League One play-off semi-final: Do away goals count during Sunderland vs Lincoln City second-leg?

Sunderland are set to face Lincoln in the second leg of the League One play-off semi-final – but what are the crucial rules that supporters need to bear in mind?

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 4:48 pm

Ahead of second tie at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland 2-0 down, we take a look at the key rules surrounding the play-offs that fans will need to be aware of:

If the scores are level after two legs, will Sunderland vs Lincoln go to extra time?

If the aggregate scores are level at the end of 90 minutes in the second leg, extra time will be played.

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A general view of the League One play-off trophy.
A general view of the League One play-off trophy.

If the scores remain level at the end of extra time the tie will be determined by a penalty shoot-out.

Do away goals count during Sunderland vs Lincoln City?

Away goals do not count in the play-off semi-final matches.

One to keep in mind for Sunderland supporters.

Will goal-line technology be used during Sunderland vs Lincoln City and the final at Wembley?

Goal-line technology was introduced to all EFL play-off fixtures for the first time back in 2018 and will be used again this time around.

How many substitutes will Sunderland be permitted during the games against Lincoln City?

League One clubs can name up to seven substitutes in their matchday squad, again with five permitted to take to the pitch.

Teams will have three opportunities (outside of the half-time interval) to make substitutions during a match.

Will VAR be in effect for the Sunderland vs Lincoln City and the play-off final?

VAR won’t be used in the play-off semi-finals or the showcase final at Wembley Stadium should Sunderland get there.

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