Sky Bet EFL 2018/19 fixtures: How to follow, timings and key dates
Championship, League One and League Two fixtures to be announced on Thursday
Last Updated: 21/06/18 9:15am
The World Cup is in full flow but fans of the 72 Sky Bet EFL clubs across the country will have a keen eye on Thursday's fixture release.
EFL clubs will discover their curtain-raisers, run-ins, Christmas fixtures and crucial derby dates when the schedules are released at 9am on Thursday, June 21 - and you can follow it all with Sky Sports as we gear up for another bumper season of live football.
Sky Sports has exclusively live coverage of the Sky Bet EFL in 2018/19 including all the drama of the Sky Bet Play-Offs
Here's all you need to know and how to follow the announcement, wherever you are...
When does the 2018/19 season start?
The new Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of August 11/12 - just 27 days after the World Cup concludes - and finishes on Sunday, May 12, 2019.
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The Sky Bet EFL action starts on the weekend of August 3-5, with the final day scheduled for Saturday, May 4.
Scottish league football gets going on August 4, with the Championship, League 1 and League 2 seasons ending on May 4 and the Premiership finale on May 18/19.
Other key dates
The Carabao Cup starts for lower-league clubs in the week commencing August 13, while the Checkatrade Trophy action begins in the first weekend of September. The FA Cup first round proper has been pencilled in for the weekend of November 10/11.
Managers looking to bolster their squad will have to work quicker this summer. That's because the transfer window closes before the Premier League season starts at 5pm on August 9.
How can I stay up-to-date?
Whether you're on the move or watching at home, Sky Sports is the place for all the news and reaction.
- Sky Sports News - channel 409 - will bring you details of your club's schedule as the clock strikes 9am, as well as reaction from studio guests and clubs up and down the country during a three-hour special.
- If you're out and about, our live blog will bring you details of all the fixtures, plus analysis, reaction and social media.
- Fixtures by league and club will be available on skysports.com and via the Sky Sports apps.
- Push notifications will deliver the news straight to your phone - download the Sky Sports app, set your favourite team and subscribe to push notifications (fixture push notifications will be for Premier League teams only)
Get Sky Sports' dedicated football channels for over 500 live games next season including exclusively live coverage of the Sky Bet EFL in 2018/19 including all the drama of the Sky Bet Play-Offs. Find out more.