Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group Draw – Stevenage drawn to play Championship side Swansea City

PUBLISHED: 15:08 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:08 18 July 2018

Championship side Swansea City have been drawn against Stevenage in the Checkatrade Trophy southern group section.

The Swans, led by the highly-rated young English coach Graham Potter – who masterminded FK Ostersunds to victory over Arsenal at the Emirates in last season’s Europa League – will travel to the Lamex this autumn.

Dino Maamria’s side had already been drawn against League One sides AFC Wimbledon and Charlton. A number of Premier League clubs entered the draw on Wednesday, with the Swans – who were relegated from the top tier in May – also being included.

The opening round of group games are scheduled for the week commencing Monday, September 3, with the second set of fixtures set for Monday, October 8.

The final group stage match will take place in the week commencing Monday. November 12.

See CometSport and the official Stevenage FC website for more details.

The format is designed to give the country’s leading young footballers the opportunity to gain experience of first-team football, while also providing EFL Clubs with an opportunity to attract new audiences and additional revenue in a competition that has long provided League One and League Two Clubs with a chance of silverware.

A number of minor rule changes have been confirmed for 2018-19 with EFL clubs now being given the opportunity to name players who are out on loan at National League Clubs, while invited teams will only be able to name two players over the age of 21 and with more than 40 first team appearances.

The group stage consists of sixteen groups of four teams with each group to contain one invited team.

Groups are formed to minimise overall travel for EFL clubs and fans with invited U21 teams to play all group games away.

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 shoot-out will be held with the victorious team gaining an extra point.

Top two clubs qualify from each group, while round two and round three remains regionalised with group winners at home against a second-placed team from a different qualifying group.

The quarter-finals will be drawn without geographical restrictions and 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

For invited teams such as Arsenal they must have six players from 11 in the starting line-up at U21 level as at June 30 in the preceding season.

The Gunners may only include two players on the teamsheet aged over 21, who have made 40 or more senior appearances – measured as at June 30 in the preceding season.

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

Player eligibility for EFL clubs will see four qualifying outfield players from 10, with a club allowed to field any eligible goalkeeper in the competition.

A qualifying outfield player will be classed as anyone who started the previous match, any player who is in the top 10 players at the club in terms of making the most starting appearances in league and domestic cup competitions that season.

It can also be a player with 40 or more first-team appearances in their career or a player on loan from a Premier League Club or any EFL side,

No player can appear for two different teams in the competition

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