Information about EFL competitions
Sky Bet EFL
The Sky Bet EFL is comprised of three divisions – the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two - with 24 teams in each division. Each season there are 1,656 regular season matches (552 per division) with 15 end-of-season Play-Off Matches, including three finals at Wembley. The competition was established in 1888 and is the world's original league football competition. Attendances across the EFL were over 16 million last season, making it the most attended sporting competition in the UK. The Championship itself is the fourth most watched division in Europe. Total cumulative domestic TV audience for all three divisions was over 34.9 million with coverage of the 15/16 season broadcast to over 167 territories globally.
The EFL Cup was established in 1960. It is English football's midweek cup competition, featuring all 72 clubs from the EFL and the 20 Premier League clubs, with 95 matches throughout the season. It is the first professional competition of the season to be decided and the winners also receive automatic entry into the following season's UEFA Europa League. The competition attracted over 1.4 million admissions during the 2015/16 season with a cumulative domestic TV audience in excess of 14 million. It was broadcast to 192 territories worldwide during the season.
The Checkatrade Trophy is a midweek knockout cup competition which, as a trial for season 2016/17, will include 64 teams made up of EFL League One and League Two clubs, plus an additional 16 sides from clubs with Category One Academies.
The competition was first established in 1983 and offers clubs a realistic opportunity of appearing in a showpiece final. Central to the competition this season will be the introduction of a new group stage format with 16 regional groups of four teams. The top two teams will progress to the knockout stages of the competition with the final staged at Wembley Stadium in April 2017.
The competition attracts over 200,000 spectators each season and a cumulative domestic TV audience of almost 400,000.