League One & League Two play-offs 2022: Fixtures, dates & teams in the picture

Tom Gott
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The Football League is rapidly approaching its climax in the 2021/22 season, with teams up and down the country battling for the glory (and sweet, sweet cash) that comes with promotion.

Both League One and League Two are officially done for the year, so now it's all systems go for the play-offs.

Here's the run-down on both the League One and League Two showpiece finales.


LEAGUE ONE

When are the 2022 League One play-offs?

The regular League One season came to a close on 30 April, with the play-off semi-finals kicking off over the week that follows.

Wycombe will host MK Dons on Thursday 5 May at 19:45 (BST), with the return leg pencilled in for Sunday 8 May at the slightly earlier time of 18:30.

As for Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday, that action will get underway on Friday 6 May at 19:45, and the final score will be settled at the same time on Monday 9 May.

The two victors will then get a nice break before reconvening at Wembley on Saturday 21 May at 15:00 to battle it out for the final promotion spot.


Which teams qualified for the League One play-offs?

Wigan entered the final day of the season in top spot and went on to secure the title, and they were joined in the automatic promotion spots by Rotherham, who saw off Gillingham 2-0.

Rotherham's win meant they survived fierce competition from MK Dons, who finished just a point behind in third and now have to settle for a spot in the play-offs.

Sheffield Wednesday were comfortable heading into the final day and secured their spot with a routine 4-1 victory over Portsmouth, with Sunderland's 1-0 win over Morecambe booking their place as well.

The biggest shock of the final day came as Plymouth, who entered the day in sixth, dropped out of the play-off places courtesy of a 5-0 thumping at the hands of MK Dons, which opened the door for Wycombe to swoop in and snatch the final spot.

Sunderland and Wycombe have reached the final courtesy of wins over MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.

League One final standings

1) Wigan, P46, 92pts
2) Rotherham, P46, 90pts
3) MK Dons, P46, 89pts
4) Sheffield Wednesday, P46, 85pts
5) Sunderland, P46, 84pts
6) Wycombe, P46, 83pts

2021/22 League One playoffs

First legs

  • Wycombe 2-0 MK Dons (19:45 - 5/5/2022)
  • Sunderland 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 - 6/5/2022)

Second legs

  • MK Dons 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers* (18:30 - 8/5/2022)
  • Sheffield Wednesday 1-1* Sunderland (19:45 - 9/5/2022)

Final

  • Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Sunderland (15:00 - 21/5/2022)

LEAGUE TWO

When are the 2022 League Two play-offs?

In the time between League One's semi-final and final, the League Two play-offs will get going.

Mansfield will take on Northampton on Saturday 14 May at 19:45, four days before their return leg will get going at the same time on Wednesday 18 May.

Sunday 15 May will host Swindon vs Port Vale at the earlier time of 12:00, but they'll return to 19:45 action for their second leg on Thursday 19 May.

There will then be a nine-day gap in the League Two action before the final, which will take place on Saturday 28 May at 16:00.


Which teams qualified for the League Two play-offs?

Top-of-the-league Exeter slipped up on the final day with a defeat to Port Vale that saw them fall down to second. They had to settle for an automatic promotion spot while Forest Green Rovers secured the title with a draw away at Mansfield that saw them move to the top on goal difference.

There was plenty of drama behind them as well as Bristol Rovers secured the third automatic play-off spot with a massive 7-0 victory over Scunthorpe that saw them inch ahead of Northampton on goal difference.

Northampton had to settle for the first play-off spot and they'll be joined by Port Vale, who saw off Exeter as well as Swindon and Mansfield, the latter of whom came perilously close to dropping out because of their draw with Forest Green.

Mansfield and Port Vale are the two teams who will contest the final after besting Northampton and Swindon respectively.

League Two final standings

1) Forest Green Rovers, P46, 84pts
2) Exeter, P46, 84pts
3) Bristol Rovers, P46, 80pts
4) Northampton, P46, 80pts
5) Port Vale, P46, 78pts
6) Swindon Town, P46, 77pts
7) Mansfield, P46, 77pts

2021/22 League Two playoffs

First legs

  • Mansfield 2-1 Northampton (19:45 - 14/5/2022)
  • Swindon 2-1 Port Vale (12:00 - 15/5/2022)

Second legs

  • Northampton 0-1 Mansfield* (19:45 - 18/5/2022)
  • Port Vale* 1-0 Swindon (19:45 - 19/5/2022)

Final

  • Mansfield vs Port Vale (16:00 - 28/5/2022)

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