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Participation:

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24 teams participate in the competition.



Players born on or after 1 January 2000 are eligible for participation.





Group stage:

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Format:

24 teams are distributed into 6 groups (Groups A-F) of 4 teams each.

Each team plays the others from its own group once - for a total of 3 games each, over 3 game weeks.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. fairplay ranking; 6. draw.



Qualification for the Knockout stage:

1 place of each group: qualify for the Knockout stage

best two 2nd placed teams: qualify for the Knockout stage



Tie-breakers for determining best 2nd placed teams:

1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. draw.





Knockout stage:

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Format:

8 teams from the Group stage contest the U18 Premier League Cup winner in a knockout format.



Quarter-finals:

8 teams are drawn into 4 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Semi-finals:

4 teams are drawn into 2 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming U18 Premier League Cup winner.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by draw.


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