English Football League

The English Football League (EFL) is a league of professional football clubs from England and Wales. Founded in 1888 as the Football League, the league is the oldest such competition in the world. It was the top-level football league in England from its foundation until 1992, when the top 22 clubs split from it to form the Premier League.

English Football League
Founded17 April 1888; 134 years ago (1888-04-17)
CountryEngland (69 teams)
Other club(s) fromWales (3 teams)
ConfederationUEFA
Divisions
Number of teams72
Level on pyramid2–4
Promotion toPremier League
Relegation toNational League
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
League cup(s)
Current championsFulham
(2021–22)
TV partners
WebsiteEFL.com
Current: 2022–23 English Football League

The EFL is divided into the Championship, League One and League Two, with 24 clubs in each division, 72 in total, with promotion and relegation between them; the top Championship division clubs change places with the lowest-placed clubs in the Premier League, and the bottom clubs of League Two with the top clubs of the National League. Currently three of the EFL clubs are from Wales – Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County – the rest of the 72 are located in England.

The Football League had a sponsor from the 1983–84 season, and thus was known by various names.[1] For the 2016–17 season, the league rebranded itself as the English Football League (EFL).[2][3]

The English Football League also organises two knock-out cup competitions, the EFL Cup and the EFL Trophy. The operations centre of the Football League is in Preston, while its commercial office is in London.[4][5]


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