The English Premier League as we know it today was formed back in 1992. The Premier League was created after many discussions with footballing authorities, players and TV broadcasters and in the year 1992 the English first division clubs resigned from the football league and the first campaign of the new format started on Saturday august 15th of that year.
This meant a break- up of the traditional 104-year-old Football League. The Premier League would operate within a single division having separate rules from the Football League.
The Premier League is now in their 24th year and it has become one of best leagues in world football in terms of attendances, money invested, competitiveness and the quality of players it attracts.
A total of 47 clubs has played in the Premier League with only a handle of teams to have played in every season of Premier League existence. They are:
- Manchester United
- Tottenham Hotspurs
During the course of a season, the average attendance for the Premier League was 9,178,297 fans have attended a live game. On average the number of fans to attend the Premier League per week was 35,752.
Manchester United has the highest attending average for fans watching their games and also has a Premier League record for the amount fans to watch a live game with over 76,098 fans watching Manchester United versus Blackburn Rovers on 31st of March 2007.
The average attendance will likely to increase as a few clubs have plans either to increase their stadiums or build larger stadiums to meet the demand for fans wanting to watch their team in the Premier league.
By combing all of the team’s stadium capacity in the Premier League, it will hold a total of 738,437 fans. Manchester United stadium Old Trafford holds 75,731 fans which are the biggest stadium in the Premier League. The smallest stadium is Bournemouth which only holds 12,000 fans.
The oldest Stadium in the Premier League is Turf Moor which has been in operation since 1883 and is the home of Burnley Football Club. The newest stadium in the Premier League is the Olympic Stadium which was built in 2011 and is the new home to West Ham Football Club.
Manchester United has won top flight of English Football a record twenty times, with 13 of them coming in the Premier League we know as today.
The Premier League is watched globally and is broadcasted to 225 territories and into 730 million homes every season.
The average coverage for a Premier League season is 232,000 hours. Europe has the most viewed viewers with 1,157 million; North America & Caribbean has 287 million viewers, whereas South & Central America has 149 million viewers. In areas of Asia & Oceania has 857 million viewers and in the area of Sub- Saharan Africa has viewers of about 276 million.
This does not include the attendance of the games and it clearly shows the Premier League is one of the most watched leagues in the world.
Recently the Premier League has signed a record television deal worth more than £5.14 billion over the next three seasons. The new TV deal has increased the level of money a club can receive from a live game to more than £10 million per match.
The reason for this record TV deal is due to the rivalry between the media giants BT and Sky who are aggressively competing for the rights to broadcast premier league games.
The basic of this deal when it comes to how much money each media giant will be paying to show live games of the Premier League is Sky will pay more than £11 million per game it shows whereas before they paid on average £6.6 million per game.
Throughout the deal, sky will be paying on average £4.176 billion for a 126 games per season. For BT they will be paying clubs in the Premier League on average £7.6 million per game, whereas on the last deal they originally played £6.5 million.
As for live premiership football on tv on BT, they will pay £960 million for 42 matches per season. The income from this TV deal will make the Premier League the second most lucrative league in the world behind NFL, overtaking Major League Baseball.
The impact this money has had on the Premier League has resulted in clubs being able to offer a lot more money in terms of wages to players, building up their academies, smashing their transfer record in each transfer window and having the ability to outspend other clubs out with England.
The only criticism is the prices for a ticket at the gates for working class fans, as more fan feel football in the Premier League is becoming far too expensive to follow their teams.
From having this deal in place it has significantly strengthened the league and made sure its future is bright for the years to come.
The Premier League have entered a new era of finical strength with many top flight clubs recorded a second straight year of pre- tax profits for the first time since 1999. Club revenues are more than £1.5 billion higher than the next highest earning league which is the Germany Bundesliga.
The total market value for the Premier League is estimated at £4.17 billion. With Manchester City being ranked as the most value club with £446.46 million and the club to have the smallest value is Burnley with 72.25 million
A players wage in the Premier League is probably the highest in English football, with players earning over £200,000 per week. This mainly with the biggest teams in the league and usually its players who have either won the league, Champions League or a major title with their Country.
Paul Pogba is the highest earner in the Premier League, earning £290,000 per week. On the other side of the scale is a player called Charlie Daniels who plays for Bournemouth, earns about £13,500 per week.
In a player contract, there will be an agreement between the club about what kind of bonuses a player will receive. The usual types of bonuses are for winning a game, signing on fee, for scoring a goal or keeping a clean sheet. By having a bonus it can potentially double a player wage.
Wages are also staggered according to the age of the player with the highest earners of football club tending to be in the age of 21 to 30. Also, wages within Premier League can be easily dropped if a club gets relegated down to division below them.
The player to be considered the most valued player in the league is a player called Paul Pogba, who plays for Manchester United. He is valued at £68 million. His contract with Manchester United runs till 2020. The value is generated from the potential of transfer, performance and age.
The record transfer to be spent by a club in the history of the Premier League is by Manchester United who spent a total of £89 million on midfielder called Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016. Tottenham Hotspurs are the club who have received the most in terms of a transfer for a player, in the summer transfer window of 2009. The fee was around £85 million.
The total figure spent in both transfer windows this season broke the 1 billion barriers. Over the course of both transfer windows, 13 teams have broken their club record transfer fee and it expected this will happen again next season as clubs try to attract a better player to their clubs.
The way in which prize money is awarded to Premier League teams is the majority of the money comes from broadcasting rights sales with every club guaranteed a fee of around £55 million regardless of where they finish.
The Champions will pocket an extra £24.7 million. Last year champions Leicester City received over £93 million for winning the Premier League.
In addition to this sum, a club will potentially earn more depending on how many live games are shown on television. If a club has 10 or less live matches they will be paid over £8 million. Manchester United tend to have the most live games and last season they had over 26 live matches, earning them an additional £21 million.
Alan Shearer is the record holder for scoring the most Premier League goals with 263 goals for Blackburn, Newcastle and Southampton. They are three players who have achieved the most goals in one season, scoring a total of 31. They are:
- Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers during the 1995/1996 season)
- Cristiano Ronaldo ( Manchester United during the 2007/2008 season)
- Luis Suarez (Liverpool during the 2013/2014 season)
The player currently sitting top of the goal scoring charts this season is Harry Kane with 19 goals.
The player to make the most appearances in the Premier League is Ryan Giggs who made 632 appearances for Manchester United. Currently, the longest serving player in the Premier League is John Terry who has played for Chelsea for 17 years.
The oldest player to make an appearance in the Premier League is goalkeeper Shay Given at the age of 40 who played for Stoke City in September this season. The youngest player to feature in the Premier League this season is a player called Ben Woodburn who played for Liverpool at age of 17.
Marko Arnatovic has had the most bookings this season with 8 yellow cards and 1 red card
Peter Cech has kept the most clean sheets in the history of the Premier League who has played for Chelsea and Arsenal in his career with 181.
The two biggest teams in terms of support are Manchester United and Liverpool in the Premier League.