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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 Chelsea (2016-17)
TV Sky Sports
BT Sport (live matches)
Sky Sports
BBC (highlights)
Website Official website
Football current event 2016-17

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.

2016–17 season

The following 20 clubs will compete in the Premier League during the 2016–17 season.

Club Position
in 2015–16
First season in
top division
Seasons
in top
division
Seasons
in Premier
League
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top
division
titles
Last top
division title
AFC Bournemouthb &0000000000000016.00000016th 2015–16 2 2 2015–16 0 n/a
Arsenala, b &0000000000000002.0000002nd 1904–05 100 25 1919–20 13 2003–04
Burnleyc &0000000000000021.0000001st in the Championship 1888–89 54 3 2016–17 2 1959–60
Chelseaa, b &0000000000000010.00000010th 1907–08 82 25 1989–90 5 2014–15
Crystal Palacea &0000000000000015.00000015th 1969–70 17 8 2013–14 0 n/a
Evertona, b, c &0000000000000011.00000011th 1888–89 114 25 1954–55 9 1986–87
Hull City &0000000000000024.0000004th in the Championship 2008–09 5 5 2016–17 0 n/a
Leicester City &0000000000000001.0000001st 1908–09 48 11 2014–15 1 2015–16
Liverpoola, b &0000000000000008.0000008th 1894–95 102 25 1962–63 18 1989–90
Manchester Citya &0000000000000004.0000004th 1899–1900 88 20 2002–03 4 2013–14
Manchester Uniteda, b &0000000000000005.0000005th 1892–93 92 25 1975–76 20 2012–13
Middlesbrougha &0000000000000022.0000002nd in the Championship 1902–03 61 15 2016–17 0 n/a
Southamptona &0000000000000006.0000006th 1966–67 40 18 2012–13 0 n/a
Stoke Cityb, c &0000000000000009.0000009th 1888–89 61 9 2008–09 0 n/a
Sunderland &0000000000000017.00000017th 1890–91 86 16 2007–08 6 1935–36
Swansea Cityb, d &0000000000000012.00000012th 1981–82 8 6 2011–12 0 n/a
Tottenham Hotspura, b &0000000000000003.0000003rd 1909–10 82 25 1978–79 2 1960–61
Watford &0000000000000013.00000013th 1982–83 14 4 2015–16 0 n/a
West Bromwich Albionc &0000000000000014.00000014th 1888–89 80 11 2010–11 1 1919–20
West Ham United &0000000000000007.0000007th 1923–24 59 21 2012–13 0 n/a

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; examples include Paul Hart at Portsmouth and David Pleat at Tottenham Hotspur.

The league's longest-serving manager was Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of Manchester United from November 1986 until his retirement at the end of the 2012–13 season, meaning that he was manager for all of the first 21 seasons of the Premier League. Arsène Wenger is now the league's longest-serving current manager, having been in charge of Arsenal in the Premier League since 1996.

No English manager has won the Premier League; the eight managers to have won the title comprise two Scots: Alex Ferguson (Manchester United, 13 wins) and Kenny Dalglish (Blackburn Rovers, one win), a Frenchman (Arsène Wenger, Arsenal, three wins), a Portuguese (José Mourinho, Chelsea, three wins), a Chilean (Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City, one win) and three Italians (Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea, Roberto Mancini, Manchester City, and Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City, one win each).

The current managers in the Premier League are:

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
Flag of France Wenger, ArseneArsène Wenger Arsenal 1 October 1996 &0000000631152000.00000020 years, 0 days
England Howe, EddieEddie Howe AFC Bournemouth 12 October 2012 &0000000126230400.0000004 years, 0 days
England Dyche, SeanSean Dyche Burnley 30 October 2012 &0000000126230400.0000004 years, 0 days
Flag of Wales Hughes, MarkMark Hughes Stoke City 30 May 2013 &0000000126230400.0000004 years, 0 days
Flag of Spain Karanka, AitorAitor Karanka Middlesbrough 13 November 2013 &0000000094672800.0000003 years, 0 days
Flag of Argentina Pochettino, MauricioMauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur 27 May 2014 &0000000094672800.0000003 years, 0 days
Flag of Wales Pulis, TonyTony Pulis West Bromwich Albion 1 January 2015 &0000000063115200.0000002 years, 0 days
England Pardew, AlanAlan Pardew Crystal Palace 2 January 2015 &0000000063115200.0000002 years, 0 days
Croatia Bilic, SlavenSlaven Bilić West Ham United 9 June 2015 &0000000063115200.0000002 years, 0 days
Flag of Italy Ranieri, ClaudioClaudio Ranieri Leicester City 13 July 2015 &0000000063115200.0000002 years, 0 days
Germany Klopp, JürgenJürgen Klopp Liverpool 8 October 2015 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of Portugal Mourinho, JoséJosé Mourinho Manchester United 27 May 2016 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Netherlands Koeman, RonaldRonald Koeman Everton 14 June 2016 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of France Puel, ClaudeClaude Puel Southampton 30 June 2016 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of Italy Conte, AntonioAntonio Conte Chelsea 1 July 2016 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of Spain Guardiola, PepPep Guardiola Manchester City 1 July 2016 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of Italy Mazzarri, WalterWalter Mazzarri Watford 1 July 2016 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
England Mike Phelan Hull City 22 July 2016 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Scotland Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes Sunderland 23 July 2016 &0000000031557600.0000001 year, 0 days
Flag of the United States Bradley, BobBob Bradley Swansea City 3 October 2016 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 days

2016–17 Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Chelsea  (C) 38 30 3 5 85 33+52 93 Champions League group stage
2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 26 8 4 86 26+60 86
4 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 80 39+41 78
3 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 78 42+36 76 Champions League play-off round
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 77 44+33 075a Europa League group stage
6 Manchester United 38 18 15 5 54 29+25 069b Champions League group stage
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 32 44−12 61 Europa League third qualifying round
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 41 48−7 46
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 55 67−12 46
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 12 9 17 43 51−8 45
11 West Ham United 38 12 9 17 47 64−17 45
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 48 63−15 44
13 Stoke City 38 11 11 16 41 56−15 44
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 50 63−13 41
15 Swansea City 38 12 5 21 45 70−25 41
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 39 55−16 40
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 68−28 40
18 Hull City  (R) 38 9 7 22 37 80−43 34
Relegation to
2017–18 Football League Championship
19 Middlesbrough  (R) 38 5 13 20 27 53−26 28
20 Sunderland  (R) 38 6 6 26 29 69−40 24

Source: Barclays Premier League

a: Arsenal qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2016–17 FA Cup.
b: Manchester United qualified for the Champions League group stage by winning the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League. They also qualified for the Europa League group stage based on their league position, but that spot was vacated without replacement per UEFA regulations, and their spot in the Europa League third qualifying round as winners of the 2016–17 EFL Cup was passed down the 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.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated.

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 () 83 (25)
03-04 Arsenal (2nd) 90 (26)
04-05 Chelsea (1st) 95 (29)
05-06 Chelsea (2nd) 91 (29)
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 (TBD) 81 (23)
16-17 Chelsea (11th) 93 (30)

Top scorers

As of 2 October 2016.
Rank Name Years Goals Apps Ratio
1 England Alan Shearer 1992–20062604410.59
2 England Wayne Rooney 2002–1944410.44
3 England Andrew Cole 1992–20081874140.45
4 England Frank Lampard 1995–20151776090.29
5 Flag of France Thierry Henry 1999–2007, 20121752580.68
6 England Robbie Fowler 1993–20091633790.43
7 England Michael Owen 1996–2004, 2005–131503260.46
8 England Les Ferdinand 1992–20051493510.42
9 England Jermain Defoe 2001–2003, 2004–2014, 2015–1474380.34
10 England Teddy Sheringham 1992–20071464180.35

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-four players have reached the 100-goal mark. Since the first Premier League season in 1992–93, 14 different players from 10 different 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 2016-17

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Premier League seasons

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Premier League match days 2016-17

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