How Premier League 2 will change for the new season
Premier League 2 will look very different for Manchester United's Under-21s next season.
Format changes have been formally announced for the 2023/24 campaign, after shareholders voted for amendments to the competition.
Clubs will no longer be separated into two divisions, and will instead compete in one table of 26 Category One Academies.
Teams will not face every other side; instead, each will have 20 fixtures, representing a reduction from 26 games under last season's two-tier structure.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
Gone are the days of playing every side in the division home and away, as the aim is for each team to face the other clubs in their pot, plus four or five from other pots.
These five pots will be determined by seeding (using performances from the past three seasons), with five teams going into each.
Fixtures will be determined by a draw, which is due to be made in the week commencing 31 July.
Teams will play each club in their own seeding point once, as well as three to five teams in all other pots, either home or away.
Once all matches have been played, the top 16 teams will advance to a single elimination play-off. The draw is based on league positions, for example the team finishing first faces the side that ended in 16th spot. The higher-seeded side will be at home.
The top 12 will be invited into the following term's Premier League International Cup competition.
WHICH TEAMS WILL PLAY IN PL2 NEXT YEAR?
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United