Premier League history The Premier League
By Ikram Sharif
had its first beginnings in an earlier league, which was known as the Football League. The League started in 1888. This league consisted basically of competitions between professional from all over Wales and England. Since it started in 1888, it is considered the oldest competition in world football. The Football League was the highest football league in England from its inception until 1992. From 1995 to the present day, there are 72 clubs in the Football League, which are divided into three divisions, League One, League Two and the Championship. A feature of the league is to give the best clubs in the Championship the opportunity to switch places with the lowest ranked clubs in the Premier League. It was the work of William McGregor, director of Aston Villa, who first suggested creating a league competition to provide a series of games for the club's membership each season. The gathering that started it all was held in London, the same night of the Football Association Cup, in London, at the Anderson Hotel, on March 23, 1888. The Football League was officially formed and named at the Royal Hotel in Manchester on April 17. 1888. For 1992, the resignation of the First Division clubs occurred when they tried to seize the opportunity of a television rights agreement. So, the Premier League was created on May 27, 1992. After 104 years, the soccer league was about to change. A league that operated with four divisions, it was now switched to a Premier League and the Football League had three. The format of the competition remained the same, regulation and promotion were established among the Premier League and there were no changes in the format of the competition. The same number of teams competed in the top flight, and promotion and relegation between the Premier League and the new First Division remained on the same terms as between the former First and Second Divisions. There have been seven firm clubs with membership since the start of the Premier League competition for each season. This group is made up of Aston Villa, Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.