Reserve, Under-21 and Development team matches

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The Premier League 2 is the top developmental team league for the top English football teams.


Premier League 2

The summer of 2016 saw the Under-21 Premier League give way to the 'Premier League 2', a new Under-23 competition with provisions for four overage players. The competition structure remained otherwise untouched.

Premier League 2

Under-21 Premier League Campaigns

In the summer of 2012, the Elite Player Performance Plan came into effect in English football. Part of the reforms was the restructuring of 'reserve' league football into a national Under-21 development league.

Under-21 Premier League

Premier Reserve League Campaigns

'The Premier Reserve League was the top reserve team league for the top English football teams in the Premier League until 2012.

The league, which was formerly split into northern and southern sections, started out in 1999, replacing The Central League in the north and The Football Combination in the south as the top level of reserve-team football, although these competitions still continue for lower-level teams.

Teams were not relegated from the Premier Reserve League based on their final league position, but on the league position of their respective clubs' senior teams. If a senior team was relegated from the Premier League, then the reserve team is relegated from the Premier Reserve League and replaced by the reserve team of the promoted team from the Championship.

Premier Reserve League

Under-21 League Campaigns

At the start of the 1993-94 season there was an attempt to start a competition in order to enable those players now overage for the Youth League to get competitive football, before reaching the Reserve level. As such 'The Under-21 League was formed but this was a bit of a flop lasting just the single season and with full details neither being previewed or reported upon.

Football Combination

The London Combination was a league competition held during the First World War while regular football was suspended in Britain. It primarily included clubs from London (Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall, West Ham United, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Brentford, Crystal Palace and Clapton Orient), although sometimes teams from elsewhere in southern England, such as Portsmouth, Reading and Luton Town, also competed. Chelsea played in every edition of the tournament, winning it in 1915-16 and 1917-18.

After the war, the league was retained as a competition for the reserve sides of the major London clubs. In 1939 it was renamed the Football Combination. Chelsea's reserves won the league eleven times, in 1948-49, 1954-55, 1957-58, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1964-65, 1974-75, 1976-77, 1984-85, 1990-91 and 1993-94. Chelsea resigned from the league in 1999 to join the new Premier Reserve League.

London Combination

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