Football League play-offs
2016–17
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The Football League play-offs for the 2016–17 season will be held in May 2017 with all finals being staged at Wembley Stadium in London.

The play-offs begin at the semi-final stage with all semi-finals being played over two legs, contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League Championship and League One and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th-placed teams in the League Two table. The winners of the semi-finals then advance to the finals, with the winner of the final gaining promotion for the following season.

Background

The 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.

Championship

Main article: 2016–17 Football League Championship

Championship Semi-finals

Final league position - Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 68 64 +4 85
4 Sheffield Wednesday 46 24 9 13 60 45 +15 81
5 Huddersfield Town 46 25 6 15 56 58 -2 81
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 85 57 +28 80
First leg
13 May 2017
17:30 BST
Fulham 1–1 Reading Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,717
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Malone Booked in the 54th minute 54'
McDonald Booked in the 56th minute 56'
Cairney Goal 65'
Report Swift Booked in the 40th minute 40'
Kermorgant Booked in the 42nd minute 42'
Obita Goal 53'
McShane Red card 80'


14 May 2017
12:00 BST
Huddersfield Town 0–0 Sheffield Wednesday John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 20,357
Referee: Paul Tierney
Smith Booked in the 28th minute 28' Report Wallace Booked in the 34th minute 34'
Hunt Booked in the 61st minute 61'
Jones Booked in the 74th minute 74'
Reach Booked in the 90th minute 90'

Second leg
16 May 2017
19:45 BST
Reading 1–0 Fulham Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 22,044
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Kermorgant Goal 49' (pen.)Booked in the 51st minute 51'
Moore Booked in the 52nd minute 52'
Report McDonald Booked in the 38th minute 38'
Johansen Booked in the 58th minute 58'
Malone Booked in the 65th minute 65'

Reading won 2–1 on aggregate.

17 May 2017
19:45 BST
Sheffield Wednesday 1–1
(a.e.t.)
Huddersfield Town Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 32,625
Referee: Andre Marriner
Hutchinson Booked in the 24th minute 24'
Fletcher Goal 51'
Bannan Booked in the 86th minute 86'
Report Hogg Booked in the 44th minute 44'
Lees Goal 73' (og)
Hefele Booked in the 63rd minute 63'
  Penalties  
Hutchinson Missed
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Payne Missed

Huddersfield won 4–3 on penalties


Championship Final

Main article: 2017 EFL Championship play-off Final
29 May 2017
15:00
Huddersfield Town 0–0
(a.e.t.)
Reading Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Report
  Penalties  
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Hefele Missed
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Moore Missed
Obita Missed

League One

Main article: 2016–17 Football League One

League One Semi-finals

Final league position - League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Scunthorpe United 46 24 10 12 80 54 +26 82
4 Fleetwood Town 46 23 13 10 64 43 +21 82
5 Bradford City 46 20 19 7 62 43 +19 79
6 Millwall 46 20 13 13 66 57 +9 73

Semi-finals

First leg
4 May 2017
19:45 BST
Millwall 0–0 Scunthorpe United The Den, London
Attendance: Andy Madley
Referee: 12,568
Morison Booked in the 42nd minute 42'
Ferguson Booked in the 69th minute 69'
Craig Booked in the 87th minute 87'
Report Toney Booked in the 24th minute 24'
Wallace Booked in the 64th minute 64'
4 May 2017
19:45 BST
Bradford City 1–0 Fleetwood Town Northern Commercials Stadium, Bradford
Attendance: 15,696
Referee: Oliver Langford
McArdle Goal 77' Report Schwabl Booked in the 23rd minute 23'

Second leg
7 May 2017
18:30 BST
Scunthorpe United 2–3 Millwall Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 7,190
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Toney Goal 19'
Dawson Booked in the 35th minute 35' Goal 81'
Ness Booked in the 51st minute 51'
Bishop Booked in the 88th minute 88'
Report Abdou Booked in the 39th minute 39'
Williams Booked in the 41st minute 41'
Morison Goal 45'58'
Gregory Goal 52'

Millwall won 3–2 on aggregate.

7 May 2017
18:30 BST
Fleetwood Town 0–0 Bradford City Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood
Attendance: 5,076
Referee: David Coote
Report

Bradford won 1–0 on aggregate.


Final

Main article: 2017 EFL League One play-off Final
20 May 2017
15:00 BST
Bradford City 0–1 Millwall Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 53,320
Referee: Simon Hooper
Meredith Booked in the 76th minute 76' Report O'Brien Booked in the 58th minute 58'
Morison Goal 85'

League Two

Main article: 2016–17 Football League Two

League Two Semi-finals

Final league position - League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Luton Town 46 20 17 9 70 43 +27 77
5 Exeter City 46 21 8 17 75 56 +19 71
6 Carlisle United 46 18 17 11 69 68 +1 71
7 Blackpool 46 18 16 12 69 46 +23 70

Semi-finals

First leg
14 May 2017
18:30 BST
Blackpool 3–2 Luton Town Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Attendance: 3,882
Referee: Nigel Miller
Cullen Goal 19'47'67' (pen.) Report Potts Goal 26'
Vassell Goal 28'
14 May 2017
18:30 BST
Carlisle United 3–3 Exeter City Brunton Park, Carlisle
Attendance: 9,708
Referee: David Webb
Moore-Taylor Goal 32' (o.g.)
O'Sullivan Goal 71'
Miller Goal 73'
Report Grant Goal 15'
Harley Goal 45+1'
Wheeler Goal 56'

Second leg
18 May 2017
19:45 BST
Luton Town 3–2 Blackpool Kenilworth Road, Luton
Attendance: 10,032
Referee: Darren Deadman
Mellor Goal 36' (o.g.)
Cuthbert Goal 45'
Hylton Goal 57' (pen.)
Report Delfouneso Goal 22'
Gnanduillet Goal 76'
Moore Goal 90+5' (o.g.)

Blackpool won 6–5 on aggregate.

18 May 2017
19:45 BST
Exeter City 2–1 Carlisle United St James Park, Exeter
Attendance: 7,450
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Watkins Goal 10'79'
Stacey Goal 90+5'
Report Kennedy Goal 81'
O'Sullivan Goal 90'

Exeter City won 6–5 on aggregate.


Final

Main article: 2017 EFL League Two play-off Final
28 May 2017
15:00 BST
Blackpool 2–1 Exeter City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 23,380
Referee: Darren England
Potts Goal 3'
Cullen Goal 64'
Report Wheeler Goal 40'
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