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Draw dates set for Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy with Invited B Teams announced

First Round and Group Stage draw dates have been set for the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy with Invited B Teams announced for the latter.

The first round of the Carabao Cup draw will be live on Sky Sports on Thursday, 22nd June as part of the EFL fixture release day.

The fixture list will be announced at 9am. The cup draw will then complete the early season schedule.

Sky Sports will broadcast the Carabao Cup First-Round Draw live at 2.30pm, Thursday 22nd of June.

Round One will see 36 matches drawn, including those of newly promoted to the EFL Notts County and Wrexham and recently relegated from the Premier League in Leeds, Leicester and Southampton.

Round Two will see the 12 Premier League teams that are not in Europe competing join, while round three will start with the eight Premier League teams.

Round-One draws will be held on August 7th, and teams will be divided into Southern and Northern sections.


As part of the EFL’s fixture release day on Thursday 22 June, the Round One draw for the Carabao Cup and Group Stage draw for the EFL Trophy will take place live on Sky Sports.

A day to mark in the diary of supporters up and down the country, the fixture lists across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two will be revealed at 9am, with the cup draws completing the early-season schedule later in the day.

Carabao Cup

The Carabao Cup Round One draw will take place live on Sky Sports at 2:30pm on Thursday 22 June.

A total of 36 fixtures will be drawn for Round One, with all 72 EFL Clubs, including newly promoted Notts County and Wrexham in the draw.

The 12 Premier League Clubs not competing in Europe will join in Round Two, with the other eight Premier League Clubs starting in Round Three.

The Round One draw will see teams drawn in Northern and Southern sections, with matches scheduled to take place week commencing 7 August.

EFL Trophy

The EFL Trophy Group Stage draw will take place live on Sky Sports at 11:30am on Thursday 22 June.

The 16 Invited U21 teams will be placed into their respective Northern and Southern section Groups, with the 48 EFL Clubs placed into pre-determined Groups prior to the draw. Consideration has been given to ensure travel time is minimised and recovery time is maximised for players.

All EFL Clubs will play two of their three matches at home in the Group Stages, with U21 teams away from home in all three fixtures.

The confirmed Invited U21 teams are as follows:

Aston Villa
Brighton & Hove Albion
Crystal Palace
Leicester City
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Nottingham Forest
Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United

The respective draws will be confirmed on EFL Twitter (@Carabao_Cup / @TheEFLTrophy) and EFL.com.

Twitter users reacted with draw dates set for Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy while Invited B Teams were also announced…

@jwar123: #bteamboycott

@BFCDrinkers: The day fans start buying train tickets up to Sep. I wonder how much next season is blighted by strikes and how much better the EFL will be in forward planning television games. Awful for fans who pay the price for games moving within 12 weeks of kick off without EFL recompense.

@Jakfirst: How good to not be involved in the EFL Trophy anymore! Another perk of being in the Championship! #pafc

@Fids16sw: watch forest u21 be in the same group as derby

@stattoshep: Forest Vs Derby 🤣

@scottchambers99: Arter might finally get a game

@DrMellie: This is quite amusing. The demise of #dcfcfans and the rise of #nffc could see the two meet in next season’s EFL trophy; only it would be the Forest u21s v Derby’s 1st team. Cat 1 academy at Forest, you see.

@Adam_Webster96: The fact our youth team might play Derby in this is quite funny

@Hibbitt_NFFC: Derby away 🙌🏻🙌🏻

@bennyboy_harbey: Forget Monty Python or Ricky Gervais – if the U21s somehow drew Derby & won, it would be the single funniest thing that has ever happened in the history of football

@jpiggers1805: stags, derby, lincoln 🤞🏽

@ForestAdam3: Derby away with the under 21’s, absolutely pricelesss

@nffcjayke: 3 points off derby then

@MrDore_: Imagine #dcfc away 😜 #nffc

@AurierForPM: Derby might get to play our U21s awh how cute

@crag06: Announce our youths beating derby

@jtweets92: U21s beating Derby would be incredible. Are we allowed to play a couple of first team players?

@Sam_Rowan: Drawing Derby would be a right laugh. #nffc

@jpiggers1805: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put us in a group with derby

@1805cam: Never seen anything more obvious than their U21s doing our senior team next year

@gergmitch: Imagine the teams we could visit here 😁 😅

@bobcainffc1971: Great to see @FulhamFC under 21s amongst the invited clubs. #ffc

@jbennett1997: What is the point of a draw for the U21 teams in the EFL trophy? Like who actually cares what groups they are in

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