Kick-off schedules, TV details, key dates – All the information Stoke City need after EFL announcement



Sky Sports and the EFL have announced their plans to broadcast the remainder of the 2019/20 Championship season through a mixture of online streams and television shows.

The second-tier will resume on June 20, with 108 matches to be played and issues to be decided at the top and bottom of the table.

But there have been long talks about how to make sure fans can still watch as everything moves behind closed doors.

Here are all the important details broken down, from new kick-off times and how to stream matches.

Can season ticket holders watch every game for free?

Every Championship club will stream their remaining nine matches via in-house methods or iFollow.

Supporters that have paid for a season-ticket and HAVEN’T received any sort of refund will be able to watch those game for free.

However, some clubs, in the case of Hull City, for example, have issued refunds and will therefore still charge season ticket holders to stream their games.

The decision is down to each respective club.

Stoke City said in a statement: “The club, in association with StreamAMG, will issue promotional codes to season card holders who elect to take advantage of the streaming offer. Further details will be announced next week.”

Can non-season ticket holders watch every match?

The EFL has said that every fan can purchase a matchday pass, charged at £10.

Some of those games will be shown on Sky Sports for paying customers.

How many games will Sky Sports show?

Sky Sports will exclusively show 30 of the remaining 108 Championship games, in addition to the play-offs.

Its selection of matches will be confirmed early next week.

In all, 10 more games than originally intended will be shown on television.

The EFL has agreed to pay Sky Sports back £10m.

Will there be highlights on television?

Yes, Quest will provide extended highlights on Saturday evenings and in mid-week.

Will matches be broadcast on radio?

Yes. TalkSPORT will provide national radio commentary on some Championship matches.

Can we follow matches on StokeonTrentLive?

Yes, of course. Every match, pre-match build-up and post-match reaction will be covered in depth on StokeonTrentLive and in The Sentinel.

When will matches be played?

– Friday – 6pm and 8pm

– Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm

– Sunday – 12pm

– Tuesday – 5pm, 6pm and 8pm

– Wednesday – 5pm, 6pm and 8pm.

When will fixtures be announced?

Fixtures are expected to be announced early next week.

Clubs have asked for as much notice as possible in order to make accommodations.

When will the season end?

The EFL statement confirmed: “Following further consultation with EFL Championship Clubs this week, the season will still commence with match 38 on the weekend of June 20, with match 39 taking place on Saturday, June 27. 

“This minor amendment to the schedule will result in the last match of the regular season being on the midweek of July 21 and 22 with the Championship play-off final on either Sunday 2 or Monday, August 3.”

What have the EFL said?

EFL chairman Rick Parry said: “I would firstly like to thank the team at Sky Sports for their patience and support whilst we have worked through some of the complex issues surrounding our agreement that have arisen as a result of live sport being unable to take place due to the current crisis.

“There is no question that COVID-19 has detrimentally affected all industries and, whilst we have only ever wanted to return when it is safe to do, we have always understood that when we did, we had to balance the requirements of our broadcast partners with the unique and challenging financial circumstances that our clubs face.

“We are delighted to have reached such an agreeable and sensible arrangement that ensures the financial impact to clubs is minimised, Sky Sports are able to get their football business back up with one of the most eagerly anticipated Championship run-ins in years and, importantly, fans get access to games during a period where guidelines prevent them from attending in person.”





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