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Chelsea academy 2015-16 preseason fixtures set

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The best youth teams in the land will begin their preparations for the season ahead at the same time as the Chelsea first-team, and just like the seniors, will get to travel far and wide (or at least as far as Austria) for various exhibitions and warm-up matches.  You don't win back-to-back FA Youth Cups and European cups and domestic league titles just randomly, after all.

July 13: v. Kingstonian at Kingsmeadow Stadium
July 17: v. Red Bull Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria
July 25: v. Bergerac Perigord in Bergerac, France
July 29: v. Aldershot Town at The ESS Stadium
August 3: v. Cardiff City at Cobham

The under-21s are expected to compete in the U21 Premier League, the U21 Premier League Cup, and possibly the U21 Premier League International Cup as well.  Though that competition was quite unorganized and barely recognized by the authorities so who knows what its status may be for next season.  Most of the under-21 squad will probably be young enough to be eligible for the UEFA U19 Youth League as well, to help defend our European crown.

July 11: v. Bournemouth at Cobham
July 17: v. Sturm Graz in Graz, Austria
July 23: v. Austria Vienna in Vienna, Austria
July 28: v. Red Bull Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria
July 31: v. Watford at Cobham
August 5: v. Swansea City at Cobham

The under-18s will also compete on at least two fronts, in the U18 Premier League (first division) and the Chelsea FA Youth Cup.

In further fixture news, the 2015-16 Premier League schedule is supposed to be released Wednesday morning.  For reasons I can't quite fathom, Chelsea TV will be doing a live reaction show.  Gotta get our money's worth from those brand spanking new HD cameras!

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