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The Gaffer, England boss Gareth Southgate and others give their views on the Trophy

4 September 2018

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Ahead of the visit of his former club Brighton & Hove Albion in the Checkatrade Trophy tonight, Hatters boss Nathan Jones gave his views to the EFL on the positives the competition has for the development of young players in the country.

You can click on the image above to view the video for free...and below is all the information you need on this season's competition!



  • Amended regulations for 2018/19 allow EFL Clubs to name players out on loan at National League Clubs or below, so they can gain experience both out on loan and at their parent Club – progression is not halted due to a loan spell.
  • Invited Clubs may only include two players on the teamsheet over 21 who have made 40 or more senior appearances to maintain the emphasis on youth development.



For Invited Teams:

To meet the criteria for season 2018/19 Invited Teams must comply with the following:-

  • 6 from 11 in the starting line-up at U21 level as at 30th June in the preceding each season.
  • Teams may only include 2 players over 21 who have made 40 or more senior appearances.

A senior appearance will be defined as having played in a professional first team fixture. A non playing substitute does not count.


For EFL Clubs:

  • 4 qualifying outfield Players from 10.
  • A Club can play any eligible goalkeeper in the Competition

A qualifying outfield Player will be one who meets any of the following requirements:-

  • Any Player who started the previous or following first team fixture.
  • Any Player who is in the top 10 Players at the Club who have made the most starting appearances in League and Domestic Cup Competitions that season.
  • Any Player with 40 or more First Team appearances in their career.
  • Any Player on loan from a Premier League or Category One Academy Club.

 NB. No Player can appear for 2 different teams in the Competition.



  • Over £2.5million was awarded to League One and League Two Clubs last season, from a total prize pot of nearly £3million.
  • Lincoln City secured over £500k in reaching the final through gate receipts and prize money and have already started to use the money to develop their own performance centre for current and future players.

Each EFL Club receives a participation fee of £20,000 in addition to the following competition fund:

  • Group Stage £10k for a win and £5k for a draw;
  • Round Two = £20k for a win;
  • Round Three = £40k for a win;
  • Quarter Final = £50k for a win;
  • Runner-up = £50k;
  • Winner = £100k.



  • Attendances in the Group Stages were up 14% last season compared to 2016/17.



In 2017/18, 1503 players appeared in the competition;

  • 750 players were under 21
  • 388 were English and under the age of 21
  • 227 were English between the age of 21-23
  • 118 players from invited teams were English and under the age of 21
  • 30% players in the starting 11s of this season’s competition were aged 21 or under and were English.
    • This compares to 27% in 2017/18, 23% in 2015/16 and 18% in 2014/15



  • Round One, Matchday 1 – week commencing Monday 3 September 2018
  • Round One, Matchday 2 – week commencing Monday 8 October 2018
  • Round One, Matchday 3 – week commencing Monday 12 November 2018
  • Round Two – week commencing Monday 3 December 2018
  • Round Three – week commencing Monday 7 January 2019
  • Quarter-Finals – week commencing Monday 21 January 2019
  • Checkatrade Trophy Semi-Finals – week commencing Monday 25 February 2019
  • Checkatrade Trophy Final – Sunday 31 March 2019



Group stages

  • 16 groups of four teams;
  • Each group to contain one invited team;
  • Clubs will be awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw;
  • In the event of a drawn game after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout will be held with the victorious team gaining an extra point.
  • Top two Clubs qualify from each Group.

Knock-out rounds

  • Round Two (last 32) will remain regionalised with Group winners at home against a second placed team from a different qualifying Group;
  • Round Three (last 16) will remain regionalised;
  • Quarter-Finals will be drawn without geographical restriction (no regionalisation);
  • If scores are level after 90 minutes, all knock-out rounds will be decided by penalties except for the Final, which will have extra-time and then penalties.
  • A fourth sub in extra-time for the Final ONLY

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