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2012–13 NextGen Series

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Runners-up  Chelsea
Matches played  88
Champion  Aston Villa F.C.
Best player  Lewis Baker
Goals scored  268
Fourth place  Arsenal
Dates  15 Aug 2012 – 1 Apr 2013
Location  Europe
Teams  24
Champions  Aston Villa (1st title)
Top scorer(s)  Graham Burke Islam Feruz (7 goals)
Third place  Sporting Clube de Portugal

The 2012–13 NextGen Series was the second season of the NextGen Series. The tournament involved the under-19 teams from 24 different countries across Europe. The tournament was won by Aston Villa who overcame Chelsea in the final.


Format changes

From the previous season's competition, one major format change has been announced, with the competition moving from a 16-team to a 24-team affair. The group stage was run in six groups of four, an expansion of the same format as the previous season.


The 24 teams were sorted into six groups, where they played each other home and away in a Round-robin tournament. The top teams advanced to the finals of the competition.

Fifteen of the 16 founder-members reprise their roles, consisting of some of the highest-reputations teams from across UEFA, mirroring the current or recent Champions League involvement of their first teams. Only Basel of Switzerland declined the invitation to reappear.

They were joined by a further nine teams of high standing for the expanded series.

Group stage

The 24 teams were sorted into six groups of four, where they play each other home and away in a double round robin format. The top-two teams from each group progressed to the knock-out stages of the competition alongside the four highest points-scoring third-place finishers.

Group 1

Kickoff times are in CET.

Group 2

Kickoff times are in CET.

Group 3

Kickoff times are in CET.

Group 4

Kickoff times are in CET.

Group 5

Kickoff times are in CET.

Group 6

Kickoff times are in CET.

Knockout stage

The knockout round matches were decided by ordering each team from 1 through 16, with the top ranked team facing the lowest ranked team, and on down.

Top goalscorers

Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition:


1: ^ In January 2013 Alex Pritchard moved on loan from Tottenham Hotspur to Peterborough United.


2012–13 NextGen Series Wikipedia

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