Vanishing spray to be introduced in January. Next season's Football League start date revealed.The Football League has announced that all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League will conclude at different times across the final weekend (02/03 May) of the 2014/15 campaign, giving each competition its own share of the footballing spotlight.
The final weekend will begin with the climax of the Sky Bet Championship season at 12.15pm on Saturday 02 May and is followed later that day by the end of the Sky Bet League Two season at 3.00pm. The last day of the Sky Bet League One season will take place the following day, Sunday 03 May, with matches kicking off at 12.15pm.
The Football League’s primary broadcast partner, Sky Sports, will follow the action in all three divisions every step of the way.
Final Weekend Fixtures:
+ 02 May (KO 12.15pm) - Sky Bet Championship
+ 02 May (KO 3.00pm) - Sky Bet League Two
+ 03 May (KO 12.15pm) - Sky Bet League One
Looking ahead, the 2015/16 Sky Bet Football League season will kick-off on the weekend of 08/09 August and conclude on the weekend of 07/08 May, with the Play-Off Finals taking place over the traditional May Bank Holiday weekend.
2015/16 Season Key Dates:
+ August 08/09 – Sky Bet Football League season kicks-off
+ w/c Aug 10 – Capital One Cup First Round
+ w/c Aug 31 – Football League Trophy Round 1
+ Dec 26, 28 and Jan 02 – Festive fixture programme
+ February 28 – Capital One Cup Final
+ April 03 – Football League Trophy Final
+ May 07/08 – Sky Bet Football League season concludes
+ May 28 – Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final
+ May 29 – Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Final
+ May 30 – Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final
Additionally, The Football League is to introduce the use of ‘Vanishing Spray’ by referees into its competitions from 01 January 2015 following a successful trial in the early rounds of this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Having received positive feedback from clubs, referees and supporters, The League has instructed the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to begin using the product in all matches played in the Sky Bet Football League, Capital One Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy from the mid-point of the current campaign.