2020–21 in English football

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Football in England
Season2020–21
Men's football
Premier League Manchester City
Championship Norwich City
League One Hull City
League Two Cheltenham Town
National League Sutton United
FA Cup Leicester City
EFL Trophy Sunderland
EFL Cup Manchester City
Community Shield Arsenal
Women's football
FA Women's Super League Chelsea
FA Women's League Cup Chelsea
Community Shield Chelsea
  2019–20 Flag of England.svg 2021–22  

The 2020–21 season is the 141st season of competitive association football in England.

Contents

National teams

England national football team

Results and fixtures

Friendlies
8 October 2020 England  Flag of England.svg3–0Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales London, England
19:45 BST
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
12 November 2020 England  Flag of England.svg3–0Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland London, England
19:45 BST
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
2 June 2021 England  Flag of England.svg1–0Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Middlesbrough, England
20:00 BST
Report Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
6 June 2021 England  Flag of England.svg1–0Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Middlesbrough, England
17:00 BST
Report Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
UEFA Nations League
Group 2
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of Denmark.svg Flag of England.svg Flag of Iceland.svg
1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 6501166+1015Qualification to Nations League Finals 4–2 2–0 5–1
2Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 631287+110 [lower-alpha 1] 0–2 0–0 2–1
3Flag of England.svg  England 631274+310 [lower-alpha 1] 2–1 0–1 4–0
4Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland (R)6006317140Relegation to League B 1–2 0–3 0–1
Source: UEFA
(R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head points: Denmark 4, England 1.
5 September 2020 Iceland  Flag of Iceland.svg0–1Flag of England.svg  England Reykjavik, Iceland
19:45 BST Report
Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
Attendance: 0 [note 1]
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
8 September 2020 Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg0–0Flag of England.svg  England Copenhagen, Denmark
19:45 BST Report Stadium: Parken
Attendance: 0 [note 1]
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
11 October 2020 England  Flag of England.svg2–1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium London, England
19:45 BST
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
14 October 2020 England  Flag of England.svg0–1Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark London, England
19:45 BST Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
15 November 2020 Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg2–0Flag of England.svg  England Brussels, Belgium
19:45 BST
Report Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
18 November 2020 England  Flag of England.svg4–0Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland London, England
19:45 GMT
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (Portugal)
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
Group I
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of England.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Albania.svg Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Andorra.svg Flag of San Marino.svg
1Flag of England.svg  England 330091+89Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 12 Oct 12 Nov 2–1 5 Sep 5–0
2Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3210104+67Advance to second round 2 Sep 9 Oct 3–3 8 Sep 12 Nov
3Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 320132+16 0–2 5 Sep 12 Oct 15 Nov 8 Sep
4Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 311175+24 8 Sep 15 Nov 2 Sep 3–0 9 Oct
5Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 30031870 9 Oct 1–4 0–1 12 Nov 2 Sep
6Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 3003010100 15 Nov 0–3 0–2 5 Sep 12 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 31 March 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) England  Flag of England.svg5–0Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino London, England
19:45
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (Russia)
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) Albania  Flag of Albania.svg0–2Flag of England.svg  England Tirana, Albania
18:00 Report
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
31 March 2021 (2021-03-31) England  Flag of England.svg2–1Flag of Poland.svg  Poland London, England
19:45
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
UEFA Euro 2020
Group D
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic (X)211031+24Advance to knockout phase
2Flag of England.svg  England (H, X)211010+14
3Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 20111211Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland (H)20110221
Updated to match(es) played on 18 June 2021. Source: UEFA
(H) Host; (X) Assured of top three finish
13 June 2021 (2021-06-13) England  Flag of England.svg1–0Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia London, England
14:00
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 18,497
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
18 June 2021 (2021-06-18) England  Flag of England.svg0–0Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland London, England
20:00 Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 20,306
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
22 June 2021 (2021-06-22) Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svgvFlag of England.svg  England London, England
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

England women's national football team

Results and fixtures

Friendlies
27 October 2020 (2020-10-27) Germany  Flag of Germany.svgP–PFlag of England.svg  England Wiesbaden, Germany
16:00
(16:00 UTC+1)
Stadium: Brita-Arena
1 December 2020 England  Flag of England.svgP–P [lower-alpha 1] Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Sheffield, England
19:15Stadium: Bramall Lane
23 February 2021 England  Flag of England.svg6–0Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Burton upon Trent, England
12:30
Report Stadium: St George's Park
Attendance: Behind-closed-doors
Referee: Lorraine Watson (Scotland)
9 April 2021 France  Flag of France.svg3–1Flag of England.svg  England Caen, France
21:10 CET (UTC+1)
Report
Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano
Referee: Sara Persson (Sweden)
13 April 2021 England  Flag of England.svg0–2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Stoke-on-Trent, England
19:15
Stadium: Bet365 Stadium
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)

UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

Group C
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification MCI POR OLY MAR
1 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 6510131+1216Advance to knockout phase 3–1 3–0 3–0
2 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto 6411103+713 0–0 2–0 3–0
3 Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos 610521083 [lower-alpha 2] Transfer to Europa League 0–1 0–2 1–0
4 Flag of France.svg Marseille 6105213113 [lower-alpha 2] 0–3 0–2 2–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. Cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Norway. [3]
  2. 1 2 Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head away goals: Olympiacos 1, Marseille 0.
Group D
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification LIV ATA AJX MID
1 Flag of England.svg Liverpool 6411103+713Advance to knockout phase 0–2 1–0 2–0
2 Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta 6321108+211 0–5 2–2 1–1
3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax 62137707Transfer to Europa League 0–1 0–1 3–1
4 Flag of Denmark.svg Midtjylland 602441392 1–1 0–4 1–2
Source: UEFA
Group E
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification CHE SEV KRA REN
1 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 6420142+1214Advance to knockout phase 0–0 1–1 3–0
2 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla 641198+113 0–4 3–2 1–0
3 Flag of Russia.svg Krasnodar 612361155Transfer to Europa League 0–4 1–2 1–0
4 Flag of France.svg Rennes 601531181 1–2 1–3 1–1
Source: UEFA
Group H
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification PAR RBL MUN IBFK
1 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain 6402136+712 [lower-alpha 1] Advance to knockout phase 1–0 1–2 5–1
2 Flag of Germany.svg RB Leipzig 64021112112 [lower-alpha 1] 2–1 3–2 2–0
3 Flag of England.svg Manchester United 63031510+59Transfer to Europa League 1–3 5–0 4–1
4 Flag of Turkey.svg İstanbul Başakşehir 6105718113 0–2 3–4 2–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head away goals: Paris Saint-Germain 1, RB Leipzig 0.

Knockout phase

Round of 16
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Borussia Mönchengladbach Flag of Germany.svg 0–4 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 0–2 0–2
Atlético Madrid Flag of Spain.svg 0–3 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 0–1 0–2
RB Leipzig Flag of Germany.svg 0–4 Flag of England.svg Liverpool 0–2 0–2
Quarter-finals
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Manchester City Flag of England.svg 4–2 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund 2–1 2–1
Porto Flag of Portugal.svg 1–2 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 0–2 1–0
Real Madrid Flag of Spain.svg 3–1 Flag of England.svg Liverpool 3–1 0–0
Semi-finals
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Paris Saint-Germain Flag of France.svg 1–4 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 1–2 0–2
Real Madrid Flag of Spain.svg 1–3 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 1–1 0–2
Final
Manchester City Flag of England.svg 0–1 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
Report
Attendance: 14,110 [4]

UEFA Europa League

UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round

Second qualifying round
Team 1 Score Team 2
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria.svg 1–2 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
Third qualifying round
Team 1 Score Team 2
Shkëndija Flag of North Macedonia.svg 1–3 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
Play-off round
Team 1 Score Team 2
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg 7–2 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Haifa

Group stage

Group B
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification ARS MOL RW DUN
1 Flag of England.svg Arsenal 6600205+1518Advance to knockout phase 4–1 4–1 3–0
2 Flag of Norway.svg Molde 6312911210 0–3 1–0 3–1
3 Flag of Austria.svg Rapid Wien 6213111327 1–2 2–2 4–3
4 Flag of Ireland.svg Dundalk 6006819110 2–4 1–2 1–3
Source: UEFA
Group G
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification LEI BRA ZOR AEK
1 Flag of England.svg Leicester City 6411145+913 [lower-alpha 1] Advance to knockout phase 4–0 3–0 2–0
2 Flag of Portugal.svg Braga 64111410+413 [lower-alpha 1] 3–3 2–0 3–0
3 Flag of Ukraine.svg Zorya Luhansk 620461156 1–0 1–2 1–4
4 Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens 610571583 1–2 2–4 0–3
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head points: Leicester City 4, Braga 1.
Group J
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification TOT ANT LASK LUD
1 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 6411155+1013Advance to knockout phase 2–0 3–0 4–0
2 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Antwerp 640285+312 1–0 0–1 3–1
3 Flag of Austria.svg LASK 63121112110 3–3 0–2 4–3
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad 6006719120 1–3 1–2 1–3
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase

Round of 32
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Wolfsberger AC Flag of Austria.svg 1–8 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 1–4 0–4
Real Sociedad Flag of Spain.svg 0–4 Flag of England.svg Manchester United 0–4 0–0
Benfica Flag of Portugal.svg 3–4 Flag of England.svg Arsenal 1–1 2–3
Slavia Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2–0 Flag of England.svg Leicester City 0–0 2–0
Round of 16
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Olympiacos Flag of Greece.svg 2–3 Flag of England.svg Arsenal 1–3 1–0
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg 2–3 [upper-alpha 1] Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb 2–0 0–3 (a.e.t.)
Manchester United Flag of England.svg 2–1 Flag of Italy.svg Milan 1–1 1–0

Notes

  1. Order of legs between Tottenham Hotspur and Dinamo Zagreb were reversed after original draw, in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Arsenal v Olympiacos second leg in the same city on 18 March, as Arsenal were the domestic cup winners and given higher priority over Tottenham Hotspur. [5] [6]
Quarter-finals
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Granada Flag of Spain.svg 0–4 Flag of England.svg Manchester United 0–2 0–2
Arsenal Flag of England.svg 5–1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague 1–1 4–0
Semi-finals
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Manchester United Flag of England.svg 8–5 Flag of Italy.svg Roma 6–2 2–3
Villarreal Flag of Spain.svg 2–1 Flag of England.svg Arsenal 2–1 0–0
Final

UEFA Youth League

On 17 February 2021, the UEFA Executive Committee cancelled the tournament. [8]

UEFA Champions League Path

Team 1 Score Team 2
Olympiacos Flag of Greece.svg 3 Mar Flag of England.svg Manchester City
Manchester United Flag of England.svg 2 Mar Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
Chelsea Flag of England.svg 3 Mar Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Salzburg
Liverpool Flag of England.svg 2 Mar Flag of France.svg Marseille

UEFA Women's Champions League

Knockout phase

Round of 32
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Kopparbergs/Göteborg Flag of Sweden.svg 1–5 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 1–2 0–3
Benfica Flag of Portugal.svg 0–8 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 0–5 0–3
Round of 16
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Manchester City Flag of England.svg 8–0 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina 3–0 5–0
Chelsea Flag of England.svg 3–1 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid 2–0 1–1
Quarter-finals
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg 4–2 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 3–0 1–2
Chelsea Flag of England.svg 5–1 Flag of Germany.svg VfL Wolfsburg 2–1 3–0
Semi-finals
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Bayern Munich Flag of Germany.svg 3–5 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 2–1 1–4
Final
Chelsea Flag of England.svg 0–4 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
Report

Men's football

LeaguePromoted to leagueRelegated from leagueExpelled or DissolvedRe-elected
Premier League

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Championship

None

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League One

Bury

None

League Two

None

National League

None

Premier League

In a season played almost entirely behind closed doors, Manchester City overcame a shaky start to the campaign and secured their third Premier League title in four seasons – having stood in eighth place in mid-December, the team went on an impressive 13-match winning run that sent them rocketing up the table and into first place, despite a succession of unexpected losses in the closing stages of the season, securing the title on top of a fourth consecutive League Cup victory and reaching their first ever Champions League final, losing in an all-English final to Chelsea. City rivals Manchester United finished not far behind them, despite not really being in the title race for much of the season, a consequence of a poor start which included three home losses in their opening six games (with further losses to Sheffield United, Leicester City and Liverpool at the turn of the year); however, the Red Devils at least ensured Champions League football once again, thanks in part to a remarkable run of form that saw them go unbeaten away from home all season.

The battle for the last two Champions League spots ended up going to the final day, with Chelsea, Leicester City and Liverpool battling it out – remarkably taking third spot were Liverpool, whose first title defence since 1990 ended up being one of struggle; whilst the Merseyside club stood top at the end of 2020, a complete collapse in form in the new year saw both the team's hopes of retaining the title as well as their 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield practically implode under the weight of both a lack of fans and an extensive injury crisis, including a season-ending injury to star defender Virgil van Dijk just five games into the campaign – however, a strong late run of form, coupled with the teams above them dropping points, helped the Reds to close the gap and squeeze into the top four. Chelsea finished fourth, a strong second half of the season under new manager Thomas Tuchel pushing the Blues from as ninth near the end of January to both securing a Champions League spot again and winning their first Champions League final since 2012 with victory over Manchester City, ending a mixed season (which included a second consecutive FA Cup final loss in a row) on a high. Having spent the most days in the top four for the season, another stuttering end to the league saw Leicester City finish fifth yet again and just barely miss out on the Champions League, with inferior home form compared to form on the road ultimately costing them; however, the Foxes at least finished the season with a trophy, winning their first ever FA Cup final and giving manager Brendan Rodgers his first piece of silverware with the club.

Finishing sixth were West Ham United, who surprised many in the season and went one further than their seventh-place finish in 2016 in manager David Moyes' first full campaign as Hammers boss, securing their biggest Premier League points total and a Europa League group spot for next year – the only blemish being an inconsistent end to the season, which cost what could have been potentially a shock top-four finish. London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed differing form across their campaigns, the Gunners even hovering above the drop zone in November, but ended up battling it out for seventh place and the last European spot – which ultimately went to Tottenham, at least ensuring European football for the club next season. Leeds United's first top-flight season since 2004 proved to be ultimately successful for the Yorkshire side, both the team and veteran Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa attracting plenty of praise for their attacking football and providing some spectacular results even in defeat, the Lilywhites comfortably securing 59 points, the highest for a promoted side since 2001.

Despite achieving some superb results, including taking four points off city rivals Liverpool in two controversial Merseyside derby games, Everton's hopes of European football were let down by a poor run of form on their home ground, securing just six wins compared to eleven on the road, ending their season in a disappointing tenth. In what ended up being Nuno Espirito Santo's last season as head coach, Wolverhampton Wanderers endured what ended up being a less successful campaign than their previous two, the loss of star striker Raúl Jiménez to a freak accident in a win at Arsenal contributed to the Black Country club falling down the table after a decent start and only avoiding a relegation scrap because of the poor form of the teams below them. In what also ended up being Roy Hodgson's final season as a manager, Crystal Palace also comfortably avoided the drop, extending their record run of top-flight seasons to nine in a row for the next campaign.

At the bottom of the table, all three relegated teams ended up occupying the spots with at least three games to go, and for the first time since the introduction of three points for a win in the top-flight, none of the relegated sides broke the 30-point barrier. Just one season after breaking into the top ten, Sheffield United endured one of the worst seasons in their history, breaking many unwanted records and equalling the record for the most losses in a Premier League season and the lowest goals scored in a 38-game season, though a series of wins in the second half of the campaign meant they ended up with a points total that, while still poor, was far from the worst in Premier League history. West Bromwich Albion finished above them, the controversial decision to sack manager Slaven Bilic in December in favour of Sam Allardyce going against the Baggies, the former England manager suffering only his second relegation in his managerial history (and his first since 1997), as they fell back into the Championship after a single season. Also returning to the second tier after one season was Fulham; despite enjoying a much better campaign defensively and securing some impressive wins, the London club's hopes were ultimately let down by a lack of goals (including just nine scored at Craven Cottage) and a high number of draws, making it the fourth season in a row where they moved between the Premier League and the Championship.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester City (C)3827568332+5186Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester United 38211167344+2974
3 Liverpool 3820996842+2669
4 Chelsea 38191095836+2267
5 Leicester City 38206126850+1866Qualification for the Europa League group stage [lower-alpha 1]
6 West Ham United 38198116247+1565
7 Tottenham Hotspur 38188126845+2362Qualification for the Europa Conference League play-off round [lower-alpha 2]
8 Arsenal 38187135539+1661
9 Leeds United 38185156254+859
10 Everton 38178134748159
11 Aston Villa 38167155546+955
12 Newcastle United 381291746621645
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 381291736521645
14 Crystal Palace 381281841662544
15 Southampton 381271947682143
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 38914154046641
17 Burnley 381091933552239
18 Fulham (R)385132027532628Relegation to the EFL Championship
19 West Bromwich Albion (R)385112235764126
20 Sheffield United (R)38722920634323
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) If the champions, relegated teams or qualified teams for UEFA competitions cannot be determined by rules 1 to 3, rules 4.1 to 4.3 are applied – 4.1) Points gained in head to head record between such teams; 4.2) Away goals scored in head to head record between such teams; 4.3) Play-offs [10]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. Since the winners of the 2020–21 FA Cup, Leicester City, also qualified for the Europa League based on league position, the second Europa League group stage berth allocated to England was transferred to the sixth-placed team.
  2. Since the winners of the 2020–21 EFL Cup, Manchester City, qualified for European competition based on league position, the Europa Conference League berth awarded to the EFL Cup winners was transferred to the highest-placed Premier League team not already qualified for European competition, the seventh-placed team.

Championship

Having been relegated on a whimper the previous year, Norwich City responded in emphatic style, securing both an immediate return to the Premier League and their second Championship title in three campaigns – whilst ultimately finishing with a lower goal record compared to other seasons, despite Finnish striker Teemu Pukki recording another superb goal haul, the Canaries enjoyed a rare and much-improved season in defence. Finishing second were Watford, who overcame yet another mid-season managerial change (their sixth in just over a year) to join the Canaries in returning to the top-flight after one season, a superb run of form in 2021 earning Spanish head coach Xisco Munoz promotion on top of the Hornets also having their own impressive defence, conceding the least number of goals for any second-tier team since losing play-off finalists Preston North End in 2006. Taking the final spot through the playoffs by beating Swansea City - and ending a barren run of nine playoff campaigns across their history without success - were Brentford, who made amends for their narrow final loss the previous year and secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time, their win also sending the Bees back into the top-flight for the first time in 74 years; in addition, in a first for English football, all three promoted managers from any of the Football League divisions came from outside the British Isles.

Despite ultimately losing out in the playoff semi-finals, Barnsley were undoubtedly the surprise package of the campaign; having looked likely to battle relegation yet again at the end of October and then seeing their head coach depart for America, the appointment of unknown French manager Valérien Ismaël saw the Tykes rocket up the table - with some impressive results along the way to boot - and comfortably secure 5th place. After having battled against relegation since losing in the play-off final in 2017, Reading enjoyed a much improved season under Serbian head coach Veljko Paunović, only missing out on promotion owing to several bouts of indifferent form throughout the season that the teams above them took advantage of. Despite hovering above the relegation zone for much of the season, Coventry City managed to pull themselves over the line in their first season in the second tier since 2012, a good run of results in the closing months of the campaign pushing them firmly into mid-table - whilst the Sky Blues also received some good news off-pitch, managing to secure a new contract to return to their home stadium of the Ricoh Arena after two seasons away.

For the second reason running, the battle to avoid relegation saw all three places left wide open going into the last round of games – taking bottom place in the closing minutes of the season were Sheffield Wednesday, who fought valiantly to avoid the drop, only for the points deduction (twelve later reduced to six on appeal) for breaching financial rules imposed prior to the start of the season result in survival falling out of their reach, sending the Yorkshire club back into the third tier after a nine-year absence. Rotherham United finished second-bottom, and were relegated straight back to League One, making this the fifth successive season in which they swapped between the two divisions; despite ending up as statistically the worst team in the division, they managed to keep themselves in contention for survival – mostly because of having a multitude of games in hand as a result of two COVID-19 outbreaks – and would actually have survived had they not conceded an 88th-minute equaliser in their final match. Despite having what proved to be a spirited first season in the Championship, Wycombe Wanderers endured an immediate relegation back to League One, their chances ultimately being undone by a dreadful start that saw them lose their first seven games of the campaign, but at least staving off relegation until the last day of the season. Derby County, who struggled all season despite the appointment of Wayne Rooney as manager in November, would also have been relegated if not for Wednesday's points deduction; they did secure survival on the final day by holding Wednesday to a draw, albeit the result would have relegated them both without Rotherham conceding a late equaliser.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Norwich City (C, P)46291077536+3997Promotion to the Premier League
2 Watford (P)46271096330+3391
3 Brentford (O, P)46241577942+3787Qualification for Championship play-offs
4 Swansea City 462311125639+1780
5 Barnsley 46239145850+878
6 Bournemouth 462211137346+2777
7 Reading 461913146254+870
8 Cardiff City 461814146649+1768
9 Queens Park Rangers 461911165755+268
10 Middlesbrough 461810185553+264
11 Millwall 461517144752562
12 Luton Town 4617111841521162
13 Preston North End 46187214956761
14 Stoke City 461515165052260
15 Blackburn Rovers 461512196554+1157
16 Coventry City 4614131949611255
17 Nottingham Forest 461216183745852
18 Birmingham City 4613132037612452
19 Bristol City 461562546682251
20 Huddersfield Town 4612132150712149
21 Derby County 4611112436582244
22 Wycombe Wanderers (R)4611102539693043Relegation to EFL League One
23 Rotherham United (R)461192644601642
24 Sheffield Wednesday (R)4612112340612141 [lower-alpha 1]
Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Wins; 6) Away goals; 7) Penalty points (sec 9.5); 8) 12-point sending off offences [13]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. Sheffield Wednesday received a 12 point deduction for breaching the League's Profitability and Sustainability Rules. This was later reduced to 6 points by an Independent League Arbitration panel. [11] [12]

League One

Playing in the third tier for the first time since 2005, Hull City made amends for their dramatic collapse in form and consequent relegation the previous season, this time being in the top two for almost the entire campaign and ultimately emerging as champions. Peterborough United finished as runners-up, making this the third time that manager Darren Ferguson had taken the club into the Championship, and his fourth promotion with the club overall; whilst a number of poor results nearly went against them, the Posh successfully achieved promotion in a 3–3 draw with Lincoln City. Taking the final promotion via the playoffs and ending a six-year exile from the second tier were Blackpool, who marked the end of their first full season under manager Neil Critchley in spectacular fashion; despite making a slow start to the campaign, the Seasiders rocketed up the table and solidified themselves in the top six, coming from behind to beat Lincoln City in the final.

Whilst ultimately missing out on promotion yet again, Sunderland did at least secure some success in their third consecutive League One season by winning their first EFL Trophy - whilst also gaining new ownership in the process, in the form of 24 year old businessman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus. A very poor start to the campaign for Burton Albion saw the Brewers pulled into a relegation battle, a battle which was won with games to spare following the return of influential manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for a second spell as manager. Wigan Athletic endured what proved to be yet another turbulent season both on and off the pitch, battling both a potential second successive relegation (and a potential fourth in seven seasons) and an uncertain future; however, a superb run of form late in the season that coincided with the Latics managing to find new ownership helped save the Manchester club from the drop.

Bristol Rovers finished bottom and returned to League Two for the first time in five years, with three different managers all trying and failing to improve the club's fortunes during the season. Swindon Town's season rapidly fell apart after promotion-winning manager Richie Wellens moved to Salford City early in the campaign, finishing the season with both the most defeats and the worst defence in the division as they suffered immediate relegation back to League Two; fellow newly-promoted side Northampton Town joined them in immediate relegation, ultimately being cost dear by a terrible run of form in the winter. Rochdale occupied the fourth and final relegation spot, bringing an end to their longest spell to date in the third tier and finally enduring the relegation they had battled against in previous seasons.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Hull City (C, P)46278118038+4289Promotion to the EFL Championship
2 Peterborough United (P)46269118346+3787
3 Blackpool (O, P)462311126037+2380Qualification for League One play-offs
4 Sunderland 46201797042+2877
5 Lincoln City 462211136950+1977
6 Oxford United 46228167756+2174
7 Charlton Athletic 462014127056+1474
8 Portsmouth 46219166551+1472
9 Ipswich Town 461912154646069
10 Gillingham 461910176360+367
11 Accrington Stanley 461813156368567
12 Crewe Alexandra 461812165661566
13 Milton Keynes Dons 461811176462+265
14 Doncaster Rovers 46197206367464
15 Fleetwood Town 461612184946+360
16 Burton Albion 4615121961731257
17 Shrewsbury Town 461315185057754
18 Plymouth Argyle 4614112153802753
19 AFC Wimbledon 4612151954701651
20 Wigan Athletic 461392454772348
21 Rochdale (R)4611142161781747Relegation to EFL League Two
22 Northampton Town (R)4611122341672645
23 Swindon Town (R)461342955893443
24 Bristol Rovers (R)461082840703038
Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Wins; 6) Away goals; 7) Penalty points (sec 9.5); 8) 12-point sending off offences [14]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

League Two

In a campaign marked with constant change among the top three, Cheltenham Town secured promotion back to League One for the first time since 2009, having stayed in the promotion race for nearly the entire season before edging back into the top three in late February, never once leaving it. The battle for both the remaining automatic promotion places and the playoff spots ended up going to the final day, with eight different clubs battling it out – but ultimately taking second and third place were Cambridge United and Bolton Wanderers; despite a poor run of form in December, promotion had never looked unlikely for Cambridge United, the U's securing promotion to the third tier for the first time since 2002, giving manager Mark Bonner his first promotion of his managerial career. Having spent the majority of the season looking likely to battle a third successive relegation, a surge in form in 2021 saw Bolton Wanderers rocket up the table and sneak into third place, securing an immediate return to League One and giving hope for a revival in form for the Manchester club after years of struggle on and off the field. Winning the play-off final, and thereby securing promotion to the third tier for the first time in their history was Morecambe; a remarkable achievement considering their consistent battles against relegation in the previous seasons (which had seen them only escape relegation the previous season due to the demise of both Bury and Macclesfield Town), seeing off Newport County via a controversial penalty in extra time.

In their first ever Football League season, Harrogate Town defied all expectations and achieved safety with a number of games to spare – whilst inconsistent form prevented the Yorkshire side from challenging for promotion, they were never in any serious danger of an immediate return to non-league football. Barrow's first Football League season for 48 years saw the North West club ultimately secure survival against all odds – whilst first hit by the loss of influential manager Ian Evatt to Bolton Wanderers and then sacking two different managers before the end of February with results and form looking bleak, the club managed to pull themselves over the line thanks in part to caretaker manager Rob Kelly, who oversaw 10 of the Bluebirds' 13 wins in both his caretaker spells.

At the other end of the table, Grimsby Town endured a season full of struggle on and off the pitch that ultimately culminated in relegation – with even the return of manager Paul Hurst, who had overseen their return to the Football League in 2016, failing to help the Lincolnshire club escape the drop. Finishing just above them were Southend United, who suffered their second consecutive relegation and fell out of the Football League for the first time in their history, a run of just one win in their opening 15 games on top of an inability to score (their total of 29 goals being the lowest scored by anyone in a 24-team division since 1982) ended up setting the tone for the Essex club's hopes and in similar circumstances to Grimsby, the return of former manager Phil Brown late in the season proved to be too late to save the Shrimpers from losing their 101-year Football League status.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Cheltenham Town (C, P)462410126139+2282Promotion to the EFL League One
2 Cambridge United (P)46248147349+2480
3 Bolton Wanderers (P)462310135950+979
4 Morecambe (O, P)46239146958+1178Qualification for League Two play-offs
5 Newport County 462013135742+1573
6 Forest Green Rovers 462013135951+873
7 Tranmere Rovers 462013135550+573
8 Salford City 461914135434+2071
9 Exeter City 461816127150+2170
10 Carlisle United 461812166051+966
11 Leyton Orient 461710195355261
12 Crawley Town 461613175662661
13 Port Vale 46179205757060
14 Stevenage 461418144141060
15 Bradford City 461611194853559
16 Mansfield Town 461319145755+258
17 Harrogate Town 46169215261957
18 Oldham Athletic 46159227281954
19 Walsall 461120154553853
20 Colchester United 4611181744611751
21 Barrow 461311225359650
22 Scunthorpe United 461392441642348
23 Southend United (R)4610152129582945Relegation to National League
24 Grimsby Town (R)4610132337693243
Updated to match(es) played on 31 May 2021. Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Wins; 6) Away goals; 7) Penalty points (sec 9.5); 8) 12-point sending off offences [15]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

National League

In a season marked with different teams taking top spot across the season, as well as postponement, delays and expunged results off the field, Sutton United finished top in their penultimate game and secured promotion to the Football League for the first time in their 123-year history, despite playing effectively with no fans all season. The battle to qualify for the play-offs saw the last two spots left wide open going into the last round of games, but ultimately saw Torquay United and Stockport County finish second and third, with the play-off quarter-final places being taken by Hartlepool United, Notts County, Chesterfield and Bromley.

Mounting financial problems finally took its toll on Macclesfield Town, who were expelled from the National League and then finally wound up in the High Court before the campaign even began – the only positive coming late in the season, with the assets being rebranded as Macclesfield FC and the new club being given the go-ahead to enter the tenth tier for next season. Dover Athletic also encountered financial problems, which resulted in the team refusing to play due to a lack of promised funding and their results expunged for the season, on top of a points deduction being imposed at the start of the next campaign. As a result of the National League electing to declare the sixth tier null and void, no teams were relegated or promoted between the fifth and sixth tiers; a combination of all these factors proved beneficial for King's Lynn Town and Barnet, who were at threat of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table with the most losses and the worst defences in the division, ensuring fifth tier status for both clubs for next season.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Sutton United (C, P)4225987236+3684Promotion to League Two
2 Torquay United (Q)42231186839+2980Qualification for the National League play-off semi-finals
3 Stockport County 42211476932+3777
4 Hartlepool United (Q)422210106643+2376Qualification for the National League play-off quarter-finals
5 Notts County 422010126241+2170
6 Chesterfield 42216156043+1769
7 Bromley 421912116353+1069
8 Wrexham 421911126443+2168
9 Eastleigh 421812124940+966
10 FC Halifax Town 42198156354+965
11 Solihull Moors 42197165848+1064
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42179165348+560
13 Maidenhead United 421511166260+256
14 Boreham Wood 421316135248+455
15 Aldershot Town 42157205966752
16 Yeovil Town 421572058681052
17 Altrincham 4212111946601447
18 Weymouth 421162545712639
19 Wealdstone 421072549995037
20 Woking 42892542692733
21 King's Lynn Town 427102550984831Reprieved from relegation [lower-alpha 1]
22 Barnet 42872737885131
23 Dover Athletic 00000000 [lower-alpha 2] Results expunged
24 Macclesfield Town 00000000 [lower-alpha 3] Club folded
Source: National League official site
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results [16]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
Notes:
  1. As a result of the knock-on effects of both Macclesfield Town's expulsion from the FA and Dover Athletic's results expunged, the third and fourth bottom teams are reprieved from relegation for numerical reasons.
  2. Dover Athletic refused to play matches due to a lack of promised funding starting with their fixture on 30 January 2021. On 26 March 2021, it was announced the club would play no part in the rest of the season and all results would be expunged.
  3. Macclesfield were deducted 17 points for entering into an insolvency event the previous season, before being expelled from the league on 29 September 2020. At the time of their expulsion before the 2020–21 National League Season, they had played no matches.


League play-offs

Football League play-offs

EFL Championship
Final
Brentford 2–0 Swansea City
Report
Attendance: 11,689
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
EFL League One
Final
Blackpool 2–1 Lincoln City
Dougall Soccerball shade.svg 34', 54' Report Turton Soccerball shade.svg 1' (o.g.)
Attendance: 9,751
Referee: Tony Harrington
    EFL League Two
    Final
    Morecambe 10 (a.e.t.) Newport County
    Mendes Gomes Soccerball shade.svg 107' (pen.) Report
    Attendance: 9,083
    Referee: Bobby Madley

    National League play-offs

    National League
    Final
    Torquay United v Hartlepool United

    Cup competitions

    FA Cup

    Final
    Chelsea 0–1 Leicester City
    Report, Statistics

    EFL Cup

    Final
    Manchester City 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur
    Report

    Community Shield

    EFL Trophy

    2020 Final
    Portsmouth 0–0 (a.e.t.) Salford City
    Report
    Penalties
    2–4
    Attendance: 0
    Referee: Carl Boyeson
    2020–21
    Final
    Sunderland 1–0 Tranmere Rovers
    Report
    Attendance: 0
    Referee: Charles Breakspear

    FA Trophy

    2020 Final
    Concord Rangers 0–1 Harrogate Town [lower-alpha 2]
    Report
    Attendance: 0
    Referee: Peter Bankes
    2020–21
    Final
    Hereford 1–3 Hornchurch
    Report
    Attendance: 6,000
    Referee: Tony Harrington

    Women's football

    FA Women's Super League

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
    1 Chelsea (C)2218316910+5957Qualification for the Champions League Group Stage
    2 Manchester City 2217416513+5255Qualification for the Champions League second round
    3 Arsenal 2215346315+4848Qualification for the Champions League first round
    4 Manchester United 2215254420+2447
    5 Everton 229583930+932
    6 Brighton & Hove Albion 22831121412027
    7 Reading 2259825411624
    8 Tottenham Hotspur 22551218412320
    9 West Ham United 22361321391815
    10 Aston Villa 22361315473215
    11 Birmingham City 22361315442914 [lower-alpha 3]
    12 Bristol City (R)22261418725412Relegation to the Championship
    Source: FA WSL
    Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored.
    (C) Champion; (R) Relegated
    Notes:
    1. The total number of fans allowed to attend the final was established at 8,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
    2. Between the fourth round and the semi-finals, Harrogate were promoted to the Football League through the National League play-offs after the season had finished on an average points-per-game basis due to curtailment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    3. On 7 May 2021, Birmingham City were deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player in a draw against Reading on 25 April 2021. [19]

    FA Women's Championship

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
    1 Leicester City (C, P)2016225416+3850Promotion to the WSL [lower-alpha 1]
    2 Durham 2012623415+1942
    3 Liverpool 2011633715+2239
    4 Sheffield United 2011543715+2238
    5 Lewes 208481922328
    6 London City Lionesses 206681919024
    7 Crystal Palace 2055102736920
    8 Charlton Athletic 2047919291019
    9 Blackburn Rovers 20461020311118
    10 Coventry United 20511421513016
    11 London Bees (R)20321514523811Relegation to the National League
    Source: FA WSL
    Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
    (C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
    Notes:
    1. Dependent on obtaining a licence.

    FA Women's National League

    On 5 June 2020, all results were expunged from the 2019–20 FA Women's National League with no teams being promoted or relegated for the 2020–21 season. [20]

    Cup competitions

    FA Women's Cup

    2019–20 Final

    The final was played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 November 2020. [21]

    Everton (1)1–3 (a.e.t.) Manchester City (1)
    Report
    Attendance: 0
    2020–21
    Final

    The final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 5 December 2021.

    FA Women's League Cup

    Final
    Bristol City 0–6 Chelsea
    Attendance: 0 (behind closed doors)

    Women's FA Community Shield

    Chelsea 2–0 Manchester City
    Report
    Attendance: 0 [note 5]
    Referee: Rebecca Welch (Durham)

    Managerial changes

    This is a list of changes of managers within English league football:

    TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of departurePosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
    Barrow Flag of England.svg Ian Evatt [23] Signed by Bolton Wanderers1 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of England.svg David Dunn [24] 9 July 2020
    Bristol City Flag of England.svg Lee Johnson [25] Sacked4 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of England.svg Dean Holden [26] 10 August 2020
    Tranmere Rovers Flag of Scotland.svg Micky Mellon [27] Signed by Dundee United 6 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of England.svg Mike Jackson [28] 21 July 2020
    Colchester United Flag of England.svg John McGreal [29] Sacked14 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of England.svg Steve Ball [30] 28 July 2020
    Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Danny Schofield [31] End of caretaker spell19 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Corberán [32] 23 July 2020
    Birmingham City 22 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of Spain.svg Aitor Karanka [33] 31 July 2020
    Watford Flag of England.svg Hayden Mullins [34] [35] 22 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of Serbia.svg Vladimir Ivić [36] 15 August 2020
    Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Paul Cook [37] Resigned29 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of Ireland.svg John Sheridan [38] 11 September 2020
    Oldham Athletic Flag of Tunisia.svg Dino Maamria [39] Sacked31 July 2020Pre-Season Flag of Australia (converted).svg Harry Kewell [40] 1 August 2020
    Bournemouth Flag of England.svg Eddie Howe [41] Mutual consent1 August 2020Pre-Season Flag of England.svg Jason Tindall [42] 8 August 2020
    Scunthorpe United Flag of England.svg Russ Wilcox End of caretaker spell7 August 2020Pre-Season Flag of England.svg Neil Cox [43] 7 August 2020
    Reading Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Bowen Mutual consent29 August 2020Pre-Season Flag of Serbia.svg Veljko Paunović [44] 29 August 2020
    Barnsley Flag of Austria.svg Gerhard Struber [45] Signed by New York Red Bulls 6 October 202021st Flag of France.svg Valérien Ismaël [45] 23 October 2020
    Nottingham Forest Flag of France.svg Sabri Lamouchi [46] Sacked6 October 202022nd Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton [46] 6 October 2020
    Salford City Flag of Scotland.svg Graham Alexander [47] 12 October 20205th Flag of England.svg Richie Wellens [48] 4 November 2020
    Mansfield Town Flag of Ireland.svg Graham Coughlan [49] 27 October 202022nd Flag of England.svg Nigel Clough [50] 6 November 2020
    Tranmere Rovers Flag of England.svg Mike Jackson [51] 31 October 202018th Flag of England.svg Keith Hill [52] 21 November 2020
    Swindon Town Flag of England.svg Richie Wellens Signed by Salford City [48] 4 November 202020th Flag of Ireland.svg John Sheridan [53] 13 November 2020
    Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg Garry Monk [54] Sacked9 November 202023rd Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis [55] 13 November 2020
    Wigan Athletic Flag of Ireland.svg John Sheridan [56] Signed by Swindon Town 13 November 202024th Flag of England.svg Leam Richardson (caretaker)13 November 2020
    Bristol Rovers Flag of England.svg Ben Garner [57] Sacked14 November 202018th Flag of England.svg Paul Tisdale [58] 19 November 2020
    Derby County Flag of the Netherlands.svg Phillip Cocu [59] Mutual consent14 November 202024th Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney [lower-alpha 1] [60] [61] 27 November 2020
    Watford Flag of Serbia.svg Vladimir Ivić [62] Sacked19 December 20205th Flag of Spain.svg Xisco Muñoz [63] 20 December 2020
    Shrewsbury Town Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Sam Ricketts [64] 25 November 202023rd Flag of England.svg Steve Cotterill [65] 27 November 2020
    Sheffield Wednesday Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis [66] 28 December 202023rd Flag of Jamaica.svg Darren Moore [67] 1 March 2021
    Sunderland Flag of England.svg Phil Parkinson [68] 29 November 20208th Flag of England.svg Lee Johnson [69] 5 December 2020
    Bradford City Flag of Scotland.svg Stuart McCall [70] 13 December 202022nd Flag of England.svg Mark Trueman
    Flag of England.svg Conor Sellars [71]
    22 February 2021
    Barrow Flag of England.svg David Dunn [72] 13 December 202021st Flag of England.svg Michael Jolley [73] 23 December 2020
    West Bromwich Albion Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilić [74] 16 December 202019th Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce [75] 16 December 2020
    Grimsby Town Flag of England.svg Ian Holloway [76] Resigned23 December 202020th Flag of England.svg Paul Hurst [77] 30 December 2020
    Burton Albion Flag of England.svg Jake Buxton [78] Sacked29 December 202024th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink [79] 1 January 2021
    Fleetwood Town Flag of England.svg Joey Barton [80] 4 January 202110th Flag of England.svg Simon Grayson [81] 31 January 2021
    Port Vale Flag of England.svg John Askey [82] 4 January 202117th Flag of England.svg Darrell Clarke [83] 15 February 2021
    Cardiff City Flag of England.svg Neil Harris [84] 21 January 202115th Flag of Ireland.svg Mick McCarthy [85] 22 January 2021
    Chelsea Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard [86] 25 January 20219th Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Tuchel [87] 26 January 2021
    AFC Wimbledon Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Glyn Hodges [88] Mutual consent30 January 202121st Flag of England.svg Mark Robinson [89] 17 February 2021
    Bournemouth Flag of England.svg Jason Tindall [90] Sacked3 February 20216th Flag of England.svg Jonathan Woodgate [lower-alpha 2] [91] 21 February 2021
    Bristol Rovers Flag of England.svg Paul Tisdale [92] 10 February 202120th Flag of England.svg Joey Barton [93] 22 February 2021
    Northampton Town Flag of England.svg Keith Curle [94] 10 February 202123rd Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jon Brady [95] 11 February 2021
    Walsall Flag of England.svg Darrell Clarke Signed by Port Vale [96] 15 February 202111th Flag of England.svg Brian Dutton [97] 15 February 2021
    Bristol City Flag of England.svg Dean Holden [98] Sacked16 February 202113th Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson [99] 22 February 2021
    Barrow Flag of England.svg Michael Jolley 21 February 202123rd Flag of England.svg Rob Kelly (Caretaker) [100] 21 February 2021
    Colchester United Flag of England.svg Steve Ball 24 February 202121st Flag of England.svg Wayne Brown (Caretaker) [101] 24 February 2021
    Leyton Orient Flag of England.svg Ross Embleton [102] 27 February 202114th Flag of Jamaica.svg Jobi McAnuff (Caretaker) [103] 28 February 2021
    Ipswich Town Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert [104] Mutual consent28 February 20218th Flag of England.svg Paul Cook [105] 2 March 2020
    Doncaster Rovers Flag of Jamaica.svg Darren Moore [106] Signed by Sheffield Wednesday 1 March 20216th Flag of England.svg Andy Butler (interim) [107] 1 March 2021
    Oldham Athletic Flag of Australia (converted).svg Harry Kewell [108] Sacked7 March 202116th Flag of England.svg Keith Curle [109] 8 March 2021
    Sheffield United Flag of England.svg Chris Wilder [110] Mutual consent13 March 202120th Flag of England.svg Paul Heckingbottom (interim) [110] 13 March 2021
    Portsmouth Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kenny Jackett [111] Sacked14 March 20207th Flag of England.svg Danny Cowley 19 March 2021
    Charlton Athletic Flag of England.svg Lee Bowyer [112] Resigned15 March 20218th Flag of England.svg Nigel Adkins 18 March 2021
    Birmingham City Flag of Spain.svg Aitor Karanka [113] 16 March 202121st Flag of England.svg Lee Bowyer [114] 16 March 2021
    Preston North End Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Neil [115] Sacked21 March 202116th Flag of Scotland.svg Frankie McAvoy (interim) [115] 21 March 2021
    Salford City Flag of England.svg Richie Wellens [116] Mutual consent22 March 20219th Flag of England.svg Gary Bowyer [117] 23 March 2021
    Colchester United Flag of England.svg Wayne Brown (Caretaker) [101] End of caretaker spell31 March 202121st Flag of England.svg Hayden Mullins (Caretaker) [118] 31 March 2021
    Southend United Flag of England.svg Mark Molesley [119] Mutual consent9 April 202123rd Flag of England.svg Phil Brown [120] 9 April 2021
    Forest Green Rovers Flag of England.svg Mark Cooper [121] Sacked11 April 20216th Flag of England.svg Jimmy Ball (interim) [121] 11 April 2021
    Swindon Town Flag of Ireland.svg John Sheridan [122] 18 April 202124th Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Wright (interim)18 April 2021
    Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho [123] 19 April 20217th Flag of England.svg Ryan Mason (interim) [123] 19 April 2021

    New clubs

    Clubs removed

    Deaths