A team drawn mostly from the Blues' Academy with some representation from the Under-21s setup will play each team once, with the top two teams in each of the 16 groups advancing to the next stage.
Everton are one of 16 teams from the Premier League and the Championship invited to take part in the former Johnstone's Paint Trophy this season.
The first of the group phase fixtures, one of which will be played at Goodison Park, kicks off on 24th August.
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1 Posted 27/07/2016 at 16:42:24
The draw was supposed to sort the teams into sixteen groups depending on geography, that 'surprisingly' has been ignored.
2 Posted 27/07/2016 at 16:56:23
3 Posted 27/07/2016 at 00:05:07
FA post-Euro's panic? Rhino is doing a fine job anyway. He will fancy this.
4 Posted 28/07/2016 at 12:23:26
5 Posted 29/07/2016 at 02:51:22
It's also a chance for us fans to see those players in action and enjoy an extra few games per season. It'll get interesting if one of the Premier League teams gets to the latter stages in what was previously a competition for the lower-league teams only.
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