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Extra time removed in Carabao Cup rule changes

Several adjustments to League Cup from next season

8 June 2018

The EFL has confirmed a number of changes to the Carabao Cup as of the 2018-19 season, including the removal of extra time.

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In a statement, it was reasoned that removing the 30 additional minutes when matches are level would "directly address any additional fatigue issues that are occasionally caused when the midweek ties go beyond the traditional 90-minute period."

This means that any matches level at 90 minutes will be decided by a penalty shooutout immediately.

It was also confirmed that the 'ABBA' penalty shootout structure would also be removed from the competition, with the return of the traditional 'ABAB' structure announced - which will take place across all EFL competitions.

EFL clubs also voted to remove seedings from the first two rounds of the Carabao Cup, but Round One will still be separated into a North and South draw.

The final amendment is the introduction of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) official at any Carabao Cup tie to be played at a Premier League stadium.

These changes will be enforced from the start of the 2018-19 season, with the draw for Round One due to take place in the coming weeks. The Royals will hope to extend their run past last season's mark, when they reached the Third Round of the competition.


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