A Guide to the English League Championship

MatthewA By MatthewA, 10th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Championship is the second tier of English soccer. This division includes relegated teams from the Premier League, so is effectively the gates to one of the world's best leagues. In this division there are a number of teams knocking at the door of the Premiership.

A Guide to the English League Championship

This league was formerly Division One. But then it was further revamped as the Championship, although the division itself remains very much the same. Historically, Man City have won the record number of titles in the league with seven overall.

The Championship has a larger league structure than most. This is a division that includes a total of 24 teams. As such, each of the teams play a total of 46 games over a season. That's quite a large number, so 100 point totals are within reach of the highest finishing sides.

The standard three points for win and one for draw are allocated to teams in the division. If teams finish level on points at the end of the season, the side with the higher goal difference finishes higher. If the goal difference of the sides is the same, then head-to-head records in the league are compared.

The battle for promotion to the Premiership can include a variety of the league's teams. As three teams go down from the Premier League, three promotion spots are up for grabs in the Championship. Two of these promotion spots are allocated to the top two finishing sides in the league.

However, the other promotion spot is not allocated to the third-highest finishing team in the division. That's because this league has four playoff spots that sides can finish in. Those playoff places include third, fourth, fifth and sixth place finishing sides in the Championship . The playoff teams play each other with a couple of two-leg playoff semi-finals played home and away. The winners of those playoff games then play at the final, which is a single match at Wembley.

The playoff final can be played between the fifth and sixth place finishing teams. Indeed, sixth place sides have won that game a few times, defeating those that finished a few places higher than them. With four playoff spots up to 10 teams can potentially be promoted from the league.

At the other end of the table the Championship has three relegation spots. Unlike some leagues, there are no playoffs in that relegation zone. The bottom three sides slip to League One.

The race for the title in this division is not the primary consideration. It's more of a race for the top two promotion spots, even though a trophy is given to the team that wins the title. Usually at least one of the sides that have come down from the Premier League bounces back up the season after. The likes of West Brom, Middlesbrough and Wolves are a few that jump between the divisions.

Championship sides do not play in the earlier rounds of the FA Cup. As such, they are also among the giants of the cup in the third round at least. However, as Championship teams seldom reach the FA Cup final there is certainly a gulf between the leagues.

Whilst the Championship may lack some of the stars of the Premiership, you can usually expect some enthralling games. For further details and updates the Football League website is worth noting. This includes updates for the Championship.


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