League Two play-offs: Fixtures, dates & teams in the race to League One

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Goal takes a look at how the race for a spot in the third tier finished as the 2017-18 League Two campaign comes to an end

The race for a place in the third tier of English football is now over. 

The final round of fixtures in the regular League Two season were completed at the weekend, but the battle to be promoted into League One will continue into the play-offs.

While just two teams are relegated out of the league there are four promotion positions up for grabs, with three going up automatically and one through the play-off system.

As the season comes to an end, Goal brings you all you need to know about the four-team mini tournament that will send one team into the third tier.


Which teams have qualified for the League Two play-offs?


Title-winning Accrington Stanley are guaranteed a spot in the English third tier for the first time and will be joined by Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers.

Exeter City and Notts County sit directly beneath the top three, with Coventry City and Lincoln City also occupying play-off berths.

Mansfield were the only side who could have broken into the top seven on the final weekend, but results went against them and the Stags will have to hope for better fortunes in their next League Two campaign.

Final League Two table:

Pos Team MP W D L GD Pts
1 Accrington Stanley (C) 46 29 6 11 +30 93
2 Luton Town (P) 46 25 13 8 +48 88
3 Wycombe Wanderers (P) 46 24 12 10 +19 84
4 Exeter City 46 24 8 14 +10 80
5 Notts County 46 21 14 11 +23 77
6 Coventry City 46 22 9 15 +17 75
7 Lincoln City 46 20 15 11 +16 75
8 Mansfield Town 46 18 18 10 +15 72

Last updated on Saturday May 5.


When are the League Two play-offs?


Exeter City booked their place at Wembley with a 3-1 win in the second leg over Lincoln City having been held to a 0-0 draw at Sincil Bank.

Coventry will join them after a 4-1 victory over Notts County at Meadow Lane after the first leg finished all square at 1-1.

Team Agg. Team Leg 1 Leg 2
Exeter 3-1 Lincoln 0-0 3-1
Notts County 2-5 Coventry 1-1 1-4

The top three teams earn automatic promotion to League One and the teams that finished fourth to seventh face off in the play-offs cycle, with only one of them earning promotion.

There are two semi-final ties, each with home and away legs, with the winners of those progressing to the final. The fourth-placed team plays the seventh-placed team and fifth is paired with sixth.


When and where is the League Two play-off final?


The 2018 League Two play-off final is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 28 at the traditional venue of Wembley Stadium in London.

Kick-off time has been confirmed as at 3:00pm BST (10:00am ET).

Game Exeter vs Coventry
Date Monday, May 28, 2018
Time 3:00pm BST (10:00am ET)

The play-offs were not always held at Wembley and from 2001 to 2006, when the 'Home of Football' was being rebuilt, they were played at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Wembley has a capacity of 90,000, with the official crowd of the 2017 League Two play-off final marked as 23,380.


How can I watch the League One play-offs?


All of the League Two play-off matches — and, indeed, all of the Football League play-off matches altogether — are expected to be broadcast live on television on Sky Sports in the UK.

The games can also be streamed live online using Sky Go.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Sky Go

How can I buy tickets for the League Two play-off final?


Both clubs are allocated a set number of tickets for the final and fans can purchase directly from either club, depending on where they wish to be seated.

Last year, prices for adult tickets ranged from £26 up to £60, with concession tickets for children and OAPs are half the price of the standard tickets.


What happened in last year's League Two play-offs?


Blackpool play-offs 2017

The 2017 League Two play-offs were won by Blackpool, who subsequently joined Portsmouth, Plymouth, and Doncaster Rovers in moving up to League One.

The rules of the play-offs dictated that the fourth-placed team played the seventh-placed team in the semi-finals and the fifth-placed was paired with the sixth-placed team. So Luton took on Blackpool in one semi-final and Carlisle played Exeter.

The two semi-final ties were amongst the most exciting the competition has ever seen, with both winners going through to the final with an aggregate score of 6-5.

Blackpool beat Luton in the first leg of their tie before playing out a 3-3 draw in the return, with Exeter winning their home tie by the same scoreline having drawn 3-3 at Carlisle in the first meeting.

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Gary Bowyer's Blackpool took an early lead against Exeter in the final before the Devon side pulled the game level before half-time.

Mark Cullen then struck a 64th-minute winner for Blackpool to secure their place back in the English third tier on the first time of asking.

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