2020/21 season dates confirmed

The 2020/21 season dates across the EFL and Carabao Cup have been confirmed.

The Championship season will kick-off on Saturday 12 September and will conclude on 8/9 May 2021.

Due to the unprecedented challenges facing the fixture calendar, and starting six weeks later than usual, the EFL Championship will feature 13 midweek match rounds throughout the season. 

The season will culminate in the play-off finals taking place at Wembley Stadium over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend 29-31 May 2021.

The 2020/21 Championship fixture schedule will be released on Friday 21 August at 9am.

Meanwhile, the Carabao Cup competition has seen a number of significant scheduling changes including two legged semi-finals being replaced by a single tie.

The first four rounds are scheduled to take place on consecutive weeks, kicking off in early September.

Round One fixtures are scheduled to take place on Saturday 5 September, but due to the international window may be played on alternative dates. Rounds Two, Three and Four will be played on consecutive midweeks dates starting 15/16 September.

Premier League sides will enter the competition in Round Two or Round Three if they are competing in European competition in season 2020/21.

The draw for Round One will take place on Sky Sports News on Tuesday 18 August 2020. 

As per the previous two seasons, the Round One draw will be divided into a northern and southern section but will remain unseeded. 

The dates for the 2020/21 Carabao Cup are as follows:

  • Round One - September 2020 (alternative dates may apply)
  • Round Two - 15/16 September 2020
  • Round Three - 22/23 September 2020
  • Round Four - 29/30 September 2020
  • Round Five - 22/23 December 2020
  • Semi-Finals - 5/6 January 2021 (tie to be played at the venue of club drawn out first)
  • Final - 28 February 2021

Broadcasting plans for the EFL and Carabao Cup will be confirmed in due course.