The Premier League have confirmed a new Under-21 competition for this season that will bridge the gap between academies and first teams.
Teams from 17 Premier League clubs and six Championship teams will be divided into three groups. From January onwards, they will be divided into another three groups based on their performance, which will lead to a knockout stage and final.
The national competition will launch on August 17 with Manchester City visiting Chelsea, and West Ham hosting Reading.
Each team will be allowed to field three outfield players over the age of 21 as well as an overage goalkeeper, in a similar style to Olympic football but with a lower age barrier.