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Football: The English Way

For decades, one of the greatest sports debates between Americans and other countries has revolved around one question: is it football or soccer? Regardless of what you call it, there is no denying the economical and psychological impact that the world's greatest football (or soccer if you must) league, the Premier League, has on society. Fans spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars each year to support the teams that their grandparents admired. Individuals from every corner of the world will fly to an entirely foreign country just to watch a 90 minute match between twenty-two men with a desire for glory. The hardcore fan's mental well-being will be determined by the success, or lack thereof, of their prized team throughout the season. So what makes this league so special? Why do people insist on watching a sports league not even in their own country? What's important to know on a weekly basis? That's what we are here for.

Making Up the Premier League

The Premier League consists of 20 teams every season. The difference, however, is that it does not have the same teams each consecutive year like the NFL or MLB may have. English football has a tiered system that consists of 7 leagues. The Premier League sits at the top of the pyramid and has all the best teams within a given year. While sports like baseball and soccer in the United States have minor leagues as well, English football has an interchanging system. This means that teams are able to climb up the ladder and fight to be in the best league in England, the Premier League. With teams moving up the ladder, teams must fall down to replace them, or in football terms, they must be relegated to lower leagues. In the current Premier League system, there are benefits to being a top 6 or 7 team. Top teams reap increases in revenue, star players, and the ability to play in European competitions (a conversation for a different post). On the other side of the Premier League table is the relegation zone, a place where every Prem team fears to be. The three worst performing teams of the season after having played 38 games (2 games against every other team within the league) will find themselves in the relegation zone, and ultimately packing their bags and moving to the Championship (second tier league in England). This drop in leagues can not only hurt the reputation of a team, but it can put them in a financial situation that is impossible to come out from. Teams that are relegated are prone to losing their best players, financial revenue from streaming rights and competition earnings, and a chance to increase their fanbase from the casual viewer. The relegation zone prevents teams from giving up on the season halfway through, which creates drama on both sides of the Premier League table.

As mentioned, each club, or team as many understand it, must square off with every other club within the league twice in the season- once at home and once at the opposing stadium. If a team wins, they are awarded 3 points. If a team loses, they receive 0 points. If the game is tied at the end of the allocated period, the game will end and both teams will be awarded 1 point. There is no overtime in English football. At the end of the season and all teams have played their 38 games, the team with the most points based on the system above is crowned the champion of the Premier League. The three teams with the worst points will be relegated to the Championship for the next season. The top three teams in the Championship (two of which are awarded via points earned during the season and the third having won the Championship playoff structure) moves up to the Premier League for the next season. This leaves little room for mistakes throughout the season if a club wishes to remain in the top tier of English football. 

The structure of the Premier League, alongside other top football leagues across Europe, is one to ensure that teams do not become complacent and must fight for their spot each year. This system creates a dual story each season- one of glory and one of survival. 

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