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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 comes second after 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 known as the Football League first division, its name changed to the Football League Championship in the 2005-2005 season. The team that wins the Tournament gets the Football League Championship trophy. The Championship is regarded as the richest non-top flight division globally and it ranks seventh in Europe regarding wealth. On average about 17,578 fans go to the matches played in the championship, coming second after the German 2 Bundesliga. In the 2017-18 season, the team that won the championship was Newcastle United and the runners up were Brighton. There are three teams that are promoted to the Premier League each year from the English Championship. In the 2016 -17 English Championship standings, Reading and Huddersfield Town will have to play each other in a playoff to decide the team which 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 come third to the sixth and the team that wins is promoted to the top-tier football. The third-placed team plays against the team that’s ranked sixth while the team ranked fourth plays against the team that is in position five. The winners from each match play at the Wembley stadium against one another and the winner gets the Championship playoff trophy and is promoted to the Premier League. Currently, Ipswich Town hold the record for being in the championship the longest. They have been in the English Championship since the 2001-02 season after 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 twice against the rest of the teams in the league. One match is played in the other team’s stadium away and another the team’s home stadium. Each team plays 46 games in total 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. If the season is completed by at least two teams when they’re equal in most respects, they may be ranked in alphabetical order unless a playoff place, relegation or promotion is at stake.

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