2020 English Football League play-offs

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2020 English Football League play-offs
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Wembley Stadium was the venue for each playoff final
Season 2019–20
2019
2021

The English Football League play-offs for the 2019–20 season (referred to as the Sky Bet Play-Offs for sponsorship reasons) were held in June, July and August 2020 with all finals played at Wembley Stadium in London. The play-offs began in each league with two semi-finals played over two legs. The teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th place in the Championship and League One and the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th-placed teams in League Two were set to compete. The winners of the semi-finals advanced to the finals, with the winner of the final gaining promotion for the following season. [1]

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The away goals rule does not apply in the playoff semi-finals per the standard rules.

Background

The English Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places. The fixtures are determined by final league position – in the Championship and League One this is 3rd v 6th and 4th v 5th, while in League Two it is 4th v 7th and 5th v 6th.

Championship

The matchups were determined on 22 July 2020 on the conclusion of the league season.

Final league position – Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Brentford 46249138038+4281
4 Fulham 462312116448+1681
5 Cardiff City 461916116858+1073
6 Swansea City 461816126253+970

First leg

Swansea City 1–0 Brentford
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Cardiff City 0–2 Fulham
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Cardiff City Stadium , Cardiff
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Second leg

Brentford 3–1 Swansea City
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Brentford won 3–2 on aggregate

Fulham 1–2 Cardiff City
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Fulham won 3–2 on aggregate

Championship final

Brentford 1–2 (a.e.t.) Fulham
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League One

After suspending play due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, EFL League One clubs voted to curtail the season, and using points per game (PPG) to decide the final standings. [3]

Final league position – League One
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPPG
3 Wycombe Wanderers 3417894540+5591.74
4 Oxford United 3517996137+24601.71
5 Portsmouth 3517995336+17601.71
6 Fleetwood Town 35161275138+13601.71

League One semi-finals

First leg

Portsmouth 11 Oxford United
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Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Gavin Ward
Fleetwood Town 14 Wycombe Wanderers
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Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Tony Harrington

Second leg

2–2 on aggregate, Oxford United won 5–4 on penalties.

Wycombe Wanderers 22 Fleetwood Town
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Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Darren Bond

Wycombe Wanderers won 6–3 on aggregate.

League One final

Oxford United 1–2 Wycombe Wanderers
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 3]
Referee: Robert Jones

League Two

After suspending play due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, EFL League Two clubs voted to curtail the season, and using points per game (PPG) to decide the final standings. [4]

Final league position – League Two
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPPG
4 Cheltenham Town 36171365227+25641.78
5 Exeter City 37181185343+10651.76
6 Colchester United 37151395237+15581.57
7 Northampton Town 37177135440+14581.57

League Two semi-finals

First leg [5]
Colchester United 10 Exeter City
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Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Josh Smith (England)


Northampton Town 02 Cheltenham Town
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Sixfields Stadium, Northampton
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Marc Edwards (England)
Second leg [6]
Exeter City 31 (a.e.t.) Colchester United
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St James Park, Exeter
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Charles Breakspear (England)

Exeter City won 3–2 on aggregate.

Cheltenham Town 03 Northampton Town
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Morton Soccerball shade.svg 57', 77'
Whaddon Road, Cheltenham
Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
Referee: Leigh Doughty (England)

Northampton Town won 3–2 on aggregate.

League Two final

Exeter City 04 Northampton Town
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Salisbury

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The semi-finals and final would be played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
  2. The final was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
  3. The final was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.

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