- "Premiership" redirects here, for a list of the Premier Leagues in the World, see Premier League.
|Country||England and Wales|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Most championships||Manchester United (13)|
The Premier League ('The Premiership' or 'Barclays Premier League') is the top league competition for English football. It is above the English Football League (EFL). For historic reasons, a few clubs from Wales compete in the English football system. One of these, Swansea City, has played in the Premier League since the 2011–12 season. Cardiff City also played in the Premier League in the 2013–14 season.
The competition started in 1992. Clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from The Football League (now the EFL), founded in 1888. The Premier League has since become the world's most watched sporting league. It is the world's most lucrative football league, with combined club revenues of £1.93 billion ($3.15bn) in 2007–08. It is also ranked first by UEFA. This rating is based on performances in European competitions over the last five years. In this English Premier League is ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A.
Clubs in the 2016–17 season
|First season in
in top division
seasons in the
|First season of
current spell in
|Burnleyc||1st in the Championship||1888–89||54||3||2016–17||2||1959–60|
|Evertona, b, c||11th||1888–89||114||25||1954–55||9||1986–87|
|Hull City||4th in the Championship||2008–09||5||5||2016–17||0||n/a|
|Manchester Uniteda, b||5th||1892–93||92||25||1975–76||20||2012–13|
|Middlesbrougha||2nd in the Championship||1902–03||61||15||2016–17||0||n/a|
|Stoke Cityb, c||9th||1888–89||61||9||2008–09||0||n/a|
|Swansea Cityb, d||12th||1981–82||7||5||2011–12||0||n/a|
|Tottenham Hotspura, b||3rd||1909–10||82||25||1978–79||2||1960–61|
|West Bromwich Albionc||14th||1888–89||80||11||2010–11||1||1919–20|
|West Ham United||7th||1923–24||59||21||2012–13||0||n/a|
a: Founding member of the Premier League
b: Never been relegated from Premier League
c: One of the original 12 Football League teams
d: Club based in Wales
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