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Key Dates

Key dates for the 2017/18 season have been confirmed, with the EFL returning on the first weekend in August.

Fixtures for the 2017/18 season – which are due to be announced on Wednesday 21st June – will see all three divisions of the EFL kick-off over the weekend Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August. 

The regular season will continue until the weekend of 5th May 2018, when the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and League Two will all come to a close. 

The EFL Play-Off Finals will then take place on successive days at Wembley Stadium over a Bank Holiday weekend in May, starting with the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final on Saturday 26th, ahead of the season finale for Sky Bet League One on Sunday 27th and Sky Bet League Two on Monday 28th May. The order of the Play-Offs has been reversed – i.e the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final will take place on the Saturday - to assist with international call-ups ahead of the 2018 World Cup. 

Supporters will have plenty of opportunities to watch their team play over the festive period with full fixture programmes on Saturday 23rd December, Boxing Day, Saturday 30th December and Monday 1st January 2018. 

Round One of the Carabao Cup will take place immediately after the season openers, with midweek slots on week commencing Monday 7th August. The majority of Premier League teams will join the competition from Round Two although those competing in European competitions will join in Round Three. The 2018 final is scheduled for Sunday 25th February. 

The 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy will begin towards the end of opening month, with the first round of fixtures scheduled for week commencing Monday 28th August. 

Key Dates - 2017/18

Carabao Cup Round One draw: 16th June 2017
Sky Bet EFL fixtures announced: 21st June 2017
Sky Bet EFL season starts: Weekend of 5th August 2017 
Carabao Cup Round One: Week commencing 7th August 2017 
Carabao Cup Round Two: Week commencing 21st August 2017
Checkatrade Trophy Group Stages: Week commencing 28th August 2017
Carabao Cup Round Three: Week commencing 18th September 2017
Checkatrade Trophy Group Stages: Week commencing 2nd October 2017
Carabao Cup Round Four: Week commencing 23rd October 2017
Checkatrade Trophy Group Stages: Week commencing 6th November 2017
Checkatrade Trophy Round Two: Week commencing 4th December 2017
Carabao Cup Round Five: Week commencing 18th December 2017
Carabao Cup Semi-Final first leg: Week commencing 8th January 2018
Checkatrade Trophy Round Three: Week commencing 8th January 2018
Carabao Cup Semi-Final second leg: Week commencing 22nd January 2018
Checkatrade Trophy Round Four: Week commencing 22nd January 2018
Carabao Cup Final: Sunday 25th February 2018
Checkatrade Trophy Semi-Finals: Week commencing 26th February 2018
Checkatrade Trophy Final: Sunday 8th April 2018
Sky Bet EFL regular season ends: Weekend of 5th May 2018 
Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final: Saturday 26th May 2018
Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final: Sunday 27th May 2018
Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final: Monday 28th May 2018