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Premier League U21 sides to enter EFL Trophy

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EFL Clubs have agreed, at their 2016 summer conference, to pilot a new format for the EFL Trophy.

The one season trial for season 2016/17 will include 64 teams made up of EFL League One and Two clubs, plus an additional 16 category 1 Premier League academy/under-21 sides.

Central to the competition will be the introduction of a new group stage format with 16 regional groups of four teams.

The top two teams will progress to the knockout stages of the competition with the final staged at Wembley Stadium in April 2017.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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