Premier League 2 fixtures confirmed for new season

Arsenal U21 team huddle

We have received confirmation of our Premier League 2 fixtures for the 2023/24 season.

Our under-21s will kick-off their PL2 campaign against West Ham United on Friday, August 11, under the lights at Meadow Park in a 7pm kick-off.

We face last year's PL2 winners Manchester City on Friday, November 3 at Meadow Park, while the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur will take place on Friday, March 8, also at Meadow Park.

Mehmet Ali's side will finish their campaign on the road against Liverpool on Sunday, April 28, in a 1pm kick-off.

See our full Premier League 2 schedule below:

Arsenal v West Ham United
Friday, August 11. 7pm
Meadow Park

Arsenal v Leicester City
Friday, August 18. 7pm
Meadow Park

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Monday, August 28. 7pm
Meadow Lane, Notts County FC

Arsenal v Reading
Sunday, September 3. 12pm
Meadow Park

Manchester United v Arsenal
Saturday, September 23. 7pm
Carrington Training Complex

Everton v Arsenal
Friday, September 29. 7pm
Southport FC

Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion
Sunday, October 29. 2pm
Meadow Park

Arsenal v Manchester City
Friday, November 3. 7pm
Meadow Park

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal
Monday, December 4. 7pm
Keys Park Stadium

Sunderland v Arsenal
Monday, December 18. 7pm
Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground

Arsenal v Middlesbrough
Friday, January 12. 7pm
Meadow Park

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal
Friday, January 26. 7pm
Kidderminster Harriers FC

Arsenal v Leeds United
Friday, February 9. 7pm
Meadow Park

Arsenal v Southampton
Friday, February 16. 7pm
Meadow Park

Chelsea v Arsenal
Friday, March 1. 7pm
Kingsmeadow Stadium

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Friday, March 8. 7pm
Meadow Park

Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal
Saturday, March 16. 1pm
Lancashire FA

Stoke City v Arsenal
Monday, April 8. 7pm
Bet365 Stadium

Arsenal v Aston Villa
Monday, April 15. 7pm
Meadow Park

Liverpool v Arsenal
Sunday, April 28. 1pm
Liverpool FC Academy

Ahead of the new season, our under-21s will be competing in a new-look Premier League 2 which features a new format.

Here is everything you need to know about what is in store for Ali's side next term:

How have things changed?

Previously, the 25 clubs with Category One academies were split into two divisions. Teams played each other on a traditional home-and-away basis, with two clubs relegated and two promoted.

From next season however, the current 26 clubs that currently have Category One academy status will be placed in one division - in what is known as a Swiss-model, due to be utilised in the Champions League from 2024/25 onwards.

How will it work?

The teams will be divided into five pots based on performances over the past three seasons, with fixtures determined by a draw made according to clubs’ positions in the five seeded pots. 

Each team will play 20 regular-season matches throughout the season - six fewer than we had during the 2022/23 campaign.

Teams will facing each club in their own seeding pot once, as well as three to five teams in all other pots either home or away, and the results of all the games will generate a table ranking the 26 teams.

After the regular season is completed, the top 16 teams will qualify for the play-offs. Teams will be drawn against each other based on their league positions (e.g. the team finishing first facing the team that finished 16th). These will be one-off elimination matches, with the higher-seeded team playing at home.  

In addition, the teams finishing in the top 12 will be invited to take part in the next season’s Premier League International Cup.

Why is this happening?

The changes came about after an extensive review of PDP competitions, and was voted through by shareholders at the Premier League's annual AGM. It is hoped the removal of relegation will help clubs make development-first decisions, and minimise the impact of relegation on future groups of under-21 players.

The play-offs will also involve up to 16 teams up from four, and give teams a greater breadth of fixtures, playing 20 different opponents compared with only 13 in Division 1 and only 10 in Division 2.

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