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League Two: Date, schedule, history & more

League Two is the fourth and bottom tier of the English Football League where the teams at the top battle it out to try and progress up to League One, while others attempt to avoid dropping down into the non-league set-up.

The old Fourth Division has been known as League Two since the 2004/05 EFL season, when the Football League, the three divisions beneath the Premier League, were rebranded.

Each season, 24 clubs take part with those finishing in the top three places securing automatic promotion up to League One, while the bottom two are relegated to the first rung on the non-league pyramid - the National League. 

The four teams that finish the season between fourth and seventh place then go into the play-offs for the final promotion spot, with the successful two to emerge from the two-legged semi-finals facing off at Wembley with the chance to go up.

What2023/24 League Two
WhereVarious grounds across England & Wales
WhenAugust 2023 - May 2024
How to watchSky Sports & iFollow
OddsStockport 15/8, Notts County 7/2, Wrexham 4/1, Mansfield 4/1, Swindon 14/1, Gillingham 33/1

League Two dates

The 2023/24 League One season is set to start on Saturday 5th August 2023, with the regular season concluding on 27th April.

The season-ending play-offs will finish at Wembley Stadium and the final is scheduled for Sunday 19th May 2024.

League Two Format

League Two is the bottom division of the English Football League, known as the EFL, and the fourth tier overall in the English league system, beneath the Premier League, Championship and League One.

The 24 teams in the division play each other twice, once at home and once away, with a traditional three points awarded for wins, one for a draw and zero for a defeat.

At the end of the campaign, with each team having played a gruelling 46 matches, the final standings determine who goes up to League One (top three automatically promoted), while the bottom two are consigned to the National League.

Four other teams (fourth to seventh place) get the chance to secure promotion via the end-of-season play-offs.

League Two History

League Two came into being in its current guise in 2004 following an EFL rebrand but the fourth tier has long been English football's lowest professional-level division and was known simply as Division Four between 1958 and 1992.

Then, when the Premier League was introduced, it was upgraded to Division Two before getting its League Two title ahead of the 2004-05 season.

Underlining the very competitive nature of the division, there have been 17 different champions of League Two, with only Swindon Town and Chesterfield crowned winners on two occasions. Swindon in 2012 and 2020 and the Spireites in 2011 and 2014. 

A total of 18 teams have been both promoted and relegated from League Two with Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers each being promoted four times from the division.

League Two How to watch

Sky Sports provides coverage of a number of League Two fixtures across the season, with the broadcaster recently agreeing a new EFL package from 2024/25 to 2028/29.

From 2024/25, Sky will show a minimum of 248 League Two matches and 15 play-off games.

The EFL's iFollow platform also provides a selection of League Two matches can be streamed by clubs in the UK. 

No less than 40 EFL clubs for the 2023/24 season will use the iFollow platform to give access to games, while the remaining 32 clubs will use their own platforms.

League Two odds

After winning nine of their opening 14 League Two fixtures to climb to the summit, Stockport are 15/8 to claim the title and move into League One.

Notts County, who won the National League play-off final last season, are just two points and a place behind the table-toppers and are available at 7/2 to lift the trophy.

Wrexham, who have been given a new lease of life in the past few years after being bought by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhinney, have also made a promising start and are 4/1 to win the title.

In the To Be Promoted market, Stockport are 4/11, Notts County 4/7, while Mansfield are available at 8/13 and Wrexham can be backed at 4/6.

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