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Participation:

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44 teams participate in the competition:

- all 12 Premiership teams;

- all 10 Championship teams;

- all 10 League One teams;

- all 10 League Two teams

- 2 Football League:

- the winner of the Highland League,

- the winner of the Lowland League.



The 4 Premiership teams, playing in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League enter the competition directly at the Knockout stage.





Group stage:

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Format:

40 teams are drawn into 8 groups of 5 teams each.

Teams are seeded into 3 pots, based ont heir league position in the previous season:

Pot 1: the 8 highest placed teams;

Pot 2: the next 8 highest placed teams;

Pot 3: the remaining 24 teams.

Each group consists of 1 team each from Pot 1 and Pot 2 and 3 teams from Pot 3.

Each team plays the others from its own group once - for a total of 4 games each, over 5 game weeks.

In case of a draw in regular time, penalty kicks are taken to determine a winner.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win in regular time, 2 points for a win following penalty kicks, 1 point for a loss following penalty kicks, 0 points for a loss in regular time.



Table order:

1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches.



Qualification for the Knockout stage:

1 place in each group: qualify for the Knockout stage

best four 2nd placed teams: qualify for the Knockout stage





Knockout stage:

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2nd Round:

12 teams from the Group stage and the 4 teams that enter the competition at this stage are drawn into 8 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Quarter-finals:

8 teams are drawn into 4 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Semi-finals:

4 teams are drawn into 2 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The matches are played at neutral venues.



Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming League Cup winner.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The match is played at a neutral venue.