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Papa John's Trophy 2022/23: Groups, dates, how to watch and more

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The 2022/23 Papa John’s Trophy now seems closer than ever following the draw to confirm the groups and important dates for next season's competition.

This competition sees all League One and League Two sides compete with academy sides from the Premier League for a spot at the Wembley final. No teams from the Championship are included, however. This is primarily a chance for lower league sides and youngsters to win a trophy next season. 

Papa John’s Trophy 2022/23 Groups

Sides from League One and League Two have were sorted into the following groups during the June draw:

Group A

Harrogate Town
Hartlepool United
Morecambe
Everton U21

Group B

Bolton Wanderers
Crewe Alexandra
Tranmere Rovers
Leeds United

Group C

Port Vale
Shrewsbury Town
Stockport County
Wolves U21

Group D

Accrington Stanley
Rochdale
Salford City
Liverpool U21

Group E

Barnsley
Doncaster Rovers
Lincoln City
Newcastle United U21

Group F

Derby County
Grimsby Town
Mansfield Town
Manchester City U21

Group G

Barrow
Carlisle United
Fleetwood Town
Manchester United U21

Group H

Bradford City
Burton Albion
Sheffield Wednesday
Leicester City U21

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Group A

Charlton Athletic
Colchester United
Gillingham
Brighton U21

Group B

AFC Wimbledon
Crawley Town
Portsmouth
Aston Villa U21

Group C

Cheltenham Town
Milton Keynes Dons
Walsall
West Ham United U21

Group D

Peterborough United
Stevenage
Wycombe Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur U21

Group E

Bristol Rovers
Plymouth Argyle
Swindon Town
Crystal Palace U21

Group F

Exeter City
Forest Green Rovers
Newport County
Southampton U21

Group G

Oxford United
Leyton Orient
Sutton United
Chelsea U21

Group H

Cambridge United
Ipswich Town
Northampton Town
Arsenal U21

Papa John’s Trophy 2022/23: key dates

  • Group games: August 31, September 21, October 19
  • Second Round: November 30
  • Third Round: December 14
  • Quarter Final: January 11
  • Semi-Final: February 1
  • Final: March 19

How to watch the Papa John’s Trophy

Some games from the Papa John’s Trophy, including the final and possibly some earlier knockout rounds, will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports. 

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Ed McCambridge
Ed McCambridge

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Key FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.