English Football League

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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.

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English Football League
Founded17 April 1888; 135 years ago (1888-04-17)
CountryEngland (68 teams)
Other club(s) fromWales (4 teams)
Number of teams72
Level on pyramid2–4
Promotion toPremier League
Relegation toNational League
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
League cup(s)
Current championsBurnley
TV partners
Current: 2023–24 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 four of the EFL clubs are from Wales – Cardiff City, Swansea City, Wrexham 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]