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A Guide to the English Championship League

The English championship often called the championship, in short, is the division that is ranked the best in the English Football League. It ranks second following the premier league in the English Football system. Each year, the teams that finish in the top three in the Championship are promoted to the Premier League while those who come last and are relegated to League one.

Formerly referred to as the Football League first division, it changed its name to the Football League Championship in the 2005-2005 season. The team that wins the Championship receives the Football League Championship trophy. The Championship is regarded as the richest non-top flight division globally plus it ranks seventh in Europe regarding riches. On average about 17,578 enthusiasts attend the matches played in the tournament, coming second after the German 2 Bundesliga. In the 2017-18 season, the team that as first in the championship was Newcastle United and the runners up were Brighton. You will find three teams which get promotion to the Premier League every year in the English Championship. In the 2016-17 English Championship standings, Reading and Huddersfield Town will have to face off in a playoff to decide the team that will be promoted to the Premier League to join Newcastle United and Brighton. The playoffs is a knock-out competition played by the teams that rank third to six, and the team that wins is promoted to the top-tier football. The third-placed team plays against the team that’s is sixth while the team ranked fourth plays from the team ranked fifth. The winners from the two matches play at the Wembley stadium against one another, and the winner is promoted to the Premier League and gets the Championship play-off trophy. Currently, Ipswich Town hold the record for being in the championship the longest. They’ve been in the English Championship since the 2001-02 season when they were relegated from the Premier League.

The season for the English Championship goes from August to May and 24 teams play in the league. Each team plays two times against the other teams in the league. One match is played in the team’s home stadium and the other away at the opposing team’s stadium. Each team plays a total of 46 games per season. When a team wins, they’re given three points; they get zero points for losing plus if they draw one point. The ranking in the league is determined by the points gained. The ranking is based on the goals they scored in that season in case teams tie in a particular standing. When two teams are identical in all respects after the season’s end, they are ranked in alphabetical order unless a play-off place, relegation or promotion is at stake.