Competition offers greater playing opportunities for youngstersNORWICH City are among the Category One Academy teams set to be included in the 2016-17 English Football League Trophy.
They are joined by Leicester City, Southampton, West Ham United, Stoke City, Chelsea, Everton, Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Brighton and Hove Albion, Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Reading.
The Canaries' Development Squad will represent the Club during the tournament, and form part of the Southern Section 2 for the group stages which are drawn at 10am on Wednesday, July 27.
On his side's involvement in the competition, City boss Alex Neil said: "It's really good for our young players and will give them a taste of senior football.
"That's what they all want to do, play in the first-team, so it's an ideal opportunity for them. Now the emergency loan system has gone, it gives us a good test for the boys."