Yeovil Town's involvement in the EFL Trophy would appear to be on a national basis from this point onwards. In the past, the Football League Trophy has maintained a regionalised split to cut down on travelling costs and help boost gates, right up to the point of Area South and Area North 'finals' (run as competition semi-finals) before the winning teams meet at Wembley Stadium for the actual final.
There had been rumours that the regionalisation was being scrapped for the Third Round draw - Blackpool's main club website believe this to be the case, indicating that it's possible for any team to draw any other team on a national basis. The competition has three more ties due to be played tonight, with three other ties only taking place after the Third Round draw.
The draw is scheduled to take place on Sky Sports News on Thursday, commencing at approximately 11.30a.m. and the list of clubs still involved in the competition are as follows:
Swansea City U21s
Brighton and Hove Albion U21s
Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s
Bradford City (Beat Cambridge United 1-0)
Coventry City (Beat Crawley Town 1-0)
Wycombe Wanderers (Beat Millwall 3-1)
Walsall or Oldham Athletic (Playing 13/12/2016)
Southampton U21s or Reading U21s (Playing 21/12/2016)
Cheltenham Town or Leicester City (Playing 10/01/2017)
Updated: Results from 07/12/2016 factored in.
The removal of the regionalised approach to the competition may be as a result of one of the most criticised aspects of the Group Stages of the competition. The large number of Southern clubs at League Two level meant that Cheltenham Town were classified as a 'northern' club, putting them in a supposedly 'regionalised' group with Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers and Everton Under-21s. Tonight's match between Bradford City and Cambridge United also continues that farce. If that regionalisation had been maintained, both clubs would have continued facing northern clubs. Rather than rebalance the set of clubs left in the competition, it appears they've scrapped that entirely.
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