Premier League Table
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The 20 Premier League teams compete in a points-based league system each playing 38 games across the league season. Each team plays the other opposing 19 teams twice in a season, one at their home ground, and a second fixture later in the season in an away game at their opponent’s ground.
Like in other world football leagues a win is worth 3 points, a draw where neither team wins the match earns each team 1 point, and a loss will see your team going home with nothing.
The Premier League table can be split into four separate sections indicated on the image by different colours.
Source: Wikipedia, Premier League
The Champions League
The top green section indicates the top finishing teams that qualify for Europe’s elite pan-European football tournament, the Champions League. The Champions League plays host to the teams who finish at the top of some of Europe’s best leagues. Qualification to the Champions League is extremely lucrative and has thus made competition for these places extremely competitive in recent years.
The Europa League
The second tier of teams ranging from places 5-7, indicated in blue on the image qualify for Europe’s second competition, the Europa League. Opinions are mixed when it comes to the Europa League but there are always good teams involved as well as today’s and tomorrow’s talent to be on the lookout for.
Qualification to the Champions League is extremely lucrative and Liverpool came close to clinching it last season
Premier League Safety
The next section of the Premier League table range from places 8-17 indicated in grey. Teams finishing the season in these spots neither qualify for European football competitions the following season, nor suffer relegation into the second tier of English football, the Championship.
Premier League Relegation
The final section of the Premier League table are the relegation places indicated in red. The three teams that finish in these bottom places with the least points in the league at the end of the season are relegated to the next tier of English football, the Championship. Three more teams from the second tier of English football are promoted in their place for the following season. Relegation is not only considered an embarrassment for many teams, but can be disastrous financially. Most of the competition in the places immediately above the relegation spots is to not suffer relegation itself and in addition to the battle for the trophy itself and European places, the battle to stay in the Premier League and avoid relegation brings an added tension to the league towards the end of the season.