The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent move to matches behind-closed-doors has put a heightened importance on streaming as a means for fans across the country to watch their team in action.

Nearly 7,000 illegal EFL streams have already been detected so far this season - with an average of 170 people viewing each stream – a total of almost 1.2million. 

Supporters in the UK accessing Matchday LIVE via a VPN are also doing so illegally.

The EFL and its clubs are working to tackle piracy, and working with a specialist security agency to proactively seek out illegal streams on all formats and taking action against both businesses and individuals. 

By accessing an illegal stream or publishing one for others to view you are compliant in a piracy act that could end with your account being terminated and a legal letter being sent to you.

With sales of Matchday LIVE passes going directly to the club, it’s also a vital revenue stream while supporters are unable to attend matches in these challenging times.

Supporters are encouraged to report any illegal streams they come across or venues that may be showing EFL content unlawfully by emailing piracy@efl.com. All emails will be treated confidentially.