ALL THE KEY INFO FOR THE COM­ING SEA­SON:

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KEY DATES

In­vited clubs an­nounced in June;

Group stage fix­ture draw in July;

First group stage matches to take place w/c Au­gust 28.

GROUP STAGES

16 groups of four teams; Each group to con­tain one in­vited team;

Groups formed to min­imise over­all travel for EFL clubs and fans;

In­vited un­der-21 teams to play all group games away;

Clubs will be awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw;

In the event of a drawn game af­ter 90 min­utes, a penalty shoot-out will be held with the vic­to­ri­ous team gain­ing an ex­tra point.

Two clubs qual­ify from each group.

KNOCK-OUT ROUNDS

Round two will re­main re­gion­alised with group win­ners at home against a sec­ond placed team from a dif­fer­ent qual­i­fy­ing group;

Round three will re­main re­gion­alised;

Quar­ter-Fi­nals will be drawn with­out ge­o­graph­i­cal re­stric­tion (no re­gion­al­i­sa­tion);

If scores are level af­ter 90 min­utes, all knock-out rounds will be de­cided by penal­ties ex­cept for the fi­nal, which will have ex­tra­time and then penal­ties. Com­pe­ti­tion Fund

2017/18

Each EFL Club to re­ceive a par­tic­i­pa­tion fee of £20,000 in ad­di­tion to the fol­low­ing com­pe­ti­tion fund:

Group Stage £10k for a win and £5k for a draw;

Round Two = £20k for a win;

Round Three = £40k for a win;

Quar­ter-Fi­nal = £50k for a win; Run­ner-up = £50k; Win­ner = £100k.

COM­PE­TI­TION STATS 16/17

1,529 play­ers ap­peared in the com­pe­ti­tion;

381 were English and un­der the age of 21 (24.9%):

212 were English be­tween the age of 21-23 (13.9%);

138 play­ers from in­vited teams were English and un­der the age of 21 (9%).

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