In sport, a championship is a competition in which the aim is to
decide which individual or team is the champion.
1.1 Title match system
1.2 Tournament system
1.3 League system
1.4 Playoff system
2 English football
3 Usage in professional wrestling
4 See also
5 The Championship
Various forms of competition can be referred to by the term
Title match system
In this system, a competitor has to challenge the current champion to
win the championship. A competitor can challenge the current champion
after defeating other challengers. This form of championship is used
in wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts and other combat sports.
The term championships (in the plural) is often used to refer to
tournament competitions, either using a knockout format, such as at
Wimbledon and other championships in tennis, or a mixed format with a
group stage followed by knockout rounds, such as used in the European
A variation of the knockout format is the "best-of-X" or series format
where two teams face each other for a specified number of times until
one team wins the majority of specified games, most of the time the
remaining games are not played anymore; only then is the losing team
eliminated from contention and the winning team advances to the next
level. This format is predominant in American sports such as baseball,
ice hockey and basketball, and on test cricket.
Championships in various sports, including rugby union and soccer use
a league system in which all competitors in the league play each
other, either once or a number of times.
In many sport leagues, a playoff system is used to determine a
championship winner. Teams compete in a regular season of varying
formats and a limited number of teams qualify for playoffs. Although
this system is mostly identified with the
United States and Canada, it
is frequently found in other North American countries, and is also
standard in sports influenced by
North America (e.g. basketball,
baseball, ice hockey) as well as most football codes other than
soccer. The playoffs (known in some countries, notably Australia, as
the "finals series") are a tournament where teams play head-to-head in
knockout competition. The championship is often considered the final
of the playoffs (e.g., Super Bowl,
Stanley Cup Final, NBA Finals,
World Series, etc.). The playoff system can be seen as a hybrid
between the league system and tournament system, where a league is
used to determine qualifiers for the tournament.
In the NFL, the term "
Championship game" is used to refer to the
matches which decide the champions of each of the two conferences, the
NFC and AFC. These games are effectively semi-finals as they determine
the two competitors in the Super Bowl.
In English football, since the 2004-2005 season, the EFL Championship
has been used to refer to the second level of league football,
properly called the EFL Championship. The
Championship is one division
FA Premier League
FA Premier League and a division above Football League One.
It had previously been known as the Football League First Division.
Usage in professional wrestling
Championship (professional wrestling)
The championship may refer to :
The Championship, an alternate name for the Football League
Championship (TV series), a Football League highlights programme
in the UK
The Rugby Championship, the name for the Southern Hemisphere rugby
union competition known as the Tri Nations before Argentina's entry in
The Rugby Football League Championship, England's pre-Super League
The Rugby Football League Championships, an alternative name for the
English Kingston Press
Championship and Kingston Press League 1.
The RFU Championship, the second tier of English rugby union, below
the Aviva Premiership
The Championships, Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious tennis
tournament in the world
Championship Course, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Thames
The Championships at the Palisades, an event in the Outback Champions
Series for sen