A Beginner’s Guide to the Premier League
It is hard to compare how leagues work in world football to other sports but I’ll do my best. As always, with any sport, you will find different variations of league formats from one country to another. Mainly, we will deal with the English Premier League, but if you have questions about another league, we would be happy to answer them as well.
Why the Premier League?
This is a huge bonus of watching the Premier League in the States. NBC Sports airs EVERY either on NBC or on their new paid subscription. Matches are primarily on Saturday and Sunday morning and rarely too early. If you live on the west coast, like me, you’ll have your occasional 4:30am match, but that’s like twice a year. More often matches are 7:00am PST or later.
There are four leagues that most world football fans would consider to be the best. The Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany), and Serie A (Italy). These are the four leagues where the best players in the world play (apart from a few teams from France). The reason that most Premier League fans will give you for watching the Premier League is the level of competition throughout the league. In other leagues, it tends to be the best 2-4 teams and then 16 others.
There are 20 teams in the Premier League every year. It is not hyperbole to say that any team can win on any day. Though, like any other sport in the world, there are teams that tend to win more often, have better players, and play more quality football.
The Premier League is the only league in the world that gives you all three of these. As the sport is constantly growing in the States, it is likely that access will improve, which will drive revenue, and players transfers to other leagues may change this situation. But as for now, the Premier League is the highest combination of access, quality, and competition.
Traditionally there are 6 clubs in the Premier League that are perennially dominate and almost always finish towards the top of the table. Three in the southern England: Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal and three in the north: Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City.
Liverpool previously were the King's of England's top flight having won 18 league titles in the clubs history. Sadly, we have been on an unbelievable run on of 27 years without being crowned Champions. With Klopp at the helm, and the team and talent we have in place, many feel the glory days are within reach of returning to the Red half of Merseyside. As a club built on greatness and historic folklore, Liverpool and the Premier league trophy will be reunited. One day. Walk On!