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Carabao Cup first round draw

Notts will find out their opponents on Friday 15 June

11 June 2018

The draw for the first round of the Carabao Cup will take place on Friday 15 June at 10:45am, with Notts being allocated ball number 23.

Steve McManaman, Louis Saha and Dennis Wise are preparing to head to Vietnam as the Carabao Cup goes back on the road, with the Round One draw set to take place from Vietnam's largest city, Ho Chi Minh City on Friday 15 June at 10.45am UK time.

The three former EFL Cup winners will join representatives from the EFL and competition partner Carabao Energy Drink to unveil the 35 Round One ties, with live text coverage available on the Carabao Cup twitter feed and EFL.com.

Seventy EFL Clubs will feature in the new-look draw, which will see teams drawn into Northern and Southern sections, but with no seeding for higher ranked sides as in previous seasons. Matches are scheduled to take place on the week commencing 13 August, with West Bromwich Albion included, while Championship newcomers Stoke City and Swansea City will join the competition in Round Two alongside the Premier League clubs that are not competing in Europe.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said:  "The Round One draw is always significant, mapping out the opening stages of a competition that continues to attract a large audience at home and abroad, with almost 1.5million people attending Carabao Cup matches last season and games shown across the world in over 150 regions.

"At the EFL's recent 2018 Summer Conference, Clubs voted to a number of rule changes in the Carabao Cup including the removal of extra-time which should help address team selection and additional fatigue issues that can sometimes be caused when mid-week ties go beyond 90 minutes. Seeding arrangements have also been removed from the first two rounds which should make for some interesting early round draws."

Carabao Energy Drink CEO Sathien Setthasit, said: "In the last 12 months, Carabao Energy Drink has truly established itself as a global soft drinks brand, and the success of our partnership to date with the EFL has played a big part in helping us develop our international footprint.

"The 2018/19 Carabao Cup promises to bring football fans around the world plenty of drama and excitement, which is why we're looking forward to kicking off this season's competition in style by staging the first round draw in Vietnam."

EFL Clubs have voted to remove extra-time from every round, apart from the Final, from the start of the 2018/19 season, with matches tied at 90 minutes going straight to a penalty shoot-out. The 2019 Final will feature extra time and penalties if required.

The format of penalties will revert to the traditional format, as opposed to the recently trialled ABBA formula, which will no longer feature in EFL competitions.

VAR will again be utilised in the competition and can be incorporated for all games that are played at Premier League stadiums, while this season's Final will take place on Sunday 24 February 2019 with the winners guaranteed a place in the Europa League in the following campaign.


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