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Checkatrade Trophy Regulations

Season 2017/2018

1 Definitions and Interpretation

1.1 Throughout these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires:

‘Away Club’ means the Club which should play or should have played a Match on the
ground of a Home Club.

‘Board’ means the Board of directors of the League.

‘Club’ means an EFL Club or an Invited Club, as the context requires.

‘Competition’ means the competition organised by the League pursuant to these
Rules.

‘Competition Pool’ means an account established to collate the proceeds of Matches
played in the Competition and which will be distributed in accordance with the
provisions of Rule 26.5 of these Rules.

‘EFL Clubs’ means those Member Clubs of the League that will, in the applicable
Season, participate in the League 1 and League 2 Divisions of the League.

‘Home Club’ means the Club on whose ground any Match should be or should have
been played or where ground sharing is in operation, the Club whose name appears
first.

‘Invited Club’ means any club operating a Category One Academy (pursuant to the
Youth Development Rules) which accepts the invitation to take part in the Competition
in accordance with the provisions of Rule 4.2.

‘Match’ means a Match in this Competition.

‘Participating Clubs’ means the EFL Clubs and the Invited Clubs.

‘Premier League’ means the Football Association Premier League Limited.

‘Premier League Rules’ means the Rules of the Premier League from time to time in
force.

‘Rules’ means these Rules of the Competition (as updated, amended or replaced from
time to time).

‘Regulations’ means the Regulations of the League from time to time in force.
‘the League’ means The Football League Limited.

‘Youth Development Rules’ means the rules relating to youth development adopted
by the Premier League and the League as in force from time to time.

2 Competition Title

2.1 The Competition shall be given such title as the Board shall from time to time determine.
As at the date of these Rules, the Competition’s sponsored title is the “Checkatrade
Trophy”.

3 Organisation of the Competition

3.1 The Competition shall be organised by the Board, and the Board shall control the
Competition in accordance with these Rules and the Regulations.

3.2 The Board shall have power at any time to alter, delete or add to these Rules in such
manner as it in its absolute discretion deems appropriate. Such alterations shall not be
deemed to be an alteration to the Regulations for the purposes of Regulation 2.

3.3 In the case of any inconsistency between these Rules and the Regulations, these Rules
shall prevail.

4 Participation in the Competition

4.1 All EFL Clubs (as defined in these Rules) shall take part in the Competition.

4.2 An additional sixteen clubs shall be invited to take part in the Competition on the
following basis:

4.2.1 the first clubs to receive an invitation will be up to sixteen Clubs that will be
participating in the Premier League in the current Season and which operate a
Category 1 Academy (in accordance with the Youth Development Rules). The
order of priority will be based on first team finishing position in the immediately
preceding Season (across both the Premier League and Championship
Division of the League).

4.2.2 if less than sixteen Premier League clubs qualify and/or accept the invitation
pursuant to Rule 4.2.1, the League shall then invite:

(i) firstly the three Clubs relegated from the Premier League in the
previous Season (provided they operate a Category One Academy);
and

(ii) then if required the next highest placed Club(s) operating a Category
1 Academy, until such time as there are no more than sixteen clubs (or Clubs) accepting
the invitation to participate, and any club (or Club) accepted into the Competition in accordance with this Rule is
an Invited Club.

4.3 All Participating Clubs in the Competition shall:

4.3.1 be bound by;

4.3.2 undertake to observe; and

4.3.3 comply with,
these Rules.

5 Competition Format

5.1 The format of the Competition shall be as follows:

5.1.1 Group Stage.

(i) The Participating Clubs will be divided into 16 groups of four with eight
northern groups and eight southern groups.

(ii) If the number of Participating Clubs is less than 64, the League shall
be entitled to adjust the number of Clubs in any particular group as
necessary.

(iii) Subject to Rule 5.1.1(ii) above, each group will be made up of one
Invited Club and three EFL Clubs.

(iv) Each Club will play against each other Club once.

(v) Subject to the requirements above, the League shall determine the
format of, and conduct any draw(s) required to finalise, the groups and
the allocation as Home Club and Away Club.

(vi) Invited Clubs will be the Away Club in each Match in the Group Stage
(unless otherwise determined by the League).

(vii) Group Matches will be of ninety minutes duration, with no extra time.

(viii) Three points are awarded for a win and none for a defeat.

(ix) If the scores are level at the end of the group Match then each Club is
awarded one point. In addition the Match will be followed immediately
by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with
procedures as approved by the International Football Association
Board (IFAB) and the Club that wins the penalty shootout will be
awarded an additional one point.

Guidance

The EFL is consulting with IFAB on whether the format for penalty
shootouts must follow the traditional ‘AB, AB, AB and so on’ format, or
whether to adopt the revised ‘AB, BA, AB, BA, AB and so on’ format.

(x) If two or more Clubs are equal on points on completion of the group
Matches the following criteria are applied in the order give to determine
their rankings:

(A) goal difference;

(B) higher number of goals scored in the group Matches;

(C) number of wins (after normal time i.e. not the result of any
drawn match followed by penalties);

(D) the record against each other in the group Match, taking into
account in order of precedence, points gained, goal difference,
higher number of goals scored;

(E) if the Clubs still have an equal ranking after the application of
(A) to (D), by the drawing of lots.

5.1.2 Round of 32.

(i) The eight winners and eight runners up of the north and south group
stages qualify for the round of 32. All other Clubs are eliminated from
the Competition.

(ii) The round of 32 pairings are determined by means of a draw whereby
the winner of a group will be drawn at home and will play a runner up
of a group from the same region (but not from the same group).

(iii) Subject to the requirement above, the League shall determine the
format of, and conduct, the draw to determine the round of 32.

(iv) Matches will be of ninety minutes duration, with no extra time. If the
scores are level then the winners shall be determined by the taking of
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kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as
approved by IFAB.

5.1.3 Round of 16.

(i) The 16 winners from the Round of 32 will contest the round of 16.

(ii) The round of 16 pairings are determined by means of an unseeded
draw but on a regionalised basis (North and South). The League shall
determine the placing of Clubs in each of the two regions prior to the
draw.

(iii) The Club drawn first is the Home Club.

(iv) Matches will be of ninety minutes duration, with no extra time. If the
scores are level then the winners shall be determined by the taking of
kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as
approved by IFAB.

5.1.4 Quarter Finals.

(i) The eight winners from the Round of 16 will contest the quarter-finals.

(ii) Quarter-final pairings are determined by means of an unseeded draw.
There will be no regionalisation of the draw.

(iii) The Club drawn first is the Home Club.

(iv) Matches will be of ninety minutes duration, with no extra time. If the
scores are level then the winners shall be determined by the taking of
kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as
approved by IFAB.

5.1.5 Semi Finals.

(i) The four winners from the quarter-finals will contest the semi-finals.

(ii) Semi-final pairings are determined by means of an unseeded draw.

(iii) The Club drawn first is the Home Club.

(iv) Matches will be played by way of only one leg and be of ninety minutes
duration with no extra time. If the scores are level at the end of the
Match then the winners shall be determined by the taking of kicks from
the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as approved by IFAB.

5.1.6 Final.

(i) The two winners from the semi-finals will contest the final.

(ii) The final shall be played on a date and at a time to be determined by
the League.

(iii) The Match will be of ninety minutes duration. If the scores are level at
the end of the Match then there will be a period of extra time of thirty
minutes duration. If the scores remain level after extra time then the
winners shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty
mark in accordance with procedures as approved by IFAB.

Guidance

See Rule 10.2 which provides for a fourth substitute in extra time.

6 Arrangement of Fixtures

6.1 Immediately after each draw is made, notice shall be given to each Club of the name
of its opponent, together with a note of the week in which the tie is to be played. The
League reserves the right to schedule Matches on alternative dates.

Guidance

Circumstances where the EFL would look to schedule matches on alternative dates
include but are not limited to the avoiding clashes with UEFA club competitions for
development squads and/or FIFA / UEFA international windows. Matches will be
rescheduled where an Invited Club requests a group match move from an international
date.

6.2 The actual date of the tie shall be determined by the League after consultation with
both Clubs involved.

6.3 Matches may not be postponed due to Players having been called up to play for their
national association’s representative matches.

6.4 All Matches (other than the final) shall unless otherwise agreed by the League (in its
absolute discretion) be played at the venue registered by the Home Club:

6.4.1 in the case of EFL Clubs, pursuant to Regulation 13.6; and

6.4.2 in the case of Invited Clubs, as the first teams’ Stadium (as that term is defined
in the Premier League rules).

Guidance

The EFL reserves the right to ‘reverse’ any fixture on application of the home club but
in its absolute discretion.

6.5 The final shall be played at a neutral venue determined by the League.

6.6 The time of kick-off shall be fixed by the Home Club in accordance with the Regulations,
except in the final Match, when the kick-off time will be fixed by the League.

6.7 The League shall adjudicate in the event of any ties interfering with other first team
matches.

6.8 Dislocation of Matches for any cause whatsoever shall be immediately reported to the
League by the Clubs concerned and it shall be the duty of the Home Club in each
instance immediately to notify the appointed Match officials of such dislocation.

6.9 All re-arrangements of Matches must be arranged for the earliest reasonable
opportunity and submitted to and approved by the League. Any Match not so arranged
shall have its date fixed by the League.

7 Players

7.1 In all rounds of the Competition a player shall be a “registered player” of his Club.

7.2 For the EFL Clubs, a registered player is one who would be registered and eligible to
participate in a match in the League Competition for that EFL Club commencing at the
same time and on the same date as the Match in accordance with the provisions of the
Regulations.

7.3 Each EFL Club shall play its Full Available Strength in and during all Matches. Full
Available Strength means the EFL Club must include at least four Qualifying Players in
the ten outfield Players named in the starting eleven on the Team Sheet.

7.4 Qualifying Player means any Player who:

7.4.1 had started the immediately preceding First Team Fixture (as defined below);

7.4.2 subsequently starts the immediately following First Team Fixture;

7.4.3 is in the list of ten Players at the Club with the highest number of starting
appearances in First Team Fixtures in the same Season;

7.4.4 has made forty or more starting appearances in First Team Fixtures or
international equivalents (and not limited to the same Club or Season); or

7.4.5 is on standard loan from a Premier League Club or any EFL Club operating a
Category 1 Academy.

7.5 First Team Fixture means the League Competition, Premier League, EFL Cup or FA
Challenge Cup (but shall, in the context of Rules 7.4.3 and 7.4.4 only, also include this
Competition).

7.6 Any EFL Club failing to meet the requirement to play Full Available Strength will be
required to pay a fine of up to £5,000.

7.7 For the Invited Clubs, a registered player is one who would be registered and eligible
to participate in a Premier League and/or, subject to Rule Error! Reference source
not found., Premier League 2 match commencing at the same time and on the same
date as the Match in accordance with the provisions of the relevant Premier League
rules.

7.8 Each Invited Club must ensure that in each Match at least six of the starting eleven
players named on the Team Sheet are players who were aged under 21 as at the 30th
June in the year in which the Season concerned commenced.

7.9 A Player sent out on a Temporary Loan Transfer (or Temporary Transfer where a
Premier League Club) but who remains eligible to participate in non-first team football
for his parent club (which would include Premier League 2 matches) will not be eligible
to participate in this Competition on the basis that it is a first team competition.

7.10 A maximum of 5 Players registered on a Temporary Loan Transfer (or Temporary
Transfer where a Premier League Club) can be named in the Players listed on a team
sheet for any individual match played in this Competition. This maximum shall reduce
to 4 Players where a Club names a Player on the team sheet who is registered on an
Emergency Goalkeeper Loan (or any equivalent Temporary Transfer where a Premier
League Club).

7.11 Players registered on a Temporary Loan Transfer (or Temporary Transfer where a
Premier League Club) will be eligible to play unless the loaning Club (or club) expressly
indicates it does not consent as part of the applicable loan agreement.

7.12 No Player may play for more than one Club in the Competition in any one Season.

Guidance

Matches in the Competition are first team fixtures and will count towards the application
of Article 5.3 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (the socalled
‘3+2’ Rule).

8 Team Sheet

8.1 A representative of each Club must hand copies of a list of names of Players taking
part in the game (including the name of the nominated substitute or substitutes) ('Team
Sheet') to the Referee and a representative of the opponents in the presence of the
Referee in the Referee’s dressing room at least 75 (seventy five) minutes before the
advertised time of kick-off. The Team Sheet shall indicate the full names of Players and
shall indicate the colour of the Goalkeeper’s shirt. Neither Club shall publish the teams
or otherwise provide details of the teams to any third party (other than The League’s
appointed broadcast partners) until 60 (sixty) minutes before the advertised time of
kick-off.

9 Pre Match Briefing with the Referee.

9.1 At least 60 (sixty) minutes before the advertised time of kick-off of a match the Captain
and either:

9.1.1 the person in charge of the team on the day (i.e. the Manager or Assistant
Manager); or

9.1.2 another senior representative of the coaching staff,
shall attend a briefing with the referee.

10 Substitutes

10.1 Subject to Rule 10.2 in all Matches, each team is permitted to name up to seven
substitutes of whom not more than three may take part in the Match.

10.2 Subject to the League having obtained the prior approval of IFAB to the application of
this Rule, each Club participating in the Final Match will be permitted to use an
additional substitute (in extra time only).

10.3 All substitutes must be nominated and included on the official Team Sheet handed to
the Referee prior to the Match. Substitutes not on the Team Sheet may not take part
in the Match.

10.4 Not more than three substitutes / Players of each Club shall warm up or warm down at
the same time on the perimeter of the pitch on which the Match is being played.

11 Replacement of Injured Players Prior to Kick-off

11.1 Should any nominated Player or substitute sustain an injury or become otherwise
incapacitated after the submission of the team sheet to the Referee and before the
kick-off, he may be replaced and the Referee shall be informed. Should there be any
other extenuating circumstances which require a nominated Player or substitute to be
replaced during the aforementioned period, the Referee shall allow such replacement
and report the full circumstances to the League. The League shall then initiate any
inquiries it may deem fit so as to satisfy itself as to the bona fide nature of the
replacement.

12 On Field Discipline

12.1 The Competition is a ‘First Team Competitive Match’ for the purposes of the Football
Association’s Regulations for Disciplinary Procedures. However, the automatic
sanctions in relation to cautions and dismissals are treated separately under The FA
Disciplinary procedures from other First Team matches.

13 Match balls

13.1 All Clubs shall utilise the match balls supplied by the League.

14 Kit Requirements

14.1 The players’ shirts and shorts must be clearly numbered in accordance with the
Regulations and Premier League Rules respectively.

14.2 Clubs participating in the Final will be required to wear sleeve badges as supplied by
the League.

14.3 The Captain shall wear a distinguishing armband provided by the League to indicate
his status.

14.4 During the Close Season, each Club shall notify the League, in writing, details of its
‘home’ and ‘away’ colours (shirts, shorts and stockings). The League shall inform all
other Clubs, Referees and Assistant Referees of such details. The Home colours so
registered by each Club shall be worn for all Home Matches during the next following
Season and no changes either in the colours or combination of colours shall be
permitted during the course of the Season.

14.5 When away from home a Club shall play in its registered colours and shall ensure that
the registered colours (shirts, shorts and stockings) to be used are clearly
distinguishable from those of their opponents.

14.6 Upon receipt of the match official appointments it is the responsibility of both Home and
Away Clubs to provide the Match Referee and their opponents with details of the
colours of shirts, shorts and stockings of both outfield players and goalkeeper to ensure
that any issues can be addressed before the match date.

14.7 The colour of the Goalkeeper’s shirt must, in all cases, be clearly distinguishable from
the colours of the shirts worn by the Match Officials and all other Players.

14.8 In all Matches, the players’ shirts may carry advertising subject to:

14.8.1 the regulations relating to the clothing of players laid down by the Football
Association; and

14.8.2 the design having the approval of the Football Association and being in
accordance with the Premier League Rules and the Regulations respectively;
and

14.8.3 for Matches covered by television, not being in contravention of any provision
in the contract between the League and the television company, such provision
to be notified to the Clubs by the League.

15 Commencement of Match

15.1 For all Matches Clubs shall be required to take the field of play together preceded by
the Match officials not less than 5 (five) minutes before the advertised time of kick-off.

16 Laws of the Game

16.1 All Matches shall be played in conformity with the Laws of Association Football as
authorised by the International Football Association Board.

17 Use of Technology

17.1 Where the venue at which any Match is to be played has:

17.1.1 a goal line technology system installed; and / or

17.1.2 such equipment as is necessary to enable the use of video assistant referees,
in compliance with the Laws of the Game, the League shall be entitled to determine
whether any such system is used, and its decision shall be final.

18 Match Officials

18.1 The appointment of Referees and Assistant Referees shall be made by the League
from the list of Referees compiled pursuant to Regulation 39.

18.2 The remuneration payable to Referees and Assistant Referees shall be determined by
Professional Game Match Officials Limited.

19 Notification of Results etc

19.1 Clubs must send:

19.1.1 the results of Matches with the names of the Players competing therein to the
League within 24 hours of the conclusion of the Match;

19.1.2 in respect of the Final and only if applicable, a fourth substitution monitoring
form (in such format as required by the League); and

19.1.3 the marking of the Referee's performance and (in the case of the Visiting Club,
the pitch marks) within six days of each Match.

20 Non Fulfilment of Fixtures

20.1 Any Match which, for any cause whatsoever, falls short of 90 (ninety) minutes duration
may be ordered to count as a completed fixture, or be replayed in full or in part as the
League may, in its absolute discretion, determine.

20.2 Any Club without just cause failing to fulfil an engagement to play a fixture in the
Competition on the approved day or date shall forfeit the tie and be expelled from the
Competition. They shall also be liable to pay a compensatory payment to their
opponents in the sum of £5,000. Such sum shall be paid to the League forthwith upon
demand, for onward payment by the League to the defaulting Club's opponents. Such
failure without just cause to fulfil an engagement to play a fixture shall be deemed
misconduct and render the Club liable to such further disciplinary proceedings as are
permitted pursuant to the Regulations.

21 Tickets

21.1 In all Matches the Visiting Club shall have the right to claim up to 10 per cent of all
tickets reserved or otherwise sold in advance, subject to the consent of the League and
on the following conditions:

21.1.1 subject to the provisions of Rule 21.8, the Home Club shall determine the ticket
prices for each Match;

21.1.2 the request for tickets shall be made within three days of the draw;

21.1.3 the provisions of Regulations 34.2.8 to 34.2.11 (inclusive) shall apply;

21.1.4 discounts or special promotions made available to supporters of the Home
Club (other than discounts for Season Ticket holders as described in Rule
21.9) must also be made available on a similar basis to Visiting supporters;
and

21.1.5 unless otherwise mutually agreed in writing all tickets shall be on a sale or
return basis.

21.2 Further, a minimum of 10% of the total disabled spectator accommodation must be
made available to disabled supporters of the Visiting Club.

21.3 All disputes shall immediately be referred to the League for settlement and whose
decision will be final.

21.4 Payment for tickets sold shall be made in accordance with Regulation 34.2.13.

21.5 A maximum number of 100 complimentary tickets, excluding those covered under
Rules 21.6 and 21.7, tickets for visiting scouts, press box tickets and any tickets
required to be made available under any commercial agreement entered into by the
League, will be allowed per Match.

21.6 A Visiting Club shall be entitled to a minimum of 25 Complimentary Stand Tickets.

21.7 A Visiting Club shall also be entitled to one third of the seats usually reserved and
known as the ‘Home and Visiting Directors' Seats’ up to a maximum of 24 seats.

21.8 The League may determine the minimum and maximum ticket prices for all Matches
prior to the Final tie and where it does so this will be notified to Clubs prior to the start
of the Competition.

21.9 Where the Home Club issues season tickets which allow holders of such tickets:

21.9.1 free admission to a match in the Competition then each season ticket holder
that attends is treated as having bought a ticket at the same price as that
allocated to that seat for that match; or

21.9.2 discounted admission to a match in the Competition then in calculating the
amount to be included as Gross Receipts of the match any discount from the
admission price shall be excluded.

21.10 Where the Home Club admits any person to the ground as part of its hospitality
arrangements or to an executive box and there is no separate charge for admission,
each person is treated as having bought a ticket at the highest price payable for a
general admission ticket for that match.

21.11 All questions in dispute shall immediately be referred to the League for settlement.

22 Broadcasting Rights

22.1 The permission of the League of the Competition is required for broadcasting,
televising, filming and making of sound recordings of all Matches in the Competition.
The financial terms and other conditions shall be negotiated and contracts made with
respective companies by the League.

22.2 Any monies received by the League from television, broadcasting, films or any other
source in respect of these Matches shall be placed in the Pool Account (as defined in
the Articles of the League) which shall be used to defray all expenses mentioned above
and any balance shall:

22.2.1 first, be utilised to pay a facility fee to any Home Club participating in a Match
televised live by a domestic broadcaster on a television channel within the
United Kingdom, as follows:

(i) for all Matches up to and including the quarter finals, £10,000 to each
Club participating in the relevant Match

(ii) for the semi-finals, £20,000 to each Club participating in the relevant
Match;

22.2.2 any surplus to be distributed in accordance with the Articles of Association of
the League.

23 Sponsorship and Promotion of the Competition

23.1 The provisions governing sponsorship for the Competition and the obligation of the
Clubs to provide services and facilities to any such sponsor are contained in Regulation
76 and shall apply to this Competition and all Clubs as if set out herein.

23.2 The League shall have power to negotiate and administer sponsorship of the
Competition. Any agreement entered into by the League in relation to such
sponsorship shall be binding upon each Club and each Club shall comply with the
requirements of the League in relation thereto.

23.3 Subject as aforesaid and without prejudice to the generality of Rule 23.1, each Club
must, if required by the sponsor, make available the contracted services and facilities
at the Club's Home ground, which will include as a minimum access to all perimeter
advertising systems.

23.4 Each Club shall ensure that its senior representatives (playing staff and non-playing
staff) support the Competition as reasonably required by the League from time to time.

24 Competition Trophy

24.1 A Trophy will be presented to the winners of the Competition and medals will be
presented to the winners and runners-up.

24.2 There shall be 23 medals to each of the Clubs participating in the final, to be allocated
as follows:

24.2.1 18 for the Players nominated on the team sheet;

24.2.2 one each for the Club’s secretary (or nominated equivalent), Manager and
Physiotherapist; and

24.2.3 two for staff other than Players.

24.3 Medals will also be provided for the Match officials appointed to the Final Tie.

24.4 Additional medals may only be presented by consent of the League of the Competition
but at the cost of the requesting Club.

24.5 The holders of the Trophy shall return it in like good order and condition to the League
one month before the Final Tie of the next year's Competition, provided always that the
winning Club shall, from time to time throughout the year, on request from the League,
release the Trophy to the League for such purposes as the League shall require.

25 Travelling Expenses

25.1 Subject to Rule 25.4, a Visiting Club may claim travel expenses incurred (and the
amount claimed shall be an expense of the Match) at the following rates:

25.1.1 standard class railway fares for up to 24 persons for the Players and officials
of the Visiting Club at a maximum rate of £100 per person; or

25.1.2 air fares for up to 24 persons for the Players and officials of the Visiting Club
at a maximum rate of £100 per person; or

25.1.3 actual cost of motor coach hire (not exceeding £2,400)
.
25.2 For all Matches (other than the Final), subject to Rule 25.3, the Visiting Club may also
claim hotel expenses incurred (and the amount claimed shall be an expense of the
Match) at the following rates:

25.2.1 for an overnight stay, for up to 24 persons for the Players and officials of the
Visiting Club at a maximum rate of £100 per person; or

25.2.2 where there is no overnight stay, a maximum of £450 (where necessarily
incurred).

25.3 A Visiting Club shall only be entitled to claim overnight hotel expenses where it would
not be possible for the Visiting Club to return to its home stadium or training ground (as
applicable) within 5 hours (including a stop of not more than 45 minutes) of the
conclusion of the Match. Any hotel expenses (overnight or otherwise) shall be agreed
between the Home Club and Visiting Club in advance. Any disputes shall immediately
be referred to the League for settlement and whose decision will be final.

25.4 Invited Clubs may not claim travelling or hotel expenses of any kind for any group
Match.

25.5 In respect of the Final, each Club shall be entitled to claim (and the amount claimed
shall be an expense of the Match):

25.5.1 travel expenses incurred, in accordance with the rates set out in Rule 26.3 for
a party of 24 (with maximum coach hire costs of £2,400); and

25.5.2 hotel expenses for one night, for up to 24 persons at a maximum rate of £100
per person.

26 Distribution of Proceeds of Matches

26.1 The proceeds of all Matches (including replayed Matches and admittance to the away
Club’s ground where a beamback is provided) shall, after paying thereout the travelling
expenses of the Visiting Club (determined in accordance with Rule 23), the ground and
other expenses of the Match including VAT, floodlighting of the playing pitch and
ancillary lighting (not to exceed £200), advertising, printing, postage, police charges,
turnstile operators, stewards, contribution to first aid helpers, costs of any goal line
technology, and clearing the ground of snow, (provided in the case of the last
mentioned item the Visiting Club is notified in advance of the Match in question of the
approximate cost) is referred to as the Net Proceeds.

26.2 Subject to Rule 26.3, for all Matches up to and including the quarter finals, the Net
Proceeds shall be allocated as follows:

26.2.1 45 per cent to each Club;

26.2.2 10 per cent to the Pool Account (and not, the Competition Pool).

26.3 The share payable to any Invited Club in accordance with Rule 26.2 will be reduced as
follows:

26.3.1 for Matches in the group stage, to zero (with the full share of 45 per cent
payable to the Competition Pool);

26.3.2 for Matches in the round of 32 and up to and including the quarter finals, to 25
per cent (with the remaining 20 per cent payable to the Competition Pool); and

26.3.3 for matches in the semi-finals and final, to 30 per cent (with the remaining 15
per cent payable to the Competition Pool).

26.4 Each Home Club shall send the appropriate share of the gate to the Visiting Club and
to the League together with a statement of the gate within ten days of the Match in
accordance with the Regulations.

26.5 The Home Club will bear any losses (if any) incurred in the hosting of any group Match.
The League shall however be empowered to reimburse (out of the Competition Pool,
and on a pro-rata basis where the Competition Pool is insufficient to meet all admitted
claims) EFL Clubs for losses incurred in hosting Matches in the group stage only, at its
absolute discretion.

Guidance
In addition to delivering any sponsor, broadcaster and/or EFL organised media or
promotional commitments, Clubs are required to positively promote the Competition
and matches in the Competition and procure that their employees (including Players,
Managers, senior executives and coaching staff do not disparage the Competition).
Clubs failing to honour this requirement will be liable to such action as determined by
the Board and will be unlikely to be able to benefit from the underwrite provided for in
this Rule. Further, Clubs charging less than £5 per adult or £1 per child will not qualify
for the underwrite in any event.

26.6 Any losses (if any) incurred in the hosting of any Match (other than a group Match) will
be shared equally between the Clubs participating in the Match.

26.7 Any remaining balance (if any) of the Competition Pool shall be paid to the EFL Clubs
in equal shares.

27 Postponement and Abandonment

27.1 When a Match is abandoned the Visiting Club (including any Invited Club) shall be
entitled to receive from the Home Club, out of the gate of the abandoned game,
travelling expenses and hotel expenses calculated in accordance with Rules 25.1 to
25.3. The Visiting Club shall have no further claim in respect of the replayed Match.

27.2 When a Match is postponed (except by reason of an FA Cup Match, EFL Cup or a
Club's league match) the Visiting Club may be entitled to receive from the Home Club,
out of the gate of the re-arranged game, travelling expenses and hotel expenses
calculated in accordance with Rules 25.1 to 25.3. Any payments will be at the
discretion of the League and will take into account whether any expenditure had been
incurred in respect of the postponed Match.

28 Proceeds of Sale of Tickets for the Final

28.1 Where a Club sells Match tickets on behalf of the League for the final, the Club shall
have no rights in respect of the said proceeds and all proceeds shall be paid to the
League in accordance with the provisions of Article 47.

29 Discipline

29.1 When in these Rules there is reference to the League having power to investigate
alleged breaches of the Rules and impose sanctions the League shall have the power
in its absolute discretion to refer the matter to a Disciplinary Commission (as defined in
the Regulations).

29.2 By participating in the Competition the Invited Clubs are subject to the jurisdiction of
the League in respect of matters relating to the Competition (but not otherwise) and the
Invited Clubs expressly acknowledge and agree that they are subject to the provisions
of Sections 8 and 9 of the Regulations as if the same were set out herein.

30 Matters not Covered by the Rules

30.1 The League shall be empowered to make decisions on any matters not otherwise
specifically provided for in these Rules.