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Premier League
Premier League
Country  England
 Wales
Confederation UEFA
Founded 20 February 1992
Number of teams 20
Relegation to Championship
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
League Cup
UEFA cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Manchester City (5th title) (2020-21)
TV Sky Sports
BT Sport (live matches)
Sky Sports
BBC (highlights)
Website Official website
Football current event.png 2021-22

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

2021–22 season

Twenty clubs compete in the 2021–22 Premier League, with three promoted from the Championship:

2021–22
Club
2020–21
Position
First season in
top division
First season in
Premier League
Seasons
in top
division
Seasons
in Premier
League
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top
division
titles
Most
recent top
division title
Arsenal &0000000000000008.0000008th 1904–05 1992–93 105 30 1919–20 13 2003–04
Aston Villa &0000000000000011.00000011th 1888–89 1992–93 108 27 2019–20 7 1980–81
Brentford &0000000000000020.0000003rd (CS) 1935–36 2021–22 6 1 2021–22 0
Brighton & Hove Albion &0000000000000016.00000016th 1979–80 2017–18 9 5 2017–18 0
Burnley &0000000000000017.00000017th 1888–89 2009–10 59 8 2016–17 2 1959–60
Chelsea &0000000000000004.0000004th 1907–08 1992–93 87 30 1989–90 6 2016–17
Crystal Palace &0000000000000014.00000014th 1969–70 1992–93 22 13 2013–14 0
Everton &0000000000000010.00000010th 1888–89 1992–93 119 30 1954–55 9 1986–87
Leeds United &0000000000000009.0000009th 1924–25 1992–93 52 14 2020–21 3 1991–92
Leicester City &0000000000000005.0000005th 1908–09 1994–95 53 16 2014–15 1 2015–16
Liverpool &0000000000000003.0000003rd 1894–95 1992–93 107 30 1962–63 19 2019–20
Manchester City &0000000000000001.0000001st 1899–1900 1992–93 93 25 2002–03 7 2020–21
Manchester United &0000000000000002.0000002nd 1892–93 1992–93 97 30 1975–76 20 2012–13
Newcastle United &0000000000000012.00000012th 1898–99 1993–94 90 27 2017–18 4 1926–27
Norwich City &0000000000000018.0000001st (CS) 1972–73 1992–93 28 10 2021–22 0
Southampton &0000000000000015.00000015th 1966–67 1992–93 45 23 2012–13 0
Tottenham Hotspur &0000000000000007.0000007th 1909–10 1992–93 87 30 1978–79 2 1960–61
Watford &0000000000000019.0000002nd (CS) 1982–83 1999–2000 14 8 2021–22 0
West Ham United &0000000000000006.0000006th 1923–24 1993–94 64 26 2012–13 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers &0000000000000013.00000013th 1888–89 2003–04 67 8 2018–19 3 1958–59

Sponsorship

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).

Period Sponsor Name
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.

Managers

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:

Current managers
Nat. Manager Club Appointed
Flag of England Dyche, SeanSean Dyche Burnley 30 October 2012
Flag of Germany Klopp, JurgenJürgen Klopp Liverpool 8 October 2015
Flag of Spain Guardiola, PepPep Guardiola Manchester City 1 July 2016
Flag of Germany Farke, DanielDaniel Farke Norwich City 25 May 2017
Flag of Argentina Bielsa, MarceloMarcelo Bielsa Leeds United 15 June 2018
Flag of England Smith, DeanDean Smith Aston Villa 10 October 2018
Flag of Denmark Frank, ThomasThomas Frank Brentford 16 October 2018
Flag of Austria Hasenhuttl, RalphRalph Hasenhüttl Southampton 5 December 2018
Flag of Norway Solskjaer, Ole GunnarOle Gunnar Solskjær Manchester United 19 December 2018
Flag of Northern Ireland Rodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers Leicester City 26 February 2019
Flag of England Potter, GrahamGraham Potter Brighton & Hove Albion 20 May 2019
Flag of England Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce Newcastle United 17 July 2019
Flag of Spain Arteta, MikelMikel Arteta Arsenal 20 December 2019
Flag of Scotland Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes West Ham United 29 December 2019
Flag of Spain Xisco Muñoz Watford 21 December 2020
Flag of Germany Tuchel, ThomasThomas Tuchel Chelsea 26 January 2021
Flag of Portugal Lage, BrunoBruno Lage Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 June 2021
Flag of Spain Benítez, RafaelRafael Benítez Everton 30 June 2021
Flag of Portugal Espírito Santo, NunoNuno Espírito Santo Tottenham Hotspur 30 June 2021
Flag of France Vieira, PatrickPatrick Vieira Crystal Palace 4 July 2021

2021–22 Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Manchester United 2 1 1 0 6 2 +4 4
Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Chelsea 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6
3 Liverpool 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6
4 West Ham United 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 3
5 Everton 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4
Qualification for the Europa League group stage
6 Brentford 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
7 Watford 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6
9 Leicester City 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
10 Tottenham Hotspur 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6
11 Aston Villa 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
12 Burnley 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0
13 Manchester City 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 3
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0
15 Newcastle United 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0
16 Southampton 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 1
17 Arsenal 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
18 Crystal Palace 2 0 1 1 0 3 −3 1
Relegation to
EFL Championship
19 Norwich City 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0
20 Leeds United 2 0 1 1 3 7 −4 1

Updated to games played on 22 August 2021
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

Champions

Season Champions / (Pos next season) Total Points / Wins
92-93 Manchester United (1st) 84 (24)
93-94 Manchester United (2nd) 92 (27)
94-95 Blackburn Rovers (1st) 89 (27)
95-96 Manchester United (3rd) 82 (25)
96-97 Manchester United (4th) 75 (21)
97-98 Arsenal (1st) 78 (23)
98-99 Manchester United (5th) 79 (22)
99-00 Manchester United (6th) 91 (28)
00-01 Manchester United (7th) 80 (24)
01-02 Arsenal (2nd) 87 (26)
02-03 Manchester United (8th) 83 (25)
03-04 Arsenal (3rd) 90 (26)
04-05 Chelsea (1st) 95 (29)
05-06 Chelsea (2nd) 91 (29)
06-07 Manchester United (9th) 89 (28)
Season Champions / (Pos next season) Total Points / Wins
07-08 Manchester United (10th) 87 (27)
08-09 Manchester United (11th) 90 (28)
09-10 Chelsea (3rd) 86 (27)
10-11 Manchester United (12th) 80 (23)
11-12 Manchester City (1st) 89 (28)
12-13 Manchester United (13th) 89 (28)
13-14 Manchester City (2nd) 86 (27)
14-15 Chelsea (4th) 87 (26)
15-16 Leicester City (1st) 81 (23)
16-17 Chelsea (5th) 93 (30)
17-18 Manchester City (3rd) 100 (32)
18-19 Manchester City (4th) 98 (32)
19-20 Liverpool (1st) 86 (28)
20-21 Manchester City (5th) TBD

Top scorers

As of 21 March 2021.
Rank Player Years Goals Apps Ratio
1 Flag of England Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer 1992–2006 260 441 0.59
2 Flag of England Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 2002–2018 208 491 0.42
3 Flag of England Cole, AndyAndy Cole 1992–2008 187 414 0.45
4 Flag of Argentina Aguero, SergioSergio Agüero 2011– 181 271 0.67
5 Flag of England Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard 1995–2015 177 609 0.29
6 Flag of France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry 1999–2007
2012
175 258 0.68
7 Flag of England Fowler, RobbieRobbie Fowler 1993–2009 163 379 0.43
8 Flag of England Defoe, JermainJermain Defoe 2001–2003
2004–2014
2015–2019
162 496 0.33
9 Flag of England Kane, HarryHarry Kane 2012– 160 237 0.68
10 Flag of England Owen, MichaelMichael Owen 1996–2004
2005–2013
150 326 0.46

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.

See also

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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) ·

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