A Comprehensive Introduction to the Premier League

How busy your Saturday and Sunday mornings? Are you looking for something to occupy your time, a reason to wake up, stand up, have a nice serving of bacon and a cup of coffee and get up and cheer? Then maybe you should start watching Premier League soccer, which is the highest league in England featuring some of the world’s best talent.

Now, why would an American team tell you to watch a completely different league? The answer is simple, we want to grow the game, and we’re very self-aware. San Jose Waves FC is an independent club. Our games are not televised, and we don’t compete in the MLS, but we want to do our part to help excite you, your friends, and your children about the game. There’s no reason why you can’t #WaveOn for San Jose AND support a team in the Premier League, so this article will give you a low down of the Premier League and why you should get excited about it.

Note* If you find yourself in the San Jose area and want to come watch us in person, come wave on!  We love our fans, and you will have an experience you won’t soon forget!

What is the Premier League?

The Premier League is the top flight division in all of English Football (Soccer) that consists of the 20 best teams. The Premier League was established in 1992, and has had 6 different champions in its short history, although many of the clubs who play in it are over 100 years old, which is far older than most American sports franchises.

Why Should I Watch the Premier League?

You should watch the Premier League because of no matter where you live in the United States, it’s easily accessible through NBC Sports, and is always on early in the morning. You could watch a whole slate of games and still have your whole day in front of you.

There’s a whole day’s worth of excitement in a few short hours, and you’ll get to see some of the best players in the world take each other on and slam misconceptions about the game of soccer that some Americans have formed. Also, you’ll get to experience some of the best fans in the world and the pageantry that’s attached with their fandom.

Also, no matter what team you root for, there’s a community of like minded American fans out there who will embrace you. There may be other things you disagree on, but you can all bask in the highs and lows of your team as you walk on this journey together.

What Teams are in the Premier League?

The Big 6: Manchester United, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham

These teams are the biggest clubs in all of the league, and it’s incredibly rare for one of these teams to finish out of the top 8. These teams all have rich histories and combine for 24 of the 26 Premier League titles. Manchester United have 13 of the 26 titles, but have not won the title in 6 seasons. From 2013 to 2018, only Chelsea and Man City are the only teams out of this 6 to win titles. Liverpool and Tottenham have never won a Premier League title, but always find themselves in the running. Liverpool have often done well in the Champions League, which is a competition between the best teams in Europe. They are in the final against Real Madrid this year.

The Mid-Table Teams: Everton, Leicester City, West Ham, Watford, Brighton, Huddersfield Town, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Southampton, Crystal Palace

These teams have seen limited success in the Premier League, and few will find themselves in jeopardy of getting relegated, which means getting demoted from the league for finishing in the bottom 3, but their fans never lose hope! The Premier League, like most top flight leagues in European soccer, is not one of great parody, but these clubs are always working hard to break the mold, and always give the big guys a run for their money.

The most recent success story was in 2015, when Leicester City, who were placed to win at a staggering 5000-1 odds, won the Premier League. It shocked English Soccer to its core.

The New Clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City

19 of the 20 Premier League teams are set for next season, but there is still a tournament to determine who will be the next team that gets promoted. Both of these teams have had experience in the league before, and will assuredly be a fun team to root for as they try to rise up the league tables and achieve the improbable.

Who Should I Root For?

That is entirely up to you! Whether you want to root for the big clubs or the hop on a less crowded bandwagon to experience a euphoria like never before, the sport of soccer wins. Get on up and see what the Premier League has to offer and open yourself to a whole new world of fandom.