Youth Cup (Season 4)

So the format will be the same more or less. A CL style comp with a group stage over home and away matches.

This is the 4th season we have done this and it is by far the best attended Youth Cup in the whole of SM.

Rules are the same 21 and under on matchday 1 – which is 5th November 2016.

Please note the seeding below are final and are based purely on how the sides did last season. For example the top 8 seeds were last seasons Quarter-Finalists – IF you are an old manager with a new club then you are automatically going to be in the lowest pot of seeds which I think is fair and it should make for an interesting draw.


pot 1 pot 2 pot 3 pot 4 pot 5
Bayer Leverkusen Sassuolo Levante CSKA Moscow Fiorentina Wolfsburg
Real Madrid Juventus Feyenoord Flamengo Olympiacos Lokomotiv Moscow
Valencia Hamburg Borussia Mounchengladach Werder Bremen Stuttgart Beskitas
Anderletcht Dortmund Liverpool Newcastle Galatasaray Fenerbache
Udinese Barcelona West Ham Everton AS Monaco FC Twente
AC Milan Napoli Villarreal Club Brugge Saint Etienne Man City
Atletico Madrid Chelsea Athletic Club Genoa West Brom Arsenal
Celta Vigo PSV Sunderland  Malaga Roma Sporting Lisbon

there is a reserve list as well so if a team “breaks” the rules on 3 ocassions they will be thrown out and replaced
8 groups of 6 teams – so 10 group stage matches per side
gd1 5th November 2016
gd2 12th November 2016
gd3 19th November 2016
gd4 26th November 2016
gd5 3rd December 2016
gd6 10th December 2016
gd7 17th December 2016
gd8 7th January 2016
gd9 14th January 2016
gd10 21st January 2016
2r 28th January 2016
3r 4th February 2016
qf 11th February 2016
sf 18th Februry 2016
sf 25th February 2016
f 2nd March 2016
f 9th March 2016

Top 3 in each group qualify for 2nd round, with 8 group winners preceding straight to 3rd round. So 2nd round will see 8 runners up play at home against 8 3rd place sides. 8 group winners will have a home tie in round 3.

And then I think it is quite simple for everyone to follow.

IF I dont get chance to do a “live draw” which technologically is proving difficult in my housegold at the moment the draw will be as follows.

Round 2 – 28th January 2016

2nd in Group A v 3rd in Group B (match 1)
2nd in Group B v 3rd in Group C (match 2)
2nd in Group C v 3rd in Group D (match 3)
2nd in Group D v 3rd in Group E (match 4)
2nd in Group E v 3rd in Group F (match 5)
2nd in Group F v 3rd in Group G (match 6)
2nd in Group G v 3rd in Group H (match 7)
2nd in Group H v 3rd in Group A (match 8)

Round 3 – 4th February 2016

1st Group A v Winner Match 5
1st Group B v Winner Match 6
1st Group C v Winner Match 7
1st Group D v Winner Match 8
1st Group E v Winner Match 1
1st Group F v Winner Match 2
1st Group G v Winner Match 3
1st Group H v Winner Match 4

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