Football League Youth Alliance

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Football League Youth Alliance
Football League Youth Alliance.png
Country England and Wales
Founded 1997
Divisions 4
Number of teams 58
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Premier Academy League
Domestic cup(s) FA Youth Cup
League cup(s) Football League Youth Alliance Cup
Current champions Wrexham (North West)
Hull City (North East)
Bristol Rovers (South West)
? (South East)
(2012-13)
2013-14

The Football League Youth Alliance (known sometimes as the Puma Youth Alliance after its sponsors, Puma) is the third tier of youth football competition in England, beneath the Professional Development League (until 2012 known as FA Premier Academy League). It was founded in 1997 at the same time as the expansion of the Premier Academy League (which is for clubs with Academy status), and is contested between Football League member clubs with Centre of Excellence status.

Current Structure[edit]

The competition is currently (as of 2012–13) contested by 52 clubs, split into four regional conferences: North-West (16 teams), North-East (12 teams), South-West (9 teams) and South-East (15 teams).

Recent champions[edit]

Season North West Conference North East Conference South West Conference South East Conference
2007/08[1] Walsall Hull City Plymouth Argyle Queens Park Rangers
2008/09[2] Wrexham Chesterfield Swindon Town Southend United
2009/10[3] Preston North End Hull City Swindon Town
2010/11[4] Rochdale Chesterfield Swindon Town Queens Park Rangers
2011/12[5] Preston North End Hull City Plymouth Argyle Queens Park Rangers
2012/13[6] Wrexham Hull City Bristol Rovers Portsmouth
2013/14 Blackpool Bradford City Exeter City Colchester United

Youth Alliance Cup[edit]

The Youth Alliance also operates a cup competition known as the Football League Youth Alliance Cup.[7]

Winners[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Final result
2007/08 Hull City Colchester United 3-0
2008/09[8] Grimsby Town Queens Park Rangers 2-1
2009/10[9] Queens Park Rangers Stockport County 4-3
2010/11[10] Wycombe Wanderers Darlington 0-0 Wycombe win 4-2 on penalties
2011/12[11] Doncaster Rovers Exeter City 4-0
2012/13[12] Bristol Rovers Carlisle United 3-1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Puma Youth Alliance Honours". 
  2. ^ "Puma Youth Alliance Honours 2008-09 Season". 
  3. ^ "Puma Youth Alliance Honours 2009-10 Season". 
  4. ^ "Puma Youth Alliance Honours 2010-11 Season". 
  5. ^ "Puma Youth Alliance Honours 2011-12 Season". 
  6. ^ "Football League Youth Alliance newsletter 35 2012-13". 
  7. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/youthdevelopment/20120503/rovers-win-football-league-youth-alliance-cup_2293643_2759567
  8. ^ http://www.grimsby-townfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10417~1635149,00.html
  9. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/YouthAllianceArticle/0,,10794~2046152,00.html
  10. ^ http://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10430~2352843,00.html
  11. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/youthdevelopment/20120503/rovers-win-football-league-youth-alliance-cup_2293643_2759567
  12. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/YouthAllianceArticle/0,,10794~3148522,00.html

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