Barrow AFC fans in the UK will no longer be able to watch the Bluebirds’ Saturday league games on the iFollow streaming service.

The decision by the EFL comes ahead of the 2021/22 campaign – when fans will be back in stadiums.

The traditional Saturday 'blackout' from 2.45pm–5.15pm, waived last year when most games were played behind closed doors, has been reintroduced.

Barrow, though, will still be able to stream midweek league games, Bank Holiday fixtures and early rounds in the Papa John’s Trophy.

And Saturday games which do not kick off at 3pm could also still be available.

A return to the traditional Saturday blackout was expected once clubs received the nod to open their gates to full crowds again in the new season.

iFollow was a lifeline to clubs last season when supporters were not allowed to attend matches because of Covid-19 restrictions – and a huge boost to enable Barrow fans to support their team from afar in their first season back in the Football League.

But the emphasis now is back on clubs being able to attract people back to their stadiums as much as possible.

The detailed iFollow information for League Two clubs says that, while Saturday 3pm games cannot be streamed in the UK, clubs can still stream all scheduled midweek matches, other than those selected for live Sky Sports coverage. Matches which are moved from the Saturday 3pm kick-offs for non-TV purposes could also be streamed. This will be at the discretion of the home club. Bank Holiday games can also be streamed at the home club’s discretion, along with matches that fall on international weekends.

Games in the controversial Papa John’s Trophy matches can also be streamed by clubs, other than the semi-finals and final which will be shown on Sky Sports.

Overseas Barrow fans, meanwhile, will still be able to watch all league games, Saturdays included, provided that they have not been selected for international television broadcast in a territory that has an overseas broadcast partner.

“With Covid capacity restrictions lifted and EFL fixtures set to be played in front of full crowds again for the first time since March 2020, the best place to see your team live in season 2021/22 is, of course, at the stadium,” an EFL statement said.

TalkSport offer exclusive live EFL commentaries, while BBC Local Radio also have individual commentary deals with selected EFL clubs – such as Barrow’s deal with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Quest will remain the channel for TV highlights from the EFL.