Fixture News

Papa John's Trophy draw takes place on Thursday

Albion are one of 16 invited Under-21 teams to take place in this year's competition.

By BHAFC • 23 June 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Andrew Crofts was recently appointed to the role of under-23s coach permanently.

As part of the EFL’s fixture release day on Thursday 24 June, the Round One draw for the Papa John’s Trophy will take place live on Sky Sports.  

The draw will start 4:30pm.

The 16 Invited U21 teams will be placed into their respective Northern and Southern section Groups, with the 48 EFL Clubs placed into pre-determined Groups prior to the draw. Consideration has been given to ensure travel time is minimised and recovery time is maximised for players.

In addition, if there is a situation where two teams meet in the Group Stages for a second successive season, then the Club who was at home in 2020/21 will play away in 2021/22. All EFL Clubs will play two of their three matches at home in the Group Stages.

The confirmed invited U21 teams are as follows:

  • Arsenal
  • Aston Villa
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Chelsea
  • Crystal Palace
  • Everton
  • Leeds United
  • Leicester City
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Newcastle United
  • Southampton
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • West Ham United
  • Wolves

The respective draws will be available to watch live on Sky Sports with live streams also available on EFL Twitter (@Carabao_Cup / @PapaJohnsTrophy) and