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Spireites Learn EFL Trophy Opponents

27 July 2016

Chesterfield will face Accrington Stanley, Crewe Alexandra and Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s in the group stage of this year's EFL Trophy.

The EFL Trophy (formerly the Johnstone's Paint Trophy) has been revamped for the upcoming season, with 16 Category One academy sides also invited to enter the competition.

This year's format is being implemented on a trial basis, with the competition due to be reviewed again at the end of the season.

The Format

Buckle up, here's an explanation of how the EFL Trophy is due to be carried out:

- The Spireites are in one of 16 four-team groups for the competition (Chesterfield being placed in one of the two Northern Section groups)
- Each group has an invited Category One academy along with at least one League One and League Two side
- Chesterfield will play their three group opponents once each, either at home or away
- The top two teams from each group will progress to the knock-out stage of the competition
- Each group winner will play at home to a group runner-up in round two (which will also be regional)

The Dates

The Spireites' three group matches will be during the following weeks, designed to take place during international breaks:

- w/c August 29
- w/c October 3
- w/c November 7

If Chesterfield make it out of the group they will go into the second round, the knock-out stage dates are:

- Round Two: w/c December 5
- Round Three: w/c January 9
- Round Four: w/c January 23
- Semi-final: w/c February 20
- Final: April 2 (at Wembley Stadium)

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