Tim Ream and his Fulham FC teammates open the English Championship playoffs Saturday, hosting Reading. The two teams, along with Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town, are competing for the final Promotion spot that would send them into the Premier League for 2017-2018.
At the end of each Season, the top two teams in the Football League Championship gain automatic promotion to the Premier League. The next four teams (that finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth in the League) enter the play-off competition. Newcastle United along with Brighton and Hove Albion have been promoted with their 1-2 finish in the Championship League.
Fulham won 11 of their final 17 games, losing only two, en route to grabbing the final playoff spot. A season summary can be found here, noting that
The stellar centreback partnership of Kalas and Tim Ream has marshalled the Fulham backline with authority, owing to perhaps the most remarkable of turnarounds.
It’s that quality of play that led to Ream being called into the US Men’s National Team for the most recent World Cup Qualifiers, coming on as a substitute against Honduras and starting against Panama. It’s probably worth revisiting the story on Ream and the playoff fight that was featured on US Soccer last month.
|Sat May 13||Fulham vs. Reading||11:15 a.m||beIN Sports CONNECT4|
|Sun May 14||Huddersfield vs. Sheffield Wednesday||5:45 a.m.||beIN Sports CONNECT4|
|Tue May 16||Reading vs. Fulham||1:40 p.m.||beIN Sports en Español|
|Wed May 17||Sheffield Wednesday vs. Huddersfield||1:45 p.m.|
|Mon May 29||Championship Final||9:00 a.m.||beIN Sports|
Note – all of the games will be shown on a delayed basis on beIN Sports, the schedule above is primarily the beIN CONNECT streaming service which has never worked for me despite being a DirecTV subscribers. All can be found in my Soccer On TV calendar.
Saturday – 6pm on beIN Sports
Sunday – 10am on beIN Sports
Wednesday – 7pm on beIN Sports
The semi-final matches are played over two legs. The winner of each semi-final (based on the aggregate score of the first and second legs) goes forward into the play-off final. In the second leg, if the aggregate scores are level at the end of ninety minutes, extra time is played. If the scores remain level at the end of extra time the tie is determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark.
The play-off final is normally played at Wembley Stadium. In the final, if the score is level at the end of ninety minutes, extra time will be played, followed if necessary by kicks from the penalty mark. The winning team is promoted to the Premier League.