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English Football League play-offs
2021–22
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Season information
Winners Championship: Nottingham Forest
League One: Sunderland
League Two: Port Vale
Season statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 26
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The English Football League play-offs for the 2021–22 season (referred to as the Sky Bet Play-Offs for sponsorship reasons) were held in May 2022 with all finals being staged at Wembley Stadium in Wembley.

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.

Television

All English Football League play-off games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. It will be simulcast on the ESPN+ streaming platform in the United States.

Championship

Main article: 2021–22 EFL Championship

Semi-Finals

The final table was confirmed after the final matchday on 7 May 2022, due to Bournemouth beating Nottingham Forest on 3 May 2022, it meant that Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town were guaranteed to finish either 3rd or 4th and in the play-offs. Sheffield United and Luton Town won their games against Fulham and Reading respectively, because of this, Middlesbrough and Millwall were unable to qualify for the play-offs regardless of their results. It means that Luton Town will play Huddersfield Town, and Sheffield United would play Nottingham Forest in the 1st legs, and vice versa in the 2nd legs.

Final league position - Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Huddersfield Town 46 23 13 10 64 47 17 82
4 Nottingham Forest 46 23 11 12 73 40 33 80
5 Sheffield United 46 21 12 13 63 45 18 75
6 Luton Town 46 21 12 13 63 55 8 75

First leg

13 May 2022
19:45 BST
Luton Town 1–1 Huddersfield Town Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 10,005
Referee: Robert Jones
Bradley Goal 30' Report Sinani Goal 12'
14 May 2022
15:00 BST
Sheffield United 1–2 Nottingham Forest Bramall Lane
Attendance: 30,225
Referee: Andre Marriner
Berge Goal 90+1' Report Colback Goal 10'
Johnson Goal 71'

Second leg

16 May 2022
19:45 BST
Huddersfield Town 1–0 Luton Town John Smith's Stadium
Referee: Peter Bankes
Rhodes Goal 82' Report

Huddersfield Town won 2–1 on aggregate.

17 May 2022
19:45 BST
Nottingham Forest 1–2
(a.e.t.)
Sheffield United City Ground
Attendance: 29,015
Referee: Michael Oliver
Johnson Goal 19' Report Gibbs-White Goal 47'
Fleck Goal 75'
  Penalties  
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Lolley Missed
3–2 Missed Norwood
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Missed Gibbs-White

3–3 on aggregate. Nottingham Forest won 3–2 on penalties.

Championship Final

Main article: 2022 EFL Championship play-off Final

The winner of this match will be promoted to the Premier League and will play in the 2022–23 Premier League season.

29 May 2022
16:30 BST
Huddersfield Town 0–1 Nottingham Forest Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 80,019
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Report Colwill Goal 43' (o.g.)

League One

Main article: 2021–22 EFL League One

League One Semi-Finals

The final table was confirmed after the final matchday on 30 April 2022, Milton Keynes Dons had already guaranteed a place in the Play-Offs and would have been promoted if they had a better result than Rotherham United. Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland won their games against Portsmouth and Morecambe respectively to finish 4th and 5th. Wycombe Wanderers beat Burton Albion and due to Plymouth Argyle losing to Milton Keynes Dons, Wycombe Wanderers finished 6th and Plymouth Argyle finished 7th. It meant that Wycombe Wanderers would play Milton Keynes Dons and Sunderland would play Sheffield Wednesday in the 1st legs, and vice versa in the 2nd legs.

Final league position - League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Milton Keynes Dons 46 26 11 9 78 44 34 89
4 Sheffield Wednesday 46 24 13 9 78 50 28 85
5 Sunderland 46 24 12 10 79 53 26 84
6 Wycombe Wanderers 46 23 14 9 75 51 24 83

First leg

5 May 2022
19:45 BST
Wycombe Wanderers 2–0 Milton Keynes Dons Adams Park
Attendance: 8,987
Referee: Darren Bond
Tafazolli Goal 38'
Vokes Goal 82'
Report McEachran Yellow cardRed card 69'
6 May 2022
19:45 BST
Sunderland 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday Stadium of Light
Attendance: 44,742
Referee: Matthew Donohue
Stewart Goal 45+1' Report

Second leg

8 May 2022
18:30 BST
Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers Stadium MK
Attendance: 13,012
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Parrott Goal 26' Report

Wycombe Wanderers won 2–1 on aggregate.

9 May 2022
19:45 BST
Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Sunderland Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 32,978
Referee: James Linington
Gregory Goal 74' Report Roberts Goal 90+3'

Sunderland won 2–1 on aggregate.

League One Final

Main article: 2022 EFL League One play-off Final

The winner of this match will join Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United in being promoted to the EFL Championship and will play in the 2022–23 EFL Championship season.

21 May 2022
15:00 BST
Sunderland 2–0 Wycombe Wanderers Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 72,332
Referee: Simon Hooper
Embleton Goal 12'
Stewart Goal 79'
Report

League Two

Main article: 2021–22 EFL League Two

Semi-Finals

The final table was confirmed after the final matchday on 7 May 2022, Bristol Rovers had already secured a play-off place and could still have finished 3rd and gained automatic promotion if they bettered Northampton Town's result in the last game of the season. Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers both won their games, which would have put both of them on 80 points with Northampton Town going up on goal difference, but due to Bristol Rovers winning their game 7-0, it put them both on a 22 goal difference, but Bristol Rovers had scored more goals than Northampton Town. This meant that against all the odds at the time, Bristol Rovers were going up and Northampton Town were condemned to the play-offs. Swindon Town beat Walsall in their game, and Mansfield Town drew to champions Forest Green Rovers, which was enough to qualify for the play-offs. It meant that Mansfield Town would play Northampton Town and Swindon Town would play Port Vale in the 1st legs, and vice versa in the 2nd legs.

Final league position - League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Northampton Town 46 23 11 12 60 38 22 80
5 Port Vale 46 22 12 12 67 46 21 78
6 Swindon Town 46 22 11 13 77 54 23 77
7 Mansfield Town 46 22 11 13 67 52 15 77

First leg

14 May 2022
19:45 BST
Mansfield Town 2–1 Northampton Town Field Mill
Attendance: 7,469
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Oates Goal 13'
Bowery Goal 32'
Report Koiki Goal 61'
15 May 2022
12:00 BST
Swindon Town 2–1 Port Vale County Ground
Attendance: 14,086
Referee: Ross Joyce
McKirdy Goal 26' Goal 68' Report Wilson Goal 83'

Second leg

18 May 2022
19:45 BST
Northampton Town 0–1 Mansfield Town Sixfields Stadium
Attendance: 7,619
Referee: Ben Toner
Report McLaughlin Goal 32'

Mansfield Town won 3–1 on aggregate.

19 May 2022
19:45 BST
Port Vale 1–0
(a.e.t.)
Swindon Town Vale Park
Attendance: 11,669
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
Wilson Goal 8' Report
  Penalties  
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Edmondson Missed
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Missed McKirdy
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Missed Davison
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Missed Iandolo

2–2 on aggregate. Port Vale won 6–5 on penalties.

League Two Final

Main article: 2022 EFL League Two play-off Final

The winner of this match will be promoted to EFL League One and will play in the 2022–23 EFL League One season.

28 May 2022
16:00 BST
Mansfield Town 0–3 Port Vale Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 37,303
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Report Harratt Goal 20'
Wilson Goal 24'
Benning Goal 85'
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