By Tony Attwood
Arsenal are taking part in the Checkatrade Trophy with “Matchday 1” or “the first match as it is known in English” being in the week commencing Monday 3 September 2018.
After that there are occasional games played from time to time. The second set of games (known in modern parlance as “Matchday 2” is in the week starting 8 October. For the third round it is the week starting 12 November.
Two of the three games will played away, and one at home, as far as I can understand the regulations. Our side will be an under 21 team, with two exceptions. Those exceptions are a little unclear as the rules talk about players with over 40 games and over age players but I can’t yet see if that means either / or, or both or something else.
After those three games there is a round of 32 in the week commencing Monday 3 December 2018, a round of 16 commencing 7 January and so on to the Final on 31 March.
Another regulation I found says, “Players from EFL clubs who are out on loan in the National League and below are now eligible to feature in the competition, while invited teams have been restricted to fielding two players over the age of 21 and more than 40 first-team appearances.” So that sounds as if the over 21s must have made 40+ first team appearances. I wonder if someone could explain the point of that rule to me.
The “Invited” Clubs from the PL in the southern section are
1. Arsenal U21
2. Brighton & Hove Albion U21
3. Chelsea U21
4. Fulham U21
5. Southampton U21
6. Swansea City U21
7. Tottenham Hotspur U21
8. West Ham United U21
In the group stage games are settled by a bonus-point penalty shoot-out in the event of a draw after 90 minutes, before the 16 group winners advance to the knock-out stages.
Now everything up to this point says that we are entering an under 21 side but Arsenal.com put this out
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