|Founded||20 February 1992|
|Number of teams||20|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)|| FA Cup|
|UEFA cup(s)|| Champions League|
|Current champions||Liverpool (1st title) (2019-20)|
|TV|| Sky Sports|
BT Sport (live matches)
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. 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 originally founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. 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. The league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights. In 2014/15, teams were apportioned revenues of £1.6 billion.
The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. In the 2014–15 season, the average Premier League match attendance exceeded 36,000, second highest of any professional football league behind the Bundesliga's 43,500. Most stadium occupancies are near capacity. The Premier League ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.
While 47 clubs have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only six have won the title: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (4), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2), Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City (1). The current champions are Leicester City, who won the title in 2015–16.
The following 20 clubs will compete in the Premier League during the 2019–20 season.
|First season in|
|First season in|
|First season of|
current spell in
|Last top |
|Aston Villaa, c||Championship5th in the||1888–89||1992–93||106||25||2019–20||7||1980–81|
|Brighton & Hove Albionb||17th||1979–80||2017–18||7||3||2017–18||0||n/a|
|Evertona, b, c||8th||1888–89||1992–93||117||28||1954–55||9||1986–87|
|Manchester Uniteda, b||6th||1892–93||1992–93||95||28||1975–76||20||2012–13|
|Norwich Citya||Championship1st in the||1972–73||1992–93||27||9||2019–20||0||n/a|
|Sheffield Uniteda||Championship2nd in the||1893–94||1992–93||61||4||2019–20||3||1897–98|
|Tottenham Hotspura, b||4th||1909–10||1992–93||85||28||1978–79||2||1960–61|
|West Ham United||10th||1923–24||1993–94||62||24||2012–13||0||n/a|
- Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa were relegated to the Championship for the 2016–17 season, while Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull City, as winners, runners-up and play-off final winners respectively, were promoted from the 2015–16 Championship season.
- AFC Bournemouth, Stoke and Swansea are the only clubs to have remained in the Premier League since their first promotion, having played 2, 8 and 5 seasons (out of 25) respectively.
a: Founding member of the Premier League
b: Never been relegated from Premier League
c: One of the original 12 Football League teams
d: Club based in Wales
From 1993 to 2016, the Premier League had title sponsorship rights sold to two companies; Barclays was the most recent title sponsor, having sponsored the Premier League from 2001 through 2016 (until 2004, the title sponsorship was held through its Barclaycard brand before shifting to its main banking brand in 2004).
|1992–1993||No sponsor||FA Premier League|
|1993–2001||Carling||FA Carling Premiership|
|2001–2004||Barclaycard||FA Barclaycard Premiership|
|2004–2007||Barclays||FA Barclays Premiership|
|2008–2016||Barclays Premier League|
|2016–||No sponsor||Premier League|
Barclays' deal with the Premier League expired at the end of the 2015–16 season. The FA announced on 4 June 2015 that it would not pursue any further title sponsorship deals for the Premier League, arguing that they wanted to build a "clean" brand for the competition more in line with those of major U.S. sports leagues.
As well as sponsorship for the league itself, the Premier League has a number of official partners and suppliers. The official ball supplier for the league is Nike who have had the contract since the 2000–01 season when they took over from Mitre.
- See also List of Premier League managers
Managers in the Premier League are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection and player acquisition. Their influence varies from club-to-club and is related to the ownership of the club and the relationship of the manager with fans. Managers are required to have a UEFA Pro Licence which is the final coaching qualification available, and follows the completion of the UEFA 'B' and 'A' Licences. The UEFA Pro Licence is required by every person who wishes to manage a club in the Premier League on a permanent basis (i.e., more than 12 weeks, the amount of time an unqualified caretaker manager is allowed to take control). Caretaker appointments are managers that fill the gap between a managerial departure and a new appointment. Several caretaker managers have gone on to secure a permanent managerial post after performing well as a caretaker, including Paul Hart at Portsmouth and David Pleat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsène Wenger is the longest-serving manager, having been in charge of Arsenal in the Premier League from 1996 to his retirement at the conclusion of the 2017–18 season, and holds the record for most matches managed in the Premier League with 828, all with Arsenal. He broke the record set by Alex Ferguson, who had managed 810 matches with Manchester United from the Premier League's inception to his retirement at the end of the 2012–13 season. Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United from November 1986 until his retirement at the end of the 2012–13 season, meaning he was manager for the last five years of the old Football League First Division and all of the first 21 seasons of the Premier League.
During the 2019–20 season, 6 managers have been sacked as of 28 December: Javi Gracia and Quique Sánchez Flores of Watford, Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur, Unai Emery of Arsenal, Marco Silva of Everton and Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United.
There have been several studies into the reasoning behind, and effects of, managerial sackings. Most famously, Professor Sue Bridgewater of the University of Liverpool and Dr. Bas ter Weel of the University of Amsterdam, performed two separate studies which helped to explain the statistics behind managerial sackings. Bridgewater's study found clubs generally sack their managers upon dropping below an average of one point per match.
The current managers in the Premier League are:
|Nat.||Name||Club||Appointed||Time as manager|
|Eddie Howe||Bournemouth||12 October 2012||7 years, 0 days|
|Sean Dyche||Burnley||30 October 2012||7 years, 0 days|
|Jürgen Klopp||Liverpool||8 October 2015||4 years, 0 days|
|Chris Wilder||Sheffield United||12 May 2016||4 years, 0 days|
|Pep Guardiola||Manchester City||1 July 2016||4 years, 0 days|
|Daniel Farke||Norwich City||25 May 2017||3 years, 0 days|
|Nuno Espírito Santo||Wolverhampton Wanderers||31 May 2017||3 years, 0 days|
|Roy Hodgson||Crystal Palace||12 September 2017||3 years, 0 days|
|Dean Smith||Aston Villa||10 October 2018||1 year, 0 days|
|Ralph Hasenhüttl||Southampton||5 December 2018||1 year, 0 days|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjær||Manchester United||19 December 2018||1 year, 0 days|
|Brendan Rodgers||Leicester City||26 February 2019||1 year, 0 days|
|Graham Potter||Brighton & Hove Albion||20 May 2019||1 year, 0 days|
|Frank Lampard||Chelsea||4 July 2019||1 year, 0 days|
|Steve Bruce||Newcastle United||17 July 2019||1 year, 0 days|
|José Mourinho||Tottenham Hotspur||20 November 2019||0 days|
|Nigel Pearson||Watford||6 December 2019||0 days|
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal||20 December 2019||0 days|
|Carlo Ancelotti||Everton||21 December 2019||0 days|
|Vacant||West Ham United||28 December 2019||0 days|
|1||Liverpool (C)||38||32||3||3||85||33||+52||99||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|5||Leicester City||38||18||8||12||67||41||+26||62||Qualification for the Europa League group stage|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur||38||16||11||11||61||47||+14||59||Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round|
|8||Arsenal||38||14||14||10||56||48||+8||56||Qualification for the Europa League group stage|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||38||9||14||15||39||54||−15||41|
|16||West Ham United||38||10||9||19||49||62||−13||39|
|18||Bournemouth (R)||38||9||7||22||40||65||−25||34||Relegation to|
|20||Norwich City (R)||38||5||6||27||26||75||−49||21|
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament
a. Manchester City were initially banned from all UEFA club competitions for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body on 14 February 2020 due to alleged breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations. The decision was appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 26 February 2020. That appeal was heard on 8 June 2020. The appeal was upheld on 13 July 2020, and the ban was overturned.
b. Since the winners of the 2019–20 EFL Cup, Manchester City, have qualified for the Champions League group stage by league position, the spot given to the EFL Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) is passed down to the sixth-placed team.
|5||Thierry Henry||1999–2007, 2012||175||258||0.68|
|8||Jermain Defoe||2001–2003, 2004–2014, 2015–2019||162||496||0.33|
|9||Michael Owen||1996–2004, 2005–13||150||326||0.46|
Italics denotes players still playing professional football,
Bold denotes players still playing in the Premier League.
The Golden Boot is awarded to the top Premier League scorer at the end of each season. Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer holds the record for most Premier League goals with 260. Twenty-eight players have reached the 100-goal mark. Since the first Premier League season in 1992–93, 14 players from 10 clubs have won or shared the top scorers title. Thierry Henry won his fourth overall scoring title by scoring 27 goals in the 2005–06 season. Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer hold the record for most goals in a season (34) – for Newcastle and Blackburn respectively. Ryan Giggs of Manchester United holds the record for scoring goals in consecutive seasons, having scored in the first 21 seasons of the league.
|Premier League seasons|
1992-93 · 1993-94 · 1994-95 · 1995-96 · 1996-97 · 1997-98 · 1998-99 · 1999-00 · 2000-01 · 2001-02 · 2002-03 · 2003-04 · 2004-05 · 2005-06 · 2006-07 · 2007-08 · 2008-09 · 2009-10 · 2010-11 · 2011-12 · 2012-13 · 2013-14 · 2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 ·
|Premier League match days 2019-20|
Match day | 1Match day | 2Match day | 3Match day | 4Match day | 5Match day | 6Match day | 7Match day | 8Match day | 9Match day 10 | Match day 11 | Match day 12 | Match day 13 | Match day 14 | Match day 15 | Match day 16 | Match day 17 | Match day 18 | Match day 19 | Match day 20 | Match day 21 | Match day 22 | Match day 23 | Match day 24 | Match day 25 | Match day 26 | Match day 27 | Match day 28 | Match day 29 | Match day 30 | Match day 31 | Match day 32 | Match day 33 | Match day 34 | Match day 35 | Match day 36 | Match day 37 | Match day 38
|Premier League 2019–20 Weekly Matches|
|Liverpool v Norwich City · West Ham United v Manchester City · AFC Bournemouth v Sheffield United · Burnley v Southampton · Crystal Palace v Everton · Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers · Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion · Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa · Newcastle United v Arsenal · Manchester United v Chelsea|
|Arsenal v Burnley · Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth · Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United · Chelsea v Leicester City · Everton v Watford · Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur · Norwich City v Newcastle United · Sheffield United v Crystal Palace · Southampton v Liverpool · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United|
|Aston Villa v Everton · Norwich City v Chelsea · Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton · Manchester United v Crystal Palace · Sheffield United v Leicester City · Watford v West Ham United · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley · Liverpool v Arsenal · Bournemouth v Manchester City · Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United|
|Southampton v Manchester United · Chelsea v Sheffield United · Crystal Palace v Aston Villa · Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth · Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion · Newcastle United v Watford · West Ham United v Norwich City · Burnley v Liverpool · Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers · Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur|
|Liverpool v Newcastle United · Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley · Manchester United v Leicester City · Sheffield United v Southampton · Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea · Norwich City v Manchester City · AFC Bournemouth v Everton · Watford v Arsenal · Aston Villa v West Ham United|
|Southampton v AFC Bournemouth · Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur · Burnley v Norwich City · Everton v Sheffield United · Manchester City v Watford · Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion · Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers · West Ham United v Manchester United · Arsenal v Aston Villa · Chelsea v Liverpool|
Arsenal v Norwich City · Bournemouth v Newcastle United · Everton v Leicester City · West Ham United v Chelsea · Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur · Manchester City v Liverpool · Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion · Leicester City v Crystal Palace · Manchester United v Bournemouth · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal · Chelsea v Watford · Burnley v Sheffield United · Newcastle United v West Ham United · Liverpool v Aston Villa · Southampton v Manchester City · Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Crystal Palace v Chelsea · Watford v Norwich City · Arsenal v Leicester City · Manchester City v Newcastle United · Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers · West Ham United v Burnley · Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool · Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur · Everton v Southampton · Aston Villa v Manchester United
Norwich City v West Ham United · Watford v Newcastle United · Liverpool v Burnley · Sheffield United v Chelsea · Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton · Aston Villa v Crystal Palace · Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal · Bournemouth v Leicester City · Manchester United v Southampton
|Arsenal v Watford · Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion · Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers · Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur · Everton v Bournemouth · Leicester City v Manchester United · Manchester City v Norwich City · Newcastle United v Liverpool · Southampton v Sheffield United · West Ham United v Aston Villa|
|Premier League stadiums 2020–21|
Anfield (Liverpool) · Bramall Lane (Sheffield United) City of Manchester Stadium (Manchester City) · Craven Cottage (Fulham) · Elland Road (Leeds Utd) · Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) · Falmer Stadium (Brighton) · Goodison Park (Everton) · King Power Stadium (Leicester City) · London Stadium (West Ham United) · Molineux Stadium (Wolverhampton Wanderers) · Old Trafford (Manchester United) · St. James' Park (Newcastle United) · St. Mary's Stadium (Southampton) · Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace) · Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) · The Hawthorns (West Bromwich Albion) · Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Tottenham Hotspur) · Turf Moor (Burnley) · Villa Park (Aston Villa) ·
|Football in England|