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Sky Sports is set to announce scheduled TV tapings of the English Football League (EFL) from August through to the FA Cup third round in January, ahead of the start of the 2024-2025 season.

The broadcaster, which will also air every match from all three EFL divisions on the opening day of the new campaign, is taking this action to avoid any potential disruption to fans.

Sky plans to announce TV choices for January to March by November, with the remainder of the season following a ‘traditional’ notice period as they keep track of key storylines.

Every match from all three competitions – the Championship, League One and League Two – will be streamed live on a brand new channel during the opening weekend, a first in broadcasting history.

The channel, called Sky Sports+, will broadcast four times as many EFL matches, with more than 1,000 games. All 72 EFL clubs will also make more than 20 appearances per season. This is a significant increase considering 20 of the 48 teams in League One and League Two have only been on TV once this season.

The broadcaster added that each champion club will also perform “at least 24 times”.

Jonathan Licht, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “For the first time, we will broadcast every match live from across the EFL on the opening weekend. It will be a huge moment for football fans across the country and it is a fitting way to kick off our ground-breaking new partnership with the EFL.”

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Sky Sports plans advanced TV choices to avoid disruption to fans as part of new EFL plans