Carabao Cup rules: extra time, penalties and substitutions

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The first round of the EFL Cup begins this week as teams from the Championship, League One and League Two begin the 2022/23 competition.

The Carabao Cup returns tonight (Tuesday 9th August) with the first rounds taking place in the northern and southern sections.

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Teams from the EFL Championship, League One and League Two start the action, with the 13 Premier League teams not competing in European football this season set to feature in Round Two.

The early games card will be highlighted by two standout clashes, both of which will be shown live on Sky Sports, when Bradford City take on Hull City on Tuesday and Sheffield Wednesday take on Sunderland on Wednesday.

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For those sitting down to follow the live action, here’s all the information you need to know about the competition rules, including the number of substitutes allowed and whether or not ties go to overtime and penalties:

How many substitutions are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

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Teams may nominate nine substitutes on their bench and field five of them for a Carabao Cup match in the 2022/23 competition.

However, teams only have three opportunities to use substitutes during the game.

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Rule 8.1 of the Competition Guidelines states: “For all competition matches, each club may nominate up to nine substitutes on the team sheet, of which no more than five may take part in the competition match. Each club is allowed a maximum of three substitution opportunities during competition play. Clubs may make substitutions at half-time and any substitutions made will not count towards the maximum three opportunities. A club may make more than one substitution on each of its three occasions.”

What are concussion substitutions?

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In 2022/23, for the first time, the competition allows teams to make “concussion substitutions”.

Rule 8.3 of the Competition Guidelines states: “Each club is also permitted to substitute up to two ‘substitutes with concussion’ and/or two ‘additional substitutes’ (as required) from the substitutes listed on the team sheet, in strict compliance with the provisions of the ‘Additional Replacement for Permanent Concussion – Protocol B (“IFAB Protocol”)” of the International Football Association Board and any related guidance issued by the League. Substitution of a “concussion-ridden substitute” or an “additional substitute” under this Rule 8.3 does not count towards the five substitutions allowed to take part in the competition match.”

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Will there be overtime and penalties in the first round of the Carabao Cup?

The duels in the first round of the Carabao Cup 2022/23, the final result of which does not go into overtime or a repeat, but directly into penalties.

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This is the case from round one through round five, with only the semi-finals and final having the standard 30-minute overtime if required.

Rule 12.4 of the Competition Guidelines states: “If, at the end of ninety minutes of play, the scores are equal in rounds one, two, three, four and five, overtime will not be played and the winners will be determined by taking shots from the Penalty mark in accordance with procedures approved by the IFAB.”

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