Premier League

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Premier League
Founded20 February 1992; 30 years ago (1992-02-20)
CountryEngland
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams20
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toEFL Championship
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
FA Community Shield
League cup(s)EFL Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Confrence League
Current championsManchester City (1st title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsManchester United
(13 titles)
Most appearancesGareth Barry (653)
Top goalscorerAlan Shearer (260)
TV partnersSky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon (live matches)
Sky Sports, BBC Sport (highlights)
NBCSN (USA only)
List of international broadcasters
Websitepremierleague.com
Current: 2021–22 Premier League

The Premier League, commonly known as the English Premier League, or the EPL (formerly called the Barclays Premier League due to sponsorship reasons and before 2007 the Premiership) is the top tier of English football. 20 teams compete in the Premier League each season, which is usually played between August and May. Each season, 38 games are played (playing all 19 other teams home and away). For historic reasons, a few clubs from Wales also compete in the English football system.

The competition started in 1992, after 22 clubs from the Football League First Division decided to break away from The Football League (now the EFL). The Premier League has since become the world's most watched sporting league.[1] It is the world's most lucrative football league, with combined club revenues of £1.93 billion ($3.15bn) in 2007–08.[2] It is also ranked second by UEFA's Association Ranking, behind La Liga.

Clubs[change | change source]

2021–22 season[change | change source]

The following 20 clubs competed in the Premier League during the 2021–22 season.

Club Position
in 2020–21
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
No. of seasons of
current spell in Premier League
Top
division
titles
Most
recent top
division title
Arsenala, b 8th 1904–05 1992–93 104 29 1919–20 13 2003–04
Aston Villaa, c 11th 1888–89 1992–93 107 26 2019–20 7 1980–81
Brentfordb 3rd in the CS 1935–36 2021–22 6 1 2021–22 1 0
Brighton & Hove Albionb 17th 1979–80 2017–18 8 4 2017–18 0
Burnleyc 16th 1888–89 2009–10 58 7 2016–17 2 1959–60
Chelseaa, b 4th 1907–08 1992–93 86 29 1989–90 6 2016–17
Crystal Palacea 14th 1969–70 1992–93 21 12 2013–14 0
Evertona, b, c 10th 1888–89 1992–93 118 29 1954–55 9 1986–87
Leeds Uniteda 9th 1924–25 1992–93 51 13 2020–21 3 1991–92
Leicester City 5th 1908–09 1994–95 52 15 2014–15 1 2015–16
Liverpoola, b 3st 1894–95 1992–93 106 30 1962–63 19 2019–20
Manchester Citya 1nd 1899–1900 1992–93 92 24 2002–03 6 2020–21
Manchester Uniteda, b 2rd 1892–93 1992–93 100 50 1975–76 50 2012–13
Newcastle United 12th 1898–99 1993–94 89 26 2017–18 4 1926–27
Norwich City 1st (CS 1972–73 1992–93 28 10 2021–22 1 0
Southamptona 15th 1966–67 1992–93 44 22 2012–13 0
Tottenham Hotspura, b 7th 1909–10 1992–93 86 30 1978–79 2 1960–61
Watfordc 2nd in the CS 1982–83 1999–2000 14 8 2021–22 1 0
West Ham United 6th 1923–24 1993–94 63 25 2012–13 0
Wolverhampton Wanderersc 13th 1888–89 2003–04 66 7 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

Champions[change | change source]

Season Champions Runner-up Third place
1992–93 Manchester United Aston Villa Norwich City
1993–94 Manchester United Blackburn Rovers Newcastle United
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers Manchester United Nottingham Forest
1995–96 Manchester United Newcastle United Liverpool
1996–97 Manchester United Newcastle United Arsenal
1997–98 Arsenal Manchester United Liverpool
1998–99 Manchester United Arsenal Chelsea
1999–00 Manchester United Arsenal Leeds United
2000–01 Manchester United Arsenal Liverpool
2001–02 Arsenal Liverpool Manchester United
2002–03 Manchester United Arsenal Newcastle United
2003–04 Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United
2004–05 Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United
2005–06 Chelsea Manchester United Liverpool
2006–07 Manchester United Chelsea Liverpool
2007–08 Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal
2008–09 Manchester United Liverpool Chelsea
2009–10 Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal
2010–11 Manchester United Chelsea Manchester City
2011–12 Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal
2012–13 Manchester United Manchester City Chelsea
2013–14 Manchester City Liverpool Chelsea
2014–15 Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal
2015–16 Leicester City Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur
2016–17 Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City
2017–18 Manchester City Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur
2018–19 Manchester City Liverpool Chelsea
2019–20 Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United
2020–21 Manchester City Manchester United Liverpool

Referees[change | change source]

Dedicated video assistant referees[change | change source]

Lee Mason
Mike Dean

Past referees[change | change source]

Graham Poll
Peter Walton
Mike Riley
Phil Dowd
Mike Jones
Mark Halsey
Uriah Rennie
Mark Clattenburg
Howard Webb
Keith Hackett
David Elleray
Paul Dirkin
Jeff Winter
Dermot Gallagher
Chris Foy
Lee Probert
Neil Swarbrick

Managers[change | change source]

The torso and head of a grey-haired white man in a football stadium. He is wearing spectacles and a black coat.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was the longest serving and most successful manager in Premier League history.


Current managers
Nat. Manager Club Appointed Time as manager
England Sean Dyche Burnley 30 October 2012 9 years, 185 days
Germany Jürgen Klopp Liverpool 8 October 2015 6 years, 207 days
Spain Pep Guardiola Manchester City 1 July 2016 5 years, 306 days
England Dean Smith Norwich City 15 November 2021 169 days
United States Jesse Marsch Leeds United 28 February 2022 64 days
England Steven Gerrard Aston Villa 11 November 2021 173 days
Denmark Thomas Frank Brentford 16 October 2018 3 years, 199 days
Austria Ralph Hasenhüttl Southampton 5 December 2018 3 years, 149 days
Germany Ralf Rangnick (caretaker) Manchester United 29 November 2021 155 days
Northern Ireland Brendan Rodgers Leicester City 26 February 2019 3 years, 66 days
England Graham Potter Brighton & Hove Albion 20 May 2019 2 years, 348 days
England Eddie Howe Newcastle United 7 November 2021 177 days
Spain Mikel Arteta Arsenal 20 December 2019 2 years, 134 days
Scotland David Moyes West Ham United 29 December 2019 2 years, 125 days
Germany Thomas Tuchel Chelsea 26 January 2021 1 year, 97 days
Portugal Bruno Lage Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 June 2021 328 days
England Frank Lampard Everton 31 January 2022 92 days
Italy Antonio Conte Tottenham Hotspur 2 November 2021 182 days
France Patrick Vieira Crystal Palace 4 July 2021 303 days
England Roy Hodgson Watford 18 January 2022 105 days
Current Watford manager Roy Hodgson was the old and most successful manager since Steve Coppell in Premier League history (2017-2021) 4 years

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Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Campbell, Dennis (6 January 2002). "United (versus Liverpool) Nations". The Observer. Retrieved 8 August 2006.
  2. "Premier League revenues near £2bn". BBC. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.