The English Premier League, the most-watched of all sports leagues globally, was established in 1992. The league, also dubbed the Premier League or the EPL, has some of the oldest and most acclaimed clubs in European and world football at large. Games in the premier league, such as the Manchester derby, are some of the biggest on the planet. English clubs and some Welsh outfits alike play in the EPL.
Specific platforms hold the rights to broadcast some or all games in the premier league.
How is the Premier League Played
The English Premier League, above the Championship, is the top level of English football and is played by 20 clubs, in a” double-round robin format.” Each footballing outfit in the EPL bitterly contests to win the league or attain a top 6 position. In the worst-case scenario, a club will fight to stay out of the relegation zone.
There are 38 premier league games in one footballing season, with each team confronting the others two times in the same period. The number of Premier League games reduced when the competition began to feature 20 clubs in 1995. Initially, it featured 22 teams.
If a club wins a football game, they earn three points; if they manage to pull a draw, they, likewise, their opponents get a single point. However, a loss means they get zero points, with all three points awarded to their opponents. An EPL team can win a match by a walkover if their opponents fail to show up for the game.
The EPL table ranks teams by cumulative points, goal difference, and total goals scored, with decreasing importance.
Promotion, Relegation and VAR
At the end of every footballing season, the last three clubs on the English Premier League table are relegated to a lower English division,” the championship.” Likewise, some three lower division teams are then promoted to contend in the English top flight.
The top four clubs qualify to play in the next season’s UEFA Champions League, which is the most reputed of all European competitions played at the club level. The Europa League winners and the fifth-positioned club will also qualify to compete at the European stage, albeit in the UEFA Europa League.
Premier League games only recently began to employ the VAR, fully known as the Video Assistant Referee. The 2019/2020 season had many controversial moments due to the use of the VAR, even though all clubs approved it.
Derby Games in the Premier League
Although there are many games played in the season, a number of premier league games hold a lot of prestige. These games include the Machester Derby mentioned above, played between Manchester United F.C and rivals Manchester City F.C.
Other examples of Derby games in the premier league are; the North London derby (Arsenal vs Tottenham), the Northwest Derby (Manchester United vs Liverpool), the Merseyside Derby (Everton vs Liverpool) and the London Derby (Arsenal vs Chelsea).
The number of Premier League games is bound to stay put at the current 38 per season, with some teams falling off and achieving promotion. However, all Premier League Games remain tightly contested and widely attended, arguably the most competitive league in the footballing sphere.