At a meeting which took place yesterday, members of the EFL Leagues One and League Two decided to end their seasons early.
The 2019/2020 campaign for England’s third and fourth footballing divisions have therefore been decided on a points-per-game calculation.
For each division, the end-of-season play-offs will go ahead. The four teams involved in the pair of them will battle it out for a chance of promotion to the Championship or League One.
Football in England had been suspended since mid-March due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Ups and downs
Coventry City were crowned champions of League One and, having been five points clear when the season was halted, were on course for promotion anyway. Second-placed Rotherham will also join them in the second tier next season.
At the other end of the table, Tranmere Rovers, Bolton and Southend were relegated.
Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United, Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town will compete in the play-offs.
In League Two, Swindon Town finished top. They will be joined in League One next season by Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle.
Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Colchester United and Northampton Town will take part in the play-offs.
At the bottom of the table, one team will go down and this is either Stevenage or Macclesfield Town. However, this depends on whether Macclesfield get a point deduction and whether or not the 2020/2021 National League will be able to start.
Championship will continue
Although the EFL’s other two divisions have curtailed their current campaigns, the Championship will play out the remainder of the season. The first round of fixtures will get underway on the weekend of 20th June.
There are currently nine rounds of fixtures left for the current campaign, with the top two and play-off winners being promoted to the Premier League. At the other end, whoever finishes in the bottom three will be relegated to League One.
Fixtures will, like the Premier League which restarts one week today, be played behind closed doors until further notice.