The Premier League is an English professional league for men's association football clubs. It is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL).
English premiership started on 15th august 1992. In the same year, the first African player Peter Ndlovu joined the league for Coventry. The league held its first season in 1992–93 and was originally composed of 22 clubs. The first ever Premier League goal was scored by Brian Deane of Sheffield United in a 2–1 win against Manchester United.
In 1995, the number of clubs was reduced to 20. Besides English clubs, some of the Welsh clubs can also qualify to play. These 20 member clubs are the owners of the Premier League that is operated as a corporation. Each club is a shareholder, with one vote each on issues such as rule changes and contracts.
The clubs elect a chairman, chief executive, and board of directors to oversee the daily operations of the league. The current chairman is Sir Dave Richards, who was appointed in April 1999, and the chief executive is Richard Scudamore, appointed in November 1999.
During the course of a season (from August to May), these 20 clubs play twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 38 games. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored.
The main current sponsor of the Premier League is Barclays Bank. Thus it is officially known as the Barclays Premier League.
Television money had always been important. The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. For example, from 2013, the league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights.
The Premier League clubs are considered to be among the richest in the world. Seven clubs have been members of the Premier League for every season since its inception: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur.
In the first Premier League season the average player wage was £75,000 (about N20 million) per year; in 2008–09 it was £1.1 million (about N290 million).
Since 1888, a total of 23 clubs have been crowned champions of the English football system. Manchester United have been the most successful team, winning 13 titles. The current champions are Manchester City, who won the title in 2013–14.
Most Premiership appearances was made by Ryan Giggs: 632 and counting. Chelsea lead yellow card charts with over 1200 bookings.
Around 63% of the league’s players are non-British players.