Arsenal will kick off the new-look Reserve League season with a trip to Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday evening.

As a result of feedback received from member clubs, the Premier League have introduced a new Reserve League format for the 2010/11 season.

  • There are three groups - Southern, North A and North B. The Southern group has six teams, including Arsenal, and the two North groups consist of five teams each.
  • Clubs will play each side in their group twice. They will also play each team in the other two groups once with those games equally divided between home and away clashes. That means teams in the Southern group play 20 matches, and sides in the Northern groups play 19 games.
  • The winners of the two Northern Groups will play off to determine the Northern League Winners.
  • The Northern League Winners will then play off against the Southern group winners to determine the Barclays Premier Reserve League Play Off Winners.
  • The Premier League has also given approval for clubs' training grounds to be used to stage fixtures. Consequently, Arsenal will be staging several home Premier Reserve League fixtures, as afternoon kick offs, at the London Colney Training Centre.
  • Arsenal have reached an agreement with Barnet FC to stage home Premier Reserve League matches at Underhill during months with more favourable weather - ie September, March and April, as well as any home FA Youth Cup matches in Rounds Three, Four and Five.
  • Click here for a full list of Arsenal's fixtures will bring you live text commentary from Arsenal's Reserve League matches this season. Highlights will be available on TV Online the following day.

Southern Group Northern Group A Northern Group B
Arsenal Bolton Wanderers Blackburn Rovers
Aston Villa Manchester City Blackpool
Chelsea Manchester United Everton
West Bromwich Albion Newcastle United Liverpool
West Ham United Wigan Athletic Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanderers    
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24 Aug 2010