Southend United will face AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge United, Crawley Town, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Peterborough United or Stevenage in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The Football League is to trial the use of Vanishing Spray, as used by match officials at the recent World Cup in Brazil, in this season’s JPT.
Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “Having seen it used in the recent World Cup, the introduction of Vanishing Spray into the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will give us the opportunity to observe its use in domestic football so that we can better understand its effect on the flow of the game. It will also give us the ability to gauge the opinions of players, managers, referees and fans.”
The League will not be using Vanishing Spray in any matches played in the Sky Bet Football League or Capital One Cup during 2014/15, but will consider its introduction at the end of the current campaign.
Meanwhile, the draw for Round One of this season’s competition will take place on Saturday, August 16.
As in previous seasons, the first round will see clubs divided into regional groupings with 16 clubs being awarded byes into Round Two.