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EFL: More on the new season rule changes

Cup competition changes in place

8 August 2018

In the final part of our update on new season rule changes, a range of topics are covered.

Hand-held devices 

The Code of Conduct now also permits the use of small hand-held electronic devices in the Technical Area. However, use of the devices will have been breached if managers or coaches are thought to have: 

+ Received external communication which is used to discuss incidents with the match officials. 

+ Used communication devices for anything other than player welfare and/or tactical/coaching purposes. 

+ Used any technology other than small hand-held communication devices. 

Transfer Window

Following a decision of Clubs in February 2018, the Summer Transfer Window closes for permanent transfers on Thursday 9 August 2018 at 5pm. Clubs are still permitted to sign players on standard loan until 5pm on 31 August 2018. The January transfer window is unaffected. 

Club Developed Players 

A Club Developed Player is one who has been registered with an EFL Club for a minimum of 12 months prior to the end of his Under 19 Season. 

From the start of the 2018/19 season, each EFL Club must include at least one Club Developed Player on a team sheet for each Sky Bet EFL Match (including Play Offs). This is in addition to the requirement for at least seven Home Grown Players in those matches. 

Where any club does not name a Club Developed Player on the team sheet, that Club will only be permitted to name up to six (rather than seven) substitutes on that team sheet. 

The Club Developed and Home Grown Player requirements do not apply to Carabao Cup or Checkatrade Trophy Games. 

Carabao Cup Rules 

The following key changes have been made to Carabao Cup Rules: 

+ Removal of extra time in all rounds up to and including the semi-finals, with ties being decided on penalties. This includes the second leg of the semi-final, and the away goals rule will no longer apply. 

+ Clubs participating in the final will still be able to play a 4th substitute in extra time. 

+ Return to the traditional approach of ‘ABAB’ format for taking penalties. 

Checkatrade Trophy Rules 

The following key changes have been made to Checkatrade Trophy Rules: 

+ Invited Clubs are subject to a new restriction on player eligibility. In addition to the existing requirement that at least six of the starting eleven players named on the Team Sheet must be players who were aged under 21 as at the 30 June 2018, Invited Clubs must now also ensure that the Team Sheet does not include more than two players who are aged 21 or over and who have made 40 or more appearances (starting eleven or playing substitute) as at 30 June 2018. 

+ A player sent out on ‘Long Term Loans’ into the National League will be eligible to return and also play in the Checkatrade Trophy (in addition to non-first team matches). The existing

restrictions which prevent those Players out on loan participating in Sky Bet EFL, Carabao Cup and FA Cup matches still apply. 

+ Return to the traditional approach of ‘ABAB’ format for taking penalties.


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