Dates for Stags' Premier League Cup fixtures - against Leeds United U23, Sunderland U23 and Wigan Athletic U23 - have now been confirmed.
Mansfield advanced to the group stage of the competition following a dramatic 3-2 win away at Salford U23 earlier this month.
Ten-man Stags scored late on through Tyrese Sinclair to secure passage from the competition's qualifying round, with James Clarke and Jimmy Knowles adding the other two goals.
Stags' Group E Premier League Cup fixtures are as follows:
|Sunderland U23||Home||Monday 06 September||7PM|
|Wigan Athletic U23||Away||Thursday 28 October||7PM|
|Leeds United U23||Away||Monday 15 November||7PM|
|Sunderland U23||Away||Monday 13 December||7PM|
|Wigan Athletic U23||Home||Monday 17 January||7PM|
|Leeds United U23||Home||Monday 14 February||7PM|
Further details on match venues and any potential ticketing information will be announced in due course.
The Premier League Cup is a UEFA Champions League style competition, with 32 clubs' under-23 sides making up the group stage. Because more than 32 clubs entered this year's competition, there was an extra round of qualifying, which the Stags faced Salford in earlier today.
Each side in the Premier League Cup is allowed to field three 'over-age' outfield players, as well as a goalkeeper born before 01 January 1997 in the 2021/22 season. All other players must be under-23.
The competition format is as follows...
- Qualifying stage If more than 32 clubs enter the competition, a qualifying knock-out stage takes place between Category 3 and 4 clubs to determine who joins Category 1 and 2 sides in the Group stage
- Group stage The tournament will be split into eight groups of four clubs, with each team playing their opposing clubs home and away. The top two teams advance to the knockout stage.
- Knockout stage The last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all be one-off knockout ties. If the ties are level after 90 minutes, they go to extra-time and then penalties if the teams still can't be separated.