It could have been argued in the past that soccer was the most popular sport in the world. That argument is now dead and buried though, as the sport definitely is number one overall with fans across the globe. And when it comes to the top domestic league on the planet, the English Premier League ranks right up there with the best of them in terms of quality, talent and entertainment.
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- West Ham doesn’t have much to play for, while Everton could still fight for a Champions League spot or more realistically a berth in the Europa League.
- Man United keeps blowing 2 points every time they draw (lead league with 12 draws on the season). Sunderland's Premier League gig is probably up as well.
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- Man City’s Premier League title hopes were sunk with a 2-1 loss to league leaders Chelsea on Wed night - they’re still fighting for a top-4 league finish.
- Liverpool needs the points to make sure they finish top-4. Even though Bournemouth beat the Reds in December, they’d be satisfied with a draw at Anfield.
- Each team needs all 3 pts to earn a spot in European competition next season. United could still reach the Champions League with Europa League win.
English Premier League History
The English Football League was born in 1888 with 12 founding members and its history can get a little complicated. It expanded over the years to a numbered four-division professional system which featured a combined 92 pro teams. Division One was the top rung of the ladder with Division Four being the bottom. The goal for all 92 teams, of course, was to reach Division One and ultimately win it. This was possible for all professional and amateur teams across the country to achieve due to the hierarchical promotion and relegation system.
The four-division professional system is still in place and consists of:
- the top-tier Premier League
- the League Championship
- League One
- League Two
This format was introduced in 2004/05 when the Championship League debuted. Between 1992/93 and 2004/05, the Premier League was followed in the four-tier system by the First Division, Second Division and Third Division. So in essence, the First Division was simply christened with the new name “League Championship”, First Division became “League One” and so on.
The Premier League was born as a 22-team league in the 1992/93 season and was reduced to 20 teams in 1995. The Premier League was formed when clubs from the First Division wanted to separate from the Football League as a means of earning more television revenue.
The other three professional divisions in England consist of 24 teams each for a total of 92 teams.
How is the Premier League Champion Crowned?
All Premier League teams play a 38-game domestic season between August and May with a home and away match against the other 19 clubs. At the end of the campaign, the team with the most points is crowned champion.
Promotion and Relegation:
At the end of each season, the three bottom squads in the Premier League are demoted or ” relegated” to the second-tier Championship League.
With three clubs going down, the Premier League needs to fill those spaces with three teams which are promoted from the Championship. The top two clubs at the end of the Championship League campaign are promoted automatically to the Premier League while the third team earns promotion via a playoff competition. The teams that finish the season in third to sixth place meet in a home-and-away playoff. The third-place team plays the sixth-place club while the fourth and fifth-place squads face each other.
The two winners then face off in a one-game, winner-take-all promotion battle at London’s famous Wembley Stadium. This has come to be known as the richest soccer game in the world since the winner stands to earn approximately an extra 60 million pounds the next year as a member of the Premier League. Most of this cash comes in the form of much-increased television contract revenues while a member of the Premier League.
Both League One and League Two also use a promotion and playoff system at the end of the season to keep their divisions at 24 teams.
Two teams are relegated from the fourth-tier League Two and these are replaced by teams from the fifth-tier National League. This is the top level of the nation’s National League System which is made up of professional and semi-professional clubs.
Teams relegated from the Premier League don’t suddenly become poor overnight though as they’re given financial assistance from the top tier through the controversial parachute payment system. These generous payments are made over the next two or three years after being relegated depending on how long the team participated in the Premier League.
Premier League Popularity
When it comes to the Premier League’s popularity, it’s regarded as the world’s most-watched sports league. Games are broadcast to fans in 212 countries with a potential television audience coming close to five billion people. Forty seven different clubs have competed in the league since its inception with just six of them winning the title. Manchester United leads the way with 13 championships followed by Chelsea with four, Arsenal with three and Manchester City with two. Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City have each been crowned champions once.
English soccer certainly has come a long way over the years, from players making a maximum of 12 pounds a week in 1947 to as much as 350,000 pounds every seven days in today’s era.
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