English Football League play-offs
2020–21
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The English Football League play-offs for the 2020–21 season (referred to as the Sky Bet Play-Offs for sponsorship reasons) are held in May 2021 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: 2020–21 EFL Championship

Qualified teams

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Brentford 46 24 15 7 79 42 +37 87
4 Swansea City 46 23 11 12 56 39 +17 80
5 Barnsley 46 23 9 14 58 50 +8 78
6 Bournemouth 46 22 11 13 73 46 +27 77
Semi-finals Final
                           
  6  Bournemouth 1 1 (2)  
3  Brentford 0 3 (3)  
  3  Brentford 2
  4  Swansea City 0
5  Barnsley 0 1 (1)
  4  Swansea City 1 1 (2)  

First leg

17 May 2021
18:00 BST
Bournemouth 1–0 Brentford Dean Court, Kings Park, Boscombe
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tim Robinson
Danjuma Goal 55' Report
17 May 2021
20:15 BST
Barnsley 0–1 Swansea City Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Report Ayew Goal 39'

Second leg

22 May 2021
12:30 BST
Brentford 3–1 Bournemouth Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Toney Goal 15' (pen.)
Janelt Goal 50'
Forss Goal 81'

Brentford won 3–2 on aggregate.

22 May 2021
17:30 BST
Swansea City 1–1 Barnsley Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: John Brooks
Grimes Goal 39' Report Woodrow Goal 71'

Swansea City won 2–1 on aggregate.

Championship final

Main article: 2021 EFL Championship play-off Final
29 May 2021
15:00 BST
Brentford 2–0 Swansea City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 11,689
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Toney Goal 10' (pen.)
Marcondes Goal 20'
BBC Report Fulton Red card 65'

League One

Main article: 2020–21 EFL League One
Final league position – League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Blackpool 46 23 11 12 60 37 +27 80
4 Sunderland 46 20 17 9 70 42 +28 77
5 Lincoln City 46 22 11 13 69 50 +19 77
6 Oxford United 46 22 8 16 77 56 +21 74
Semi-finals Final
                           
  6  Oxford United 0 3 (3)  
3  Blackpool 3 3 (6)  
  3  Blackpool 2
  5  Lincoln City 1
5  Lincoln City 2 1 (3)
  4  Sunderland 0 2 (2)  

First leg

18 May 2021
18:00 BST
Oxford United 0–3 Blackpool Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Attendance: 3,224
Referee: Bobby Madley
Report Turton Goal 23'
Simms Goal 26'74'
19 May 2021
18:00 BST
Lincoln City 2–0 Sunderland Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Craig Hicks
Hopper Goal 51'
Johnson Goal 77'
Report

Second leg

21 May 2021
19:45 BST
Blackpool 3–3 Oxford United Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Keith Stroud
Embleton Goal 11'
Dougall Goal 13'
Yates Goal 54'
Report Taylor Goal 7'
Atkinson Goal 52'
Shodipo Goal 74'

Blackpool won 6–3 on aggregate.

22 May 2021
15:00 BST
Sunderland 2–1 Lincoln City Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 9,971
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Stewart Goal 13'
Wyke Goal 33'
Report Hopper Goal 57'

Lincoln City won 3–2 on aggregate.

League One Final

Main article: 2021 EFL League One play-off Final
30 May 2021
15:00 BST
Blackpool 2–1 Lincoln City Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Tony Harrington
Dougall Goal 34'54' Report Turton Goal 1' (og)

League Two

Main article: 2020–21 EFL League Two
Final league position – League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Morecambe 46 23 9 14 69 58 +11 78
5 Newport County 46 20 13 13 57 42 +15 73
6 Forest Green Rovers 46 20 13 13 59 51 +8 73
7 Tranmere Rovers 46 20 13 13 55 50 +5 73
Semi-finals Final
                           
  4  Morecambe 2 1 (3)  
7  Tranmere Rovers 1 1 (2)  
  4  Morecambe 1
  5  Newport County 0
5  Newport County 2 3 (5)
  6  Forest Green Rovers 0 4 (4)  

First leg

18 May 2021
20:15
Newport County 2–0 Forest Green Rovers Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 900
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Dolan Goal 31'
Collins Goal 56'
Report
20 May 2021
18:00
Tranmere Rovers 1–2 Morecambe Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Attendance: 3,400
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Clarke Goal 19' Report Knight-Percival Goal
McAlinden Goal 45+1'

Second leg

23 May 2021
12:30
Morecambe 1–1 Tranmere Rovers Mazuma Stadium, Morecambe
Attendance: 1,558
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Wildog Goal 9' Report Vaughan Goal 53'

Morecambe won 3–2 on aggregate.

23 May 2021
18:30
Forest Green Rovers 4–3 Newport County The New Lawn, Nailsworth
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Martin Coy
Adams Goal 7'
Collins Goal 8'
Cadden Goal 53'
Matt Goal 87'
Report Ellison Goal 70'
Labadie Goal 77'
Maynard Goal 119'

Newport County won 5–4 on aggregate.

League Two Final

Main article: 2021 EFL League Two play-off Final
31 May 2021
15:00
Morecambe 1–0
(a.e.t.)
Newport County Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 9,083
Referee: Bobby Madley
Mendes Gomes Goal 107' (pen.) Report
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