helsea’s Under 19 side will play their UEFA Youth League Round of 16 tie against Feyenoord at the EBB Stadium on Wednesday 21 February.
Kick-off is 7pm, with admission just £3 for adults, £1 for concessions, and free for season ticket holders of Chelsea and Aldershot Town.
The Blues topped Group C in the tournament, which mirrors the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, with five wins from their six matches. Chelsea’s top scorer is Luke McCormick, with four goals.
Feyenoord finished second in Group F, behind Manchester City, but lost just once in their six games. They then overcame Slovakians Nitra in a Play-Off, coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2 in the final minute, to reach the Round of 16. Their top scorer is Netherlands Under 18 international midfielder Orkun Kokcu, with five goals, including two against Nitra.
Past graduates of the Feyenoord Academy include Robin van Persie, Bruno Martins Indi, Giorginio Wijnaldum, Jonathan de Guzman, Vincent Janssen and current Feyenoord first-team head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The Academy produced more players who competed at the 2014 World Cup than any other club around the world, with 11.
The winners of this tie will face an away quarter-final against either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.
Aldershot Town are delighted that Chelsea’s Academy will continue to play at the EBB Stadium for the 2018-19 season, taking the deal into a sixth season.
The Blues’ home Premier League 2 and FA Youth Cup matches have been played in Aldershot since 2013, with Eden Hazard having made his return from injury at the EBB Stadium against Everton back in August.
Chelsea’s Head of Youth Development, Neil Bath, said: “We are very happy to extend our relationship with Aldershot Town for another season. The facilities at the EBB Stadium are perfect for our developing players, who benefit from playing on an excellent surface in front of proper crowds.
“We’re grateful to Aldershot for hosting us and look forward to another successful year at the EBB Stadium.”
Shots Chairman Shahid Azeem added: “The relationship between the two Clubs remains as strong as ever, and I am really excited that we will be able to host the Chelsea Academy at the EBB Stadium into a sixth season. It is a great pleasure to have them here and we thank everybody at Chelsea for their continued support and assistance. We have seen many fantastic players grace the stadium since 2013, and look forward to seeing even more in the future.”
In the summer of 2014, the Stamford Bridge pitch was removed and transported to Aldershot, allowing The Shots to install a durable, top-level surface at the EBB Stadium. It remains one of the finest pitches outside the Premier League, with regular maintenance involving Chelsea’s ground staff.
Chelsea’s next Academy match at the EBB Stadium is this Friday, 2 February, as they host Leicester City in a Premier League 2 fixture. Kick-off is 7.05pm, with admission priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.