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

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

We are now heading into the final handful of fixtures of the regular League Two season and at least half of the division still has a chance of being promoted into League One.

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?

Although we do not yet know which teams will compete in the play-offs, just one of the autopmatic promotion places are up for grabs with just two games left.

League leaders Accrington Stanley are guaranteed a spot in the English third tier for the first time and will be joined by Luton Town.

Wycombe currently occupy the remaining promotion place, with Exeter and Notts County directly beneath them.

The other play-off contenders, in addition to those mentioned above, are Lincoln, Mansfield and Coventry.

Latest League Two table:

Pos Team MP W D L GD Pts
1 Accrington Stanley (P) 44 28 6 10 +32 90
2 Luton Town (P) 44 24 12 8 +46 84
3 Wycombe Wanderers 44 22 12 10 +17 78
4 Exeter City 44 23 8 13 +11 77
5 Notts County 44 21 13 10 +24 76
6 Lincoln City 44 20 14 10 +17 74
7 Coventry City 44 21 8 15 +12 71
8 Mansfield Town 44 17 17 10 +14 68

Last updated on Tuesday April 24.

When are the League Two play-offs?

The 2017-18 League Two regular season is due to end on the first weekend in May, with the final games - in matchweek 46 - all currently scheduled for Saturday, May 5.

While no dates have currently been set for the 2018 play-offs, they generally kick off a week after the conclusion of the regular season. For example, in 2017, the first play-off semi-final match was played on May 14.

Team Agg. Team Leg 1 Leg 2
Fourth-placed team - Seventh-placed team TBC TBC
Fifth-placed team - Sixth-placed team TBC TBC

When the final standings are confirmed, 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 not been confirmed yet, but in 2017 the game was played at 15:00 BST (10:00 ET).

Game Teams TBC
Date Monday, May 28, 2018
Time TBC

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.

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.