As our summers are currently filled with constant updates on new world records being broken in the London Olympics and with incessant transfer rumors that come hand in hand with the European summer transfer window, perhaps slightly under the radar is a piece of news that might have huge implications for the future of English football.
Last Friday, August 3, the English Premier League officially announced the start of the Barclays U21 Premier League, which will commence this season on Friday, August 17.
This new competition, which will replace the former region-based Reserve Leagues, is part of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) that was proposed in early 2011, agreed in late 2011 and will be in place by the start of the 2012-2013 season.
With a new structure and competition in place, what should we come to expect in the coming years?
Let’s look at seven things the new U21 Premier League means for English football—and feel free to have your say in the comments below.