The EFL Trophy, sponsored once again this season by Papa John’s, is in the sixth year of involvement with invited academy teams alongside the 48 clubs from League One and League Two. Teams face each other once in the regionalised group stage, with under-21 teams playing all three games away from home, before the top two advance to the knockout round.
Player eligibility rules state that academy teams must field a minimum of six under-21 players in their starting 11, while EFL clubs are required to field a certain number of first team players. Any group game that ends in a draw is settled with a penalty shootout, with the winners claiming an extra point.
The competition begins in the week commencing 30 August. Exact dates and information will be announced in due course.