Season ticket holders will be able to watch Preston North End’s bid to reach the play-offs via iFollow channel

Preston North End season ticket holders will be given access to watch the climax of the 2019/20 season online as part of a new arrangement between the EFL and Sky Sports.

By Peter Storey
Friday, 5th June 2020, 5:30 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 5:51 pm

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the EFL confirmed that the season will still commence with match 38 on the weekend of June 20, and Lilywhites’ season ticket holders will be able to watch the club’s bid to reach the play-offs on the iFollow channel.

The EFL say that the minor amendment to the schedule will result in the last match of the regular season being on the midweek of July 21 and 22, with the Championship play-off final on either Sunday, August 2 or Monday, August 3.

The EFL say that the fixture schedule is in the process of being finalised, alongside the revised broadcast selections, but the EFL have confirmed the kick-off times for games taking place.

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All PNE games will be available to watch online

At weekends, there will be 6pm and 8pm kick-offs on a Friday with games taking place at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm on a Saturday and just the one slot of 12pm on a Sunday.

Midweek games will take place on either a Tuesday or a Wednesday with kick-offs at 5pm, 6pm and 8pm each day.

All games will be played behind closed doors but access to those games will be available to all season ticket holders via iFollow.

The statement from the EFL read: “As part of a new and innovative arrangement between the EFL and Sky Sports, which will see the broadcaster show 45 games live, season ticket holders at all Sky Bet EFL Championship clubs will be given unprecedented access to watch the conclusion of the 2019/20 season online.

“The Championship season will resume behind closed doors on June 20 live on Sky Sports, and work has been undertaken to ensure season ticket holding supporters are given the opportunity not to miss any of the action, whether the games take place home or away.

“Sky Sports will broadcast 30 of the remaining 108 Championship matches alongside exclusively showing the 15 games across all EFL divisions in the Sky Bet play-offs.

“The 30 live league fixtures will also be streamed on a Club’s iFollow (or equivalent) service, where access will be provided for season ticket holders.”

The EFL say that supporters should note that access to the games will be determined by the club where the supporter holds a season ticket.

Access may be in lieu of a refund or part of a wider package as determined by each individual club.

The statement continued: “In addition, the remaining 78 matches will be streamed exclusively live, again with access available to season ticket holders as identified above.

“Non-season ticket holding supporters will able to purchase these games for the current match price pass of £10.

“Sky Sports will show the “goals as they go in” from these matches.

The EFL say that broadcast selections made prior to the season suspension will now not apply, and Sky Sports will start this process “from scratch” with first selections expected to be available early next week.

EFL Chair Rick Parry said: “We are delighted to have reached such an agreeable and sensible arrangement that ensures the financial impact to clubs is minimised, Sky Sports are able to get their football business back up with one of the most eagerly anticipated Championship run-ins in years and, importantly, fans get access to games during a period where guidelines prevent them from attending in person.”