The 2018–19 EFL Cup will be the 59th season of the EFL Cup. Known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, the competition is open to all 92 English and Welsh clubs participating in the Premier League and the English Football League. The first round will be played on 13 August 2018, nine days after the start of the Football League season.Manchester City are the defending champions. The final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London on 24 February 2019.All 92 clubs in the Premier League and English Football League will enter the 2018–19 EFL Cup. Access is distributed across leagues.
A total of 70 clubs played in the first round: 24 from League Two (tier 4), 24 from League One (tier 3), and 22 from the Championship (tier 2). The draw for this round was split on a geographical basis into 'northern' and 'southern' sections. Teams were drawn against a team from the same section.