What is the FA Youth Cup?

The Club’s best finish came when they reached the last four in 2018.


With Blues beginning their 2021 FA Youth Cup campaign on Friday against Manchester City, get up to speed with the competition’s history ahead of their opening game. 

The FA Youth Cup was launched by the Football Association in 1952 and is open to male teams competing in a youth league or equivalent competition.  

Participating players must be under-18 on midnight 31 August in the associated season, with all teams required to be fully integrated within the overarching structure of their senior club. 

Each year the tournament welcomes over 400 entrants and, similarly to the FA Cup, its knockout format runs from preliminary and qualifying rounds until just two teams remain to compete in the final. 

And, until 2019, both this and the semi-finals were two-legged affairs, before it was decided to play these as one-off matches in a bid to ease fixture congestion. 

Blues have reached the showpiece event once in their history when they finished as runners up in the 1966/67 season. Losing 2-0 on aggregate to Sunderland, the Blues side included both Bob and Dave Latchford.  

In recent years, the Club’s best finish came when they reached the last four in 2018. On that occasion, Blues were beaten by eventual winners Chelsea – a club who lifted the trophy seven times in the past decade. 

They sit second on the list of all-time winners behind Manchester United. The Red Devils have been crowned champions ten times and famously lifted the trophy in 1992 with a team that featured future England international’s David Beckham and Gary Neville.  

DID YOU KNOW: The FA Youth Cup was introduced in response to the success of the FA County Youth Cup which started seven years earlier in 1945.