Football League Two
|Country||England (23 teams)|
|Other club(s) from||Wales (1 team)|
1992–2004 (as Division Three)
1958–1992 (as Division Four)
|Number of teams||24|
|Level on pyramid||4|
|Promotion to||League One|
|Relegation to||National League|
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup|
|League cup(s)||Football League Cup
Football League Trophy
|Current champions||Northampton Town
|TV partners||Sky Sports
Channel 5 (Highlights Only)
|2016–17 Football League Two|
Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Sky Bet League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system.
Football League Two was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known as the Football League Third Division. Before the advent of the Premier League, the fourth-highest division was known as the Football League Fourth Division.
There are 24 clubs in Football League Two. Each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and is awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and no points for a loss. From these points a league table is constructed.
At the end of each season the top three teams, together with the winner of the play-offs between the teams which finished in fourth–seventh position, are promoted to Football League One and are replaced by the four teams that finished bottom of that division.
Similarly the two teams that finished at the bottom of Football League Two are relegated to the National League and are replaced by the team that finished first and the team that won the second–fifth place play-off in that division. Technically a team can be reprieved from relegation if the team replacing them does not have a ground suitable for League football, but in practice this is a non-factor because every team currently in the National League has a ground that meets the League criteria (and even if they did not, a ground-sharing arrangement with another team could be made until their stadium was upgraded). The other way that a team can be spared relegation is if another team either resigns or is expelled from the Football League.
Final League position is determined, in this order, by points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, a mini-league of the results between two or more teams ranked using the previous three criteria and finally a series of one or more play-off matches.
There is a mandatory wage cap in this division that limits spending on players' wages to 100% of club turnover.
Football League Two clubs 2015–16
|Club||Finishing position last season|
|Blackpool||22nd (relegated from League One)|
|Colchester United||23rd (relegated from League One)|
|Crewe Alexandra||24th (relegated from League One)|
|Grimsby Town||4th (promoted via Conference Premier Play-offs)|
|Cheltenham Town||1st (promoted from Conference Premier)|
|Doncaster Rovers||21st (relegated from League One)|
Teams promoted from League Two
Football League Two stadiums 2015–16
|Home Club||Stadium Name||Capacity|
|Notts County||Meadow Lane||20,211|
|Carlisle United||Brunton Park1||18,500|
|Plymouth Argyle||Home Park||17,776|
|Oxford United||Kassam Stadium||12,500|
|Bristol Rovers||Memorial Stadium1||11,917|
|Luton Town||Kenilworth Road||10,356|
|Wycombe Wanderers||Adams Park1||10,284|
|Yeovil Town||Huish Park1||9,565|
|Leyton Orient||Matchroom Stadium||9,271|
|Exeter City||St James Park1||8,541|
|York City||Bootham Crescent1||8,256|
|Mansfield Town||One Call Stadium||8,186|
|Cambridge United||Abbey Stadium1||8,127|
|Hartlepool United||Victoria Park1||7,856|
|Newport County||Rodney Parade1||7,850|
|Northampton Town||Sixfields Stadium||7,653|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Victoria Road1||6,078|
|Crawley Town||Broadfield Stadium1||5,996|
|Barnet||The Hive Stadium1||5,100|
|Accrington Stanley||Wham Stadium1||5,057|
1This ground contains terracing
Setanta Sports Australia broadcasts live League 2 matches in Australia. beIN Sport also show Football League Championship and Football League One games and highlights as well as Football League Two games.
- Football League Fourth Division (1958–59 – 1991–92)
- Football League Third Division (1992–93 – 2003–04)
References and notes
- http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Timeline/0,,10794~1357286,00.html "The Football League – Timeline" Retrieved 18 August 2011
- Luton were deducted 30 points for financial irregularities