What Is The Premier League Cup?

asia trophy cup winners What Is The Premier League Cup?

In the next few weeks, Premier League chairmen will be presented with a couple of options to consider regarding their clubs playing overseas matches in an international competition in the near future.

Two of the options being considered include a mini-tournament being played during a winter break, and a summer friendly competition named the Premier League Cup to replace the current Community Shield.

Here’s how it would work:

The Premier League Cup idea would seed the Big Four teams among five groups of four teams. Each group would feature a glamor side such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal. The other teams featured would be a mixture of Premier League teams and clubs from the Football League who would qualify through a revised version of the League Cup tournament.

Each of the five groups would be stationed in a city overseas with most of the groups situated in Asia. For example, here’s how the groups could look:

Hong Kong group: Liverpool, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, QPR.

Sydney group: Arsenal, Sunderland, Fulham, Birmingham City.

Los Angeles group: Chelsea, West Ham, Bolton, Wolves.

Singapore group: Manchester United, Everton, Newcastle, Hull.

Dubai group: Manchester City, Portsmouth, Blackburn, Spurs.

The cities and groups are hypothetical but they give you an idea of how the tournament could be structured worldwide. The structure of the tournament resembles the Premier League’s Asia Cup Trophy except that it would be played around the worldwide and would feature more teams.

While the Premier League Cup concept is still an idea in its planning stages, the tournament could breathe life into a Carling Cup which is treated like a joke by most Premiership teams. However, two issues are that clubs such as Arsenal may decide to play their youngsters in a Premier League Cup instead of their first team. And the seeding of the Big Four in the Premier League Cup stinks of favoritism and is unfair to the other 16 clubs in the league.

Getting rid of the Community Shield wouldn’t be a huge loss. The charity match seems more like a preseason friendly year after year.

On the plus side, a tournament such as the Premier League Cup would bring out the fans in droves worldwide especially if the games are more meaningful than preseason friendlies that foreign fans are accustomed to. How seriously Premiership teams would take the tournament is yet to be determined, but if the Premier League can get some major sponsors for the tournament then the prize money could be quite significant.

The concept of the Premier League Cup could be an easier pill to swallow instead of the more radical 39th Game idea. If the Premier League Cup was successful, though, it could pave the way to make the 39th Game a reality.

What are your thoughts about the idea of the Premier League Cup? Would you go see some of the matches if they were played near you? And do you feel clubs would treat the tournament seriously? Share your thoughts by clicking the comments link below.

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8 Responses to What Is The Premier League Cup?

  1. They'll care if they get paid to care. There's no additional prestige from beating teams you already play at least twice a year, so money is the only differentiating factor. Otherwise it'll look and feel like a barnstorming tour.

  2. AtlantaPompey says:

    Money. It's the only reason that Scudamore wants to play games overseas. It's the only reason the clubs will care about it. The clubs don't care about playing the same teams a third time. Everyone will complain about the groupings. Spreading the Big Four around is absolutely favoritism. Arsenal will play their youngsters. Everyone will be in 'preseason' shape. What if someone gets hurt? The managers will not want anyone hurt before the regular season starts and the games actually mean something. Fewer times for the big teams to play teams from the lower leagues. That will mean less chance for the premiership teams to look at younger players and less opportunities for the lower league teams to make money from a visit to or by a premiership team.

    Oh, but it will make money. A lot of money.

  3. Y'know, if the Premier League pulled its teams out of the Carling Cup and the FA killed the League Trophy, this might actually be a compelling way to start the season.

  4. eplnfl says:

    I'm behind the idea of some real competition to be played overseas. I for one will not pay the huge price to see a meaningless pre-season by a Prem side on summer tour.

    I have advocated a event such as the League Cup being moved to an overseas location but really would just like to see the 39th game. So, I'm all for an effort to play a game in the US that means something!

  5. adrian says:

    i'm from asia and would welcome big teams coming over to play in this part of the world. however, we all know that the current schedule for top flight english teams is already extremely packed, which causes fatigue amongst many players. another tournament in pre-seaon will only be either taken lightly or be an avenue for the youth players to shine in.

    adrian from howshouse.com

  6. lala says:

    tats jus stupid

  7. Isn't this just a watered down version of the original game 39 proposals?

    They would be nothing more than glorified pre-season or friendly games as there would be no real prestige attached to them.

    I also agree with the commens above that many of the stars that fans would want to see would likely be missing as clubs would not want to risk them in these games.

  8. footballer says:

    Ugh!! Screw the 39th game and screw this stupid idea!!! If non-English people want to see quality football being played, support your local club so they can purchase quality footballers. Or travel to England. But I hate this overseas nonsense.

    Turn the Club World Cup into more of a global tournament. That would solve things.

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