Preparations for the 2020/21 campaign are well underway across the country now, but with the coronavirus pandemic still at the forefront of everybody’s minds the EFL have reached a landmark agreement that will see all Championship, League One and League Two fixtures available to view from home.
This initiative will last as long as matches are still being played behind closed doors or at limited capacity and is expected to be a significant boost to those clubs struggling financially due to the shutdown.
How does it work?
The agreement will apply to all EFL games that are not being televised live with Sky Sports and will allow season ticket holders to stream all their club’s home league games online.
In addition, season ticket holders for Championship clubs will be eligible to watch midweek away games.
It’s not just for those supporters with season tickets, though. One-off match passes will also be made available for a £10 fee, so you can tune in to whichever game you want.
The EFL season will begin on Friday, September 11th as Watford face off with Middlesbrought, and you’ll be able to find all our betting tips and analysis over on our Championship predictions page.
When will fans be allowed back?
EFL chief executive David Baldwin stated that “The overriding objective is to get supports back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so.”
He continued to say that this situation is a temporary option while a plan for the return of fans is finalised.
But while a return to roaring crowds may seem far off right now, plans are already being put in place to allow just that. Currently, fans are allowed to attend football matches played in the 7th tier or below, while most recently up to 2,500 fans are being allowed in to the Amex Stadium on Saturday as Brighton take on Chelsea.
Elsewhere, UEFA are planning to test a partial return of spectators for the UEFA Super Cup next month as Champions League winners Bayern Munich face Europa League victors Sevilla in Budapest and, in France, up to 5,000 people are permitted to Ligue 1 matches from the stands.
In less optimistic news, Celtic’s proposal to allow fans to their Scottish Premiership clash with Motherwell on Sunday was rejected by the government, but simply the fact that this sort of proposal is being considered is surely a step in the right direction.
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