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iFollow: UK first as live EFL action set to be streamed

Matches available for just £10 on match-by-match basis

21 August 2018

History will be made in the EFL this week as 31 midweek fixtures across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two are set to be live-streamed to football fans in the UK and Ireland.

The upcoming round of midweek fixtures is the first at which domestic streaming will be widely available to viewers in the UK and Ireland, with iFollow the only place to watch enhanced four-camera coverage of Sky Bet Championship matches in 2018/19 at a cost of just £10 per match.

iFollow provides exclusive access to League One and League Two games for supporters unable to make the match in person, with fans of clubs from across all three divisions benefitting from major upgrades to the service, including added commentary and graphics packages to improve the viewing experience for all.

Supporters watching coverage via the iFollow platform, which is available through a club’s official website or App, will also be able to keep up to date with scores from around the games, with live text updates provided as the goals go in throughout the EFL.

Amongst the fixtures available this week, Paul Warne’s Rotherham United host Hull City at the New York Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, Burton Albion travel to Bradford City in League One hoping to make it back-to-back wins after Saturday’s victory against Doncaster Rovers, whilst Checkatrade Trophy winners Lincoln City welcome Bury to Sincil Bank in League Two.

To purchase a match pass or to view relevant subscription information relating to iFollow visit your club’s official website, or via www.efl.com/iFollow.

The action doesn’t come to halt after this week, as fans in the UK and Ireland can watch future live EFL League games provided that:

  • They fall outside of UEFA’s Article 48 Blocked Hours (14:45-17:15 on a Saturday)
  • They fall outside Bank Holidays
  • They have not been selected for broadcast on Sky Sports

These developments will also benefit overseas subscribers with the enhanced production values being made in all locations, despite international prices remaining frozen from 2017/18 when the service was introduced to overseas subscribers. Audio commentary is also available to both overseas and domestic supporters.

Which clubs are involved?

  • 58 of 72 current EFL clubs have signed up to adopt iFollow:

There are currently 14 EFL clubs who will have the opportunity to deliver a similar service through their existing digital offering. These clubs are:

Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Derby County, Hull City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, QPR, Swansea City, Stoke City, Sunderland, Accrington Stanley, Charlton Athletic and Forest Green Rovers.

Fixtures available to be domestically streamed this week are as follows:

Tuesday 21 August

Derby County v Ipswich Town
Rotherham United v Hull City

Wednesday 22 August

Blackburn Rovers v Reading
Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City
Norwich City v Preston North End
Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall
Stoke City v Wigan Athletic

Tuesday 21 August

AFC Wimbledon v Walsall
Blackpool v Coventry City
Bradford City v Burton Albion 
Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth 
Charlton Athletic v Peterborough United 
Doncaster Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Luton Town v Southend United 
Oxford United v Accrington Stanley 
Plymouth Argyle v Wycombe Wanderers
Rochdale v Barnsley

Wednesday 22 August

Gillingham v Sunderland
Scunthorpe United v Fleetwood Town

Tuesday 21 August

Cambridge United v Exeter City
Carlisle United v Port Vale
Colchester United v Crewe Alexandra
Crawley Town v Swindon Town
Forest Green Rovers v Stevenage
Lincoln City v Bury
Macclesfield Town v Cheltenham Town
Milton Keynes Dons v Grimsby Town
Morecambe v Northampton Town
Newport County v Notts County
Tranmere Rovers v Mansfield Town
Yeovil Town v Oldham Athletic


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