The Premier League, which is the top professional league in England, was formed in 1992. Following many dialogues with football players, coaches and analysts, the former First Division clubs announced their resignation from the Football League in May 1992. This is how the Premier League came into effect. The inaugural season for the newly formed Premier League kicked off its opening season just three months later in August 1992.
During that first season, there were twenty-two clubs competing for the title. Brian Deane, a striker for Sheffield United, was the first to score a goal in the Premier League. Since 1992, forty-nine clubs have competed in the Premier League and Manchester United has taken an impressive 13 of those championship titles including the inaugural season. During the first decade of the 2000s, the League was dominated by the Big Four. In the last decade, however, the “Big 6” dominates made up of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. Manchester United F.C. is the current champion of the Premier League after taking the title in 2017.
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The most recent clubs that have joined to the Premier League include Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion. Since 1995, following the end of each season, the three lowest ranked teams in the Premier League are demoted to the English Football League (EFL) Championship. On the other hand, three teams from the EFL Championship are promoted. This includes the first and second-place teams in the EFL Championship, as well as a third team, which is picked from a playoff series between the teams that were ranked third to sixth place during the regular season.
Customarily, the Premier League has had a title sponsor, however, there have been a few exceptions. The League’s first season kicked off so quickly, no sponsor has been brought on board. From the following year, 1993, through 2001, the title sponsor was Carling. Following 2001, the title was taken over by Barclaycard and Barclays. In 2016, the Premier League made the unprecedented move to stop pursuing title sponsors. According to League officials, they wanted to “build a clean brand” and be more in line with American professional sports teams.