The Premier League Cup is a new competition for the Under-18s this season.

The competition comprises six groups of four, with the teams in each group playing each other once, either home or away.

Boro are away to Liverpool in their first game, scheduled for Saturday September 16, and at home to Sunderland on Saturday November 4 (the same the day the first teams are due to meet at the Riverside), rounding off with another home game against West Ham on Saturday December 2.

The six group winners and the two best runners-up progress to the quarter finals. The best runners-up will be decided by total points, then goal difference.

All ties will be played over 90 minutes, with extra-time and penalties to be used if necessary.

The competition is designed to run alongside the normal league programme.