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EFL set for huge month of live coverage during World Cup

17 November 2022

The EFL is set to take centre stage domestically throughout November and December as Sky Bet League One and League Two play on throughout the World Cup.

You never forget your first love and, while supporters will be cheering on their nation, EFL fans up and down the country will still be backing their Clubs by heading through the turnstiles and watching from home.

Fans can attend 121 EFL League matches through the World Cup between Saturday 19 November and Monday 19 December, with the added opportunity to watch over 90 on Sky Sports or through Club streaming services.  

With four rounds of Sky Bet League One and League Two fixtures, two rounds of Championship matches, and the Papa Johns Trophy Round of 32 all being played during the World Cup, there are numerous opportunities to get to a ground and watch EFL action.

But for those who cannot get to a game, all League One and League Two fixtures, as well as selected Championship matches, will be available across iFollow or Club streaming services, with no restrictions on broadcasting 3pm games on a Saturday during the World Cup. 

Click here to find out how to access your Clubs’ streaming service 

Every single Sky Bet League One and League Two match will be available to watch live, with 93 games being streamed and three more available on Sky Sports. 

There will also be seven live Sky Bet Championship matches on Sky Sports across the weekends of 10 December and 16 December. 

All remaining Championship matches across that period are available for streaming, at the discretion of the home Club. Check with your Club or for updates on which games will be available. 

The increased availability comes due to the Saturday afternoon closed window (Article 48) not applying during the World Cup period, which means there is still an opportunity to watch your team in action on Saturday at 3pm, via streaming, even if you cannot get to the game in person. 

EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch said: “With EFL fixtures continuing throughout the World Cup, we have a fantastic opportunity to showcase our competition, with supporters able to enjoy more access to watch their Club play, whether at the ground, in the pub or at home.  

 “While the winter World Cup has brought challenges for domestic leagues, for the EFL it also brings this opportunity to test how the streaming of live matches during traditionally blocked hours is received by fans that wish to watch their team, wherever they may be.” 

The following games have been selected for broadcast by Sky Sports during the World Cup period: 

Portsmouth v Derby County – Friday 18 November 

Exeter City v Ipswich Town – Saturday 19 November 

Wycombe Wanderers v Portsmouth – Sunday 4 December 

Blackburn Rovers v Preston North End – Sunday 10 December 

Queens Park Rangers v Burnley – Sunday 11 December 

Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion – Monday 12 December 

Birmingham City v Reading – Friday 16 December 

Norwich City v Blackburn Rovers – Saturday 17 December 

Luton Town v Millwall – Sunday 18 December 

Wigan Athletic v Sheffield United – Monday 19 December 

Additionally, all Papa Johns Trophy matches on Tuesday 22 November will be streamed on iFollow or Clubs’ streaming services. 

The EFL during the World Cup:

  • 121 matches played across Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two
  • 10 matches live on Sky Sports
  • 93 League One and League Two matches available for streaming on iFollow or Clubs’ streaming services
  • 18 Championship matches available for streaming, at the discretion of the home Club

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