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Premier League
EPL2
Country England.png England
Flag of Wales.gif 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 Liverpool (1st title) (2019-20)
TV Sky Sports
BT Sport (live matches)
Sky Sports
BBC (highlights)
Website Official website
Football current event 2020-21

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.

2019–20 season

The following 20 clubs will compete in the Premier League during the 2019–20 season.

Club Position
in 2018–19
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
Last top
division title
Arsenala, b &0000000000000005.0000005th 1904–05 1992–93 103 28 1919–20 13 2003–04
Aston Villaa, c &0000000000000020.0000005th in the Championship 1888–89 1992–93 106 25 2019–20 7 1980–81
Bournemouthb &0000000000000014.00000014th 2015–16 2015–16 5 5 2015–16 0 n/a
Brighton & Hove Albionb &0000000000000017.00000017th 1979–80 2017–18 7 3 2017–18 0 n/a
Burnleyc &0000000000000015.00000015th 1888–89 2009–10 57 6 2016–17 2 1959–60
Chelseaa, b &0000000000000003.0000003rd 1907–08 1992–93 85 28 1989–90 6 2016–17
Crystal Palacea &0000000000000012.00000012th 1969–70 1992–93 20 11 2013–14 0 n/a
Evertona, b, c &0000000000000008.0000008th 1888–89 1992–93 117 28 1954–55 9 1986–87
Leicester City &0000000000000009.0000009th 1908–09 1994–95 51 14 2014–15 1 2015–16
Liverpoola, b &0000000000000002.0000002nd 1894–95 1992–93 105 28 1962–63 18 1989–90
Manchester Citya &0000000000000001.0000001st 1899–1900 1992–93 91 23 2002–03 6 2018–19
Manchester Uniteda, b &0000000000000006.0000006th 1892–93 1992–93 95 28 1975–76 20 2012–13
Newcastle United &0000000000000013.00000013th 1898–99 1993–94 88 25 2017–18 4 1926–27
Norwich Citya &0000000000000018.0000001st in the Championship 1972–73 1992–93 27 9 2019–20 0 n/a
Sheffield Uniteda &0000000000000019.0000002nd in the Championship 1893–94 1992–93 61 4 2019–20 3 1897–98
Southamptona &0000000000000016.00000016th 1966–67 1992–93 43 21 2012–13 0 n/a
Tottenham Hotspura, b &0000000000000004.0000004th 1909–10 1992–93 85 28 1978–79 2 1960–61
Watford &0000000000000011.00000011th 1982–83 1999–2000 13 7 2015–16 0 n/a
West Ham United &0000000000000010.00000010th 1923–24 1993–94 62 24 2012–13 0 n/a
Wolverhampton Wanderersc &0000000000000007.0000007th 1888–89 2003–04 65 6 2018–19 3 1958–59

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

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
1992–1993No sponsor FA Premier League
1993–2001 Carling FA Carling Premiership
2001–2004Barclaycard 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. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
England Howe, EddieEddie Howe Bournemouth 12 October 2012 &0000000220903200.0000007 years, 0 days
England Dyche, SeanSean Dyche Burnley 30 October 2012 &0000000220903200.0000007 years, 0 days
Germany Klopp, JurgenJürgen Klopp Liverpool 8 October 2015 &0000000126230400.0000004 years, 0 days
England Wilder, ChrisChris Wilder Sheffield United 12 May 2016 &0000000126230400.0000004 years, 0 days
Flag of Spain Guardiola, PepPep Guardiola Manchester City 1 July 2016 &0000000126230400.0000004 years, 0 days
Germany Farke, DanielDaniel Farke Norwich City 25 May 2017 &0000000094672800.0000003 years, 0 days
Flag of Portugal Espirito Santo, NunoNuno Espírito Santo Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 May 2017 &0000000094672800.0000003 years, 0 days
England Hodgson, RoyRoy Hodgson Crystal Palace 12 September 2017 &0000000094672800.0000003 years, 0 days
England Smith, DeanDean Smith Aston Villa 10 October 2018 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of Austria Hasenhuttl, RalphRalph Hasenhüttl Southampton 5 December 2018 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of Norway Solskjaer, Ole GunnarOle Gunnar Solskjær Manchester United 19 December 2018 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of Northern Ireland Rodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers Leicester City 26 February 2019 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
England Potter, GrahamGraham Potter Brighton & Hove Albion 20 May 2019 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
England Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard Chelsea 4 July 2019 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
England Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce Newcastle United 17 July 2019 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of Portugal Mourinho, JoséJosé Mourinho Tottenham Hotspur 20 November 2019 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 days
England Pearson, NigelNigel Pearson Watford 6 December 2019 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 days
Flag of Spain Arteta, MikelMikel Arteta Arsenal 20 December 2019 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 days
Flag of Italy Ancelotti, CarloCarlo Ancelotti Everton 21 December 2019 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 days
Vacant West Ham United 28 December 2019 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 days

2019–20 Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Liverpool  (C) 38 32 3 3 85 33+52 99 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 38 26 3 9 102 35+67 81
3 Manchester United 38 18 12 8 66 36+30 66
4 Chelsea 38 20 6 12 69 54+15 66
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
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 15 14 9 51 40+11 59
8 Arsenal 38 14 14 10 56 48+8 56 Qualification for the Europa League group stage
8 Sheffield United 38 14 12 12 39 390 54
10 Burnley 38 15 9 14 43 50−7 54
11 Southampton 38 15 7 16 51 60−9 52
12 Everton 38 13 10 15 44 56−12 49
13 Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 38 58−20 44
14 Crystal Palace 38 11 10 17 31 50−19 43
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 9 14 15 39 54−15 41
16 West Ham United 38 10 9 19 49 62−13 39
17 Aston Villa 38 9 8 21 41 67−26 35
18 Bournemouth  (R) 38 9 7 22 40 65−25 34 Relegation to
EFL Championship
19 Watford  (R) 38 8 10 20 36 64−28 34
20 Norwich City  (R) 38 5 6 27 26 75−49 21
Updated to games played on 26 July 2020
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.


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

Top scorers

Rank Name Years Goals Apps Ratio
1 England Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer 1992–20062604410.59
2 England Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 2002–20182084910.42
3 England Cole, AndyAndy Cole 1992–20081874140.45
4 England Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard 1995–20151776090.29
5 Flag of France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry 1999–2007, 20121752580.68
6 Flag of Argentina Aguero, SergioSergio Agüero 2011–1732530.68
7 England Fowler, RobbieRobbie Fowler 1993–20091633790.43
8 England Defoe, JermainJermain Defoe 2001–2003, 2004–2014, 2015–20191624960.33
9 England Owen, MichaelMichael Owen 1996–2004, 2005–131503260.46
10 England Ferdinand, LesLes Ferdinand 1992–20051493510.42

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.

External links

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Premier League 2019–20 Weekly Matches
Week 1
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
Week 2
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
Week 3
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
Week 4
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
Week 5
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
Week 6
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
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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

Week 34

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

Week 35

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

Week 36
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Week 38
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) ·

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