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Football Popularity in the UK

There are football leagues taking place throughout the calendar year and all over the world, with this sport being completely universal and the number of professional divisions across the various continents are endless, with the game continuing to thrive.

The leading bookmakers offer customers the chance to bet on all these different football leagues and you might be amazed by the amount of coverage afforded to these divisions, with the bookies pricing up each team for all the matches and also offering In-Play betting on some of the more obscure divisions.

The English Championship Also Highly Popular

There are twenty-four teams in the Championship and many of them have been part of the English Premier League within the past few seasons, with some benefitting from the parachute payments that come their way when they have been in the top flight and are then relegated.

Clubs such as Sheffield United, Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and Brentford are sides that tend to flit between the top flight and the Championship, while Watford are another club that tend to oscillate due to the fact that they’re a strong side at second tier level but it’s much harder to remain among the big boys.

The clubs who end up occupying first and second place in the English Championship enjoy automatic promotion to the Premier League, while the teams who sit between third and sixth spot then compete in the play-offs, with the Championship play-off final taking place at Wembley and it’s a big money match between two sides with great ambitions.

The teams who finish in the bottom three places in the English Championship are relegated to League One, with this being a bigger division in the Premier League due to having twenty-four teams who play a sum total of forty-six games and that means there are a large number of midweek fixtures and it’s a real slog to the line. According to the writers at WhatAcca.com the Championship is by far one of the most difficult leagues to get out of.

English League One and League Two Games Are Well-Attended

The English League One might be the third tier of English football although there are many recognisable clubs operating at this level and Sheffield Wednesday were the big name who dropped into the EFL League One at the end of the 2020/21 season, with the Owls joining the other twenty-three teams in this division.

Wednesday aren’t the only “big club” to find themselves at this level and it’s incredible to think that Manchester City were a third division club twenty years ago before winning a League One play-off final against Gillingham on penalties, with Leeds United having also been in this division after a fall from grace after previously being a leading team in the Premier League.

Other clubs to be in League One in recent seasons have been Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with many teams having ambitions to challenge for promotion to the Championship and this tends to be a competitive division where the standard of football is still strong.

League Two is the final full professional football league in England, with a further twenty-four teams competing for the chance to enjoy promotion and the good news is that four clubs are promoted from this division as opposed to the three who come out of the Championship and League One each season.

The top three teams in League Two enjoy promotion automatically, which leaves the teams between fourth and seventh place competing in the play-offs and that means that plenty of teams are in the shake-up when it comes to a promotion spot each season, with some clubs making a late run to get involved when it comes to trying to get up. There are some interesting statistics available on Footstats.org detailing the leagues fixtures and news daily.

The bottom two clubs in League Two are demoted to the National League and it’s a grim prospect for any team to lose their Football League status, with that meaning that two sides come up from non-league in order to take their place in the division.

Bet on English Non-League Football with the Bookies

The great news for punters who know their non-league football is that there is now the chance to enjoy betting markets when it comes to the National League, National League North and National League South. Some bookies go even deeper with their coverage and it’s also possible to bet on the FA Trophy matches that take place as part of a non-league football competition.

The National League is a popular division and despite being the fifth tier of English football, it receives plenty of coverage as many recognisable clubs aim to compete in order to land promotion back to the Football League. It’s fantastic to see the teams battle it out and there are often new faces who make it to the promised land for the first time.