This season's Carling Cup will feature a preliminary round for the first time since 2002/03 following Birmingham City's relegation to the npower Championship.

With the holders being seeded through to Round 3, courtesy of their participation in the Europa League, the competition format will require one less club in the first round draw.

In line with previous seasons, the preliminary round will feature the two clubs placed lowest in the domestic league system last season. Therefore, following a draw to determine home advantage, Crawley Town will host AFC Wimbledon on Friday, July 29 (kick-off 19.45) for a place in Round One of this season's competition..

The draw for the first round of this season's Carling Cup will be revealed at 10.00am on Thursday morning right here on