Big changes for the Carabao Cup

The Carabao Cup will be scrapping extra time for the 2018-19 season, and all games at Premier League grounds will use VAR.

EFL Cup matches will now go straight to penalty kicks if the scores are level after 90 minutes to reduce following a vote by English Football League clubs.

An EFL statement read: “The rationale put forward by the EFL is that withdrawing the additional 30 minutes of play would directly address any additional fatigue issues that are occasionally caused when the midweek ties go beyond the traditional 90-minute period.

“A statistical analysis was presented that demonstrated how almost 85 per cent of matches ended in normal time over a three-year period, without the additional period being required and as a result clubs have supported the new approach.”

Extra time will now only be played in the final at Wembley, with the ABBA penalty format is also scrapped.

Seeding has also been removed for the first two rounds of the competition, but round one will remain regionalised into North and South sections.

Also, the EFL have also announced that its clubs are also no longer required to compulsorily produce a match programme.

At the request of a number of clubs, the EFL addressed the issue of mandatory publication of a match programme at its summer conference. Regulations were amended so the publication of a programme is no longer a requirement.

The EFL said: “Mandatory publication of a programme was required due to a number of the EFL’s partnership, sponsorship and opt-in agreements.

“EFL clubs approved an amendment which allows clubs to opt out of providing advertising in match programmes on the basis it is replaced with other inventory.

“This amendment will mean that the requirement to deliver programme advertising in the EFL regulations will only apply if a match programme is produced.

“The amended regulation provides each club with the option to determine whether or not they publish a match programme.”

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