How to watch the EFL Championship: Fixtures announced ahead of the 2022/23 campaign

Andy White
23 Jun 2022

Our guide to watching EFL Championship action live wherever you are in the world

The Football League has revealed the full fixture list for the 2022/23 Championship season.

The new campaign gets underway on Friday, 29 July, when play-off finalists Huddersfield Town take on Burnley, who were relegated from the Premier League last term and are now under the stewardship of former Manchester City captain Vincent Company.

Sky Sports remains the place to watch EFL Championship action during the new season and will show that game live at 8pm.

It will broadcast a further three live games over the course of the opening weekend, starting with Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion at 5.30pm on Saturday, 30 July.

On Sunday, 31 July, newly promoted Sunderland host Coventry City at 12pm, while Monday Night Football comes from Vicarage Road where Watford host Sheffield United at 8pm.

Sky is the only place to watch live Championship games legally in the UK and will televise 92 matches in the 2022/23 season. There are a few ways to access its channels but the easiest is via a Now Sky Sports membership, which doesn't require a long-term contract or commitment.

We've detailed the various other subscription options below, along with information about the platforms showing EFL Championship action abroad, including ESPN+ in the US. We've also included our pick of the best VPN services for watching games on Sky if you're travelling or live outside the UK.

How to watch the EFL Championship: Upcoming fixtures

Friday, 29 July

  • Huddersfield Town vs Burnley at 8pm on Sky Sports

Saturday, 30 July (3pm kick-off unless stated)

  • Blackburn Rovers vs QPR
  • Blackpool vs Reading
  • Cardiff City vs Norwich City
  • Hull City vs Bristol City
  • Luton Town vs Birmingham City
  • Middlesbrough vs West Brom at 5.30pm on Sky Sports
  • Millwall vs Stoke City
  • Rotherham United vs Swansea City
  • Wigan Athletic vs Preston North End

Sunday, 31 July

  • Sunderland vs Coventry City at 12pm on Sky Sports

Monday, 1 August

  • Watford vs Sheffield United at 8pm on Sky Sports

Sky Bet EFL Championship fixtures

How to watch the EFL Championship in the UK: How will the World Cup affect the season?

The 2022/23 EFL Championship campaign gets underway early this year to accommodate the FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Qatar in November and December.

The first round of games will be played over the weekend of Saturday, 30 July, with a further 15 rounds of matches squeezed in before mid-November.

Championship action will then be put on hold until 10 December following the conclusion of the World Cup group stage.

How to watch the EFL Championship in the UK: Sky Sports

Sky Sports is the broadcast partner of the Sky Bet Championship. There are two ways to get Sky Sports if you have Sky. You might first consider adding Sky Sports Premier League and Football channels to your existing Sky TV package for £18/mth.

However, if you enjoy other sports, you're far better off getting Sky's package granting you access to all 11 of its sports channels. That package currently costs £25/mth for 18 months.

If you don't already have Sky, you can currently purchase an 18-month Sky Sports contract for £43/mth plus a one-off £20 installation fee.

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How to watch the EFL Championship in the UK: Now Sports Membership

As we mentioned above, in order to get Sky Sports, you’ll need to be an existing Sky TV customer, then add the Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports package to your existing account. All accounts tie you down to long-term contracts and are subject to one-time setup and installation fees.

If you prefer cheering for your favourite football team in the Sky Bet EFL Championship without any of these contracts and fees, then you're better off subscribing to subscribe to Now (formerly Now TV). This is a subscription-based, on-demand service giving you access to all Sky Sports content without any of the subsidiary fees or long-term commitments.

To live-stream the Sky Bet EFL Championship on any of your devices, you’ll need the Now Sports Membership. You have two options to subscribe to this pass:

  • Now Sports Day Membership for £11.98
  • Now Sports Month Membership for £20/mth for three months

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How to watch the EFL Championship in the US: ESPN+

If you live across the pond from the UK - in the United States - then your best option to live stream the EFL Championship games online is to use ESPN+.

The channel also live streams other football tournaments including the Italian Serie A, Carabao Cup, World Rugby Sevens, Champions Rugby, and US sporting events like UFC, MLS, MLB and NBA.

ESPN+ costs $5.99 a month and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

Subscribe to ESPN+

How to watch the EFL Championship in Spain, Italy and Canada: DAZN

If you live in Spain, Italy or Canada, then your best way to watch the EFL Championship is using the brilliant sports subscription service DAZN.

DAZN Canada and Spain also have an exclusive deal to broadcast all the Premier League games.

The service costs $19.99 for a monthly plan, and $99.99 for a yearly plan, but this price can differ based on where you live.

Subscribe to DAZN

How to watch the EFL Championship in Australia, the Middle East and North Africa: beIn Sports

EFL Championship enthusiasts in Australia, Turkey and the Middle East and North Africa can view live streams of the majority of games on another popular sports subscription service beIn Sports.

The service also broadcasts all the Premier League games if you’re based in the Middle East and North Africa.

beIn Sports costs $10/mth (depending on where you live) but includes a two-week free trial, which is more than enough time to decide whether or not you love the service.

Subscribe to beIn Sports

How to live stream the EFL Championship: Betfair and Bet365

The Betfair and Bet365 apps also broadcast some EFL Championship games via their website and apps.

However, their coverage will vary based on which country you live in.

How to watch live stream EFL Championship from anywhere: use a VPN

When it comes to streaming the EFL Championship, a VPN can be useful for two main reasons. You can either use it to access your streaming service of choice when you’re travelling abroad, or you can use it to access a streaming service to watch EFL Championship games that are not broadcast in your country. We always recommend using a VPN to keep all your browsing data away from prying eyes.

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