Category: Premier League

The Premier League is an English professional league for men’s association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country’s primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL; known as “The Football League” before 2016–17). Welsh clubs that compete in the English football league system can also qualify.

The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May. Teams play 38 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away), totalling 380 matches in the season.[1] Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; others during weekday evenings. It is colloquially known as the Premiership and outside the UK it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL).

The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, which was founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal.[2] The deal was worth £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013–14, with BSkyB and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively.[3] The league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights.[4] In 2014/15, teams were apportioned revenues of £1.6 billion.[5]

The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people.[6] In the 2014–15 season, the average Premier League match attendance exceeded 36,000,[7] second highest of any professional football league behind the Bundesliga’s 43,500.[8] Most stadium occupancies are near capacity.[9] The Premier League ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.[10]

While 47 clubs have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only six have won the title: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (5), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2), Blackburn Rovers (1) and Leicester City (1). The current champions are Leicester City, who won the title in 2015–16.

Chelsea FC news: Four players May Leave The Stamford Bridge this January

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte already has his anointed eleven since switching to the 3-4-3 formation that has brought them much success in the Premier League this season, winning 15 put if 16 games. The formation has seen many players relegated to the bench and reduced to playing little role in the club’s push for title […]

Arsenal FC news: Xhaka accused of racially abusing a British airways staff member

Arsenal’s and Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has been questioned by the metropolitan police after he allegedly abused an airline staff member at Heathrow on Monday night. The 24-year-old midfielder was said to have gone to drop off his friend, who had come to visit him in London, back to the airport. Embed from Getty Images […]

Arsenal FC news: Arsenal’s Ismael Bennacer man returns from African Cup of Nations

Ismael Bennacer would be going back home disappointed after Algeria was knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nation after they failed to win any of their three matches, but his club manager Arsene Wenger is ready to receive him back believing he has a promising future ahead of him. The 19-year-old midfielder was called […]