Football League Championship

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The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system.



There are 24 teams in the Football League Championship. Each team plays each other twice (once at home, once away) and is awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. From these points a league table is constructed. At the end of each season the top two teams, together with the winner of the play-offs between the teams which finished in 3rd-6th position, are promoted to the FA Premier League and are replaced by the three teams that finished at the bottom of that league. Similarly the three teams which finished at the bottom of the Football League Championship are relegated to Football League One and are replaced by the teams which finished 1st, 2nd, and won the 3rd-6th place play-off in that division.

Final League position is determined, in this order, by points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, a mini-league of the results between two or more teams ranked using the previous three criteria and finally a series of one or more play off matches.


The Football League Championship was introduced for the 2004-2005 season. It replaced the Football League First Division.

Football League Championship clubs, 2005-06

Finishing position last season
Brighton & Hove Albion20th
Cardiff City12th
Coventry City19th
Crewe Alexandra21st
Crystal Palace18th in the Premier League
Derby County4th
Hull City2nd in League One
Ipswich Town3rd
Leeds United14th
Leicester City15th
Luton Town1st in League One
Norwich City19th in the Premier League
Plymouth Argyle17th
Preston North End5th
Queens Park Rangers11th
Sheffield United8th
Sheffield Wednesday5th in League One
Southampton20th in the Premier League
Stoke City12th
Wolverhampton Wanderers9th

Note: At the end of last season, Sunderland and Wigan Athetic automatically gained promotion to the FA Premier League while West Ham United won promotion via the playoffs. Gillingham, Nottingham Forest, and Rotherham United were relegated to Football League One

Winners of the Football League Championship

For quick reference, teams in bold are champions that also owned the league's top scorer in the season they won the title.

Year Winner Top Scorer
2005SunderlandNathan Ellington, Wigan Athletic (24)

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Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) (women) Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) List of
FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) FA Vase
English football league system Records FA NLS Cup

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