10 Reasons The Premier League Is The Best In The World
It’s no secret that British people absolutely love their football, and one of the most popular exports when it comes to the beautiful game is the English Premier League. According to the League itself, around 40% of the British population, which works out at about 26.8 million people, watched Premier League football in the 2020-21 season, so it’s likely we can expect similar viewing figures this year too. So, if you’re new to the world of English football, why should you bother with the Premier League? Well, here are 10 reasons we think the Premier League is the best league in the world!
1. The teams
It goes without saying that the teams in the Premier League are some of the best in the world. They boast homegrown talent like Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, and Raheem Sterling among their ranks, and some of the all-time greats, like Cristiano Ronaldo, also play for English Premier League teams. As footballing legends Glen Johnson and Richard Dunne showed when they talked to Betway a little while back, it’s genuinely difficult to predict who’s going to win in any given season (although it’s likely to be Manchester City).
2. The players
We’ve already alluded to this, but great teams are, of course, nothing without their players. You’ll already know the names of players like Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, of course, but there are also the under-the-radar greats along the lines of Southampton’s Oriol Romeu or the excellent Wolverhampton defender Max Kilman. If you want to see the best players in the world, then look no further than the English Premier League, no matter where they happen to be from.
3. The standard of play
Much has been made of how intense the Premier League is, with international stars like Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri commenting on whether or not the English league is more demanding than its peers. However, analysis has demonstrated that the Premier League is, in fact, the most physically intense league out there, showing that it’s really the only choice if you want to watch athletes pushing themselves to their absolute physical limits.
4. The television coverage
There are few leagues around the world with the kind of impressive TV coverage that the Premier League can boast. You can watch the Premier League on Sky Sports and BT Sport if you’ve got them, or you can choose to go with Now TV, Amazon Prime, or Sky Go if you’re more into streaming services. We’ve come a long, long way since the early 90s when the Premier League was established, so no matter how you like to watch your football, you’ll find a way!
5. The “big six”
While any Premier League team theoretically has a shot at the title, there are six main teams that dominate the league in practical terms: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, and Spurs (Tottenham Hotspur). These six teams routinely play electrifying, compelling football, and while their fortunes certainly rise and fall, you can be sure of a great game if any of these teams are involved. That’s why you’ll often see them playing in the UEFA Champions League!
6. The fans
Let’s get one thing clear before we continue: we are absolutely not talking about the minority of fans who ruin it for everyone else. If you have ever chanted anything racist at a football game or dismissed players based on anything other than their ability, you are not welcome as a football fan in the UK. However, if you love the beautiful game and just want to see it played well, then you’re among many friends; true Premier League fans, who live and breathe football, are some of the best in the world.
7. The stadiums
It’s a well-known fact that English Premier League stadiums are some of the best-maintained and most welcoming venues in the world. While securing tickets to actually go to a Premier League game can be somewhat difficult, the stadiums themselves are atmospheric, beautiful, and massive, seating tens of thousands of fans on a busy day. If you ever get the chance to physically attend a Premier League game, we’d definitely recommend doing so.
8. The history
The English Premier League has a huge amount of history behind it. Originally, the Premier League was known as Division One, which was the foremost division in English football and was founded in the late 19th century. Eventually, however, the Premier League was born; it was founded in 1992, and English football has never looked back since. Standing was originally allowed, but it was quickly abolished, meaning audiences had to sit down if they wanted to watch a game.
9. The drama
Did you know that only three Premier League teams have ever been able to achieve the feat of regaining a title they won in the preceding season? It’s true; Manchester United managed to do this several times, but the winner of the League title tends to change every season, with new teams emerging as dominant forces and others taking a backseat to their newfound rivals. It’s true that these teams are usually part of the Big Six, but it’s still dramatic and interesting football to watch.
10. The viewership figures
Last but not least, we come to our final reason the English Premier League is the best in the world: global consensus. By spectators, the English Premier League is the fourth most popular sporting league in the world, beaten only by US college football, the German Bundesliga, and the NFL. The home viewership for the Premier League is routinely through the roof as well, demonstrating that fans all around the world are coming together to watch this spectacle unfold every year.