EFL play-offs: Kick-off times, final dates, how to watch

At the end of every season, football fans nervily watch their teams play in the EFL play-offs with the hope of promotion hanging in the balance. We’ve got all the dates, so you won’t have to miss a second of the action.

Sadly, not every supporter will get to witness their club galavant around Europe on the hunt for international success. For some, the pinnacle of the sport is watching their team get promoted to the division above.

Sometimes, this comes simply. For example, Fulham have absolutely cruised their way to winning the Championship this season, with Aleksandar Mitrovic already scoring an incredible 43 league goals. That has granted them automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Read more: Aleksandar Mitrovic hurtles towards incredible goal record

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But although their fans are quite rightfully overjoyed with winning another piece of silverware, or just simply sealing automatic promotion, some argue that there is a much more exciting way to go up.

The annual play-offs between the four best teams in the league who haven’t already earned promotion always provides fireworks.

With a place at Wembley on the line, the clubs meet in the semi-finals, with the winners going on to play on the grandest stage of them all. Usually, the supporters and, indeed, the players, wouldn’t get an opportunity like this. That is what makes it all the more special.

With so much on the line, the clubs involved give it their everything, making the games unmissable TV. So to make sure you can watch every last moment, we’ve got all the information you need so you don’t have to miss a second.

EFL play-offs dates – When are the semi-finals?

League One

  • Thursday 5th May – Wycombe vs MK Dons (7:45pm)
  • Friday 6th May – Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday (7:45pm)
  • Sunday 8th May – MK Dons vs Wycombe (6:30pm)
  • Monday 9th May – Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland (7:45pm)
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  • Friday 13th May – Luton vs Huddersfield – 1st Leg (7:45pm)
  • Saturday 14th May – Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest – 1st Leg (3:00pm)
  • Monday 16th May – Huddersfield vs Luton – 2nd Leg (7:45pm)
  • Tuesday 17th May – Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United – 2nd Leg (7:45pm)

League Two

  • Saturday 14th May – Mansfield vs Northampton – 1st Leg (7:45pm)
  • Sunday 15th May – Swindon vs Port Vale – 1st Leg (12:00pm)
  • Wednesday 18th May – Northampton vs Mansfield – 2nd Leg (7:45pm)
  • Thursday 19th May – Port Vale vs Swindon – 2nd Leg (7:45pm)

EFL play-offs dates – When are the finals?

  • Saturday 21st May – League One Play-off Final – Wycombe vs Sunderland (3:00pm)
  • Saturday 28th May – League Two Play-off Final (4:00pm)
  • Sunday 29th May – Championship Play-off Final – Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield (4:30pm)

Fans can watch the exciting fixtures unfold live on Sky Sports. To find out more about how to get a Sky Sports subscription, details can be found here.

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