Football League

a British football competition in which each team in a particular division plays every other team twice. At the end of the season, the team with the most points is the champion of the division. The League was established in 1888 because the Football Association did not allow professionals to enter its competitions. It was the major competition in English football until the top clubs left to form the FA Premiership in 1992.

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      English professional football (soccer) organization. The league was formed in 1888, largely through the efforts of William McGregor, known afterward as the “father of the league.” Twelve of the strongest professional clubs of the time joined in the league, and the first season's championship was won by Preston North End. In 1892 a second division was formed, and the first division increased to 16 clubs. Soon after, the league adopted the practice of promoting the first two clubs in the second division at the end of each season into the places of the last two clubs of the first division, which were relegated to the second division. A third division was added in 1920 and reorganized to form a fourth in 1958; a four-up, four-down promotion and relegation system between these two divisions was set up at the same time. Demand for revenues from television and other resources led First Division clubs to break with the league and form the Premier League in 1992. The First Division maintained a three-up, three-down promotion and relegation agreement with the new league. The Football League includes more than 70 clubs. Its headquarters are in London.

      The Football League's system of divisions with annual promotions and demotions was copied by other leagues throughout Europe.

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