The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS - By John Lyons

ALL the op­tions will be on the ta­ble when League One and Two clubs vote on the fu­ture of the Check­a­trade Tro­phy in May.

The club’s met last Tues­day to dis­cuss the com­pe­ti­tion, which was re­vamped for the cur­rent sea­son with 16 in­vited academy teams on a one-sea­son trial.

Low at­ten­dances blighted the tour­na­ment, won by Coven­try City two weeks ago, as fans turned their back on it, while some clubs were un­happy about the re­stric­tions on who could fea­ture for them.

Now there is a pos­si­bil­ity the Check­a­trade Tro­phy could con­tinue next term with a re­vised for­mat in­clud­ing 16 in­vited teams, re­turn to be­ing just for League One and Two teams or be scrapped al­to­gether.

EFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey said: “I’m de­lighted we were able to have such a full and frank ex­change of views that will now as­sist the ex­ec­u­tive in re­fin­ing a fi­nal pro­posal that our clubs will vote on.”

At the meet­ing Har­vey pre­sented a num­ber of op­tions and pos­si­bil­i­ties for the clubs to con­sider.

These in­cluded a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in prize money, re­gion­al­i­sa­tion un­til the quar­ter-fi­nal stage to min­imise travel for clubs and fans, and flex­i­bil­ity of fix­ture dates to al­low teams to sched­ule games out­side of in­ter­na­tional weeks.

In ad­di­tion, there were sug­gested al­ter­ations to the con­tentious full­strength team pol­icy by im­prov­ing the eli­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for EFL teams.

Goal­keep­ers will not count to­wards the full­strength quota and only four qual­i­fy­ing out­field play­ers will need to be named on team sheets.

A qual­i­fy­ing out­field player would be con­sid­ered as any player who meets the same full strength cri­te­ria as 2016/17, is on loan from a Premier League or Cat­e­gory One club or has made 40 first team ap­pear­ances (if this cri­te­ria had been ap­plied in 2016/17 only two fines would have been levied).

THE dates for the 2016/17 Sky Bet play­off semi-fi­nals have been an­nounced.

The Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal first legs will take place on Satur­day, May 13 (5.30pm) and Sun­day, May 14 (noon) with the re­turn fix­tures tak­ing place on Tues­day, May 16 and Wednes­day, May 17 (both 7.45pm).

The fi­nal will be held at Wem­b­ley on Mon­day, May 29 (3pm) to de­ter­mine which team se­cures a place in the Premier League.

The League One semi-fi­nal first legs both take place on Thurs­day, May 4 (7.45pm) with the re­turns on Sun­day, May 7 (6.30pm). The fi­nal is at Wem­b­ley on Satur­day, May 20 (3pm).

The League Two semi-fi­nal first legs are sched­uled for Sun­day, May 14 (6.30pm) with the sec­ond legs on Thurs­day, May 18 (7.45pm). The Wem­b­ley fi­nal is on Sun­day, May 28 (3pm).

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