NextGen is back
Ground breaking youth tournament returns
Last Updated: September 7, 2012 10:17am
The second season of the hugely successful NextGen series kicks off this week, and you can follow it again on skysports.com.
The UEFA sanctioned European competition showcasing football's finest young stars, will kick off with the Barcelona v Anderlecht clash on Wednesday August 15th.
With 24 of the world's best clubs all signed up to compete, including new clubs Chelsea, Arsenal, Paris St Germain, CSKA Moscow and Borussia Dortmund, this season will provide Europe's finest youth talent with a solid platform on which to hone their skills in a competitive international environment proving they are the future of football.
Games will be played across a number of stadia throughout Europe including Villa Park, Celtic Park and the Camp Nou.
Clubs will compete in group games from now until the end of December, with the final stages of the tournament taking place in the first three months of 2013.
The final will be held in March when the qualifying teams will have a chance of competing for the coveted NextGen Trophy, won last season by Inter Milan.
The six groups for the NextGen Series 2012/13 are:
Group One - Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Anderlecht, Wolfsburg.
Group Two - Manchester City, Juventus, Paris St Germain, Fenerbahce.
Group Three - Chelsea, Ajax, CSKA Moscow, Molde FK.
Group Four - Sporting Lisbon, Celtic, Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven.
Group Five - Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Rosenborg.
Group Six - Arsenal, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Olympiacos.
Commenting on the upcoming season of the NextGen Series, Justin Andrews, the tournament's co-founder said: "With such an incredible first season under our belts, and eight more international clubs competing in NextGen this year, we are all working hard to ensure a cracking tournament.
"We are eagerly waiting to see some great football and which young stars will emerge as the ones to watch. This year will be a significant time for youth development in the UK and we are very proud to be playing a part in it."
Full fixtures, stadia and squad lists are available from on the tournament's website www.nextgenseries.com.