The EFL’s summer conference has been held in Portugal this week and there have been a number of changes decided upon for next year.
Here is a rundown of those that will affect Rotherham.
Extra-time scrapped in Carabao Cup
When Rotherham have inevitably stuttered through 90 minutes of an early-season League Cup tie with a League Two team, the fans will have some respite. Extra time will no longer be played in the competition, instead the game will head straight to a penalty shootout. Also, the ABBA system for the shootout has been scrapped, reverting to the traditional alternate turns.
VAR to be used in Carabao Cup
If the Millers do what they did last season and win their first round and get drawn away at a Premier League side in the second, then VAR will be used.
Seedings removed from Carabao Cup
As a Championship club, Rotherham would have been seeded in previous years, but that has now been stopped. The first round is still regionalised, so they will face a side from the north, but it is just as likely to be Stoke as Morecambe.
Checkatrade Trophy format to be considered
Hopefully this will have no impact on Rotherham, but following the continual disappointment of the Checkatrade Trophy, a new format for the lower-league competition will be considered in time for the 2019-2020 season. The Millers will hope they are not a League One club.
FA Cup fifth round moved to midweek
Maybe, just maybe this will be the season enjoy an FA Cup run. Coming in at the third round, if they win two games in the competition, then their fifth-round tie, traditionally played in mid-February will be played in midweek. This is to accommodate a two-week winter break in the Premier League. There’ll be no replay either, so it could be a late night with extra time and penalties on the cards.
Matchday programmes are no longer mandatory
Club officials around the country will be punching the air in delight while programme collectors will be gutted. After having to produce a matchday programme for every game, no matter how low key, Football League clubs are no longer obliged to produce a physical matchday programme.