The English Championship League-A Guide
The English championship often called the championship, in short, is the division that is ranked the highest in the English Football League. It comes 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.
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 enthusiasts attend the matches played in the tournament, coming second after the German 2 Bundesliga. In the 2017-18 season, the team that won the tournament 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 is sixth while the team ranked fourth plays from the team ranked fifth. 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. Presently, the record is held by Ipswich town for being in the tournament the longest. They have been playing in this league since the 2001-02 season after they were relegated from the Premier League.
The season for the English Championship runs from August to May, and it comprises 24 teams. Each team plays twice against the rest of the teams in the league. One match is played in the team’s home stadium and the other away at the opposing team’s stadium. Each team plays a total of 46 games per season. When a team wins, they are awarded three points; if they draw one point and they get zero points for losing. The rank in the league is dependent on the points obtained. 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.