England’s second-tier comprises some of the nation’s best-supported clubs and they’ll be pushing for a spot in the upper-division.
The Championship play-offs represent some of the most exciting and potentially lucrative matches in world soccer, with a place in the Premier League on offer.
Four teams battle it out for the coveted promotion prize and the tension could be excruciating as fans reside in hope that their team could get to the promised land of English soccer.
With the race for the playoffs starting to warm up, Goal brings you all you will need to know, including which groups are involved, once the games are, the way to watch and much more.
Which are the Championship play-offs?
The Championship play-offs at England are a collection of knock-out games that take place at the conclusion of the Championship season so as to ascertain which team earns the last promotion into the Premier League.
While the top two teams in the division earn automatic promotion, the teams that finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth qualify for the play-offs.
A merit-based system is set up to set the semi-final competitions, with third place playing sixth place at a single semi-final and fourth place playing fifth position at another semi-final.
The Championship semi-finals are two-legged affairs, but the away goals rule doesn’t apply. The semi-final winners advance to the play-off closing.
Teams qualified for play-offs
Lots of teams are in with a great chance of qualifying for the Championship play-offs this year, but things could easily change with just under half of the year’s games to be played.
Leeds United and West Brom – that were involved in last year’s edition – would be the branch’s pace-setters in the summit. They’ll be aiming for automatic promotion.
Beneath those two there’s an assortment of teams battling it out, such as Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Millwall, with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City also in the mix.
The 2020 Championship play-off final will be played on Monday, May 25 . Wembley Stadium in London is the traditional place for the game.
Wembley is used for all EFL play-off finals with those for League One and League Two also happening at the venue.
Affectionately known as’The Home of Football’ in England, Wembley is among the largest stadiums in the world and Championship play-off finals regularly attract unsuspecting audiences.
The 2019 Championship play-off closing between Aston Villa and Derby County, by way of instance, attracted an audience of 85,826.