The League Cup is seen as English Soccer’s ‘third’ domestic soccer competition, falling behind the League and the F.A. Cup in terms of status. Finals are played at Wembley, and the winners qualify for the following season’s Europa League competition. The Cup was introduced in the 1960–61 season specifically as a mid-week floodlit tournament. In the early years of the competition many of the top teams declined to take part. In 1967, the switch from a two-legged home and away Final to a single game at Wembley greatly enhanced the status. Season 1969-70 saw the first time that all 92 League clubs entered the competition.
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