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Villa to field U23 side in Premier League 2


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Villa’s youngsters will play in Premier League Two next season.

For the 2016/17 season, Premier League 2 will replace the current U21 league and the eligible age range will be extended to incorporate U23s.

The Premier League has announced significant changes to its Professional Development Phase programme with the introduction of this new league. 

In a move to establish Premier League 2 as a standalone competition, these changes to the U21 system have been designed to improve and increase opportunity for players to move into the first team.

The claret and blues are targeting another prosperous season after reaching the play-off final in 2015/16, losing to Arsenal at The Emirates.

Premier League 2 will remain a league of two divisions: Premier League 2, Division 1 and Premier League 2, Division 2.

The claret and blues will also compete in The Premier League International Cup which has expanded to 24 clubs – 12 domestic clubs and 12 international clubs.


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