The Premier League is an English professional league for men's association football clubs.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, nicknamed The World Game or The Beautiful Game, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball.
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At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition.
The English football league system, also known as the football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for men's association football clubs in England, with six teams from Wales and one from Guernsey also competing.
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Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League.
In sports leagues, promotion and relegation is a process where teams are transferred between two divisions based on their performance for the completed season.
Welsh clubs that compete in the English football league system can also qualify.
The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders.
A shareholder or stockholder is an individual or institution that legally owns a share of stock in a public or private corporation.
Seasons run from August to May.
Teams play 38 matches each, totalling 380 matches in the season.
Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; others during weekday evenings.
It is colloquially known as the Premiership and outside the UK it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League.
The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, which was originally founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal.
The deal was worth £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013–14, with BSkyB and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively.
BT Group plc is a holding company which owns British Telecommunications plc, a British multinational telecommunications services company with head offices in London, United Kingdom.
Sky UK Limited is a telecommunications company which serves the United Kingdom.
The league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights.
In 2014/15, teams were apportioned revenues of £1.6 billion.
The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people.
In the 2014–15 season, the average Premier League match attendance exceeded 36,000, second highest of any professional football league behind the Bundesliga's 43,500.
Most stadium occupancies are near capacity.
The Premier League ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.
The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia.
In European football, the UEFA coefficients are statistics used for ranking and seeding teams in club and international competitions.
While 47 clubs have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only six have won the title: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City.
Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.
The current champions are Leicester City, who won the title in 2015–16.