The competition has undergone a change for the 2020/21 season. Previously, there were four groups, with the top two moving on to the quarter-finals. The groups then had an imbalance of WSL and Championship teams, meaning that seven of the eight quarter-finalists were WSL clubs, and that WSL clubs often beat Championship sides, which are mostly part-time, by large figures.
Now, there will be six groups: five of four teams, and one of three teams. The six group winners and two best runner-ups will get into the quarter-final, meaning that a high profile WSL club could miss out.
Arsenal have been runners-up in the Continental Cup the last two seasons, losing to Chelsea this past February, and to Manchester City in 2019. Arsenal, though, have won the competition the most times.
The draw also ensures that Arsenal should play Tottenham four times this season, with the suspended quarter-final of the FA Women’s Cup still to come later this month.