EFL play-off finals: Kick-off times, how to watch, venue, match officials

There’s nothing quite like the EFL play-off finals, so to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the matches, we’re bringing all the details needed to catch the action live.

At the end of every campaign, fans nervously watch on as their teams play with the hope of promotion hanging in the balance. This, of course, makes for some incredible moments.

For some players, the pinnacle of the game is trying to move up the footballing pyramid. And with their desire for success so high, play-off finals can give memories to fans that last a lifetime.

Who will be playing in this year’s EFL play-off finals?

This year, we have some spectacular games to look forward to.

In the final of the Championship play-offs, Nottingham Forest collide with Huddersfield. Former Champions League winners Forest overcame the agony of a penalty shootout against Sheffield United thanks to their goalkeeper Brice Samba.

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Meanwhile, ‘The Terriers’ scored a goal in the last ten minutes of their second leg tie against Luton to secure their place in the historic match-up.

Furthermore, after getting relegated from the Premier League five years ago, Sunderland are looking to work their way back up the English football hierarchy.

Under the management of Alex Neil, they bypassed Sheffield Wednesday to get within touching distance of the first rung on the ladder. But they won’t have it easy in the League One play-off final, as they take on Wycombe Wanderers.

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Gareth Ainsworth’s side are looking to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt after relegation last season. Despite losing to MK Dons in the second leg of their semi-final tie, the Wycombe defence was able to cope with enormous pressure, and a 2-0 victory in the first game was enough to see them through.

The League Two play-off final takes place between Mansfield and Port Vale. The Stags had a relatively serene route to the final as they picked up two wins over Northampton.

In contrast, Port Vale fans had to cover their eyes as their side scraped past Swindon in a dramatic penalty shootout.

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If you want to watch these tremendous contests, you’ll need to know the details. So luckily for you, we’ve got them all below.

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What are the kick-off times for the EFL Play-off finals?

Here are the relevant details and kick-off times for all three play-off finals (all times in BST):

  • Saturday 21st May – Sunderland vs Wycombe Wanderers (League One) – 3pm
  • Saturday 28th May – Mansfield Town vs Port Vale (League Two) – 4pm
  • Sunday 29th May – Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield Town (Championship) – 4:30pm

How can I watch the EFL play-off finals?

Supporters can indulge in all of the excitement via Sky Sports. They can purchase a monthly subscription for £25 per month.

For further information and additional details on other subscription options, click here.

Where will the EFL play-off finals take place?

As with the tradition, these monstrous games will go ahead at the English national football stadium. The players will have the opportunity to achieve their wildest dreams as they walk out onto the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

And not only will they get to tick something off the bucket list, but so will some of the fans who will loudly cheer from the stands.

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Who are the match officials for the EFL play-off finals?

The EFL have confirmed the following match official appointments for this year’s play-off finals:

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  • Referee: Simon Hooper
  • Assistant Referees: Adam Crysell and Craig Taylor
  • Fourth Official: Tim Robinson
  • Reserve Assistant Referee: Greg Read
  • VAR: Lee Mason
  • AVAR: Matthew Wilkes

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