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VAR In, Extra-time Out Of Carabao Cup From Next Season

VAR In, Extra-time Out Of Carabao Cup From Next Season

As part of reforms to the competition, there will no longer be extra-time in the Carabao Cup as from next season, with matches level at 90 minutes going straight to a penalty shootout.

According to Sky Sports, The English Football League (EFL) who are organisers of the League Cup have also announced the penalty shootout format would revert to the traditional alternating kicks, rather than the ABBA format which was trialled in 2017-18.

Also, the EFL said the Video Assistance Referee (VAR) will also be used in all League Cup fixtures played at Premier League stadiums next term.

“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,” the EFL said.

“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.”

Seeding arrangements for rounds one and two of the competition will be removed, while round one will remain regionalized, with north and south sections.

Premier League champions Manchester City won last season’s Carabao Cup after defeating Arsenal 3-0 in the final.

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