The Checkatrade Trophy, formally known at the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, is a knockout competition for clubs playing in League One and League Two and which has featured Academy teams from Premier League Category One clubs since 2016/17.
In 2016/17 there was a one-season trial proved successful. The competition features a total of 64 teams, made up of EFL League One and Two clubs, as well as 16 Category One Premier League academy sides.
The teams are split into 16 regional groups of four teams, of which the top two will progress to the knockout stages, with the final staged at Wembley Stadium.
The rules of the competition are as follows:
The competition began in 1983/84, with AFC Bournemouth the first winners.
Bristol City are the most successful side in the competition, winning it three times (1985/86, 2002/03, 2014/15) and losing two finals.
Coventry City are the current holders, having beaten Oxford United 2-1 in front of a competition record crowd of 74,434 fans at Wembley Stadium.