Our youngsters have today been awarded the PL2 title after it was confirmed by the Premier League that their league competitions would be decided on a points-per-game basis.
The Premier League, its shareholders and academy managers have agreed on a points-per-game system to decide the final league standings following the curtailment of the season back in May, with Chelsea's unbeaten development squad unmoved at the top of the table. The team had four matches of the campaign remaining.
Andy Myers’s side become the third PL2 champions after its restructure and introduction at the start of the 2016/17 season, with this our second title at this level after our Under-21s were crowned champions of the Premier League competition back in 2013/14.
The Premier League used the same points-per-game system to decide the final standings in the Under-18 Premier League. The outcome means Ed Brand’s side narrowly miss out on the southern section title as runners-up, with near neighbours Fulham taking top spot.
In the northern section, Manchester City have been named champions and the Premier League have also announced that there will be no national final.
The Premier League statement reads:
'Chelsea have been crowned 2019/20 Champions of Premier League 2 Division 1 with West Ham United securing promotion as Division 2 Champions and Manchester United also promoted as runners-up.'Following the curtailment of the Academy Games Programme for Season 2019/20, Clubs today agreed to determine the final standings using a Points Per Game system.'Using this methodology, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been relegated from Division 1. In Division 2, runners up Manchester United will join West Ham in promotion to the top tier of Premier League 2.'Due to the curtailed season, Clubs were unable to complete the play-off fixtures. It was therefore agreed the Division 2 Champions and second-placed team would both be promoted to Division 1 for Season 2020/21.'The Points Per Game solution has also been applied to the Under 18 Premier League, the Under 18 Professional Development League and the Professional Development League (U23 Category 2 teams).'Fulham have been crowned Under 18 Premier League South Champions, and Manchester City Champions of the Under 18 Premier League North. Despite the National play-off match not being able to be played, based on Points Per Game, Manchester City have been crowned overall Under 18 National Champion and gained qualification for the UEFA Youth League.'Millwall finished Champions in the PDL South at both Under 23 and Under 18 age groups, while Nottingham Forest have been crowned Champions of PDL North. Wigan Athletic are Champions of Under 18 PDL North.'Premier League Shareholders today also agreed to curtail the Premier League International Cup, the Premier League Cup and the U18 Premier League Cup, without a winner being awarded.'Premier League Academy Games Programme 2020/21 Update: Next season will see some changes to the structure of PL2 Division 1 and 2. Three new Category 1 Academies – Burnley, Crystal Palace and Leeds United – will enter Division 2 for the next season, meaning Division 1 will comprise 13 teams and Division 2 will comprise 14 teams.'
-In other Chelsea Academy news, one member of our 2019/20 Under-18 squad, goalkeeper Nicolas Tie, has joined Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal on a permanent transfer.