EFL clubs are encouraging supporters to stay away and tune in to all remaining 2019/20 matches from home, ahead of the League Two play-offs.

Colchester United host Exeter City in their semi-final first leg at the JobServe Community Stadium tomorrow night (kick-off 5.15pm).

The game, along with the second leg at Exeter's St James Park next Monday, will take place behind closed doors, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The EFL have a proud history of developing innovative new ways to attract supporters through the turnstiles.

But the message has been reversed in line with football’s return on a behind closed doors basis with the safety of fans, club personnel and the frontline services the principle priority.

Supporters are now being asked to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid congregating outside stadiums as part of a new campaign message: ‘When we play, please stay away’ ahead of EFL matches returning for the first time since March on a behind closed doors basis.

All EFL matches are available to view from home, with matches being made available through coverage on Sky Sports or iFollow (or club equivalent) streaming services.

Sky Sports will televise the first leg of Colchester United's Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final against Exeter City, on Thursday night.

They will then host live coverage of three Sky Bet Championship fixtures over the opening weekend of the restart, with Fulham v Brentford kicking off the action at 12.30pm on Saturday, June 21.

All games not shown on Sky Sports are available for fans to view via iFollow (or their club equivalent) streaming service.

The live League fixtures broadcast on Sky Sports will also be streamed on a club’s iFollow (or equivalent) service, with access provided for season-ticket holders.

This access will be determined by the club where the supporter holds a season ticket and may be in lieu of a refund or part of a wider package as determined by each individual club.

Where applicable, clubs will send out promo codes prior to this weekend's fixtures.

Non season ticket-holding supporters will also be able to purchase access to games not shown on Sky Sports for the current match price pass of £10.

Supporters are able to help their clubs throughout the ongoing pandemic by purchasing an iFollow pass, with at least 70 per cent of iFollow net revenue going to their club.

A total of 80 per cent of the net revenue from a UK Match pass also goes back to their club.

Meanwhile Colchester United Supporters Association have urged U's fans to stay away from the JobServe Community Stadium tomorrow night.

Writing on Twitter, they said: 'Incredible to think that tomorrow night @ColU_Official will play football again, with their first crack at gaining promotion.

'What an fitting end to an already exciting season that would be. Sad that all of our fantastic fans can’t be there to watch, but on that subject...

'Please share the message around that however tempting it might be to be up at the stadium, the road will be closed off and @ColU_Official will get in hot water and probably fined if you do so. It’s cost a lot to put these games on, let’s not cost the club more. Thanks again'.