Southampton youngsters have play-off schedule confirmed

Southampton's youngsters have found out who they will play in the next stage of the competition.

Southampton youngsters have play-off schedule confirmed

Southampton's Under 18's finished in 11th place in the Premier League South Division and they will come up against three southern teams Swansea City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Norwich City for the third time in the season in the next round.

Four northern teams to play

The young Saints will also come up against the bottom four from the northern section of the competition, who were Newcastle United, Manchester United, Derby County and Stoke City.

Southampton have definitely got the players to go and win their section of the play-off's, as many of them have been playing together for a while.


The first game of the play-off's for Craig Fleming’s side is against Swansea City who they beat away from home, but were well beaten at Staplewood.

They then come up against Brighton (home) and Derby (away) within two weeks, before facing the mammoth trip to face Newcastle United.

This is then followed up by a three week break before Norwich City visit Stablewood on the 9th April. The play-off's will finish with two long away trips to Stoke City and Manchester United on the 16th and 23rd April.

Every fixture is due to commence at 11am, but these may get changed in the run-up to the matches.

Important to finish season well

For the under 18's it's vital that all the players play really well, because for many of them it can shape the direction that their career goes in.

Having a good end to the season may reward you with a new contract and a step-up to the under 21's the following season.

As has been seen in recent weeks many of the u18's have played for Martin Hunters 21's and they have gained valuable experience from this.

Jake Vokins, who at 15 as played the last three matches for the U21's, shows that there is a real pathway to develop if you are good enough.