Clubs will have option to stream EFL matches via iFollow whilst access to matches is restricted.
Sky Sports and the EFL are set to ensure supporters don’t miss any of the EFL action when the season returns next month after agreeing a new flexible framework that will ensure league matches are either available for broadcast or streaming whilst access to matches is restricted.
The broadcaster will show 130 live EFL league matches throughout season 2020/21, kicking-off with Watford v Middlesbrough on Friday 11 September 2020 before another two fixtures are televised throughout the opening weekend.
And whilst the doors remain shut to fans, or with limited spectators allowed through the turnstiles, an arrangement exists whereby all matches that are NOT LIVE on Sky Sports will be available to stream by clubs on iFollow, for a match pass price of £10.
The match by match streaming is a TEMPORARY measure that has only been put in place whilst clubs operate at a zero or reduced capacity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be subject to regular review with the first set for early October.
EFL Chief Executive David Baldwin said: “There is no argument that attending live matches is what the League, its clubs and fans want to see and, clearly, the overriding objective is to get supporters back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, this framework allows our clubs to reward their most loyal supporters by providing what we hope is only short-term access to watch their matches.
“It’s important that whilst the doors remain fully, or part shut, we ensure there is the ability for fans of all EFL clubs to be able to gain access and watch their team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sky Sports for their support in this matter. Collectively, it’s not our preferred situation but given the circumstances COVID has presented us it gives us a temporary option whilst we finalise our plans for fans returning.”
Leagues One and Two Streaming
League One and Two are able to stream any match not shown live on Sky to fans who purchase individual match passes for £10.
Chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: "Due to the way we have structured our Season Ticket sales, we will not be offering Season Ticket holders free passes to watch home games like some other clubs.
"Clubs who have sold a 23-game Season Ticket are offering fans these passes as compensation for the games their fans will miss out on, but have already paid for. We are not in that position and our fans will be able to purchase match passes on a game-by-game basis which ensures they get the best value for money.
"All of our home and away games will be available to stream until we are no longer operating at a reduced capacity, and we are pleased that our fans will be able to support the club from afar."
Carabao Cup Streaming
Round One Carabao Cup matches that are not selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports will also be eligible for clubs to stream. These will only be available on a match pass basis at £10.
We are still waiting for confirmation on streaming of EFL Trophy games.