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What the EFL Trophy 'B teams' mean for Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham

Whether you call it the Checkatrade Trophy, the English Football League Trophy or simply the EFL Trophy, England’s third-tier domestic cup has become a contentious competition for some in the game.

Since 2016, the annual knockout tournament has welcomed in ‘B teams’ from clubs higher up the divisions that Category One status academies.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham joined Brighton, Everton, Fulham, Leicester City, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Southampton, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers in fielding teams against League One and League Two opponents.

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