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The English Football League play-offs for the 2019–20 season (referred to as the Sky Bet Play-Offs for sponsorship reasons) are 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.

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

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: 2019–20 EFL Championship
Final league position – Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3Brentford 46249138038+4281
4Fulham 462312116448+1681
5Cardiff City 461916116858+1073
6Swansea City 461816126253+970
Semi-finals Final
                           
   Brentford 0 3 3  
 Swansea City 1 1 2  
   Brentford 1
   Fulham 2
 Fulham 2 1 3
   Cardiff City 0 2 2  

First leg

26 July 2020 (2020-07-26)
18:30 BST
Swansea City 1–0 Brentford Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 0
Referee: Keith Stroud
Ayew Soccerball 81' Report Henry Red card 65'
27 July 2020 (2020-07-27)
19:45 BST
Cardiff City 0–2 Fulham Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 0
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Report Onomah Soccerball 49'
Kebano Soccerball 90+1'

Second leg

29 July 2020 (2020-07-29)
19:45 BST
Brentford 3–1 Swansea City Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 0
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Watkins Soccerball 11'
Marcondes Soccerball 15'
Mbeumo Soccerball 46'
Report Brewster Soccerball 78'
Brentford won 3–2 on aggregate
30 July 2020 (2020-07-30)
19:45 BST
Fulham 1–2 Cardiff City Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Paul Tierney
Kebano Soccerball 9' Report Nelson Soccerball 8'
Tomlin Soccerball 47'
Fulham won 3–2 on aggregate

Championship final

Main article: 2020 EFL Championship play-off Final
4 August 2020 (2020-08-04)
19:45 BST
Brentford 1–2
(a.e.t.)
Fulham Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dalsgaard Soccerball 120+4' Report Bryan Soccerball 105'117'

League One

Main article: 2019–20 EFL 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.

Final league position – League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 17 8 9 45 40 +5 59 1.74
4 Oxford United 35 17 9 9 61 37 +24 60 1.71
5 Portsmouth 35 17 9 9 53 36 +17 60 1.71
6 Fleetwood Town 35 16 12 7 51 38 +13 60 1.71
Semi finals Final
                           
   Portsmouth 1 1 2  
 Oxford United 1 1 2p  
   Oxford United 1
   Wycombe Wanderers 2
 Wycombe Wanderers 4 2 6
   Fleetwood Town 1 2 3  


League One semi-finals

First leg

3 July 2020
17:30 BST
Portsmouth 1–1 Oxford United Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 0
Referee: Gavin Ward
Curtis Soccerball 32' Report Browne Soccerball 43'


3 July 2020
19:30 BST
Fleetwood Town 1–4 Wycombe Wanderers Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood
Attendance: 0
Referee: Tony Harrington
Evans Soccerball 4' (pen.) Report Ofoborh Soccerball 2'
Cairns Soccerball 6' (o.g.)
Wheeler Soccerball 45+3'
Samuel Soccerball 57'

Second leg

6 July 2020
17:00 BST
Oxford United 1–1
(a.e.t.)
Portsmouth Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Attendance: 0
Referee: Darren England
Harrison Soccerball 45+3' (o.g.) Report Harness Soccerball 38'
  Penalties  
Woodburn Soccerball shad check
Forde Soccerball shad check
Taylor Soccerball shad check
Mousinho Soccerball shad check
Brannagan Soccerball shad check
5–4 Marquis Soccerball shad check
Evans Soccerball shad check
Brown Soccerball shad check
McGeehan -Soccerball shade cross
Hawkins Soccerball shad check
Oxford United won 5–4 on penalties, 2-2 on aggregate.


6 July 2020
19:30 BST
Wycombe Wanderers 2–2 Fleetwood Town Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 0
Referee: Darren Bond
Onyedinma Soccerball 47'90+4' Report Andrew Soccerball 23'
Evans Soccerball 60' (pen.)
Wycombe Wanderers won 6–3 on aggregate.

League One Final

Main article: 2020 EFL League One play-off Final
13 July 2020
19:30 BST
Oxford United 1–2 Wycombe Wanderers Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Robert Jones
Sykes Soccerball 57' Report Stewart Soccerball 9'
Jacobson Soccerball 79' (pen.)

League Two

Main article: 2019–20 EFL 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.

Final league position – League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG
4 Cheltenham Town 36 17 13 6 52 27 +25 64 1.78
5 Exeter City 37 18 11 8 53 43 +10 65 1.76
6 Colchester United 37 15 13 9 52 37 +15 58 1.57
7 Northampton Town 37 17 7 13 54 40 +14 58 1.57
Semi-finals Final
                           
  4  Cheltenham Town 2 0 (2)  
7  Northampton Town 0 3 (3)  
  7  Northampton Town 4
  5  Exeter City 0
5  Exeter City 0 3 (3)
  6  Colchester United 1 1 (2)  

League Two semi-finals

First leg
18 June 2020
17:15 BST
Colchester United 1–0 Exeter City Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester
Attendance: 0
Referee: Josh Smith (England)
Bramall Soccerball 81' Report
18 June 2020
19:45 BST
Northampton Town 0–2 Cheltenham Town Sixfields Stadium, Northampton
Attendance: 0
Referee: Marc Edwards (England)
Report Raglan Soccerball 26'
Thomas Soccerball 86'
Second leg
22 June 2020
17:15 BST
Exeter City 3–1
(a.e.t.)
Colchester United St James Park, Exeter
Attendance: 0
Referee: Charles Breakspear (England)
Martin Soccerball 10'
Richardson Soccerball 58'
Bowman Soccerball 111'
Report Senior Soccerball 78'
Exeter City won 3–2 on aggregate.
22 June 2020
20:00 BST
Cheltenham Town 0–3 Northampton Town Whaddon Road, Cheltenham
Attendance: 0
Referee: Leigh Doughty (England)
Report Oliver Soccerball 9'
Morton Soccerball 57'77'
Northampton Town won 3–2 on aggregate.

League Two Final

Main article: 2020 EFL League Two play-off Final
29 June 2020
19:30 BST
Exeter City 0–4 Northampton Town Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Report Watson Soccerball 11'
Morton Soccerball 31'
Hoskins Soccerball 80'
Williams Soccerball 89'
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