There are 20 clubs in the Premier League. During the course of a season (from August to May) each club plays the others twice (a double round-robin system), once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for 38 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. If still equal, teams are deemed to occupy the same position. If there is a tie for the championship, for relegation, or for qualification to other competitions, the head-to-head record between the tied teams is taken into consideration (points scored in the matches between the teams, followed by away goals in those matches.) If two teams are still tied, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank.
Video assistant referee (VAR), was introduced to the Premier League at the beginning of the 2019-20 season. It uses technology and officials to assist the referee in making decisions on the pitch. However, its use has been met with mixed receptions from fans and pundits, with some praising its accuracy while others criticise its impact on the flow of the game and consistency of decision-making.
The top four teams in the Premier League qualify automatically for the subsequent season's UEFA Champions League group stage. The winners of the Champions League and UEFA Europa League may earn an additional qualification for the subsequent season's Champions League group stage if they are not in the top four. If this means six Premier League teams qualify, then the fourth-placed team in the Premier League instead plays in the Europa League, as any single nation is limited to a maximum of five teams in the Champions League.
The fifth-placed team in the Premier League, as well as the winner of the FA Cup, qualifies for the subsequent season's Europa League group stage, but if the winner of the FA Cup also finished in the top five places in the Premier League or has won one of UEFA's major tournaments, then this place reverts to the team that finished sixth. The winner of the EFL Cup qualifies for the subsequent season's Europa Conference League, but if the winner already qualified for a UEFA competition via their performance in another competition, then this place reverts to the team that finished sixth in the Premier League, or seventh if the FA Cup result already caused the sixth-placed team to qualify.
Premier League clubs agreed in principle in December 2012, to radical new cost controls. The two proposals consist of a break-even rule and a cap on the amount clubs can increase their wage bill by each season. With the new television deals on the horizon, momentum has been growing to find ways of preventing the majority of the cash going straight to players and agents.
The record transfer fee for a Premier League player has risen steadily over the lifetime of the competition. Before the start of the first Premier League season, Alan Shearer became the first British player to command a transfer fee of more than 3 million. The record has increased steadily and Enzo Fernández is now the most expensive transfer involving a Premier League club at 107 million, as well as being the highest transfer fee paid by a Premier League club.
The Golden Boot award is given to the top goalscorer of every season, the Playmaker of the Season award is given to the player who makes the most assists of every season, and the Golden Glove award is given to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets at the end of the season.
Through eight league matches, Haaland is already up to 14 goals. He has single-handedly outscored eight Premier League teams that have also played at least eight games. Newcastle, Fulham, Everton, Bournemouth, West Ham, Aston Villa, Southampton and Wolves have all yet to reach 14 total goals this season.
That's well over the current Premier League record of 34, which is shared by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer. And both players recorded the record mark during a 42-game season, with Cole doing so for Newcastle in 1993-94 and Shearer for Blackburn in 1994-95.
Each year, the Foundation hosts an annual kickoff event to help get fans excited for the upcoming season. This year, fans were invited to join the entire Houston Texans roster, Chair & Chief Executive Officer Cal McNair, General Manager Nick Caserio, Head Coach Lovie Smith, and more on the field for a new season kickoff event. Attendees dined with a Texans player or celebrity while enjoying a delicious meal from James Beard Award-winning chef, Robert Del Grande. The event was chaired by Texans Co-Founder and Senior Chair Janice McNair, Vice President of the Houston Texans Foundation Hannah McNair and Lady Texans Kathleen Caserio, MaryAnne Smith and Jamie Grissom. The event raised more than $800,000 in its inaugural year. All proceeds from the evening benefited the Houston Texans Foundation in our mission to be Champions for Youth.
The Full Season Premier Plan allows you to choose from the best seats in Nationals Park and lock them in for every remaining home game during the 2023 season, beginning April 14. The discounts and benefits are unbeatable, including 30% savings on concessions & merchandise. The Full Season Premier Plan is also the only plan that includes unlimited ticket exchanges for games you cannot attend!
What to look out for: This pre-season, Arsenal are planning on two foreign training camps: an initial shorter one in Germany before a US tour which takes in Baltimore and Orlando. The club are also likely to confirm at least a couple more friendlies to ensure sharpness at the start of the season.
When do they report back for pre-season training? Players not involved in internationals will report back on June 27. Those that have been on international duty return later on staggered dates, depending on when they finish with their countries.
When do they report back for pre-season training? The Chelsea squad fly out to the US on July 9, although they are expected to start earlier at Cobham. Those involved in internationals during June will be given a longer break.
What to look out for: This is an unusual pre-season for Palace, with a trip to Australia and Singapore on the calendar. Despite travelling to Hong Kong for the Premier League Asia Trophy in 2017, recent tours have been based in Europe.
There promises to be plenty of new faces, and some familiar ones gone, but Lampard is likely to try and implement his long-term footballing philosophy next season, and clues may be found in the shape of the team for some of their friendlies.
What to look out for: This pre-season will seem a world away from the experiences of the last two summers. In 2020, Fulham had 39 days to prepare for the Premier League while last year, the departure of Scott Parker meant pre-season began with veteran Stuart Gray overseeing proceedings.
Without a major international tournament this summer, Jurgen Klopp should have his full squad together for the full pre-season programme. You can expect a punishing training schedule, with double sessions most days. Tactically, the time will be spent trying to work on how the style of the team can evolve to stay unpredictable. It will be fascinating to see where new signing Fabio Carvalho fits in following his arrival from Fulham. Liverpool have no plans to loan out the youngster, who can play across the front line or as an attacking midfielder.
What to look out for: City will have the luxury of having their players back without worrying about international summer tournaments. Last year, they had more players away with their countries than any other top European club and that was reflected in the number of youngsters who played in their pre-season friendlies, which were played at the Academy Stadium.
That hampered their start to the league campaign, too, so they will be delighted to have proper time with the whole squad this summer. The most interesting aspects will be how Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez start life at their new club, and a US audience will get to see that now that travel is back on the agenda. City are also set to travel to Barcelona after the season starts to play a charity friendly on August 24.
Their first friendly of the summer pits them against rivals Liverpool in Bangkok before games against Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in Melbourne and Perth respectively. United renew hostilities with Atletico Madrid, who knocked them out of the Champions League last season, before hosting Rayo Vallecano.
Last season, the COVID-19 pandemic restricted West Ham to friendlies in England and Scotland and, while they will be making return trips this summer, they will start and finish their schedule on the continent.
As was the case throughout last season, The Sporting News will update the top scorers' table below, with assists and minutes played serving as the first and second tiebreakers as per major European tournaments run by UEFA.
Thierry Henry finished atop the Premier League scoring chart in four different seasons, more than any player all-time. Shearer and Harry Kane follow with three scoring titles each.
It came down to the final day of the 2021/22 season between Tottenham's Son Heung-min and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Son's two goals at Norwich City on the final day allowed him to momentarily move ahead of Salah in the scoring table. But the Liverpool star came off the bench and netted late to catch Son, as the two stars shared the Golden Boot on 23 goals.
Here's a guide to all the home, away and (where applicable) third alternate jerseys that each Premier League club has available for this coming season. Some clubs cut it pretty fine before unveiling their kits as they have been hit by the delays in manufacturing and distribution caused by stringent COVID-19 restrictions in Asia. According to reports, there are mass delays in global manufacturing and shipping, especially in countries where many replica football shirts are made such as China and Vietnam. This has left some clubs unable to make their kits available for fans to buy before the season begins. 041b061a72