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EFL League One

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The English Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Sky Bet League One for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of the English Football League and the third tier overall in the entire English football league system.

EFL League One
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Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
1992–2004 (as Division Two)
1958–1992 (as Division Three)
1921–1958 (as Division Three North/South)
1920–1921 (as Division Three)
CountryEngland
Number of teams24
(23 for 2019–20 season due to expulsion of Bury)
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toChampionship
Relegation toLeague Two
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
League cup(s)EFL Cup
EFL Trophy
International cup(s)Europa League
(via FA Cup or EFL Cup)
Current championsLuton Town
(2018–19)
TV partnersSky Sports
Quest (highlights only)
Websiteefl.com/sky-bet-league-one/
2019–20 EFL League One

League One was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known briefly as the Football League Second Division and for much longer, prior to the advent of the Premier League, as the Football League Third Division.

At present (2019-20 season), Peterborough and Gillingham hold the longest tenure in League One, both last being out of the division in the 2012–13 season. There are currently six former Premier League clubs competing in League One, namely Blackpool (2010–11), Bolton (2011–12), Coventry City (2000–01), Ipswich Town (2001–02), Portsmouth (2009–10) and Sunderland (2016–17).[1]

StructureEdit

There are 24 clubs in League One (though there are currently 23, due to the explusion of Bury). Each club plays every other club twice (once at home and once away). Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. At the end of the season a table of the final League standings is determined, based on the following criteria in this order: points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, an aggregate of the results between two or more clubs (ranked using the previous three criteria) and, finally, a series of one or more play-off matches.

At the end of each season the top two clubs, together with the winner of the play-offs between the clubs which finished in 3rd–6th position, are promoted to EFL Championship and are replaced by the three clubs that finished at the bottom of that division.

Similarly, the four clubs that finished at the bottom of EFL League One are relegated to EFL League Two and are replaced by the top three clubs and the club that won the 4th–7th place play-offs in that division.

Media coverageEdit

Sky Sports currently show live League One matches with highlights shown on Quest TV on their show EFL on Quest. Highlights of all games in the Football League are also available to view separately on the Sky Sports website. In Sweden, TV3 Sport has the rights of broadcasting from the league. A couple of league matches during the season of 09/10 including play-off matches and the play-off final to the Championship were shown. In Australia, beIN Sports broadcasts live Championship matches. In the US and surrounding countries including Cuba and Puerto Rico, some EFL Championship, EFL League One and EFL League Two games are shown on ESPN. In Spain, DAZN broadcasts live matches from League One and League Two.

Current membersEdit

The following 23 clubs competed in League One during the 2019–20 season. The 24th club, Bury, were expelled from the EFL on 27 August 2019 and did not fulfill any of their fixtures for the season. Their manager at the time was Paul Wilkinson.

Club Finishing position last season Location Stadium Capacity[2]
Accrington Stanley 14th Accrington Crown Ground 5,057 (2,000 seated)
AFC Wimbledon 20th London (Kingston upon Thames) Kingsmeadow 4,850 (2,265 seated)
Blackpool 10th Blackpool Bloomfield Road 17,338
Bolton Wanderers 23rd in Championship (relegated) Bolton University of Bolton Stadium 28,723
Bristol Rovers 15th Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,300
Burton Albion 9th Burton upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912 (2,034 seated)
Coventry City 8th Birmingham (Bordesley) St Andrew's 29,409
Doncaster Rovers 6th Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Fleetwood Town 11th Fleetwood Highbury Stadium 5,311 (2,701 seated)
Gillingham 13th Gillingham Priestfield Stadium 11,582
Ipswich Town 24th in Championship (relegated) Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Lincoln City 1st in League Two (promoted) Lincoln Sincil Bank 10,307
Milton Keynes Dons 3rd in League Two (promoted) Milton Keynes Stadium MK 30,500
Oxford United 12th Oxford Kassam Stadium 12,500
Peterborough 7th Peterborough London Road 15,314
Portsmouth 4th Portsmouth Fratton Park 21,100
Rochdale 16th Rochdale Spotland 10,249
Rotherham United 22nd in Championship (relegated) Rotherham New York Stadium 12,021
Shrewsbury Town 18th Shrewsbury New Meadow 9,875
Southend United 19th Southend-on-Sea Roots Hall 12,392
Sunderland 5th Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Tranmere Rovers 6th in League Two (promoted via play-offs) Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,587
Wycombe Wanderers 17th High Wycombe Adams Park 10,300

Teams promoted from League OneEdit

Play-off resultsEdit

Season Semi-final (1st Leg) Semi-final (2nd Leg) Final
2004–05 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Brentford
Hartlepool United 2–0 Tranmere Rovers
Brentford 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday
Tranmere Rovers 2–0 Hartlepool United
(Hartlepool won 6–5 on penalties, AET)
Sheffield Wednesday 4–2 Hartlepool United (AET)
2005–06 Barnsley 0–1 Huddersfield Town
Swansea City 1–1 Brentford
Huddersfield Town 1–3 Barnsley
Brentford 0–2 Swansea City
Barnsley 2–2 Swansea City
(Barnsley won 4–3 on penalties, AET)
2006–07 Yeovil Town 0–2 Nottingham Forest
Oldham Athletic 1–2 Blackpool
Nottingham Forest 2–5 Yeovil Town (AET)
Blackpool 3–1 Oldham Athletic
Blackpool 2–0 Yeovil Town
2007–08 Southend United 0–0 Doncaster Rovers
Leeds United 1–2 Carlisle United
Doncaster Rovers 5–1 Southend United
Carlisle United 0–2 Leeds United
Leeds United 0–1 Doncaster Rovers
2008–09 Scunthorpe United 1–1 Milton Keynes Dons
Millwall 1–0 Leeds United
Milton Keynes Dons 0–0 Scunthorpe United
(Scunthorpe won 7–6 on penalties, AET)
Leeds United 1–1 Millwall
Scunthorpe United 3–2 Millwall
2009–10 Swindon Town 2–1 Charlton Athletic
Huddersfield Town 0–0 Millwall
Charlton Athletic 2–1 Swindon Town
(Swindon won 5–4 on penalties, AET)
Millwall 2–0 Huddersfield Town
Millwall 1–0 Swindon Town
2010–11 Bournemouth 1–1 Huddersfield Town
Milton Keynes Dons 3–2 Peterborough United
Huddersfield Town 3–3 Bournemouth
(Huddersfield won 4–2 on penalties, AET)
Peterborough United 2–0 Milton Keynes Dons
Huddersfield Town 0–3 Peterborough United
2011–12 Stevenage 0–0 Sheffield United
Milton Keynes Dons 0–2 Huddersfield Town
Sheffield United 1–0 Stevenage
Huddersfield Town 1–2 Milton Keynes Dons
Huddersfield Town 0–0 Sheffield United
(Huddersfield won 8–7 on penalties, AET)
2012–13 Sheffield United 1–0 Yeovil Town
Swindon Town 1–1 Brentford
Yeovil Town 2–0 Sheffield United
Brentford 3–3 Swindon Town
(Brentford won 5–4 on penalties, AET)
Brentford 1–2 Yeovil Town
2013–14 Peterborough United 1–1 Leyton Orient
Preston North End 1–1 Rotherham United
Leyton Orient 2–1 Peterborough United
Rotherham United 3–1 Preston North End
Leyton Orient 2–2 Rotherham United
(Rotherham won 4–3 on penalties, AET)
2014–15 Chesterfield 0–1 Preston North End
Sheffield United 1–2 Swindon Town
Preston North End 3–0 Chesterfield
Swindon Town 5–5 Sheffield United
Preston North End 4–0 Swindon Town
2015–16 Barnsley 3–0 Walsall
Bradford City 1–3 Millwall
Walsall 1–3 Barnsley
Millwall 1–1 Bradford City
Barnsley 3–1 Millwall
2016–17 Millwall 0–0 Scunthorpe United

Bradford City 1–0 Fleetwood Town

Scunthorpe United 2–3 Millwall

Fleetwood Town 0–0 Bradford City

Bradford City 0–1 Millwall
2017–18 Charlton Athletic 0–1 Shrewsbury Town

Scunthorpe United 2–2 Rotherham United

Shrewsbury Town 1–0 Charlton Athletic

Rotherham United 2–0 Scunthorpe United

Rotherham United 2–1 Shrewsbury Town (AET)
2018–19 Doncaster Rovers 1–2 Charlton Athletic

Sunderland 1–0 Portsmouth

Charlton Athletic 2–3 Doncaster Rovers (Charlton Athletic won 4–3 on penalties, AET)

Portsmouth 0–0 Sunderland

Charlton Athletic 2–1 Sunderland

Relegated teamsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Financial Fair PlayEdit

Starting from the 2012–13 season, a Financial Fair Play arrangement has been in place in all 3 divisions of the Football League, the intention being eventually to produce a league of financially self-sustaining clubs. In League One, this takes the form of a Salary Cost Management Protocol in which a maximum of 60% of a club's turnover may be spent on players' wages, with sanctions being applied in the form of transfer embargoes. [3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "10 former EPL teams that have stepped down the ladder and now play in England's third and fourth tiers". Archived from the original on 26 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Football Ground Guide". Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ "The Football League – About Us – FAQs – FL Explained – FL Explained – Financial Fair Play in The Football League". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012.

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