The competition, launched in the 1983-84 season as the Associate Member's Cup and formerly known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, has historically been open to the 48 clubs from Leagues One and Two but this season 16 Category 1 Premier League academy/under-21 teams have been permitted entry.
In an effort to have squads comprised mostly of development players, invited clubs must ensure that at least six of their starting XI are under the age of 21 as of 30th June this year.
The competition will initially feature 16 groups consisting of four clubs – one will be an invited club, plus at least one club from both League One and League Two – and Everton will play each team in the group once, with one of the home matches stipulated to be played at Goodison Park.
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1 Posted 07/07/2016 at 20:13:45
2 Posted 07/07/2016 at 20:36:28
3 Posted 07/07/2016 at 20:55:27
It should be good in giving the Academy players some properly competitive games but I'm surprised they are requiring only six Under-21 players. I guess that makes sense if the Premier League clubs use fringe and reserves players who are over 21, rather than established first-team players.
And they've renamed the old [Milk / Coca Cola / Rumbelows / Worthington / Carling / Capital One] League Cup, which is now re-branded as the EFL Cup. My head is starting to spin...
4 Posted 07/07/2016 at 21:16:50
5 Posted 07/07/2016 at 22:23:38
6 Posted 08/07/2016 at 16:22:43
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