February Liverpool home 7pm Aldershot Town FC
Monday 3 March Arsenal away 7pm Boreham Wood FC
Friday 7 March Middlesbrough home tbc tbc
Monday 24 March Manchester United away tbc tbc
Friday 28 March Blackburn Rovers home 7pm Brentford FC
Friday 4 April Stoke City away 7pm Britannia Stadium