The EFL Cup or simply the League Cup is an annual knockout association football competition in the men’s domestic English football. This is organised by the English Football League and is open to any club within the top four levels of the English football league system – 92 clubs in total – comprising the top level of the Premier League and the three divisions of the English Football League’s own competition (Championship, League One and League Two).
The tournament is played over seven rounds with single leg ties throughout, except the semi-finals. The final is held at Wembley Stadium. It is the only tie in the competition played at a neutral venue or on a weekend (Sunday). Entrants are seeded in the early rounds and a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds and to defer the entry of teams still involved in Europe. Winners receive the EFL Cup and also qualify for the European Football with a place in the UEFA Europa League – although this place is transferred to the highest placed Premier League team not already qualified for Europe, should the winner also qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season.
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