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21 June 2016

Stuart McCall's Bantams will be seeded for Round One of this season's EFL Cup.

On top of receiving their Sky Bet League One fixture schedule for the new campaign this Wednesday (22 June 2016), City will also find out their round one opponents for the competition, formerly known as the Capital One Cup, when the draw is made at 1:00pm the same day.

In a first for British football, the EFL (English Football League) has joined forces with Sky Sports to live stream the EFL Cup Round One draw as a Facebook Live event, providing millions of fans at home and abroad the chance to watch the draw unfold wherever they may be.


City fans can watch the stream on the official EFL Cup Facebook page, as well as Sky Sports’ Facebook page, and the Sky Sports app.


Round One of the re-named cup competition includes 70 of the 72 EFL clubs this season, with the draw once again being seeded as well as regionalised on a north/south basis. 

Seedings are based on club finishing positions in the league the previous season, with City among Wednesday's seeds due to their top half finish in League One last time out.


The draw will be broadcast live from Sky Sports’ studios, with the event hosted by Tom White. Former Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers and England player Ray Wilkins will be tasked with making the draw. The activity marks the first time a major football cup draw has been streamed as a Facebook Live event.


Commenting on the new EFL Cup Round One draw format, Drew Barrand, Marketing Director of the EFL, said: “Facebook Live hadn’t even been launched when we did last year’s Round One draw, so this really is a great opportunity for us to do something different to ensure as many fans as possible can engage with our competitions.

“The Round One draw is not usually broadcast and traditionally just announced as a list but with our Facebook network of official EFL and club pages having a combined audience of over 15 million fans it is a natural platform for us provide content like this.”

David Gibbs Digital Director, Sky Sports & Sky News said: “As a close partner of Facebook, we’re pleased to be working with the EFL to bring the EFL Cup draw to the platform.

“We recognise that our audience want to consume our content on lots of different platforms so bringing this to our 9 million followers on Facebook as well on our 30 million plus users on our own digital platforms helps bring this to even bigger audience.”





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