AFC Bournemouth return to the second tier of English football after five years of playing in the Premier League.
The new campaign is set to kick off over the weekend of the 12th September, less than seven weeks after relegation was confirmed following a final day win over Everton.
The Football League have confirmed that the regular season will end on the 9th May.
That means, the fantastically crazy Championship season will see 46 league games compiled into just 34 weeks and that’s before you take away some weekends for international breaks and the FA Cup.
A gruelling campaign which will see two games a week for the majority of the season and then bookended by a potential play-off campaign with a further three games to be played until the weekend of the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May.
Sky Sports are the sole broadcaster of games in the Football League in the UK. A new deal signed in 2018 for five years began for the 2019/20 season.
That £595million deal (a 35% increase on the previous contract) will see 138 EFL games, every play-off match, 15 games in the EFL Cup and the semi-finals and final of the EFL Trophy.
Sky Sports must also show at least two home fixtures from every Championship club within their selections from the second tier.
7-week break then – players given 3 weeks off and back for ‘pre-season’ for 4 weeks? The break is usually 13 weeks long. – Join the conversation, click here.