How does the Premier League work?

Football might not be the UK’s national sport – that particular honour falls to Cricket – but it is without a doubt the most popular, making it a regular topic of conversation at work and social gatherings.

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Not knowing anything about football can sometimes feel like a real handicap for your social life, so here is a quick primer on how Barclay’s Premier League works.

Which teams are in the Premier League?

Since its establishment in 1992, 47 teams have played in the Premier League, from big names like Arsenal to smaller teams like Barnsley FC, who have played a total of one season in the Premier league. Despite being regularly referred to as the English Premier League, Welsh teams that compete in the English leagues also take part.

The league is dominated by the “big four” teams of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea. Between them, the big four have won 23 of the 25 seasons, with only Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers winning one each to join them.

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How does the League work?

The Premier League is made up of the top 20 teams in the English league system. Each season, the teams play each other team twice – once at home and once away – making for a total of 38 games per team each season.

The teams get three points for a win and one for a draw, which gives them their place in the season’s league table. Teams are ranked on points, then goal difference, then goals scored in case of any ties. At the end of the season, the bottom three teams are relegated to the Football League Championship.

What about player kits?

Alongside all the other rules, the Premier League has an extensive and ever-changing list of regulations governing the kits the players wear, which all football kit suppliers need to keep in mind. These regulations include which kit the players can wear and rules regarding how much advertising can be displayed, right down to the size of the logos. Each team has three kits, which can be seen on sites such as

The Premier League is only the start. The top teams from the Premier League get to play in the UEFA championship every four years, and there are plenty of teams in lower leagues if you want to support someone local.