The Premier League (official name: The Football Association Premier League Limited) is the highest level in the English football league system.
It is contested by 20 clubs and follows the English Football League’s promotion and relegation system (EFL). Typically, seasons last from August to May, with each team playing 38 games (playing all 19 other teams both home and away). The majority of the games are held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world, with 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people watching it in 212 countries.
As of 2021, the EPL is ranked first in the UEFA coefficients, which are based on league results in European competitions over the previous five seasons.
With five English clubs having won a total of fourteen European trophies, the English Premier League has the second-highest number of UEFA Champions League/European Cup championships.
Since the Premier League’s debut in 1992, fifty clubs have competed: 48 English and two Welsh clubs.
Seven of them have won the title: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (5), Manchester City (5), Arsenal (3), Blackburn Rovers (1), Leicester City (1), and Liverpool (1).
Premier League Top 6 Clubs
Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur are six clubs that have been in the Premier League since its inception.
The top four teams in the EPL qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages the following season.
A fifth-place result in the Premier League will qualify a team for the UEFA Europa League, but if the FA Cup and/or League Cup winners qualify through their league position, the next best-placed teams who have not qualified for Europe will also be entered.
How many Premier League games are played?
The Premier League is made up of 20 teams. Each team plays the other twice (a double round-robin format) during the course of a season (from August to May), once at their home stadium and once at their opponents’.
A win earns three points, while a tie earns one point. A loss results in no points being awarded. Total points, goal differential, and goals scored are used to rank teams.
Teams are considered to be in the same position if they are still equal. A play-off match at a neutral venue determines rank if there is a tie for the title, relegation, or qualification to other competitions.
How many games are left in the Premier League in the 2021/2022 season?
In the 2021/2022 Premier League season, each side has only two matches remaining, which will be played between Sunday, May 15 to Sunday, May 22, respectively.
The following are the remaining Premier League fixtures:
Sunday 15 May
12:00 Spurs v Burnley
14:00 Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
14:00 Leeds v Brighton
14:00 Watford v Leicester
14:00 West Ham v Man City
14:00 Wolves v Norwich
16:30 Everton v Brentford
Monday 16 May
20:00 Newcastle v Arsenal
Tuesday 17 May
19:45 Southampton v Liverpool
Thursday 19 May
19:45 Everton v Crystal Palace
20:00 Aston Villa v Burnley
20:00 Chelsea v Leicester
Sunday 22 May
16:00 Arsenal v Everton
16:00 Brentford v Leeds
16:00 Brighton v West Ham
16:00 Burnley v Newcastle
16:00 Chelsea v Watford
16:00 Crystal Palace v Man Utd
16:00 Leicester v Southampton
16:00 Liverpool v Wolves
16:00 Man City v Aston Villa
16:00 Norwich v Spurs
Promotion and relegation: How it works
Between the Premier League and the EFL Championship, there is a promotion and relegation system.
The Premier League’s three lowest-placed teams are relegated to the Championship, and the Championship’s top two teams are promoted to the Premier League, with a third team promoted after a series of play-offs involving the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth-placed clubs.
In 1995, four teams were relegated from the league and only two were promoted, reducing the number of clubs from 22 to 20. The top-flight had just been enlarged to 22 teams for the 1991–92 season, the year before the Premier League was formed.
FIFA requested that at the start of the 2007–08 season, all major European leagues, including Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga, be reduced to 18 teams.
The Premier League retaliated by stating that they will fight any such cut. In the end, the 2007–08 season started with 20 clubs.
Premier League champions
2018/19 Manchester City
2017/18 Manchester City
2015/16 Leicester City
2013/14 Manchester City
2012/13 Manchester United
2011/12 Manchester City
2010/11 Manchester United
2008/09 Manchester United
2007/08 Manchester United
2006/07 Manchester United
2002/03 Manchester United
2000/01 Manchester United
1999/00 Manchester United
1998/99 Manchester United
1996/97 Manchester United
1995/96 Manchester United
1994/95 Blackburn Rovers
1993/94 Manchester United
1992/93 Manchester United