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Football League play-offs
2017–18
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Season information
Winners Fulham (Championship)
Rotherham United (League One)
Coventry City (League Two)
Season statistics
Matches played 13
Goals scored 24
Biggest home win Exeter City 3–1 Lincoln
Fulham 2–0 Derby
Rotherham Utd 2–0 Scunthorpe Utd
Biggest away win Notts County 1–4 Coventry City
Highest scoring Notts County 1–4 Coventry City
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The English Football League play-offs for the 2017–18 season was held in May 2018 with all finals being staged at Wembley Stadium in London.

The play-offs begin in each league with two semi-finals which are 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 compete. The winners of the semi-finals advance to the finals, with the winners gaining promotion for the following season.

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

Main article: 2017–18 Football League Championship

Championship Semi-finals

Final league position - Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3Fulham 46251387946+3388
4Aston Villa 462411117242+3083
5Middlesbrough 462210146745+2276
6Derby County 462015116948+2175
First leg
11 May 2018
19:45 BST
Derby County 1–0 Fulham Pride Park Stadium, Derby
Attendance: 27,163
Referee: Roger East
Jerome Soccerball 34' Report
12 May 2018
17:15 BST
Middlesbrough 0–1 Aston Villa Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 29,233
Referee: Bobby Madley
Report Jedinak Soccerball 15'

Second leg
14 May 2018
19:45 BST
Fulham 2–0 Derby County Craven Cottage, Fulham
Attendance: 23,529
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Sessegnon Soccerball 48'
Odoi Soccerball 66'
Report

Fulham won 2–1 on aggregate.

15 May 2018
19:45 BST
Aston Villa 0–0 Middlesbrough Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 40,505
Referee: Mike Dean
Report

Aston Villa won 1–0 on aggregate.


Championship Final

Main article: 2018 EFL Championship play-off Final
26 May 2018
17:00 BST
Aston Villa 0–1 Fulham Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 85,243
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Report Cairney Soccerball 23'
Odoi Red card

League One

Main article: 2017–18 Football League One

League One Semi-finals

Final league position - League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3Shrewsbury Town 46251296039+2187
4Rotherham United 46247157353+2079
5Scunthorpe United 461917106550+1574
6Charlton Athletic 462011155851+771
First leg
10 May 2018
19:45 BST
Charlton Athletic 0–1 Shrewsbury Town The Valley, Charlton
Attendance: 14,367
Referee: Simon Hooper
Report Nolan Soccerball 80'
12 May 2018
12:30 BST
Scunthorpe United 2–2 Rotherham United Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 6,591
Referee: Tim Robinson
Ihiekwe Soccerball 18' (o.g.)
McGeehan Soccerball 88'
Report Taylor Soccerball 17'
Newell Soccerball 64'

Second leg
13 May 2018
17:15 BST
Shrewsbury Town 1–0 Charlton Athletic New Meadow, Shrewsbury
Attendance: 9,016
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
C. Morris Soccerball 58' Report

Shrewsbury Town won 2–0 on aggregate.

16 May 2018
19:45 BST
Rotherham United 2–0 Scunthorpe United New York Stadium, Rotherham
Attendance: 11,061
Referee: Scott Duncan
Wood Soccerball 45+2'
Vaulks Soccerball 63'
Report

Rotherham United won 4–2 on aggregate.


League One Final

Main article: 2018 EFL League One play-off Final
27 May 2018
15:00 BST
Rotherham United 2–1
(a.e.t.)
Shrewsbury Town Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 26,218
Referee: Robert Jones
Wood Soccerball 32'103' Report Rodman Soccerball 58'

League Two

Main article: 2017–18 Football League Two

League Two Semi-finals

Final league position - League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4Exeter City 46248146454+1080
5Notts County 462114117148+2377
6Coventry City 46229156447+1775
7Lincoln City 462015116448+1675
First leg
12 May 2018
15:00 BST
Lincoln City 0–0 Exeter City Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 9,509
Referee: Ben Toner
Report
12 May 2018
19:30 BST
Coventry City 1–1 Notts County Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Attendance: 17,404
Referee: Gavin Ward
McNulty Soccerball 87' (pen.) Report Forte Soccerball 49'

Second leg
17 May 2018
19:45 BST
Exeter City 3–1 Lincoln City St James Park, Exeter
Attendance: 5,645
Referee: Darren England
Stockley Soccerball 27'
Boateng Soccerball 47'
Harley Soccerball 69'
Report Green Soccerball 78'

Exeter City won 3–1 on aggregate.

18 May 2018
19:45 BST
Notts County 1–4 Coventry City Meadow Lane, Nottingham
Attendance: 17,615
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Grant Soccerball 44' Report Biamou Soccerball 6'71'
McNulty Soccerball 37'
Bayliss Soccerball 85'

Coventry City won 5–2 on aggregate.


League Two Final

Main article: 2018 EFL League Two play-off Final
28 May 2018
15:00 BST
Exeter City 1–3 Coventry City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 50,196
Referee: David Webb
Edwards Soccerball 89' Report Willis Soccerball 49'
Shipley Soccerball 54'
Grimmer Soccerball 68'
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