The English Football League Championship Playoffs are a series of games played among the teams which finish from 3rd to 6th positions after the culmination of the regular season of EFL Championship.
This series of games comprise of semi-finals as addressed below.
POSITIONS AT THE END OF EFL CHAMPIONSHIP 2020/21 SEASON
(Full table here)
MP – Matches Played GD – Goal Difference (GF-GA)
GF – Goals For (scored) PTS – Points
GA – Goals Against (conceded)
Semi-Final #1: Brentford (3) v Bournemouth (6)
Semi-Final #2: Swansea City (4) v Barnsley (5)
(First leg of the semi-finals were played on May 17. Here are the results.)
By finishing in Top 2, Norwich City and Watford FC have been duly promoted to the Premier League for 2021/22 season. Both these teams got relegated at the same time for the 2019/20 season.
Both the semi-finals are conducted as a two-legged tie – a tie wherein each team gets the chance to be a home team. The two winners progress to the English Football League Championship Play-Off Final which is contested at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
The Championship play-off final is considered the most valuable single football match in the world as a result of the increase in revenue to the winning club from sponsorship and media agreements. (separate feature on that before the May 29th Play-Off final at Wembley)
EFL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS OF THE PAST:
- First ever Championship Playoffs were contested in 1987 among Charlton Athletic, Leeds United, Oldham Athletic and Ipswich Town. Charlton Athletic were the 1st ever Play-offs winners. Here is their Premier League history!
- Play-Offs Final were played over two-legs for the first three years.
- Since 2007, the Final has always been hosted at the new Wembley Stadium.
- Crystal Palace has secured promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs more times than any other team – 4
- Ipswich Town & Derby County have participated in the Championship play-offs more times than any other team – 8. Both have managed to reach the play-offs final only once where they secured the promotion to the top flight by winning it.
- Leicester City (2015/16 Premier League & 2021 FA Cup champions) have reached the play-offs final on four occasions; winning it twice.
- Crystal Palace remains the team with the highest number of appearances in a play-offs final – 5 (4 wins and 1 loss)
There have been numerous exceptional EFL Championship play-off games in the last 33 years.
Here is our favorite pick of the lot.
We at Sportrybe truly feel this game (Watford v Leicester 2013 play-off semi final) encompasses the typical spirit of football in a span of 50 odd seconds.
From a harsh penalty call by the referee, then Knockaert (for Leicester) bottling the penalty to be cleared by a defender, Watford going into a full-throttle counter-attack, a cross coming from the right for Hogg (for Watford) in Leicester’s penalty area to head it towards Watford’s talisman Troy Deeney who thumps it into the goal in the dying seconds of the game with the score tied at 2-2. Can’t get better than this!
These words or any won’t ever do justice to this symbolic phase of play! Sheer brilliance!
EFL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFFS – A LOT AT STAKE!
Here are two different videos from that epic Leicester v Watford Play-Off semifinal game in 2013. One of them was recorded from a fan’s phone!