Premier League International Cup

Premier League International Cup
Founded 2014
Region Europe
Number of teams 16
Current champions Spain Villarreal
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) England Manchester City
Spain Villarreal
(1 title each)
2016–17 Premier League International Cup

The Premier League International Cup is an English football competition for U23 players from across Europe.[1] It was designed to provide players in English Category One academies with the opportunity to match themselves against other elite European footballers from their age group in a competitive environment.[1] The competition was created by the Premier League as part of the organisations Elite Player Performance Plan and is not sanctioned by UEFA.[2]


The competition featured U21 sides from 8 English clubs and 8 other top European clubs. English teams qualify via their standing in the U21 Premier League and entry by European clubs is by invitation from the Premier League. For the 2014-15 tournament the 16 teams were split into four groups of four. Upon completion of the group stages the winners and runners-up from each group will progress to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, all to be played as single-leg ties.[1] UEFA tried to block the creation of the tournament and refused to sanction its creation, to circumvent this all games will be hosted in England with games involving two foreign teams being held in neutral venues.[2] English clubs will play a minimum of two of their fixtures at the main stadium of their senior side.[3] To ensure the focus is on development the Premier League made no prize money available for the competition.[4]

As in the Professional U21 Development League teams are allowed to field three overage outfield players and one overage goalkeeper per match.

From the 2016-17 season, it was expanded to 12 English and 12 European sides.[5]


Season Winners Score Runners-up Losing semi-finalists Final stage host
2014–15 England Manchester City 1–0 Portugal Porto England Leicester City and England Fulham Academy Stadium, Manchester
2015–16 Spain Villarreal 4–2 Netherlands PSV England Chelsea and Portugal Porto The Den, South Bermondsey

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