ENGLAND TILL I DIE.
England till I die,
I’m England till I die,
I know I am I’m sure I am,
I’m England till I die…
|12||Brighton & Hove Albion||20||21|
|17||West Ham United||20||18|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||20||15|
About Barclays Premier League:
The Barclays Premier League is the top tier in English professional club football which was introduced in 1991 by the Football Association and it is currently the most-watched league in the world.
For football fans who are not aware regarding the format/rules of the Barclays Premier League, this should help you get up to speed and while you are here, check out our Premier League Standings to see where your favorite team is!
- The Premier League season is held every year, starting from August till May and there are a total of 20 participating teams in the division.
- The 20 teams will compete against each other on two occasions (home and away) throughout the course of the campaign, with every team playing 38 matches in total.
- The length of each game is 90 minutes, played between two halves of 45 minutes each.
- 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and none for a loss. (There is no extra time or penalties in the case of a tie)
- The team with the most points following the conclusion of the 38 games is declared the Champions, while the three teams with the least points are relegated to the Championship – the second tier of English football.
- There is a reward for finishing in the top four positions as well, with the four teams being awarded the chance to compete in the lucrative Champions League – the competition pitting the best teams across Europe.
- Finishing among the 5th to 7th positions also has an incentive, as the teams qualify for the Europa League – the second tier of European competition.
- If teams (vying for the title, Europe or against relegation) are tied on the same points, goal difference (goals scored minus goals conceded throughout the season) is used to decide who finishes higher in the league.
- If goal difference is also identical, the team that scored the higher number of goals finishes higher. And if goals scored turn out to be the same as well, the teams involved will contest a one-off game at a neutral venue to decide the winner.
- Every team is allowed to register a maximum of 25 players over the ages of 21, among whom at least eight should be home grown.
- Teams will only be able to buy/sell players during the transfer window which is usually a period between 9th June to 1st September and then 1st January to 31st January.
(There are various other rules regarding Financial Fair Play and homegrown rules but as a viewer, the above information is more than sufficient to enjoy the Premier League.)
The teams participating in this season’s Premier League:
- AFC Bournemouth
- Aston Villa
- Crystal Palace
- Hull City
- Leicester City
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Newcastle United
- Norwich City
- Stoke City
- Swansea City
- Tottenham Hotspur
- West Bromwich Albion
- West Ham United
With an estimated TV audience of around 4.7 billion, the Premier League has a far reaching global influence and the popularity of the league is set to increase even further in the coming years due to the boom of television and social media.
Which begs the question, why does the Premier League enjoy such a widespread popularity over other major European Leagues?
Well there are three basic theories. Firstly, it is due to great management from the English FA by realizing the importance of broadcast timings and placing the traditional weekend matches in mid afternoon – which has helped in maximizing television viewership in England as well as in Asia, Africa and North America.
- Secondly, the advantage that English football enjoys over other major European leagues is the language. The worldwide usage of the English language means that more viewers are attracted to the Premier League as opposed to the Spanish, Italian or German leagues.
- Thirdly and most important of all – The quality of the product. While many claim that the Premier League is not the most aesthetically pleasing league in the world, very few can doubt its competitiveness as no game is a foregone conclusion.
With its fast paced and high intensity matches The Premier League makes for compelling viewing and the atmosphere created during the matches makes the spine chill even if one is watching from the comfort of their living room.
Facts about the Premier League –
- Since its inception in 1992, 46 teams have competed in the Premier League but only five have won the title. Manchester United (13 titles), Arsenal (3 titles), Chelsea (3 titles), Manchester City (2 titles) and Blackburn Rovers (1 title)
- The all time leading scorer of the Premier League is Alan Shearer with 260 goals while the most appearance made by a single player is Ryan Giggs with 632 appearances.
- Arsenal went the entire 2003-04 season unbeaten and earned the nickname “The Invincibles.”
- Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) has won a record 13 Premier League titles as a manager while Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) holds the record as the player with 13 Premier League titles as well.
- No English manager has ever lifted the Premier League title.
- The oldest goal scorer in the Premier League was Teddy Sheringham at 40 years and 268 days while the youngest was James Vaughan at 16 years and 271 days.
- Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard and Asmir Begovic are the five goalkeepers to have scored in the Premier League so far.
- The most own goals scored by a single player in the Premier League is Richard Dunne at 12 own goals.
- Alan Shearer and Andy Cole have scored the most goals in a single campaign with 34 goals in a 42 games season while in a 38 game season - Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez hold the record with 31 goals.
- With 95 points in 2004/05, Chelsea claimed the most number of points in a single season while Derby County managed a meagre 11 points in the 2007/08 season – the lowest points tally ever recorded.
What Premier League Standings Provides:
- Real time Standings and Premier League Table
- Breaking Premier League News
- In-depth Match Previews and match analysis right from the pitch
- Detailed information of new players
- Week in Reviews
- Top Performers of every Premier League Weekend
- Transfer rumors, controversial news, and much more