Date: 27th April 2016 at 2:55pm
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The Football League, or the brainless EFL rebrand, have today released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

With Morecambe knowing they are in League Two for the coming season, it’s time to turn attentions to the coming year.

With 2015/16 almost at a close, promotions, relegations and play off spots almost confirmed, the EFL have confirmed that the new rebranded pyramid will kick off the new season on the weekend of Saturday August 6.

Ahead of that on June 22, we will have the all important fixtures released for the coming campaign.

Following the opening day fixtures, the League Cup will take priority in the week beginning August 8 and for those it applies to, Round 1 of the League Trophy will take place in the week beginning August 29.

For the festive period, games will be held on Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and Monday January 2.

The League Cup Semi Finals have been set for January, and the final will be on Sunday February 26 2017, with the League Trophy Final on Sunday April 2 2017.

The final games of the calendar season will be on Saturday May 6 2017.

The FA Cup takes place on Saturday May 27 2017, so the Play Off Finals for all three divisions will be split over the two weekend’s surrounding it.

League One takes Saturday May 20. League Two takes Sunday May 28 and the Championship Play Off will be on Monday May 29.

SEASON 2016/17:

June 2016
22nd – Fixture Release Day

August 2016
6th – Season start
w/c 8th – League Cup Round 1
w/c 21st – League Cup Round 2
w/c 29th – League Trophy Round 1

September 2016
w/c 19th – League Cup Round 3

October 2016
w/c 3rd – League Trophy Round 2
w/c 24th – League Cup Round 4

November 2016
w/c 7th – League Trophy Round 3
w/c 28th – League Cup Round 5

December 2016
w/c 5th – League Trophy Area Semi-Finals
26th – Boxing Day fixtures
31st – New Year’s Eve fixtures

January 2017
2nd – New Year Bank Holiday fixtures
w/c 9th – League Cup Semi-Final Leg 1
w/c 23rd – League Cup Semi-Final Leg 2
w/c 23rd – League Trophy Area Final Leg 1

February 2017
w/c 6th – League Trophy Area Final Leg 2
26th – League Cup Final

April 2017
2nd – League Trophy Final

May 2017
6th – Regular season finish
20th – Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final
27th – FA Cup Final
28th – Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final
29th – Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final