This season may be far from over yet but the planning never stops for The Football League's competitions department who have, this week, confirmed the key fixture dates for the 2009/10 season.

Next season will kick off on 8th August 2009, with the Carling Cup - which celebrates its 50th year - getting underway a matter of days later during the week commencing 10th August 2009.

As ever, Christmas will be a busy period with three games in nine days, all kicking off on Saturday December 19th.

These fixtures will be followed by the the traditional Boxing Day fixtures, before the weekend comes to an end with a full fixture list on the Bank Holiday Monday the 28th. Once again, there will be no New Year's Day fixtures as the third Round of the FA Cup takes place the following day.

The Final of the Carling Cup will take place on 28th February 2010, with the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final a month later on 28th March.

The growing number of international players in the Coca-Cola Football League, and the Championship in particular, has, once again, led to the Play-Off weekend having to be split over two weekends during a World Cup year.

Unfortunately, the call-up period for the 2010 tournament falls during the May bank-holiday weekend, the traditional date for the Play-Off s. Therefore, following consultation with clubs it has been decided to schedule the Coca-Cola Championship Play-off Final on Saturday 22nd May 2010, with the Coca-Cola League 1 and 2 games being played the following weekend (League 1 - 29th & League 2 - 30th).

Consequently, the 'regular' league season for the Championship will finish on the weekend of the 2nd May, with the other two divisions finishing a week later.

For a full list of key dates please click here.