The English Premier League
The English Premier League (EPL) is the top professional football league in England and one of the most popular football leagues in the world.
The league was formed in 1992, after the top clubs in England broke away from the Football League. The league consists of 20 teams, with each team playing 38 matches over the course of a season, which runs from August to May.
The team with the most points at the end of the season is crowned the EPL champion, while the bottom three teams are relegated to the lower division.
The league attracts some of the best players and managers in the world, and the matches are broadcast to millions of fans worldwide. The EPL is known for its fast-paced, physical and competitive football, making it one of the most exciting leagues to watch.
Facts about EPL
- The EPL was founded in 1992 and is currently the most-watched football league in the world.
- Manchester United has won the EPL the most times, with a total of 13 titles.
- The league has been won by only six clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City.
- The league has been broadcast to over 212 territories worldwide and reaches a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people.
- The Premier League’s highest-ever goalscorer is Alan Shearer, who scored 260 goals during his career.
- Each team in the EPL plays 38 matches over the course of a season – 19 home and 19 away.
- The EPL is known for its competitive nature, with surprise results and upsets occurring frequently.
- The league has a significant economic impact, contributing over £7 billion to the UK economy and supporting over 100,000 jobs.
- The EPL is home to some of the world’s most expensive footballers, with transfer fees reaching up to £100 million or more.
- The EPL has a strong focus on youth development, with the Premier League Academies providing opportunities for young players to develop their skills and progress to the highest level of football.
English Premier League holders
Manchester City are the defending champions, having retained the Premier League Trophy by narrowly beating Liverpool for the second season running.