League Cup to be known as the Capital One Cup from next season

The League Cup will be re-branded as the Capital One Cup next season after a new four-year sponsorship deal was confirmed

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The Capital One Cup first-round draw takes place on 14 June Photo: Football League

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The League Cup will be known as the Capital One Cup from next season after the Football League agreed a four-year sponsorship deal with the credit card company.

The 52-year-old knockout competition has been branded as the Carling Cup since 2003 as a result of being sponsored by brewers Molson Coors.

Football League chief commercial officer Richard Heaselgrave said: “This is terrific news for clubs and a great way to conclude what has been a memorable domestic football season.

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Capital One to working with The Football League, our clubs and those of the Premier League. They’re a hugely respected company that really impressed us with a passion and excitement for the competition so we can’t wait to build a successful, innovative partnership over the next four seasons.

“The Capital One Cup is in great shape having been re-invigorated in recent seasons by a number of memorable finals, some thrilling midweek cup football and a first glimpse of the stars of the future.”

The draw for the first round of the re-branded competition will take place on 14 June, with the final scheduled for 24 February 2013 at Wembley.

Liverpool won last season’s Carling Cup after defeating Championship side Cardiff on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Wembley.

All Championship, League One and League Two clubs will be in the first-round draw, with the exception of Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, who will enter the competition at the second-round stage along with the Premier League clubs.

The seven Premier League clubs that qualified for European competition last season – Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Newcastle United and holders Liverpool – will join the fray in the third round.

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