Here is the schedule for the 2021-22 League Cup, also known as the EFL Cup or the Carabao Cup.
Updated 9-24-2021 with the Third Round Draw
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About the EFL Cup
The League Cup, also known as the EFL Cup or the Carabao Cup, is England’s second most important knockout competition after the FA Cup.
The League Cup is a knockout competition for all 92 clubs in the Premier League and Football League — the top four levels of the pyramid of English leagues.
EFL stands for English Football League, and the Cup is sponsored by Carabao, a Thai energy drink company. In the past, it’s been known as the Carling Cup, the Milk Cup and many other names.
The 2021-22 EFL Cup will be played for the 62nd time. After a year of COVID adjustments, the Cup is back to the normal schedule.
Manchester City are the four-time defending champions; they defeated Tottenham Hotspur, 1-0, in the 2021 final at Wembley.
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2021-22 Carabao Cup Schedule
First Round: August 10-11, 2021
All 48 clubs from EFL League One and League Two are joined by 22 clubs from the EFL Championship, for a total of 35 games. The two clubs who finished 18th and 19th in the Premier League last season, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham, sit this one out.
Second Round: August 24-25, 2021
The 35 winners from the First Round are joined by the last two clubs from the Championship and the 13 Premier League clubs not involved in European competition. That’s 50 clubs and 25 games.
Third Round: September 21-22, 2021
All 25 winners advance from the Second Round, to be joined by the seven Premier League clubs that are also playing in Europe: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, West Ham, and Tottenham.
Fourth Round (of 16): October 26-27, 2021
Here are the Fourth Round fixtures. This includes the 16 winners from the Third Round.
Quarterfinals: December 21-22, 2021
Eight winners advance from the Fourth Round. The quarterfinal draw will be held just after the completion of the Fourth Round in late October.
Semifinals: January 4-5 and 11-12, 2022
Winners from the quarterfinals play two legs, one at each ground.
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