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Everything you need to know to watch this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship action

19 June 2020

As the Sky Bet Championship journey continues behind closed doors this weekend, fans will have the opportunity to watch all the action from the safety of their own home. Games will be available to watch live via Sky Sports, iFollow or a Club’s equivalent streaming platform, and here is all you need to know to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action!

When will the Sky Bet Championship season restart?

The Sky Bet Championship season will return this weekend, on Saturday 20 June, with Fulham v Brentford kicking-off the restart, live on Sky Sports, at 12.30pm.

The rest of Matchday 38 fixtures take place over both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Matchday 39 takes place a week later on Saturday 27 June.


When will the season finish?

The last matches of the regular season will be played on 22 July. The Championship Play-Off Semi-Final first legs will be played on Sunday 26 July and Monday 27 July, with the second legs being played on Wednesday 29 July and Thursday 30 July.

The Championship Play-Off Final will be played on Tuesday 4 August.

The confirmed schedule can be found HERE.


When will we know the full fixture schedule?

The full fixture schedule for the Championship has been confirmed and can be found on Clubs’ individual websites or on the EFL.com website. Sky Sports broadcast selections up until 9 July have also now been announced, with games set to take place during both midweek and weekends.


How many fixtures will be available to view live on Sky Sports?

Supporters will be able to watch 45 fixtures live on Sky Sports. This includes 30 of the remaining 108 Sky Bet Championship league matches. The League One and League Two Play-Off fixtures will also feature live on Sky Sports.  


When will I know if my team has been selected to be shown live on Sky Sports?

A revised schedule of televised games has recently been confirmed, with the first 18 Sky Bet Championship fixtures selected for Sky Sports coverage over the first three weeks of the resumption of the season.

The full list of television selections are now available to view online at EFL.com or via individual club channels. All remaining live Sky Sports broadcast selections for the remaining rounds of games will be announced by the EFL and Clubs in due course.

 

What about the remaining 78 Sky Bet Championship League fixtures not available on Sky Sports? Will supporters be able to watch them?

The 78 Championship League matches not shown on Sky Sports will be available for all Clubs to stream on their Club websites or mobile app to Season Ticket holders (access determined by the Club).

All non-season ticket holding supporters will also be able to purchase individual match passes to enable them to watch each of these games.


Will the remaining 78 Championship games be available on the Sky Sports red button service?

No, the red button facility will not be available, and while Sky will report and show ‘goals as they go in’, the only way fans can access live footage of the 78 Sky Bet Championship games not being shown on Sky Sports, is via iFollow or their Club’s equivalent streaming service.


I’m a Season Ticket holder, how do I gain access to watch my Club’s matches?

As part of the new arrangement between the EFL and Sky Sports, Season Ticket holders at all Sky Bet Championship Clubs will be given the opportunity to access the remaining fixtures of the 2019/20 season online, subject to each club giving Season Ticket holders access to a promotional code.

Season ticket holders in receipt of a promotional code can expect to enjoy all of their Club’s remaining Championship league fixtures, including those also broadcast on Sky Sports (subject to access provided by each Club), via their Club’s iFollow (or equivalent) streaming service.


If I’m a Season Ticket holder, how will I receive my promotional code?

Distribution of the codes to season ticket holders is at the discretion of each Club. Subject to access being provided, Season Ticket holders will receive a message directly from their Club with details of how to use their promotional code. Supporters should receive their codes in advance of the first matches being played.


I’m a Non-Season Ticket holding supporter, how can I watch matches?

In addition to watching the 30 League fixtures broadcast on Sky Sports, Non-Season Ticket holding supporters will still be able to purchase any of the 78 games not shown on Sky Sports, via their Club’s iFollow (or equivalent streaming service) at the current domestic match pass price of £10.


I’m already an iFollow (or equivalent streaming service) subscriber in the UK, will I be able to watch the remaining games via my existing subscription?

In the UK any iFollow annual or monthly subscription will only entitle a fan to listen to games. If a holder of one of those passes is ALSO a season ticket holder at their Club, then they should receive a promotional code in order to view the games at no fee (subject to access provided by each Club). If they are not a season ticket holder, then they will need to buy a match pass at £10 per game.


I’m an existing International iFollow (or equivalent streaming service) subscriber, what will I get access to?

Outside of the UK, holders of annual subscriptions will be able to view all their Club’s matches live, under normal terms and conditions (i.e. broadcast rights may mean some matches are unavailable for streaming in certain locations), and video passes will also available on a match by match basis for International fans, for applicable games as standard.

 

What if I can’t view the live stream or miss some of my Club’s matches?

Clubs will still make highlights packages available on their websites, mobile apps, and via their YouTube channels, after games. Clubs can make full-match re-runs available the day after the match, at their discretion. Clubs will still also offer an audio-only pass, to enable fans to listen to the games via their Club’s streaming service if they prefer. Otherwise, fans can see matches broadcast by Sky Sports, or watch the highlights show on Quest on Freeview at 9pm on a Saturday.


Are there any plans to show live matches on terrestrial ‘free-to-air’ channels?

Live match action will only be available on Sky Sports, or via Clubs’ iFollow (or equivalent Club streaming) service.


Where else can I watch highlights or tune in for action or commentary from the games?

Quest (available on Freeview) will provide extended highlights of matches on both Saturday evenings and midweek, whilst talkSPORT will provide exclusive national radio commentary on some Championship matches.


Can I access iFollow (or my Club’s equivalent streaming service) via my television?

iFollow is available across desktop, mobile, tablet and app. Users watching matches live on a mobile will have to use the iFollow app, which is available via the App Store and Google Play Store by searching ‘Official *Your Team Name* App’. 


Can invite my friends over to my house so we can all watch iFollow together?

The EFL recommends supporters follow the current Government advice, and not invite friends and family who reside outside of their household to socialise within their premises. Anyone watching iFollow (or their Club’s equivalent streaming service) should only do this with those people already living in the same household.

Fixtures for this weekend can be viewed below. With the exception of those with a Sky Sports logo alongside it, all games will be live streamed on iFollow or a Club’s equivalent streaming platform.

To buy your match pass, click HERE or visit you Club’s website.

If you are experiencing any problems, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. 

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