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NEWS: EFL confirms position on iFollow streaming

Broadcasts will return to 'normal' for the upcoming 2021/22 campaign

4 August 2021

With COVID-19 capacity restrictions lifted and EFL fixtures set to be played in front of full crowds again for the first time since March 2020, the best place to see your team live in season 2021/22 is, of course, at the stadium.

But if you cannot get there for whatever reason, there are other options to catch up with your club's progress - including live TV, live radio, streaming of selected matches alongside highlights on TV and online of every Sky Bet EFL game.

Live TV (Domestic)

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports will show 138 Sky Bet EFL matches, 15 Carabao Cup ties and the Semi-Finals and Final of the Papa John's Trophy.

In the case of Weekend Fixtures, the EFL's designated kick-off times* for Sky Live Matches are usually scheduled as follows:

  • Fridays at 7.45pm or 8pm.
  • Saturdays at 12.30pm.
  • Sundays at 12pm.

* - Within the Sky contract there are other kick-off times that are available to the broadcaster.

In the case of scheduled Midweek Matches, live Sky fixtures will be between 7.30pm and 8pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Radio

TalkSPORT offer exclusive live commentaries on national radio across the Sky Bet EFL as well as non-exclusive rights to the Carabao Cup that are shared by the BBC.

Both TalkSPORT and the BBC have the ability to broadcast score flash updates across all competitions.

BBC Local Radio also have individual commentary deals with selected EFL clubs.

Live TV (International)

Any match shown live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom is made available overseas via the League's international broadcast partners.

As well as this fixture, a minimum of 36 Championship fixtures taking place on Saturdays at 3pm, will be distributed for international coverage, alongside selected League One and League Two fixtures, Carabao Cup ties, and action from across the Sky Bet Play-Offs.

A full list of the EFL's international broadcasters are available here.

Highlights

In the United Kingdom, Quest will continue to be the home for all highlights of matches in the Sky Bet EFL, Carabao Cup and Papa John's Trophy, with action from a full weekend schedule of matches broadcast at 9pm on Saturdays, and midweek League highlights and Carabao Cup midweek highlights also screened on applicable weeknights.

Internationally, a number of the EFL's broadcast partners show repeat transmissions and highlights.

Streaming

In respect of domestic streaming, the EFL will return to the position as was prior to the pandemic when the live broadcast or streaming of any match in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is prohibited between the hours of 2.45pm-5.15pm on Saturday afternoons.

EFL clubs will have the right to live-stream midweek matches on iFollow or club equivalent service, with Sky Sports also able to stream the same Championship fixtures to subscribers across their Red Button interactive and digital services.

The position in Sky Bet League One is as follows (Domestic):

  • All scheduled midweek matches (unless selected by Sky Sports).
  • Displaced weekend matches - matches which are moved from Saturday 3pm kick-offs for non-TV purposes (at the discretion of the Home club).
  • Bank Holiday matches (at the discretion of the Home club).
  • Papa John's Trophy matches (apart from the Semi-Finals and Final which are live on Sky Sports).

The position in Sky Bet League One is as follows (International):

  • Overseas supporters can watch live all EFL League One games provided that they have not been selected for international television broadcast in a territory that has an overseas broadcast partner.

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