A Preview of the English Championship League
The English Championship commonly called the championship, in short, is the division which is ranked the best in the English Football League. It ranks second following 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.
Once called 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 plus it ranks seventh in Europe regarding riches. On average about 17,578 enthusiasts attend the matches played in the tournament, coming second after the German 2 Bundesliga. In the 2017-18 season, the team that as first in 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 face off in a playoff to decide the team that will be promoted to the Premier League to join Newcastle United and Brighton. The playoffs is a knockout contest played by the teams that rank third to six, and the team that wins is promoted to the top-tier soccer. 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 the two matches play at the Wembley stadium against one another, and the winner is promoted to the Premier League and gets the Championship play-off trophy. 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 two times against the other 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 a total of 46 games per season. When a team wins, they are given three points; they get zero points for losing and if they draw one point. The rank in the league is dependent on the points obtained. If teams tie in a certain position, the ranking is based on the goals they scored in that season. 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.