1992–2004 (as Division Three)
1958–1992 (as Division Four)
|Country||England (23 teams)|
|Other club(s) from||Wales (1 team)|
|Number of teams||24|
|Level on pyramid||4|
|Promotion to||League One|
|Relegation to||National League|
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup|
|League cup(s)|| EFL Cup |
|International cup(s)|| UEFA Europa League (via FA Cup) |
UEFA Europa Conference League (via EFL Cup)
|Current champions|| Cheltenham Town |
|Most championships|| Chesterfield |
(2 titles each)
|TV partners||List of Broadcasters|
|Current: 2020–21 EFL League Two|
The English Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Sky Bet League Two for sponsorship reasons) is the third and lowest division of the English Football League (EFL) and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system.
Football League Two was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known as the Football League Third Division.Before the advent of the Premier League in 1992, the fourth-highest division was known as the Football League Fourth Division.
As of the 2021–22 season, Exeter City hold the longest tenure in League Two, having last being outside the division in the 2011–12 season when they were relegated from League One. There are currently three former Premier League clubs competing in League Two: Bradford City, Oldham Athletic, and Swindon Town.
There are 24 clubs in League Two. Each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and is awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and no points for a loss. From these points a league table is constructed.
At the end of each season the top three teams, together with the winner of the play-offs between the teams which finished in the fourth to seventh positions, are promoted to EFL League One and are replaced by the four teams that finished at the bottom of that division.
Similarly, the two teams that finished at the bottom of League Two are relegated to the National League and are replaced by the team that finished first and the team that won the second through seventh place play-off in that division. Technically a team can be reprieved from relegation if the team replacing them does not have a ground suitable for League football, but in practice this is a non-factor because every team currently in the National League has a ground that meets the League criteria (and even if they did not, a ground-sharing arrangement with another team could be made until their stadium was upgraded). The other way that a team can be spared relegation is if another team either resigns or is expelled from the EFL.
Final league position is determined, in order, by points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, a mini-league of the results between two or more teams ranked using the previous three criteria, and finally a series of one or more play-off matches.
There is a mandatory wage cap in this division that limits spending on players' wages to 100% of club turnover.
The following 24 clubs are competing in League Two during the 2020–21 season.
|Club||Finishing position last season||Location||Stadium||Capacity|
|Barrow||1st in National League (promoted)||Barrow-in-Furness||Holker Street||5,045|
|Bolton Wanderers||23rd in League One (relegated)||Horwich||University of Bolton Stadium||28,723|
|Bradford City||9th||Bradford||Valley Parade||25,136|
|Cambridge United||16th||Cambridge||Abbey Stadium||8,127|
|Carlisle United||18th||Carlisle||Brunton Park||18,202|
|Cheltenham Town||4th||Cheltenham||Whaddon Road||7,066|
|Colchester United||6th||Colchester||Colchester Community Stadium||10,105|
|Crawley Town||13th||Crawley||Broadfield Stadium||6,134|
|Exeter City||5th||Exeter||St. James Park||8,696|
|Forest Green Rovers||10th||Nailsworth||The New Lawn||5,147|
|Grimsby Town||15th||Cleethorpes||Blundell Park||9,052|
|Harrogate Town||2nd in National League (promoted via play-offs)||Harrogate||Wetherby Road||5,000|
|Leyton Orient||17th||London (Leyton)||Brisbane Road||9,271|
|Mansfield Town||21st||Mansfield||Field Mill||10,000|
|Newport County||14th||Newport||Rodney Parade||7,850|
|Oldham Athletic||19th||Oldham||Boundary Park||13,512|
|Port Vale||8th||Burslem||Vale Park||19,052|
|Salford City||11th||Salford||Moor Lane||5,108|
|Scunthorpe United||20th||Scunthorpe||Glanford Park||9,088|
|Southend United||22nd in League One (relegated)||Southend-on-Sea||Roots Hall||12,392|
|Tranmere Rovers||21st in League One (relegated)||Birkenhead||Prenton Park||16,789|
|Season||Winner||Points||Runner-up||Points||Third place||Points||Promoted via play-off||League position||Points|
|2004–05||Yeovil Town||83||Scunthorpe United||80||Swansea City||80||Southend United||4th||78|
|2005–06||Carlisle United||86||Northampton Town||83||Leyton Orient||81||Cheltenham Town||5th||72|
|2006–07||Walsall||89||Hartlepool United||88||Swindon Town||85||Bristol Rovers||6th||72|
|2007–08||Milton Keynes Dons||97||Peterborough United||92||Hereford United||88||Stockport County||4th||82|
|2008–09||Brentford||85||Exeter City||79||Wycombe Wanderers||78||Gillingham||5th||75|
|2009–10||Notts County||93||Bournemouth||83||Rochdale||82||Dagenham & Redbridge||7th||72|
|2011–12||Swindon Town||93||Shrewsbury Town||88||Crawley Town||84||Crewe Alexandra||7th||72|
|2012–13||Gillingham||83||Rotherham United||79||Port Vale||78||Bradford City||7th||69|
|2013–14||Chesterfield (2nd titles)||84||Scunthorpe United||81||Rochdale||81||Fleetwood Town||4th||76|
|2014–15||Burton Albion||94||Shrewsbury Town||89||Bury||85||Southend United||5th||84|
|2015–16||Northampton Town||99||Oxford United||86||Bristol Rovers||85||AFC Wimbledon||7th||75|
|2016–17||Portsmouth||87||Plymouth Argyle||87||Doncaster Rovers||85||Blackpool||7th||70|
|2017–18||Accrington Stanley||93||Luton Town||88||Wycombe Wanderers||84||Coventry City||6th||75|
|2018–19||Lincoln City||85||Bury||79||Milton Keynes Dons||79||Tranmere Rovers||6th||73|
|2019–20||Swindon Town (2nd titles)||88.32||Crewe Alexandra||85.56||Plymouth Argyle||84.64||Northampton Town||7th||72.22|
|2020–21||Cheltenham Town||82||Cambridge United||80||Bolton Wanderers||79||Morecambe FC||4th||78|
|Season||Semi-final (1st leg)||Semi-final (2nd leg)||Final|
|2004–05|| Lincoln City 1–0 Macclesfield Town || Macclesfield Town 1–1 Lincoln City ||Lincoln City 0–2 Southend United|
|2005–06|| Lincoln City 0–1 Grimsby Town || Grimsby Town 2–1 Lincoln City ||Grimsby Town 0–1 Cheltenham Town|
|2006–07|| Bristol Rovers 2–1 Lincoln City || Lincoln City 3–5 Bristol Rovers ||Bristol Rovers 3–1 Shrewsbury Town|
|2007–08|| Darlington 2–1 Rochdale |
Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Stockport County
| Rochdale 2–1 Darlington |
(Rochdale won 5–4 on penalties, a.e.t.)
Stockport County 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers
|Rochdale 2–3 Stockport County|
|2008–09|| Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Bury |
Rochdale 0–0 Gillingham
| Bury 0–1 Shrewsbury Town |
(Shrewsbury won 4–3 on penalties, a.e.t.)
Gillingham 2–1 Rochdale
|Gillingham 1–0 Shrewsbury Town|
|2009–10|| Dagenham & Redbridge 6–0 Morecambe |
Aldershot Town 0–1 Rotherham United
| Morecambe 2–1 Dagenham & Redbridge |
Rotherham United 2–0 Aldershot Town
|Dagenham & Redbridge 3–2 Rotherham United|
|2010–11|| Torquay United 2–0 Shrewsbury Town |
Stevenage 2–0 Accrington Stanley
| Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Torquay United |
Accrington Stanley 0–1 Stevenage
|Stevenage 1–0 Torquay United|
|2011–12|| Crewe Alexandra 1–0 Southend United |
Cheltenham Town 2–0 Torquay United
| Southend United 2–2 Crewe Alexandra |
Torquay United 1–2 Cheltenham Town
|Cheltenham Town 0–2 Crewe Alexandra|
|2012–13|| Bradford City 2–3 Burton Albion |
Northampton Town 1–0 Cheltenham Town
| Burton Albion 1–3 Bradford City |
Cheltenham Town 0–1 Northampton Town
|Bradford City 3–0 Northampton Town|
|2013–14|| Burton Albion 1–0 Southend United |
York City 0–1 Fleetwood Town
| Southend United 2–2 Burton Albion |
Fleetwood Town 0–0 York City
|Burton Albion 0–1 Fleetwood Town|
|2014–15|| Stevenage 1–1 Southend United |
Plymouth Argyle 2–3 Wycombe Wanderers
| Southend United 3–1 Stevenage |
Wycombe Wanderers 2–1 Plymouth Argyle
| Southend United 1–1 Wycombe Wanderers |
(Southend won 7–6 on penalties, a.e.t. )
|2015–16|| Portsmouth 2–2 Plymouth Argyle |
AFC Wimbledon 1–0 Accrington Stanley
| Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Portsmouth |
Accrington Stanley 2–2 AFC Wimbledon
|AFC Wimbledon 2–0 Plymouth Argyle|
|2016–17|| Blackpool 3–2 Luton Town |
Carlisle United 3–3 Exeter City
| Luton Town 3–3 Blackpool |
Exeter City 3–2 Carlisle United
|Blackpool 2–1 Exeter City|
|2017–18|| Lincoln City 0–0 Exeter City |
Coventry City 1–1 Notts County
| Exeter City 3–1 Lincoln City |
Notts County 1–4 Coventry City
|Coventry City 3–1 Exeter City|
|2018–19|| Newport County 1–1 Mansfield Town |
Tranmere Rovers 1–0 Forest Green Rovers
| Mansfield Town 0–0 Newport County |
(Newport won 5–3 on penalties, a.e.t.)
Forest Green Rovers 1–1 Tranmere Rovers
| Newport County 0–1 Tranmere Rovers |
|2019–20|| Colchester United 1–0 Exeter City |
Northampton Town 0–2 Cheltenham Town
| Exeter City 3–1 Colchester United |
Cheltenham Town 0–3 Northampton Town
|Exeter City 0–4 Northampton Town|
|2020–21||Newport County 2–0 Forest Green Rovers||Forest Green Rovers 4–3 Newport County (a.e.t.)||Morecambe 1–0 Newport County|
|2004–05||Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United|
|2005–06||Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds|
|2006–07||Boston United, Torquay United|
|2007–08||Mansfield Town, Wrexham|
|2008–09||Chester City, Luton Town|
|2009–10||Darlington, Grimsby Town|
|2010–11||Lincoln City, Stockport County|
|2011–12||Macclesfield Town, Hereford United|
|2012–13||Aldershot Town, Barnet|
|2013–14||Bristol Rovers, Torquay United|
|2014–15||Cheltenham Town, Tranmere Rovers|
|2015–16||York City, Dagenham & Redbridge|
|2016–17||Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient|
|2018–19||Notts County, Yeovil Town|
|2020–21||Southend United, Grimsby Town|
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