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EFL Championship
Football League Championship
Country England.png England
Flag of Wales.gif Wales
Confederation UEFA
Founded 2004–present
1992–2004 (as Division One)
1892–1992 (as Division Two)
Number of teams 24
Promotion to Premier League
Relegation to EFL League One
Levels on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup, Football League Cup
Current champions Leeds United (2019–20)
Most successful club Newcastle United, Reading, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers
(2 titles)
TV Sky Sports
Quest (highlights only)
Website Official website
Football current event 2020-21

The English Football League Championship (often referred to as the Championship for short or the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of the English Football League and second-highest overall in the English football league system, after the Premier League. Each year, the top finishing teams in the Championship are promoted to the Premier League, and the lowest finishing teams are relegated to League One.

The Football League Championship, which was introduced for the 2004–05 season, was previously known as the Football League First Division (1992–2004), and before that was known as Division Two (1892–1992). The winners of the Championship receive the Football League Championship trophy, the same trophy as the old First Division champions were handed prior to the Premier League's inception in 1992.

The Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and the seventh richest division in Europe. With an average match attendance for the 201415 season of 17,857, the Championship ranked slightly ahead of the German 2. Bundesliga as the most-watched secondary league in the world.

In the 2015–16 season, Burnley were the division champions, Middlesbrough were the runners up, and Hull City were promoted via the play-offs. At present, Ipswich Town hold the longest tenure in the Championship, last being out of the division in the 2001–02 season when they were relegated from the Premier League.

Clubs participating in the 2019–20 season

The following 24 clubs competed in the EFL Championship during the 2019–20 season.

Club Finishing position last season Location Stadium Capacity
Barnsley&0000000000000024.0000002nd in League One (promoted) Barnsley Oakwell 23,287
Birmingham City&0000000000000017.00000017th Bordesley St Andrew's 30,016
Blackburn Rovers&0000000000000015.00000015th Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Brentford&0000000000000011.00000011th London (Brentford) Griffin Park 12,763
Bristol City&0000000000000008.0000008th Bristol Ashton Gate 27,000
Cardiff City&0000000000000001.000000 18th in Premier League (relegated) Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 33,316
Charlton Athletic &0000000000000024.0000003rd in League One (promoted via play-offs) London
(Charlton)
The Valley 27,111
Derby County&0000000000000006.0000006th Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Fulham&0000000000000002.000000 19th in Premier League (relegated) London
(Fulham)
Craven Cottage 19,000
Huddersfield Town&0000000000000003.000000 20th in Premier League (relegated) Huddersfield Kirklees Stadium 24,121
Hull City &0000000000000013.00000013thKingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium 25,404
Leeds United&0000000000000004.0000003rd Leeds Elland Road 37,900
Luton Town &0000000000000024.0000001st in League One (promoted) Luton Kenilworth Road 10,356
Middlesbrough&0000000000000007.0000007th Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,742
Millwall &0000000000000021.00000021st London (South Bermondsey) The Den 20,146
Nottingham Forest&0000000000000009.0000009th Nottingham City Ground 30,576
Preston North End&0000000000000014.00000014th Preston Deepdale 23,408
Queens Park Rangers&0000000000000019.00000019th London (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,360
Reading&0000000000000020.00000020th Reading Madejski Stadium 24,200
Sheffield Wednesday&0000000000000012.00000012th Sheffield Hillsborough 39,732
Stoke City&0000000000000016.00000016th Stoke-on-Trent bet365 Stadium 30,089
Swansea City&0000000000000010.00000010th Swansea Liberty Stadium 21,088
West Bromwich Albion&0000000000000005.0000004th West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,850
Wigan Athletic&0000000000000018.00000018th Wigan DW Stadium 25,133

Results

League champions, runners-up and play-off finalists

Season Champions Runner-up Play-off winner score Play-off runner-up
2004–05 Sunderland 94 Wigan Athletic 87 West Ham United 73 (6th) 1-0 Preston North End 75 (5th)
2005–06 Reading 106 Sheffield United 90 Watford 81 (3rd) 3-0 Leeds United 78 (5th)
2006–07 Sunderland 88 Birmingham City 86 Derby County 84 (3rd) 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 76 (4th)
2007–08 West Bromwich Albion 81 Stoke City 79 Hull City 75 (3rd) 1-0 Bristol City 74 (4th)
2008–09 Wolverhampton Wanderers 90 Birmingham City 83 Burnley 76 (5th) 1-0 Sheffield United 80 (3rd)
2009–10 Newcastle United 102 West Bromwich Albion 91 Blackpool 70 (6th) 3-2 Cardiff City 76 (4th)
2010–11 Queens Park Rangers 88 Norwich City1 84 Swansea City 80 (3rd) 4-2 Reading 77 (5th)
2011–12 Reading 89 Southampton 88 West Ham United 86 (3rd) 2-1 Blackpool 75 (5th)
2012–13 Cardiff City 87 Hull City 79 Crystal Palace 72 (5th) 1-0 (a.e.t) Watford 72 (5th)
2013–14 Leicester City 102 Burnley2 93 Queens Park Rangers 80 (4th) 1-0 Derby County 85 (3rd)
2014–15 Bournemouth 90 Watford 89 Norwich City 86 (3rd) 2-0 Middlesbrough 85 (4th)
2015–16 Burnley 93 Middlesbrough 89 Hull City 83 (4th) 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday 74 (6th)
2016–17 Newcastle United 94 Brighton & Hove Albion 93 Huddersfield Town 81 (5th) 0–0 (4–3 pen) Reading 85 (3rd)
2017–18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 99 Cardiff City 90 Fulham 88 (3rd) 1–0 Aston Villa 83 (4th)
2018–19 Norwich City 94 Sheffield United 89 Aston Villa 76 (5th) 2–1 Derby County 74 (6th)

1 When Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League they were the first team to be relegated to, relegated from, promoted to and promoted from the Championship.
2 When Burnley were promoted they gained the most points for a second placed team.

Relegated teams (from Championship to League One)

Season Clubs
2004–05 Gillingham (50), Nottingham Forest (44), Rotherham United (29)
2005–06 Crewe Alexandra (42), Millwall (40), Brighton & Hove Albion (38)
2006–07 Southend United (42), Luton Town (40), Leeds United (36)
2007–08 Leicester City (52), Scunthorpe United (46), Colchester United (38)
2008–09 Norwich City (46), Southampton (45), Charlton Athletic (39)
2009–10 Sheffield Wednesday (47), Plymouth Argyle (41), Peterborough United (34)
2010–11 Preston North End (42), Sheffield United (42), Scunthorpe United (42)
2011–12 Portsmouth (40), Coventry City (40), Doncaster Rovers (36)
2012–13 Peterborough United (54), Wolverhampton Wanderers (51), Bristol City (41)
2013–14 Doncaster Rovers (44), Barnsley (39), Yeovil Town (37)
2014–15 Millwall (41), Wigan Athletic (39), Blackpool (26)
2015–16 Charlton Athletic (40), Milton Keynes Dons (39), Bolton Wanderers (30)

Relegated teams (from Premier League to Championship)

Season Clubs
2004–05 Crystal Palace (33), Norwich City (33), Southampton (32)
2005–06 Birmingham City (34), West Bromwich Albion (30), Sunderland (15)
2006–07 Sheffield United (38), Charlton Athletic (34), Watford (29)
2007–08 Reading (36), Birmingham City (35), Derby County (11)
2008–09 Newcastle United (34), Middlesbrough (32), West Bromwich Albion (32)
2009–10 Burnley (30), Hull City (30), Portsmouth (19)
2010–11 Blackpool (39), Birmingham City (39), West Ham United (33)
2011–12 Bolton Wanderers (36), Blackburn Rovers (31), Wolverhampton Wanderers (25)
2012–13 Wigan Athletic (36), Reading (28), Queens Park Rangers (25)
2013–14 Norwich City (33), Fulham (32), Cardiff City (30)
2014–15 Hull City (35), Burnley (33), Queens Park Rangers (30)
2015–16 Newcastle United (37), Norwich City (34), Aston Villa (17)

Season Clubs
2004–05 Luton Town (98), Hull City (86), Sheffield Wednesday (Play-off winners) (72)
2005–06 Southend United (82), Colchester United (79), Barnsley (Play-off winners) (72)
2006–07 Scunthorpe United (91), Bristol City (85), Blackpool (Play-off winners) (83)
2007–08 Swansea City (91), Nottingham Forest (82), Doncaster Rovers (Play-off winners) (80)
2008–09 Leicester City (96), Peterborough United (89), Scunthorpe United (Play-off winners) (76)
2009–10 Norwich City (95), Leeds United (86), Millwall (Play-off winners) (85)
2010–11 Brighton & Hove Albion (95), Southampton (92), Peterborough United (Play-off winners) (79)
2011–12 Charlton Athletic (101), Sheffield Wednesday (93), Huddersfield Town (Play-off winners) (81)
2012–13 Doncaster Rovers (84), Bournemouth (83), Yeovil Town (Play-off winners) (77)
2013–14 Wolverhampton Wanderers (103), Brentford (94), Rotherham United (Play-off winners) (86)
2014–15 Bristol City (99), Milton Keynes Dons (91), Preston North End (Play-off winners) (89)
2015–16 Wigan Athletic (87), Burton Albion (85), Barnsley (Play-off winners) (74)

Top scorers

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004–05 Nathan Ellington Wigan Athletic 24
2005–06 Marlon King Watford 21
2006–07 Jamie Cureton Colchester United 23
2007–08 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Plymouth Argyle
Wolverhampton Wanderers
23
2008–09 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Wolverhampton Wanderers 25
2009–10 Peter Whittingham Cardiff City 20
Nicky Maynard Bristol City
2010–11 Danny Graham Watford 24
2011–12 Rickie Lambert Southampton 27
2012–13 Glenn Murray Crystal Palace 30
2013–14 Ross McCormack Leeds United 28
2014–15 Daryl Murphy Ipswich Town 27
2015–16 Andre Gray Burnley 25
2016–17 Dwight Gayle Newcastle United 11
2017–18 Flag of Czech Matěj Vydra Derby County 21
2018–19 Flag of Finland Teemu Pukki Norwich City 29

External links

EFL Championship 2020-21

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