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7 December 2017 : EFL Trophy Third Round Ball Numbers And Region Splits
The Football League have provided further detail, regarding the Third Round draw for the EFL Trophy. The teams will be drawn out live on talkSport radio at 12.30p.m. on Friday 8th December, with the last sixteen clubs in the competition finding out who they will play in January 2018.

The draw will be overseen by Lynsey Hipgrave, with Bob Groves and Perry Groves drawing out the balls. As well as broadcasting it live on the radio, the League will then publish the outcome of the draw on their Checkatrade Trophy Twitter account shortly after the conclusion.

The 2017-18 Checkatrade Trophy rules, published in the Football League website, had stated that the Third Round draw would be done on an unregionalised basis. However, in today's communication, they have continued to split the clubs across a North and South Regions, meaning that Yeovil Town will only be able to draw one of seven southern-based clubs.

The League have also provided the ball numbers for the draw. These are as follows with Yeovil Town taking Ball No.8:

Southern Section:
1. Charlton Athletic
2. Chelsea Under-21s
3. Forest Green Rovers
4. Luton Town
5. Oxford United
6. Peterborough United
7. Portsmouth
8. Yeovil Town

Northern Section:
1. Blackpool
2. Bury
3. Fleetwood Town
4. Leicester City Under-21s
5. Lincoln City
6. Oldham Athletic
7. Rochdale
8. Shrewsbury Town

All ties are due to be played during the week commencing January 8th 2018, with Tuesday 9th January the most likely date for clubs to pick. However, because this round happens immediately after the FA Cup Third Round weekend, expect some clubs to work on different scheduling if their FA Cup ties take place on the Sunday.

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