The English Football League (EFL) contributes three teams to the English Premier League (EPL) each season. The teams that gain promotion do so in a specified manner that we shall discuss in this post. Read on.
a) Automatic Promotion
Automatic promotion is similar in all leagues across Europe. In this format, the team with the most points gains automatic promotion to a higher league. The same happens in the EFL as well. The two most prolific teams gain promotion to the English Premier League.
These two teams are the best two in the league in terms of points. If several teams tie in the same position because of similar points accumulated, the focus shifts to goals scored and those scored against.
The league officials compare these two figures and the team with the highest number of derived goals gains a higher league position than the other. Derived goals refer to the difference between the number of goals scored and those scored against the team in question. This rule goes by the phrase ‘goal difference rule’. In recent times, it was a crucial determining factor when Manchester City won the Premier League title against bitter city rivals Manchester United in the 2011/2012 season.
The playoffs are the other means by which promotion from the EFL to the EPL is determined. In this case, the teams that finish the league as position three to six, after considering points and goal difference, enter the playoffs.
These four teams are then pooled, and the winners from either match after two legs then square it off at Wembley Stadium. The winner from playoff final then makes the third promotion spot to the EPL. The playoffs attract a huge crowd and compare to a mini world cup in English football. Upsets are common in the playoffs, and many times underdogs surprise the favourites.