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The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays English Premier League for sponsorship reasons) comprises the top 20 football clubs in the league system of English football. It was created in 1992.


The competition

There are 20 clubs in the Premier League. During the course of a season each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 38 games. At the end of each season, the three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Football League Championship, and the top two teams from the Championship together with the winner of a play-off involving the 3rd to 6th placed clubs are promoted in their place.

Currently, the top four teams in the Premiership qualify for the Champions League. The top two teams directly enter the group phase. The third and fourth placed teams enter the competition at the third qualifying round, and must survive a two-legged knockout tie in order to enter the group phase.


Since 1993, the Premier League has been sponsored. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. So far, all the sponsors have referred to the competition as the 'Premiership'. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

Premier League clubs, 2004-05

(* Played in every
Premier League season)
First season in
top division of
English football
First season of
current spell in
top division of
English football
Arsenal* 1904-05 1919-20
Aston Villa* 1888-89 1988-89
Birmingham City 1894-95 2002-03
Blackburn Rovers 1888-89 2001-02
Bolton Wanderers 1888-89 2001-02
Charlton Athletic 1936-37 2000-01
Chelsea* 1907-08 1989-90
Crystal Palace 1969-70 2004-05
Everton* 1888-89 1954-55
Fulham 1949-50 2001-02
Liverpool* 1894-95 1962-63
Manchester City 1899-1900 2002-03
Manchester United* 1892-93 1975-76
Middlesbrough 1902-03 1998-99
Newcastle United 1898-99 1993-94
Norwich City 1971-72 2004-05
Portsmouth 1927-28 2003-04
Southampton* 1966-67 1978-79
Tottenham Hotspur* 1909-10 1978-79
West Bromwich Albion 1888-89 2004-05

Former Premier League Members

First season in
most recent spell in
top division of
English football
Final season of
most recent spell in
top division of
English football
Barnsley 1997-98 1997-98
Coventry City 1992-93 2000-01
Derby County 1996-97 2001-02
Ipswich Town 2000-01 2001-02
Leeds United 1992-93 2003-04
Leicester City 2003-04 2003-04
Nottingham Forest 1998-99 1998-99
Oldham Athletic 1992-93 1993-94
Queens Park Rangers 1992-93 1995-96
Sheffield United 1992-93 1993-94
Sheffield Wednesday 1992-93 1999-2000
Swindon Town 1993-94 1993-94
West Ham United 1993-94 2002-03
Wimbledon 1992-93 1999-2000
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2003-04 2003-04


Past Premier League winners

Past winners of the Premier League
Season Winner Total wins* Remarks Runner-up
1992-93 Manchester United 1 (8) First Premier League winners Aston Villa
1993-94 Manchester United 2 (9) Also won the FA Cup Blackburn Rovers
1994-95 Blackburn Rovers 1 (3) First league championship since 1914 Manchester United
1995-96 Manchester United 3 (10) Also won the FA Cup Newcastle United
1996-97 Manchester United 4 (11)   Newcastle United
1997-98 Arsenal 1 (11) Also won the FA Cup Manchester United
1998-99 Manchester United 5 (12) Also won the FA Cup,
UEFA Champions League
1999-2000 Manchester United 6 (13)   Arsenal
2000-01 Manchester United 7 (14)   Arsenal
2001-02 Arsenal 2 (12) Also won the FA Cup Liverpool
2002-03 Manchester United 8 (15)   Arsenal
2003-04 Arsenal 3 (13) Undefeated in League Chelsea
* Premier League championships (total English football championships)
Up to 1992, the winners of the First Division of The Football League were the English football champions.
Liverpool hold the overall record with 18 championships.

Top scorers

By season

Season Top scorer, club Goals
1992-93* Teddy Sheringham, Tottenham Hotspur 22
1993-94* Andy Cole, Newcastle United 34
1994-95* Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers 34
1995-96 Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers 31
1996-97 Alan Shearer, Newcastle United 25
1997-98 Chris Sutton, Blackburn Rovers
Dion Dublin, Coventry City
Michael Owen, Liverpool
1998-99 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Leeds United
Michael Owen, Liverpool
Dwight Yorke, Manchester United
1999-2000 Kevin Phillips, Sunderland 30
2000-01 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Chelsea 23
2001-02 Thierry Henry, Arsenal 24
2002-03 Ruud van Nistelrooy, Manchester United 25
2003-04 Thierry Henry, Arsenal 30
* For the first 3 seasons of the Premier League (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95)
there were 22 clubs and therefore 42 games played by each club. For all
seasons since there have been 20 clubs and therefore 38 games played.


Through the end of the 2003-04 season.

Rank Player Goals
1 Alan Shearer 243
2 Andy Cole 163
3 Les Ferdinand 149
4 Robbie Fowler 143
5 Teddy Sheringham 139
6 Dwight Yorke 120
7 Michael Owen 118
8 Ian Wright 113
9 Thierry Henry 112
10 Dion Dublin 111

Executive officers

  • Chief Executive: Richard Scudamore

Worldwide reach

A Norwegian take on FA Premier League team names

The Premier League is one of the most cosmopolitan and widely watched national sporting leagues in the world. Over 260 foreign players compete in the league, and 101 stars from England's domestic leagues competed in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. It is widely watched overseas, with matches being shown in over 150 countries and reaching over 450 million people worldwide. Premier League teams such as Manchester United and star players such as David Beckham and Michael Owen have become worldwide sporting icons. The Premier League is particularly popular in Scandinavia, with ferry operators offering "football ferries" to Norwegian football fans wishing to see their favourite teams in action.

External links

  • FA Premier League official site (http://www.premierleague.com/)
  • The FA official site (http://www.thefa.com/)
  • Original and Biggest English Premier League Site (http://www.4thegame.com/)

FA Premier League 2004/05

Arsenal | Aston Villa | Birmingham City | Blackburn Rovers | Bolton Wanderers | Charlton Athletic | Chelsea | Crystal Palace | Everton | Fulham | Liverpool | Manchester City | Manchester United | Middlesbrough | Newcastle United | Norwich City | Portsmouth | Southampton | Tottenham Hotspur | West Bromwich Albion

FA Premier League seasons

1992-93 | 1993-94 | 1994-95 | 1995-96 | 1996-97 | 1997-98 | 1998-99
1999-00 | 2000-01 | 2001-02 | 2002-03 | 2003-04 | 2004-05 edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:FA_Premier_League&action=edit)

Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) List of
Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) Records FA Vase
English football league system FA NLS Cup

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