Championship play-offs 2020: Fixtures, dates & teams in the race to the Premier

England’s second tier contains some of the country’s best supported clubs and they will be pushing for a place in the top division this June and July

The Championship play-offs represent some of the most exciting and potentially lucrative matches in world football, with a place in the Premier League on offer.

Leeds were the first side to earn automatic promotion, though the play-offs are yet to come – and the tension can be unbearable as fans live in hope that their team can reach the promised land of English football. 

The coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic forced a postponement to matters, but the league resumed in June after three months of no games.

Goal brings you everything you need to know about the competition phase, when the games are, how to watch and more.


  1. What are the Championship play-offs?
  2. Which teams qualified for the Championship play-offs in 2020?
  3. When are the Championship 2020 play-offs?
  4. When & where is the 2020 Championship play-off final?
  5. Championship play-offs TV channel & live stream
  6. Who won last year’s Championship play-offs?

What are the Championship play-offs?

The Championship play-offs in England are a series of knock-out games which take place at the end of the Championship season in order to determine which team earns the final promotion to the Premier League.

While the top two teams in the division earn automatic promotion, the teams which finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth qualify for the play-offs.

A merit-based system is in place to pair the semi-final opponents, with third place playing sixth place in one semi-final and fourth place playing fifth place in the other semi-final.

The Championship semi-finals are two-legged affairs, but the away goals rule does not apply. The semi-final winners progress to the play-off final.

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Which teams qualified for the Championship play-offs in 2020?

A number of teams are in with a good chance of qualifying for the Championship play-offs this season, but things could easily change when matches resume.

Leeds United became the first side to win automatic promotion when West Brom lost to Huddersfield on July 17, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side crowned champions a day later following Brentford‘s loss to Stoke City.

West Brom will join them in the Premier League after securing promotion on the final day of the season with a 2-2 draw against QPR.

Championship table 2019-20

Pos Team MP W D L GD Pts
1 Leeds United (P) 46 28 9 9 +42 93
2 West Brom (P) 46 22 17 7 +32 83
3 Brentford (Q) 46 24 9 13 +42 81
4 Fulham (Q) 46 23 12 11 +16 81
5 Cardiff City (Q) 46 19 16 11 +10 73
6 Swansea City (Q) 46 18 16 12 +9 70
7 Nottingham Forest 46 18 16 12 +8 70
8 Millwall 46 17 17 12 +6 68

Last updated: Games played on July 22, 2020 | Key: (P) – secured promotion | (Q) – qualified for play-offs…

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