The Competition Format of the Premier League

The 22 founding members of the Premier League are Aston Villa, Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Everton, Ipswich Town, Liverpool, Leeds United, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, and Wimbledon, of which only 7 were successful to be a part of the Premier league from its inception till today, which is a colossal achievement considering the highly competitive environment in and around the League.

The Premier League is made up of 20 clubs in its present structure. Each tournament begins with the preliminary matches. In these matches, every participant team is pitched with every other team in the League in a format known as the Robin round system. These face offs are further balanced with every team facing every other team twice, once on their home field (known as the home match) and once on their opponents home field (known as an ‘away match’). This system is known as the double round Robin system and results to 38 matches.

Each team is scored through the entire course of the Robin games, with 3 points for a win and a point for a draw. The Premier League scoring system does not include negative marking. The factors affecting the ranking of a team in the overall score card of the League are many and the major factors demining the rank of a team ascending order of their importance are: total number of goals scored, the goal difference (difference between the goals scored and the goals conceded) and the total number of points gathered.

The FC team scoring the most number of points at the end of an annual season is awarded the Primer League Trophy and become the League champions. In the event of a draw (equal number of points) in the end of a Premier League season, the goal difference is considered as a tie-breaker and if it fails then the total number of goals scored by each team is considered and if even that leads to a draw, then both the teams are placed on the same rank. In case of a tie for the Championship spot, a Championship play-off is arranged on neutral grounds and the winner is declared as the Premier League Champion.

The teams that remain in the last three positions (ranks 18, 19 and 20) get relegated to the Football League’s Championship group. On the other hand the first two teams and the play-off winners from the Championship group are promoted to the last three places of the Premier League. The rankings of the Premier league also determine which English clubs participate in the UEFA games.

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