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A video assistant referee will sit in the Premier League Match Centre, flanked by an assistant official and a video replay operator/skysports.com

The English Football League (EFL), organisers of the League Cup, say from next season, there will no longer be extra-time.

With this development, matches level at 90 minutes go straight to a penalty shootout.

The EFL have also announced the the penalty shootout format would revert to the traditional alternating kicks, rather than the ABBA format which was trialled in 2017-18.

Also, the EFL said the Video Assistance Referee (VAR) will also be used in all League Cup fixtures played at Premier League stadiums next term.

“The rationale put forward by the EFL is that withdrawing the additional 30 minutes of play would directly address any additional fatigue issues that are occasionally caused when the midweek ties go beyond the traditional 90-minute period,” the EFL said.

“A statistical analysis was presented that demonstrated how almost 85 per cent of matches ended in normal time over a three-year period, without the additional period being required and as a result clubs have supported the new approach.”