When are the EFL playoffs? Championship, League One, League Two dates, kick off times and all the details you need

In the EFL, it’s time to bring the agony and ecstasy of the play-offs closer.

Each year, four teams in each of the Football League’s three divisions – Championship, League One and League Two – compete in the play-offs, with only one making it through to the final at Wembley.

Nottingham Forest beat Huddersfield in last year's Championship play-off final.


Nottingham Forest beat Huddersfield in last year’s Championship play-off final.Photo credit: Reuters

Championship sides vying for a top six spot will have their eye on a Premier League spot and all the money that comes with that valuable promotion.

Burnley and Sheffield United have already booked their place in next season’s top division but there remains one place to join them.

Luton Town and Middlesbrough will definitely be involved in the dramatic Championship play-offs this year, regardless of what happens on the final day.

5th and 6th are still up for grabs, with Coventry, Millwall, Sunderland, West Brom and Blackburn Rovers all in talks.

When are the EFL play-off semi-finals?

Here are all the confirmed dates for this year’s EFL play-off semi-finals:


  • Semi-finals 1st Leg – 6th v 3rd on Saturday 13 May – Kick-off: 5:30pm BST
  • Semi-finals 1st Leg – 5th v 4th on Sunday 14 May – Kick-off: 12pm BST
  • Semi-Finals 2nd Leg – 3rd v 6th on Tuesday 16 May – Kick-off: 8pm BST
  • Semi-finals 2nd leg – 4v5 on Wednesday 17 May – Kick-off: 20.00 BST

League One:

  • Semi-finals 1st leg – Peterborough United – Sheffield Wednesday on Friday 12 May – Kick-off: 20:00 BST
  • Semi-finals 1st leg – Bolton Wanderers – Barnsley on Saturday 13 May – kick-off: 15:00CET
  • Semi Final 2nd Leg – Sheffield Wednesday v Peterborough United on Thursday 18 May – Kick-off: 20:00 BST
  • Semi Final 2nd Leg – Bolton Wanderers v Barnsley on Friday 19 May – Kick-off: 20:00 BST

League Two:

  • Semi-finals 1st leg – Salford City v Stockport on Saturday 13 May – Kick-off: 19:45 BST
  • Semi-finals 1st leg – Braford v Carlisle on Sunday 14 May – Kick-off: 19:00 BST
  • Semi Final 2nd Leg – Stockport vs Salford City on Saturday 20 May – Kick-off: 12:30pm BST
  • Semi-Finals 2nd Leg – Carlisle vs Bradford on Saturday 20 May – Kick-off: 15:00 BST

When are the EFL play-off finals?

All EFL play-off finals are played at Wembley Stadium.

  • The Championship Play-off Finals will take place on Saturday 27th May – Kick-off: 4:45pm BST
  • The League One Playoff Final takes place on Monday 29th May – Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • The League Two Playoff Finals will take place on Sunday 28 May – Kick-off: 13:30 BST

What channel is the EFL playoffs on and can they be streamed live?

  • Coverage of all EFL playoff games will be streamed live on Sky Sports Football.
  • Sky Sports subscribers can stream all the action live via the NOW app.
  • The NOW app is free to download on your phone or tablet.


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: clarefora@dailynationtoday.com.

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