|Founded||20 February 1992|
|Number of teams||20|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup|
|UEFA cup(s)||Champions League|
|Current champions||Manchester City (5th title) (2020-21)|
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 (5), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (4), Blackburn Rovers (1), Leicester City (1) and Liverpool (1). The current champions are Liverpool, who won the title in 2019-20 Premier League
Twenty clubs compete in the 2020-21 PL, with three promoted from The Championship:
|First season in
|First season in
|First season of
current spell in
|Brighton & Hove Albion||15th||1979–80||2017–18||8||4||2017–18||0||–|
|Leeds United||CS)1st (||1924–25||1992–93||51||13||2020–21||3||1991–92|
|West Bromwich Albion||CS)2nd (||1888–89||2002–03||81||13||2020–21||1||1919–20|
|West Ham United||16th||1923–24||1993–94||63||25||2012–13||0||–|
- Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City were relegated to the EFL Championship for the 2020–21 season, while Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham, as winners, runners-up and play-off final winners respectively, were promoted from the 2019–20 season.
- Brighton & Hove Albion are the only club to have remained in the Premier League since their first promotion, having been in 4 seasons (out of 29).
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|
|Sean Dyche||Burnley||30 October 2012||8 years, 0 days|
|Jürgen Klopp||Liverpool||8 October 2015||5 years, 0 days|
|Pep Guardiola||Manchester City||1 July 2016||4 years, 0 days|
|Nuno Espírito Santo||Wolverhampton Wanderers||31 May 2017||4 years, 0 days|
|Roy Hodgson||Crystal Palace||12 September 2017||3 years, 0 days|
|Marcelo Bielsa||Leeds United||15 June 2018||3 years, 0 days|
|Dean Smith||Aston Villa||10 October 2018||2 years, 0 days|
|Ralph Hasenhüttl||Southampton||5 December 2018||2 years, 0 days|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjær||Manchester United||19 December 2018||2 years, 0 days|
|Brendan Rodgers||Leicester City||26 February 2019||2 years, 0 days|
|Scott Parker||Fulham||28 February 2019||2 years, 0 days|
|Graham Potter||Brighton & Hove Albion||20 May 2019||2 years, 0 days|
|Steve Bruce||Newcastle United||17 July 2019||1 year, 0 days|
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal||20 December 2019||1 year, 0 days|
|Carlo Ancelotti||Everton||21 December 2019||1 year, 0 days|
|David Moyes||West Ham United||29 December 2019||1 year, 0 days|
|Sam Allardyce||West Bromwich Albion||17 December 2020||0 days|
|Thomas Tuchel||Chelsea||26 January 2021||0 days|
|Paul Heckingbottom (caretaker)||Sheffield United||13 March 2021||0 days|
|Ryan Mason (caretaker)||Tottenham Hotspur||19 April 2021||0 days|
|1||Manchester City (C)||38||27||5||6||78||32||+46||86|
|6||West Ham United||38||19||8||11||62||47||+15||65|
|16||Brighton & Hove Albion||38||9||14||15||40||46||−6||41|
|19||West Bromwich Albion
|20||Sheffield United (R)||38||7||2||29||20||63||−43||23|
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. The fourth-placed team will play in the Europa League group stage instead of the Champions League group stage if Chelsea wins the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, Arsenal or Manchester United win the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League, and both winners finish in fifth place or lower.
b. Since both 2020–21 FA Cup finalists (Leicester City and Chelsea) would currently qualify for European competition based on league position, the Europa League group stage berth awarded to the FA Cup winners would pass to the sixth-placed team.
c. Since 2020–21 EFL Cup winners Manchester City have qualified for European competition based on league position, the Europa Conference League berth awarded to the EFL Cup winners will transfer to the highest-placed Premier League team who have not already qualified for European competition, which is currently the seventh-placed team.
- As of 21 March 2021.
Italics denotes players still playing professional football,
Bold denotes players still playing in the Premier League.
The Premier League Golden Boot is awarded each season to the top scorer in the division. 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, 23 players from 11 clubs have won or shared the top scorer 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. Giggs also holds the record for the most Premier League assists, with 162.
|Premier League seasons|
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|Premier League match days 2020-21|
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|Premier League 2020–21 Weekly Matches|
|Fulham v Arsenal · Crystal Palace v Southampton · Liverpool v Leeds United · West Ham United v Newcastle United · West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City · Tottenham Hotspur v Everton · Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers · Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea|
|Everton v West Bromwich Albion · Leeds United v Fulham · Manchester United v Crystal Palace · Arsenal v West Ham United · Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur · Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion · Chelsea v Liverpool · Leicester City v Burnley · Aston Villa v Sheffield United · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City|
|Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United · Crystal Palace v Everton · West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea · Burnley v Southampton · Sheffield United v Leeds United · Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United · Manchester City v Leicester City · West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers · Fulham v Aston Villa · Liverpool v Arsenal|
Chelsea v Crystal Palace · Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion · Leeds United v Manchester City · Newcastle United v Burnley · Leicester City v West Ham United · Southampton v West Bromwich Albion · Arsenal v Sheffield United · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham · Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur · Aston Villa v Liverpool
Everton v Liverpool · Chelsea v Southampton · Leicester City v Aston Villa · Newcastle United v Manchester United · Sheffield United v Fulham · West Bromwich Albion v Burnley · Manchester City v Arsenal · Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion · Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United · Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Aston Villa v Leeds United · West Ham United v Manchester City · Fulham v Crystal Palace · Manchester United v Chelsea · Liverpool v Sheffield United · Southampton v Everton · Wolves v Newcastle United · Arsenal v Leicester City · Brighton v West Bromwich · Burnley v Tottenham
Wolves v Crystal Palace · Sheffield United v Manchester City · Burnley v Chelsea · Liverpool v West Ham United · Aston Villa v Southampton · Newcastle United v Everton · Manchester United v Arsenal · Tottenham v Brighton · Fulham v West Bromwich · Leeds United v Leicester City
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley · Southampton v Newcastle United · Everton v Manchester United · Crystal Palace v Leeds United · Chelsea v Sheffield United · West Ham United v Fulham · West Bromwich v Tottenham · Leicester City v Wolves · Manchester City v Liverpool · Arsenal v Aston Villa
|Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion · Aston Villa v Chelsea · Fulham v Newcastle United · Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion · Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur · Liverpool v Crystal Palace · Manchester City v Everton · Sheffield United v Burnley · West Ham United v Southampton · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United|
|2021–22 Premier League stadiums|
Anfield (Liverpool) · Brentford Community Stadium (Brentford) · Carrow Road (Norwich City) · City of Manchester Stadium (Manchester City) · 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) · Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Tottenham Hotspur) · Turf Moor (Burnley) · Vicarage Road (Watford) · Villa Park (Aston Villa) ·
|Football in England|
|Premier League winners|
92-93: Manchester United · 93-94: Manchester United · 94-95: Blackburn Rovers · 95-96: Manchester United · 96-97: Manchester United · 97-98: Arsenal · 98-99: Manchester United · 99-00: Manchester United · 00-01: Manchester United · 01-02: Arsenal · 02-03: Manchester United · 03-04: Arsenal · 04-05: Chelsea · 05-06: Chelsea · 06-07: Manchester United · 07-08: Manchester United · 08-09: Manchester United · 09-10: Chelsea · 10-11: Manchester United · 11-12: Manchester City · 12-13: Manchester United · 13-14: Manchester City · 14-15: Chelsea · 15-16: Leicester City · 16-17: Chelsea · 17-18: Manchester City · 18-19: Manchester City · 19-20: Liverpool · 20-21: Manchester City ·