The Premier League, which is often referred to as the ‘English Premier League’, is the highest level football league in England. It hosts 20 clubs, 3 of which are relegated from the bottom of the table each season, and at the top teams fight for the title, Champions League, and Europa League places.
The league was announced in 1992 as the ‘FA Premier League and has had a few sponsors since, including the most popular sponsor – Barclays in 2004 when the league was known as the ‘Barclays Premier League.
The premier league is known in many football fans’ eyes to be the most competitive league in the world, Whilst also remaining to be the richest league in the world. Over the years 50 different teams have played in the Premier League. The most recent being Brentford F.C in the 2021/22 season.
|Stadium||Year Opened||Capacity||Ave Attendance||Record Attendance||Record Attendance Match|
|1884||53,394||53,053||61,905||Liverpool v Wolves (1952)|
Norwich City FC
|1935||27,359||26,014||43,984||Norwich City v Leicester (1963)|
|2020||17,250||16,479||Brentford-Arsenal 13th August 2021|
|1897||37,792||34,033||57,892||Leeds v Sunderland (1967)|
Brighton & Hove Albion
|2011||31,800||30,464||30,682||Brighton v Liverpool (2019)|
|1892||39,414||38,780||78,299||Everton v Liverpool (1948)|
|King Power Stadium
Leicester City FC
|2002||32,261||31,851||32,242||Leicester v Sunderland (2015)|
West Ham United
|2011||60,000||58,336||59,870||West Ham vs Man City (Aug 2019)|
|1889||32,050||31,030||61,315||Wolves v Liverpool (1939)|
Manchester United FC
|1910||76,000||74,879||76,962||Wolves vs Grimsby Town (1939)|
Crystal Palace FC
|1924||25,486||25,455||51,801||Crystal Palace v Burnley (1979)|
|St James’ Park
Newcastle United FC
|1892||52,305||51,121||68,386||Newcastle v Chelsea (1930)|
|2001||32,505||30,138||32,363||Southampton v Coventry (2012)|
|1877||41,837||40,437||82,905||Cheslea v Arsenal (1935)|
|2006||60,704||59,899||60,161||Arsenal v Man United (2007)|
Manchester City FC
|2003||55,097||54,130||54,693||Manchester City v Leicester City (2016)|
|Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
|2019||62,850||57,342||61,104||Tottenham v Chelsea (2019)|
|1883||21,944||20,534||54,755||Burnley v Huddersfield (1924)|
|1922||22,200||20,016||34,099||Watford v Man United (1969)|
Aston Villa FC
|1897||42,095||36,029||76,588||Aston Villa v Derby County (1946)|
Premier League Stadiums
Premier League stadiums have a pretty big impact on the way the match is played since every pitch has a different style. Most of the grounds tend to have the traditional ‘English’ shape which is rectangular that stands steep and tight to the pitch.
Sometimes other stadiums have different structures and have more of a modern bowl structure which is more popular since they can be used for multiple events such as concerts. Following the Hillsborough disaster, all of the top league stadiums must now be all-seater venues.
Since the 2021-22 season football has been played in 58 different stadiums in the league, each one has its own charm and unique features. The top stadiums have come a long way over the years most of them have had millions of pounds invested into them, Wembley stadium being the most expensive league stadium being worth £1 billion.
|Stadium||Season Ticket Price (Adult)||Season Ticket Price (Conc)||Season Ticket Price (Junior)||Match Ticket Price (Adult)||Match Ticket Price (Conc)|
|Arsenal||£1014 – £2013||£437 – £437||£340 – £340||£26 – £95.5||£11.25 – £95.5|
|Aston Villa||£370 – £684||£150 – £426||£70 – £288||£20 – £50||£10 – £32|
|Brentford||£419 – £740||£309 – £580||£74 – £580||£35 – £45||£25 – £35|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||£545 – £860||£370 – £530||£90 – £365||£35 – £52||£26 – £36|
|Burnley FC||£319 – £650||£235 – £450||£95 – £270||£30 – £50||£22.5 – £40|
|Chelsea||£595 – £940||£285 – £450||£285 – £450||£30 – £95||£18 – £27.5|
|Crystal Palace||£408.32 – £701.05||£308.84 – £459.47||£250.11 – £355.26||£40 – £58||£28 – £45|
|Everton||£420 – £565||£299 – £299||£95 – £149||£40 – £50||£35 – £35|
|Leeds United||£508 – £710||£400 – £540||£72 – £194||£29 – £47||£23 – £31|
|Leicester City||£365 – £850||£270 – £700||£30 – £425||£27 – £53||£25 – £46|
|Liverpool||£685 – £869||£514 – £652||£165 – £165||£9 – £59||£9 – £44|
|Manchester City||£299 – £1330||£200 – £1000||£140 – £665||£15 – £54||£10 – £45|
|Manchester United||£532 – £950||£266 – £380||£190 – £190||£36 – £58||£22 – £28|
|Newcastle United||£417 – £811||£340 – £667||£86 – £327||£32 – £43||£26 – £34|
|Norwich City||£569.5 – £580.5||£375.5 – £414.5||£92.75 – £149.75||£38 – £48||£28 – £38|
|Southampton||£399 – £899||£350 – £829||£150 – £899||£15 – £69||£15 – £69|
|Watford||£438 – £567||£260 – £418||£38 – £156||£30 – £42||£18 – £28|
|West Ham United||£320 – £1200||£160 – £1200||£99 – £1200||£30 – £80||£18 – £80|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||£549 – £733||£360 – £476||£85 – £180||£29 – £46||£17 – £26.5|
About the league
The premier league has been a long-standing rebranding of 104-year-old English football first division, it was founded in 1992 and is now the richest football league in the world earning its 20 shareholders which are the teams that are in the league hundreds of millions each year.
Teams like Manchester United have a net worth close to £5 billion which is currently the highest-earning team in the premier league. The league season runs from mid-August to mid-May and each team plays home and away which gives 38 games in total.
The top 4 clubs each year will qualify for the UEFA champions league and the club that placed 5th will automatically qualify for the Europa League. The teams that end up in the bottom are replaced by the top two teams that won the championship and the winner of the championship playoffs,
The premier league has had many sponsors such as Barclays since 2001 and Carling since 1993, Manchester United are the record winners of the premier league since 1992 having won the league 13 times.
|Team||Year Founded||Nickname||Team Owner|
|Arsenal||1886||The Gunners||Kroenke Sports & Entertainment|
|Aston Villa||1874||The Villans, The Villa, Villa||Nassef Sawiris, Wes Edens|
|Brentford||1889||The Bees, The Reds||Matthew Benham|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||1901||The Seagulls, The Albion||Tony Bloom|
|Burnley FC||1882||The Clarets||ALK Capital|
|Chelsea||1905||The Blues, The Pensioners||Roman Abramovich|
|Crystal Palace||1905||The Eagles, The Glaziers||Steve Parish, Joshua Harris, David S. Blitzer, Jeremy Hosking, Martin Long, Stephen Browett|
|Everton||1878||The Blues, The Toffees, The People’s Club||Farhad Moshiri|
|Leeds United||1919||The Whites, United, The Peacocks||Aser Group Holding|
|Leicester City||1884||The Foxes||King Power International|
|Liverpool||1892||The Reds||Fenway Sports Group|
|Manchester City||1880||The Citizens, City, The Sky Blues||City Football Group|
|Manchester United||1902||The Red Devils||Manchester United plc|
|Newcastle United||1892||The Magpies, Geordies||Mike Ashley|
|Norwich City||1902||The Canaries, Yellows||Delia Smith & Michael Wynn-Jones|
|Southampton||1885||The Saints||Gao Jisheng|
|Watford||1881||The Hornets, The Golden Boys, Yellow Army, The ‘Orns||Gino Pozzo|
|West Ham United||1895||The Irons, The Hammers, The Academy Of Football||David Sullivan & David Gold|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||1877||Wolves, The Wanderers||Fosun Internationa|
The history of the premier league
The very first division of the league was founded in 1888 by the then director of Aston Villa, making it the oldest professional football league in the world. At the time no teams from London were included in the league it was predominantly a northern league the first London team didn’t join the league until 17 years later.
The league was actually suspended for the first 4 years during the First World War and was suspended for a further 7 seasons during the second world war, the top league teams started to play in Europe and by the ’80s the English top division had created a name for themselves overseas by producing the best and most successful teams on the continent.
In 1992 all of the first division teams resigned to join the new premier league since the league would now be able to negotiate their own TV deals and sponsorship arrangements since they convinced them it would enable England’s top clubs to compete across Europe.
Sir Alex Fergurson is the most successful manager to date, with 13 league titles whilst also being the longest-serving manager. He has been manager of Manchester United since 1986 where he then later retired in 2013 after 27 years of management.
All in all the premier league is the best football league in England, with some of the highest-ranking players and teams.
They have been around for over 100 years and have had over 50 clubs join them in that time, making them the biggest football league In the world.
They are continuing to grow as a league and will continue growing for many years to come.
- Arsenal – Emirates Stadium
- Aston Villa – Villa Park
- Brighton and Hove Albion – Amex Stadium
- Burnley – Turf Moor
- Chelsea – Stamford Bridge
- Crystal Palace – Selhurst Park
- Everton – Goodison Park
- Fulham - Craven Cottage
- Leeds United – Elland Road
- Leicester City – King Power Stadium
- Liverpool – Anfield
- Manchester City – Etihad Stadium
- Manchester United – Old Trafford
- Newcastle United – St James Park
- Premiership Grounds
- Sheffield United – Bramall Lane
- Southampton – St Marys Stadium
- Tottenham Hotspur – White Hart Lane
- West Bromwich Albion – The Hawthorns
- Wolverhampton Wanderers – Molineux