Carabao Cup
FIFA Region


The 2021-2022 EFL Cup (ENGCUP2) or Carabao Cup is the 2nd most prestigious football club tournament in England. All 92 teams from ENG1, ENG2, ENG3 and ENG4 will participate. The Final will be held on 21 February 2022 at Wembley Stadium. The ENGCUP2 winner wins a berth in the Playoff Round of the 2022-2023 UEFA Europa Conference Cup. Manchester City (ENG1) has won the last three ENGCUP2s.

All rounds/matches before the Semifinals are "Knockout" matches. If a match is tied after regulation time, the matches go straight to a penalty shoot-out. For the Semifinals, the teams play Home/Away highest aggregate goals advances matches. If the aggregate score is tied after the 2nd leg, the teams go straight to a penalty shoot-out. For the Final, if the match is still tied after regulation time, two 15-minute extra time periods are played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is held.

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Leagues Pyramid - England

Abbrev League # Teams
ENG1 Barclay's Premier League 20
ENG2 Championship 24
ENG3 League One 24
ENG4 League Two 24
ENG5 Conference 24

Competition Structure

Stage# TeamsNew Teams Entering This RoundTeams From Previous RoundFormat
1st Round7022 ENG2 teams, 24 ENG3 teams, 24 ENG4 teamsNone35 Knockout matches
2nd Round5013 ENG1 teams "not" competing in the UEFACL and the UEFAEL, 2 ENG2 teams35 winners from 1st Round25 Knockout matches
3rd Round327 ENG1 teams competing in UEFACL and UEFAEL25 winners from 2nd Round16 Knockout matches
4th Round16None16 winners from 3rd Round8 Knockout matches
5th Round8None8 winners from 4th Round4 Knockout matches
Semifinals4None4 winners from 5th Round2 sets of Home/Away matches, highest aggregate goals advances
Final2None2 winners from Semifinals1 Knockout match played at a neutral site

3rd Round

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Mon - 20 Sep 2021
 Chelsea (ENG1)    Aston Villa (ENG1)Stamford Bridge
Tue - 21 Sep 2021
 Queens Park Rangers (ENG2)   Everton (ENG1)Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
 Preston North End (ENG2)   Cheltenham Town FC (ENG3)Deepdale
 Fulham (ENG2)   Leeds United (ENG1)Craven Cottage
 Brentford FC (ENG1)   Oldham Athletic AFC (ENG4)Brentford Community Stadium
 Watford (ENG1)   Stoke City (ENG2)Vicarage Road
 Wigan Athletic (ENG3)   Sunderland (ENG3)DW Stadium
 Norwich City (ENG1)   Liverpool (ENG1)Carrow Road
 Burnley FC (ENG1)   Rochdale AFC (ENG4)Turf Moor
 Sheffield United (ENG2)   Southampton (ENG1)Bramall Lane
 Manchester City (ENG1)   Wycombe Wanderers (ENG3)Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Wed - 22 Sep 2021
 Brighton & Hove (ENG1)   Swansea City (ENG2)The Amex
 Manchester United (ENG1)   West Ham United (ENG1)Old Trafford
 Arsenal (ENG1)   AFC Wimbledon (ENG3)Emirates Stadium
 Millwall (ENG2)   Leicester City (ENG1)The Den
 Wolverhampton (ENG1)   Tottenham (ENG1)Molineux Stadium

2nd Round

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Tue - 24 Aug 2021
 Oldham Athletic AFC (ENG4) 54 Accrington Stanley FC (ENG3)Boundary Park
 Norwich City (ENG1) 60 AFC Bournemouth (ENG2)Carrow Road
 Swansea City (ENG2) 41 Plymouth Argyle (ENG3) Stadium
 Wigan Athletic (ENG3) 54 Bolton (ENG3)DW Stadium
 Huddersfield Town (ENG2) 12 Everton (ENG1)John Smith's Stadium
 Sheffield United (ENG2) 21 Derby County FC (ENG2)Bramall Lane
 Stoke City (ENG2) 20 Doncaster Rovers (ENG3)bet365 Stadium
 Shrewsbury Town FC (ENG3) 02 Rochdale AFC (ENG4)Montgomery Waters Meadow
 Morecambe (ENG3) 24 Preston North End (ENG2)Mazuma Stadium
 Blackpool (ENG2) 23 Sunderland (ENG3)Bloomfield Road
 Leeds United (ENG1) 30 Crewe Alexandra (ENG3)Elland Road
 Barrow AFC (ENG4) 06 Aston Villa (ENG1)The Dunes Hotel Stadium
 Brentford FC (ENG1) 31 Forest Green Rovers (ENG4)Brentford Community Stadium
 Millwall (ENG2) 31 Cambridge United FC (ENG3)The Den
 Cardiff (ENG2) 02 Brighton & Hove (ENG1)Cardiff City Stadium
 Birmingham City (ENG2) 02 Fulham (ENG2)St Andrew's
 Gillingham FC (ENG3) 45 Cheltenham Town FC (ENG3)Priestfield Stadium
 Queens Park Rangers (ENG2) 20 Oxford United (ENG3)Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
 Stevenage FC (ENG4) 35 Wycombe Wanderers (ENG3)The Lamex Stadium
 Northampton Town FC (ENG4) 01 AFC Wimbledon (ENG3)Sixfields Stadium
 Watford (ENG1) 10 Crystal Palace (ENG1)Vicarage Road
 Nottingham Forest (ENG2) 04 Wolverhampton (ENG1)The City Ground
Wed - 25 Aug 2021
 Newcastle United (ENG1) 34 Burnley FC (ENG1)St James' Park (Newcastle)
 Newport County AFC (ENG4) 08 Southampton (ENG1)Rodney Parade
 West Bromwich Albion (ENG2) 06 Arsenal (ENG1)The Hawthorns

1st Round

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Sat - 31 Jul 2021
 AFC Bournemouth (ENG2) 50 Milton Keynes Dons (ENG3)Vitality Stadium
Sun - 1 Aug 2021
 Sheffield Wednesday (ENG3) 24 Huddersfield Town (ENG2)Hillsborough Stadium
Tue - 10 Aug 2021
 Cardiff (ENG2) 32 Sutton United FC (ENG4)Cardiff City Stadium
 Hartlepool United FC (ENG4) 01 Crewe Alexandra (ENG3)Victoria Park (Hartlepool)
 Crawley Town FC (ENG4) 910 Gillingham FC (ENG3)The People's Pension Stadium
 Rotherham United (ENG3) 12 Accrington Stanley FC (ENG3)AESSEAL New York Stadium
 Shrewsbury Town FC (ENG3) 42 Lincoln City FC (ENG3)Montgomery Waters Meadow
 Exeter City FC (ENG4) 34 Wycombe Wanderers (ENG3)St James' Park (Exeter)
 Peterborough United (ENG2) 04 Plymouth Argyle (ENG3)Weston Homes Stadium
 Bristol Rovers (ENG4) 02 Cheltenham Town FC (ENG3)Memorial Stadium (Bristol)
 Mansfield Town (ENG4) 03 Preston North End (ENG2)One Call Stadium
 Sheffield United (ENG2) 10 Carlisle United (ENG4)Bramall Lane
 Harrogate Town FC (ENG4) PSPD Rochdale AFC (ENG4)EnviroVent Stadium
 Port Vale FC (ENG4) 12 Sunderland (ENG3)Vale Park
 Charlton Athletic (ENG3) 01 AFC Wimbledon (ENG3)The Valley
 Birmingham City (ENG2) 10 Colchester United FC (ENG4)St Andrew's
 Derby County FC (ENG2) 53 Salford City FC (ENG4)Pride Park Stadium
 Ipswich Town (ENG3) 01 Newport County AFC (ENG4)Portman Road
 Cambridge United FC (ENG3) 31 Swindon Town (ENG4)Abbey Stadium
 Blackburn (ENG2) 12 Morecambe (ENG3)Ewood Park
 Hull City (ENG2) 78 Wigan Athletic (ENG3)The MKM Stadium
 Millwall (ENG2) 21 Portsmouth (ENG3)The Den
 Oldham Athletic AFC (ENG4) 43 Tranmere Rovers (ENG4)Boundary Park
 Walsall FC (ENG4) 34 Doncaster Rovers (ENG3)Bank's Stadium
 Stoke City (ENG2) 21 Fleetwood Town FC (ENG3)bet365 Stadium
 Stevenage FC (ENG4) 30 Luton Town FC (ENG2)The Lamex Stadium
 Barrow AFC (ENG4) 10 Scunthorpe United FC (ENG4)Holker Street
 Bolton (ENG3) 54 Barnsley FC (ENG2)University of Bolton Stadium
 Reading (ENG2) 03 Swansea City (ENG2)Select Car Leasing Stadium
Wed - 11 Aug 2021
 Blackpool (ENG2) 30 Middlesbrough FC (ENG2)Bloomfield Road
 Nottingham Forest (ENG2) 21 Bradford City (ENG4)The City Ground
 Burton Albion FC (ENG3) 24 Oxford United (ENG3)Pirelli Stadium
 Coventry City (ENG2) 12 Northampton Town FC (ENG4)The Coventry Building Society Arena
 Leyton Orient (ENG4) 35 Queens Park Rangers (ENG2)The Breyer Group Stadium