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The 2015–16 Football League Cup (known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship purposes) was the 56th season of the Football League Cup. It began on 11 August 2015 and concluded on 28 February 2016.[1] It is a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system.

2015–16 Football League Cup
Capital One Cup, League Cup
Country England
 Wales
Dates11 August 2015 – 28 February 2016
Teams92
Defending championsChelsea
ChampionsManchester City (4th title)
Runners-upLiverpool
Matches played93
Goals scored284 (3.05 per match)
Attendance1,430,554 (15,382 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Kevin De Bruyne
(5 goals)

Chelsea were the defending champions, having beaten Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 in the previous season's final.[2] However, they were eliminated in the fourth round by Stoke City on penalties.

Manchester City won the final on 28 February, defeating Liverpool 3–1 in a penalty shoot-out after the match had finished 1–1 after extra-time.[3][4]

This was the final season in which the tournament was known as the Football League Cup, as it was renamed the EFL Cup in 2016 after the Football League was rebranded as the English Football League (EFL).[5]

FormatEdit

The League Cup is open to all 92 members of the Premier League and the Football League and is divided into seven rounds, organised so that 32 teams remain by the third round.[6] Teams involved in European competition during the season receive a bye to the third round, the remaining Premier League teams enter at the second round, and the remaining Football League teams enter at the first round.[6]

The League Cup is played as a knockout cup competition with each tie, except semi-finals, being played as a single match with the winner advancing to the next round. The semi-finals are played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home, and the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advances to the finals. If the score is level after 90 minutes, or if the aggregate score is level for semi-finals, then thirty minutes of extra time is played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. If the aggregate scores in semi-finals are still level at the end of extra time the tie shall be decided by goals scored away from home counting twice, according to away goals rule. If the tie has not been decided during extra time, it will be decided by penalty shoot-out.[7]

In the first five rounds, the team drawn first will play at home ground, and in the semi-finals the team drawn first will play the first leg at home. The final shall be played on a neutral ground.[7]

Team allocationEdit

92 teams from the top four English tiers (Premier League, Football League Championship, Football League One and Football League Two) participated.

DistributionEdit

The tournament was organised so that 32 teams remained by the third round.[6] Teams involved in European competition received a bye to the third round, the remaining Premier League teams entered at the second round, and the remaining Football League teams entered at the first round.[6]

  • Teams involved in European competition enter at the third round.
  • The remaining Premier League teams entered at the second round.
  • The remaining Football League teams entered at the first round.
Clubs entering in this round Clubs advancing from previous round
First round
(72 clubs)
  • 24 clubs from Football League Two
  • 24 clubs from Football League One
  • 24 clubs from Football League Championship
  • N/A
Second round
(48 clubs)
  • 12 Premier League clubs (not involved in European competition)
  • 36 winners from first round
Third round
(32 clubs)
  • 8 Premier League clubs (involved in European competition)
  • 24 winners from second round
Fourth round
(16 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 16 winners from third round
Fifth round
(8 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 8 winners from fourth round
Semi-finals
(4 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 4 winners from fifth round
Final
(2 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 2 winners from semi-finals

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round (the numbers are positions from previous league season meaning that teams promoted to Premier League is listed as Championship teams but ranked above the teams relegated to Football League Championship, and the same applies for all other promotions and relegations):

  • PL: Premier League
  • CH: Football League Championship
  • L1: Football League One
  • L2: Football League Two
  • FC: Football Conference
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
Third round
Chelsea (PL 1st) Arsenal (PL 3rd) Tottenham Hotspur (PL 5th) Southampton (PL 7th)
Manchester City (PL 2nd) Manchester United (PL 4th) Liverpool (PL 6th) West Ham United (PL 12th)
Second round
Swansea City (PL 8th) Everton (PL 11th) Newcastle United (PL 15th) AFC Bournemouth (CH 1st)
Stoke City (PL 9th) West Bromwich Albion (PL 13th) Sunderland (PL 16th) Watford (CH 2nd)
Crystal Palace (PL 10th) Leicester City (PL 14th) Aston Villa (PL 17th) Norwich City (CH 3rd)
First round
Hull City (PL 18th) Reading (CH 19th) Doncaster Rovers (L1 13th) Plymouth Argyle (L2 7th)
Burnley (PL 19th) Brighton & Hove Albion (CH 20th) Walsall (L1 14th) Luton Town (L2 8th)
Queens Park Rangers (PL 20th) Rotherham United (CH 21st) Oldham Athletic (L1 15th) Newport County (L2 9th)
Middlesbrough (CH 4th) Bristol City (L1 1st) Scunthorpe United (L1 16th) Exeter City (L2 10th)
Brentford (CH 5th) Milton Keynes Dons (L1 2nd) Coventry City (L1 17th) Morecambe (L2 11th)
Ipswich Town (CH 6th) Preston North End (L1 3rd) Port Vale (L1 18th) Northampton Town (L2 12th)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (CH 7th) Millwall (CH 22nd) Colchester United (L1 19th) Oxford United (L2 13th)
Derby County (CH 8th) Wigan Athletic (CH 23rd) Crewe Alexandra (L1 20th) Dagenham & Redbridge (L2 14th)
Blackburn Rovers (CH 9th) Blackpool (CH 24th) Burton Albion (L2 1st) AFC Wimbledon (L2 15th)
Birmingham City (CH 10th) Swindon Town (L1 4th) Shrewsbury Town (L2 2nd) Portsmouth (L2 16th)
Cardiff City (CH 11th) Sheffield United (L1 5th) Bury (L2 3rd) Accrington Stanley (L2 17th)
Charlton Athletic (CH 12th) Chesterfield (L1 6th) Southend United (L2 5th) York City (L2 18th)
Sheffield Wednesday (CH 13th) Bradford City (L1 7th) Notts County (L1 21st) Cambridge United (L2 19th)
Nottingham Forest (CH 14th) Rochdale (L1 8th) Crawley Town (L1 22nd) Carlisle United (L2 20th)
Leeds United (CH 15th) Peterborough United (L1 9th) Leyton Orient (L1 23rd) Mansfield Town (L2 21st)
Huddersfield Town (CH 16th) Fleetwood Town (L1 10th) Yeovil Town (L1 24th) Hartlepool United (L2 22nd)
Fulham (CH 17th) Barnsley (L1 11th) Wycombe Wanderers (L2 4th) Barnet (FC 1st)
Bolton Wanderers (CH 18th) Gillingham (L1 12th) Stevenage (L2 6th) Bristol Rovers (FC 2nd)

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule was as follows.[1][8]

Round Draw date First leg Second leg
First round 16 June 2016[9] 10 August 2016
Second round 13 August 2016[10] 24 August 2016
Third round 25 August 2016[11] 21 September 2016
Fourth round 23 September 2016[12] 26 October 2016
Fifth round 28 October 2016 30 November 2016
Semi-finals 2 December 2016 4 January 2017 25 January 2017
Final 28 February 2017

Note: Matches are played the week commencing on dates above, except the final which is fixed on the 28 February 2017.

First roundEdit

SeedingEdit

A total of 72 teams played in the first round: 24 teams from League Two (tier 4), 24 teams from League One (tier 3), and 24 teams from the Championship (tier 2).[9] The draw for the first round was held on 16 June 2015.[13] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.)

Seeded Unseeded

Barnsley (3)
Birmingham City (2)
Blackburn Rovers (2)
Blackpool (3)
Bolton Wanderers (2)
Bradford City (3)
Brentford (2)
Brighton & Hove Albion (2)
Bristol City (2)
Burnley (2)
Cardiff City (2)
Charlton Athletic (2)

Chesterfield (3)
Derby County (2)
Fleetwood Town (3)
Fulham (2)
Gillingham (3)
Huddersfield Town (2)
Hull City (2)
Ipswich Town
Leeds United (2)
Middlesbrough (2)
Millwall (3)
Milton Keynes Dons (2)

Nottingham Forest (2)
Peterborough United (3)
Preston North End (2)
Queens Park Rangers (2)
Reading (2)
Rochdale (3)
Rotherham United (2)
Sheffield United (3)
Sheffield Wednesday (2)
Swindon Town (3)
Wigan Athletic (3)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)

Accrington Stanley (4)
AFC Wimbledon (4)
Barnet (4)
Bristol Rovers (4)
Burton Albion (3)
Bury (3)
Cambridge United (4)
Carlisle United (4)
Colchester United (3)
Coventry City (3)
Crawley Town (4)
Crewe Alexandra (3)

Dagenham & Redbridge (4)
Doncaster Rovers (3)
Exeter City (4)
Hartlepool United (4)
Leyton Orient (4)
Luton Town (4)
Mansfield Town (4)
Morecambe (4)
Newport County (4)
Northampton Town (4)
Notts County (4)
Oldham Athletic (3)

Oxford United (4)
Plymouth Argyle (4)
Port Vale (3)
Portsmouth (4)
Scunthorpe United (3)
Shrewsbury Town (3)
Southend United (3)
Stevenage (4)
Walsall (3)
Wycombe Wanderers (4)
Yeovil Town (4)
York City (4)

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 10 August 2015.[1][8]

Second roundEdit

SeedingEdit

A total of 48 teams play in the second round: 12 teams which enter in this round, and the 36 winners of the first round. The 12 teams entering this round are the teams from the 2015–16 Premier League not involved in any European competition.[10] The draw for the second round was held on 13 August 2015.[14] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.)

Seeded Unseeded

AFC Bournemouth (1)
Aston Villa (1)
Birmingham City (2)
Brighton & Hove Albion (2)
Cardiff City (2)
Charlton Athletic (2)
Crystal Palace (1)
Everton (1)
Fulham (2)
Hull City (2)
Ipswich Town (2)
Leicester City (1)

Middlesbrough (2)
Newcastle United (1)
Norwich City (1)
Queens Park Rangers (2)
Reading (2)
Sheffield Wednesday (2)
Stoke City (1)
Sunderland (1)
Swansea City (1)
Watford (1)
West Bromwich Albion (1)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)

Barnet (4)
Barnsley (3)
Burton Albion (3)
Bury (3)
Carlisle United (4)
Doncaster Rovers (3)
Exeter City (4)
Gillingham (3)
Hartlepool United (4)
Luton Town (4)
Milton Keynes Dons (2)
Northampton Town (4)

Notts County (4)
Oxford United (4)
Peterborough United (3)
Port Vale (3)
Portsmouth (4)
Preston North End (2)
Rochdale (3)
Rotherham United (2)
Sheffield United (3)
Shrewsbury Town (3)
Walsall (3)
York City (4)

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 24 August 2015.[1][8]

Third roundEdit

TeamsEdit

A total of 32 teams play in the third round: 8 teams which enter in this round, and the 24 winners of the second round. The 8 teams entering this round are the teams from the 2015–16 Premier League involved in European competition in the 2015–16 season. There was no seeding in this round. The lowest ranked team in this round is Carlisle United who play in the Football League Two in the fourth division of English football.[15]

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 21 September 2015.[1][8]

Fourth roundEdit

TeamsEdit

A total of 16 teams play in the fourth round, all winners of the third round. There is no seeding in this round. The draw for the fourth round was held on 23 September 2015 after the North London derby.[12] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.) The lowest ranked teams in this round are Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sheffield Wednesday who all play in the Football League Championship in the second division of English football.[16]

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 26 October 2015.[1][8][17]

Fifth roundEdit

TeamsEdit

A total of 8 teams play in the fifth round, all winners of the fourth round. There is no seeding in this round. The draw for the fifth round was held on 28 October after the completion of the fourth round.[19]

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 30 November 2015.[1][8] The lowest ranked teams in this round are Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sheffield Wednesday who all play in the Football League Championship in the second division of English football.

Semi-finalsEdit

TeamsEdit

A total of four teams played in the Semi-finals, all winners of the fifth round. There was no seeding in this round. The draw for the semi-final was held on 2 December 2015 and all of the teams were from Premier League (top tier).[21]

MatchesEdit

The semi-finals are played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home, and the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advances to the finals.

First legEdit

The first leg matches were played on 5 and 6 January 2016.[1][8]

Second legEdit

The second leg were played on 26 and 27 January 2016.[1][8]

FinalEdit

The League Cup Final was held on 28 February 2016 at Wembley Stadium.[1][8]

Liverpool1−1 (a.e.t.)Manchester City
Coutinho   83' Report Fernandinho   49'
Penalties
Can  
Lucas  
Coutinho  
Lallana  
1−3   Fernandinho
  Navas
  Agüero
  Touré
Attendance: 86,206

Top goalscorersEdit

Broadcasting rightsEdit

The live television rights for the competition were held by the subscription channel Sky Sports, who have held rights to the competition since 1996–97 apart from 2001-02 when the short-lived ITV Digital had exclusive coverage of that season's League Cup competition as part of the original three year TV deal with The Football League.

These matches were televised live by Sky Sports:

Round Live TV games
First round Portsmouth vs Derby County, Doncaster Rovers vs Leeds United[23]
Second round Luton Town vs Stoke City, Barnsley vs Everton[24]
Third Round Aston Villa vs Birmingham City, Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal[25]
Fourth Round Sheffield Wednesday vs Arsenal, Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth[26]
Fifth Round Middlesbrough vs Everton, Southampton vs Liverpool[27]
Semi-finals All 4 Matches
Final Liverpool vs Manchester City

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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