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CIty EDS join Premier League 2

CHANCE TO SHINE: City's EDS will be in a new competition this season.

CHANCE TO SHINE: City's EDS will be in a new competition this season.

City EDS will compete in a new national Under-23 format for the coming season.

Premier League 2 will replace the U21 Premier League for the 2016/17 campaign and is intended to better prepare young players for the intensity, physicality and technicality of first team football.

The Under-23 age limit is an increase of two years and rules for teams fielding overage outfield players remains the same with three players permitted plus an overage goalkeeper.

The Blues, however, are taking the opportunity to give crucial experience to our upcoming youngsters by fielding an Under-19 team in the new league.

There are 12 teams in Division 1 and 12 in Division 2 with each side playing 22 league games per season with team playing each other home and away.

The team in Division 1 finishing top are champions while the bottom two sides will be relegated to Division 2.

The Division 2 winners will be promoted while the teams in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th will go into a play-off with the final taking place at the home stadium of the team who finished highest after 22 games.

The full line-up of clubs in each league is as follows:

Premier League 2

Teams in Division 1

Arsenal, Chelsea, Derby County, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Reading, Southampton, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur

Teams in Division 2

Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Fulham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Swansea City, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers

Simon Davies’ side will begin their campaign at St George’s Park against Derby County on Monday 15 August before playing host to Arsenal on Friday 19 August.

The season will wrap on 5 May against Southampton.

Fixtures:

15/08/2016         Derby County v Manchester City

19/08/2016         Manchester City v Arsenal

26/08/2016         Reading v Manchester City  

09/09/2016         Manchester City v Manchester United  

18/09/2016         Sunderland v Manchester City  

23/09/2016         Manchester City v Leicester City

14/10/2016         Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City 

24/10/2016         Southampton v Manchester City

29/10/2016         Manchester City v Liverpool      

19/11/2016         Everton v Manchester City

26/11/2016         Manchester City v Chelsea

10/12/2016         Manchester City v Reading

09/01/2017         Manchester United v Manchester City  

13/01/2017         Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur 

30/01/2017         Leicester City v Manchester City  

03/02/2017         Manchester City v Sunderland 

17/02/2017         Chelsea v Manchester City    

03/03/2017         Manchester City v Everton   

13/03/2017         Arsenal v Manchester City              

07/04/2017         Manchester City v Derby County

23/04/2017         Liverpool v Manchester City       

05/05/2017         Manchester City v Southampton

 

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EDS score six in first pre-season friendly

CITY IN CROATIA: EDS line up with their opposition before kick-off.

City EDS kicked off their 2016/17 preparations with a comfortable 6-0 win over Czech outfit, FC Slovacko in Novigrad, Croatia.

Isaac Buckley-Ricketts struck twice in the first half to give Simon Davies’s side the perfect start before Paolo Fernandes netted with a free-kick early in the second period to make it 3-0.

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LG EDS Player of the Season

FINAL THREE: Who will it be? Vote now!

Bersant Celina, Aleix Garcia and Angus Gunn have been shortlisted for the City EDS Player of the Season for 2015/16.

You can vote now for your choice on the Elite Development Squad Facebook page or watch this video first which should help you to make your decision.

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Jack Byrne joins Blackburn for 2016/17 campaign

EDS midfielder Jack Byrne has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan deal.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international will spend the 2016/17 campaign with Owen Coyle's side after agreeing to join the Championship side until next summer