The Football League have announced a new sponsorship deal for their League Cup competition. The knock-out tournament will now be known as the Capital One Cup following a four year deal that has been agreed with the credit card company, after Carling's nine year association with the competition ended.
The unsponsored title is the Football League Cup, although it's harder to remember that it has been known over the years as the Milk Cup (1982-1986), Littlewoods Challenge Cup (1986-1990), Rumbelows Cup (1990-1992), Coca-Cola Cup (1992-1998) and the Worthington Cup (1998-2003) until Carling stepped in.
The new deal will run until the end of the 2015-16 season. The competition will actually launch the 2012-13 season for most Football League clubs, with the First Round preceding the season proper, due to the London 2012 Olympics. Further details about the season scheduling can be found here.
The draw for First Round of the Capital One Cup will be released on Thursday 14th June. All Championship, League One and League Two clubs will take part with the exception of the two highest placed clubs in last season's league tables (Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers). Both clubs will enter the competition along with thirteen Premier League clubs at the Second Round stage (scheduled to be played during week-commencing August 27th).
The seven Premier League clubs that have qualified for European competition - Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Newcastle United and holders Liverpool - will enter the competition at the Third Round stage (scheduled for week commencing September 24th). The Final of the League Cup will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, February 24th, 2013.
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