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Participation:

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56 teams participate in the competition:

- all 10 Championship teams;

- all 10 League One teams;

- all 10 League Two teams;

- 4 Scottish Football League - Highland League teams;

- 4 Scottish Football League - Lowland League teams;

- the U20 teams of the 12 Premiership clubs;

- 2 teams from the Northern Ireland's Premiership;

- 2 teams from the Wales Premier League;

- 2 teams from the Republic of Ireland's Premier Division.



The 2 Championship teams with the best last season's standing enter the competition at the 2nd Round.

The 2 Northern Irish teams enter the competition directly at the 2nd Round.

The 2 Welsh teams enter the competition directly at the 2nd Round.

The 2 Republic of Ireland teams enter the competition directly at the 2nd Round.





Knockout stage:

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1st Round:

48 teams are drawn into 24 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.



2nd Round:

24 teams from the 1st Round and the 8 teams that enter the competition at this stage are drawn into 16 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.



3rd Round:

16 teams 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.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Final:

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