EFL: How to follow Championship return, plus League One and League Two play-offs

Brentford v Fulham
Fulham will host west London rivals Brentford in the first game when the Championship resumes on Saturday

English Football League action returns on Thursday, after more than three months away because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first legs of the League Two play-off semi-finals kick off a congested schedule, which will see Championship clubs back in action on Saturday.

The EFL and its clubs are asking supporters to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid congregating outside stadiums as part of a new campaign message: 'When we play, please stay away' ahead of EFL matches returning for the first time since March on a behind-closed-doors basis.

Here's everything you need to know about how to follow the remaining games between now and early August.

Television

Brentford's trip to promotion rivals Fulham heralds the return of the Championship and will be the first of 30 of the remaining 108 regular-season games to be broadcast live by Sky Sports.

Unlike in the Premier League, none of these will be on free-to-air television.

Quest will screen an extended 90-minute EFL highlights show every Wednesday and Saturday until the end of the season.

Season ticket-holders at Championship clubs will be able to watch all of their team's remaining regular-season games online via the EFL's iFollow streaming service or their club's equivalent streaming platform.

Access will be through the club with which the supporter holds the season ticket and "may be in lieu of a refund or part of a wider package as determined by each individual club".

Those without season tickets will be able to watch a stream of an individual Championship fixture for £10.

All play-off matches in the Championship, League One and League Two will be broadcast by Sky Sports.

The League One play-offs will begin on Friday, 3 July.

For people living outside of the UK, you can watch your team in action using your club's iFollow service.

Radio

BBC local radio stations will continue to bring you commentary on your team as the action unfolds.

Unfortunately, rights restrictions mean the games cannot be broadcast online.

Online

BBC Sport will be offering an extensive live text service on the remaining games across the website and app.

There will be coverage of all Championship matches, either individually or as part of a full EFL live text commentary.

Every play-off game across the Championship, League One and League Two will be covered individually.

First fixtures

Thursday, 18 June

League Two play-off semi-finals, first leg (all times BST)

  • Colchester United v Exeter City (17:15)
  • Northampton Town v Cheltenham Town (19:45)

Saturday, 20 June

Championship (15:00 BST unless stated)

  • Fulham v Brentford (12:30)
  • Millwall v Derby County (13:00)
  • Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City
  • Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic
  • Hull City v Charlton Athletic
  • Luton Town v Preston North End
  • Middlesbrough v Swansea City (12:30)
  • Queens Park Rangers v Barnsley
  • Reading v Stoke City
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
  • West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City

Sunday, 21 June

Championship

  • Cardiff City v Leeds United (12:00)

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