One thing Americans have to get used to in English soccer is that the schedule as released isn’t the final version. Throughout the year the TV networks change the “fixtures list” for broadcast in the Premier League and the Football League Championship.
But when are the TV change dates for the Championship?
I’ve covered the change dates for the Premier League in another post, but here they are for the Championship, which is the second tier of English soccer.
In essence, these are the dates when the networks announce which games will be televised — which means some of them being moved from the Saturday 3 pm timeslot. Often this includes a Friday night game which is the only one in the country that evening. Sometimes — often with big derbies — it means a Sunday noon kickoff, allegedly so that the game kicks off before pubs open.
- August games: June 28
- September games: July 27
- October games: August 24
- November 1 to December 8 games: October 12
- December 15 to January 12 games: November 9
- January 19 to February 2 games: December 14
- February 9 to March 2 games: January 4
- March games: February 1
- April 6 and 10 games: March 1
- April 13 games: March 8
- April 19 to 22 games: March 15
- April 27 games: April 5
On the last day of the season, May 5, all the games happen at the same time, and TV won’t change that. All games kick off simultaneously on the last day of the season, which is one of the things I think people will love about watching English soccer.
These dates are good to keep in mind if you’re planning a trip. For example, I have a tour group scheduled for December and January, so I will be checking in on November 9 to make sure I know when all the games are happening.