Burnley fans urged to support youngsters

The game takes place at Turf Moor on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm
The game takes place at Turf Moor on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm

Burnley fans are being urged to come and get back the team’s youngsters when they take on Wigan Athletic in the qualifying round of the inaugural U21 Premier League Cup.

The Clarets will host the Latics at Turf Moor on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm.

The new U21 Premier League Cup is a knock-out U21 cup competition open to all Academies.

Matches are played on a regional basis until the fourth round (round of 16), when the competition becomes national.

All matches, to be played in the club’s home stadiums, consist of players aged U16 - U21, although clubs can field up to three older outfield players and one older goalkeeper.

The Clarets are one of 16 Category 3 Academies competing in the first round, split into north and south draws.

The second qualifying round will see the eight successful Category 3 Academy sides drawn against the 17 Category 2 Academies, again on a regional basis (due to odd numbers one team will be awarded a bye).

The third round (32 teams) will see the 19 Category 1 Academies enter the competition, to be joined by the 13 successful Category 2 and Category 3 academies. Again, this will be a regional draw.

After this round, the competition becomes an open draw, with the final being played over two legs at the club’s main stadiums.