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Saison


Participation:

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24 teams participate in the competition:

- all 10 Premier League teams;

- all 10 First Division teams;

- 4 invited teams.





Knockout stage:

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1st Round:

24 teams, 16 of them are drawn into 8 pairs, with the remaining 8 teams receiving a bye into the 2nd Round.

Teams are allocated into 4 pots of 6 teams on regional basis.

Teams can only be drawn against teams from their own pot.

Two pairs are drawn in each pot, with the remaining two teams in the pot receiving a bye into the 2nd Round.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



2nd Round:

16 teams are drawn into 8 pairs.

The regional pot allocation from the 1st Round is kept, with 4 teams remaining in each pot.

Teams can only be drawn against teams from their own pot.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Quarter-finals:

8 teams are drawn into 4 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Semi-finals:

4 teams are drawn into 2 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming League Cup winner.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The match is played at a neutral venue.