Championship Playoffs Betting

Betting on the Championship Playoffs is extremely popular for fans of clubs in the Championship. The playoffs are a big event every season and always watched closely as to see what team will qualify for the Premiership next season. Bet on the Championship Playoffs is available at all the well known online bookmakers.

Football League Playoffs Overview

The Football League Championship Playoffs are a series of playoff matches between the teams that finish 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in Coca Cola Football League Championship table, or as it is more commonly known, the Championship League.

The Championship League is the second-highest English football league. The purpose of the playoffs is to determine which one of the clubs will be promoted to the Premier League that is the highest-ranking league in the English football league system.

The Championship League table positions are determined at the end of the season and clubs are ranked according to points gained from matches, then goal aggregate, and finally goals scored. A win scores three points, a draw one point, and losing teams score nothing.

Promotion and Play-offs

The top two teams in the table are promoted to the Premier League that consists of the 20 top English football clubs. The Championship Playoffs then determine which other team also makes it to the higher league.

The semi-finals of the playoffs are played in two legs with 6th placed club playing the 3rd, and the 5th placed club playing the 4th. Each leg is played at one of the teams’ home stadium.

There is no away goals advantage in the semi-finals such as those applied in European competitions. This rule is a way of deciding tied matches in football whenever two teams play twice, once at each teams home ground. The away goals rule is that the team that scored more ‘away’ goals wins if there is a tie after the two legs. The away goals rule was last applied in the playoffs in 1999.

The Championship playoff final is traditionally played at Wembley Stadium although in recent years the match was performed at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as Wembley was undergoing extensive reconstruction. The first playoff to be played in the new Wembley stadium was in 2007 when Derby County beat West Bromich Albion 1-0.

The finals have always been played either at Wembley or the Millennium Stadium but in the first playoff final in 1987 Charlton Athletic and Leeds United were still even after a two-leg final and a third and final match was played in St. Andrews, Birmingham.

The battle to win the playoffs is hard fought because there is so much at stake. The benefits for the winning team are enormous as Premier League sponsorship and television commercial income is much greater than in the lower leagues. Promotion to the Premier League can bring over £60,000,000 for a club from increased revenues.

Play-off changes

The playoffs underwent changes together with the other major alterations in English football in 1992 and then again in 2004. The playoffs were introduced in 1987 and in those days a top division club would also take part in the playoffs. This was soon stopped, as was the two-leg final that was played every year until 1990.

Ipswich Town can claim to have played in more playoffs than any other club, seven in total. However, they only made the final once in 2000, which they won.

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