Norwich City embark on new era in U21 Premier League

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
9:23 AM

Norwich City’s new era of development football will begin with an under-21 home league fixture against Blackburn Rovers on Monday, August 20 (7pm).

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The newly-formed U21 Premier League replaces the former Premier Reserve League on the fixture calendar from this coming campaign as part of the proposed major overhaul of youth football amongst English football’s elite, outlined in the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) adopted by the Premier League last season.

City have been drawn in the first of two groups, where they will play the likes of West Ham, West Brom, Reading, Everton, Bolton and Arsenal home and away.

Clubs will be permitted to field three over-age players in their match day line-ups, with a minimum of four home games taking place at Carrow Road. The Canaries have already confirmed the scheduled visits of Everton U21s and Arsenal U21s will take place at Carrow Road.

The top two sides in both groups will progress to an Elite group stage in the New Year, with two spaces also available for third-placed teams.

The remaining clubs will be placed into one of two qualification groups following the initial league fixtures.

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4 comments

  • This looks better than last year. The youngsters were getting hidings from much stronger and more mature teams. This set-up must be better for their development. If qualification for elevation to the Elite Group is "for the top 2 teams from each group.......with 2 spaces also available for 3rd-placed teams", isn`t that the same as saying the top 3 from each Group qualify, or am I missing something here? Is there some sort of play-off involved? I never understood what goes on in the SPL either (quite apart from the Newco saga). To paraphrase Dufresne from Shawshank Redemption, "how can I be so obtuse?". Won`t be the first time!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Cheers, kevin! I was beginning to wonder whether anybody`s interest in football extended beyond the Fantasy Footy World of massive transfer fees, tiny brains and big egos. Young players still need to learn their craft. Football is still a beautiful game. Despite the Agents, Sugardaddies and dodgy "Businessmen" - aka Arthur Daleys. We must move away from the Chelsea and ManC models, or all is lost.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • A definate improvement. Lots of young players seem to fall by the wayside and plenty of games against similar sides could help to bring more 'home grown' players into contention for the main squad.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

  • MB, it will probably be done on points and results between the clubs involved. I agree it sounds a lot better.

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    kevin

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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