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The English football champions are the winners of the highest league in English men's football, which since
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. Following the codification of professional football by
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in 1885, the
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was established in 1888, after meetings initiated by
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director William McGregor. At the end of the 1888–89 season,
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were the first club to be crowned champions after completing their fixtures unbeaten. The league's early years were dominated by teams from the North and Midlands, where professionalism had been embraced more readily than in the South of England. Its status as the country's pre-eminent league was strengthened in 1892, when the rival
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was absorbed into the Football League. Former Alliance clubs comprised the bulk of a new
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, from which
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to the top level could be gained. It was not until 1931 that a Southern club were crowned champions, when
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secured the title. Rules stipulating a maximum wage for players were abolished in 1961. This resulted in a shift of power towards bigger clubs. Financial considerations became an even bigger influence from 1992, when the teams then in the First Division defected to form the FA Premier League. This supplanted the
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as the highest level of
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, and due to a series of progressively larger television contracts, put unprecedented wealth into the hands of top flight clubs. The first five champions in the Premier League era – Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – had all won the title at least once prior to 1992.
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were champions for the first time in 2016, becoming the first team to win the Premier League without having previously won the First Division. All the clubs which have ever been champions are still in existence today and all take part in the top four tiers of the
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are the only club who have ever changed their name after winning a league title having been known as The Wednesday for the first three of their four titles.
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have won twenty titles, the most of any club. United's rivals Liverpool F.C., Liverpool are second with nineteen. Liverpool dominated during the 1970s and 1980s (winning eleven league titles between 1973 and 1990), while Manchester United dominated in the 1990s and 2000s under manager Alex Ferguson, Sir Alex Ferguson (eleven league titles between 1993 and 2009).
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are third with thirteen titles, having dominated during the 1930s (five league titles between 1931 and 1938). Everton F.C., Everton are fourth with nine titles.
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(seven) and Sunderland A.F.C., Sunderland (six) secured the majority of their titles before World War I. Manchester City F.C., Manchester City (seven titles) and Chelsea F.C., Chelsea (six titles) secured the majority of their titles in the 21st century. Manchester City have won five league titles between 2012 and 2021, whilst Chelsea won five titles between 2005 and 2017. Huddersfield Town A.F.C., Huddersfield Town (1923–24 to 1925–26), Arsenal (1932–33 to 1934–35), Liverpool (1981–82 to 1983–84) and Manchester United (1998–99 to 2000–01 and 2006–07 to 2008–09) are the only sides to have won the league title in three consecutive seasons.


List of champions


Football League (1888–1892)


Football League First Division (1892–1992)


Premier League (1992–present)


Total titles won

There are 24 clubs who have won the English title. Teams in bold compete in the Premier League as of the 2021–22 Premier League, 2021–22 season.


By region


By city/town


English football champions map


See also

* English football first tier top scorers * List of association football competitions * List of First Division and Premier League winning managers * List of Premier League winning players * List of football clubs in England by competitive honours won * List of FA Cup finals * List of FA Community Shield matches * List of English women's football champions


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