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EFL Statement: Carabao Cup & Papa John's Trophy Draws

Pompey to learn opponents on fixture release day

15 June 2022

EFL

As part of the EFL’s fixture release day on Thursday, June 23 June, the round one draws for the Carabao Cup and Papa John's Trophy group stage will take place live on Sky Sports News.

In an eagerly awaited day for supporters up and down the country, the draws will follow the release of fixture lists across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, which will also be revealed on Sky Sports at 9am on the same day – with the 2022/23 Sky Bet EFL season beginning the weekend commencing Friday, July 29.

Papa Johns Trophy
The Papa John's Trophy group stage draw will take place live on Sky Sports News at 11.30am on Thursday, June 23 and will include last season’s runners-up Sutton, who agonisingly lost out to Rotherham in extra-time of the 2022 final at Wembley back in April.

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 stage, with the opening ties to take place in the week commencing August 29.

Carabao Cup
The Carabao Cup round one draw will take place live on Sky Sports News at 2.30pm on Thursday, June 23.

A total of 35 ties will be drawn for round one, which will include Stockport and Grimsby, who are returning to the EFL after achieving promotion from the National League.

Burnley, Watford and the Premier League clubs that are not competing in Europe will join the competition in round two.

Holders Liverpool, who overcame Chelsea in last season’s final at Wembley, will join in round three, along with the other Premier League teams competing in Europe next season.

Carabao Cup round one fixtures will take place in the week commencing August 8.


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