EPL Teams

Each Premier League season runs from August to May the following year and 20 teams compete in the competition. The EPL clubs change from year-to-year, but there are always 20 clubs in the competition.

The stable and consistent teams tend to remain in the Premier League each season based on rankings, decided by points achieved during the 38 week competition that in the end determines the EPL Champions. Premier League clubs facing off in the current season are made up by the top 17 ranked teams from the past season – the lowest three ranked teams relegated to the Football League Championship – along with the promotion of the top two Championship clubs and the winner of the Championship Playoffs.

The two teams that finished highest on the Football League Championship the previous season move up into the current EPL competition and the third team is Championship playoff winner. Since the inception of the English Premier League competition in 1992, a total of 48 clubs have competed up until the 2016-17 season.

Only seven of those teams have been Premier League members every season: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Just six EPL clubs have won the title (since 1992) led by Manchester United being crowned a total of 13 times.

The other teams to win the competition are: Chelsea (5) who successfully defended their title to be crowned the 2016/17 Championship team, Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2), Blackburn Rovers (1) and Leicester City (1) who took out the 2015-16 title after starting the season as 5000/1 outsiders in Premier League betting. Below are more details on the 20 Premier League clubs that contested the 2016-17 EPL season (alphabetically) including the club nicknames, foundation year, home ground and team colours.

The confirmed EPL Teams for the 2016/17 season: AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull City, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

A.F.C Bournemouth

Based in Dorset the club is called The Cherries based on their black and red home colours. Their biggest winning margin in a league match was a 0 – 8 away win over Birmingham City in October of 2014.

  • Nickname(s): The Cherries
  • Short Name: Bournemouth
  • Founded: 1890 (as Boscombe St John’s Institute F.C.), 1899 (as Boscombe F.C.)
  • Home Ground: Dean Court
  • Ground Capacity: 11,464
  • Owner: Max Demin
  • Chairman: Jeff Mostyn
  • Home Colours: Black & Red
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Arsenal F.C.

Based in Holloway, this north London football club has won 12 FA Cups, the most of any team to date and were the first team from the south of England to join The Football League in 1893. Their supporters are called “Gooners” and the club was the first to reach eight League Championships. For the only time in premier league history, the 2003-04 season saw Arsenal go unbeaten in the league to become champions (26 wins, 12 draws) and were in turn nicknamed, “The Invincibles”.

  • Nickname(s): The Gunners
  • Short Name: Arsenal
  • Founded: 1886 (as Dial Square)
  • Home Ground: Emirates Stadium
  • Ground Capacity: 60,260
  • Owner: Arsenal Holdings plc
  • Chairman: Sir Chips Keswick
  • Home Colours: White & Red
  • Premier League Titles Won: 3 (1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04)

Burnley F.C.

Burnley earned their spot in the EPL for the 2016-17 season after winning the Football League Championship title in the previous season. The club’s mascot is Bertie Bee who dons the 1882 shirt. The club also has the highest fan-ratio in Britain and their most famous supporter is Prince Charles.

  • Nickname(s): The Clarets
  • Short Name: Burnley
  • Founded: 1882
  • Home Ground: Turf Moor
  • Ground Capacity: 21,401
  • Chairman: Mike Garlick
  • Home Colours: Claret & Sky Blue
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Chelsea F.C.

Chelsea are based in Fulham, London, and the club has been owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich since 2003. Worth an estimated €898 million, in 2015 they were ranked the sixth most valuable football club in the world by Forbes. They have traditional rivalries with North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. They are the only London-based team to win the UEFA Champions League and secured back-to-back Championships with success in the 2017 EPL Grand Final.

  • Nickname(s): The Blues, The Pensioners
  • Short Name: Chelsea
  • Founded: 1905
  • Home Ground: Stamford Bridge
  • Ground Capacity: 41,663
  • Owner: Roman Abramovich
  • Chairman: Bruce Buck
  • Home Colours: Blue & White
  • Premier League Titles Won: 5 (2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2016-17)

Crystal Palace F.C.

Based in South Norwood in London, the club changed their colours to their now red-and-blue vertical strips from claret and blue in 1973. Plenty of celebrities support the club including the late Ronnie Corbett. Their strongest rivalry is with Millwall.

  • Nickname(s): The Eagles, The Glaziers
  • Short Name: Crystal Palace
  • Founded: 1905
  • Home Ground: Selhurst Park
  • Ground Capacity: 26,255
  • Owner: Steve Parish, Joshua Harris, David S. Blitzer, Jeremy Hosking, Martin Long, Stephen Browett
  • Chairmen: Steve Parish, Stephen Browett
  • Home Colours: Blue & Red
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Everton F.C.

Everton F.C. is based in Liverpool and have played in the top division (Premier League) for a record 113 seasons. They have a storied rivalry with neighbouring club Liverpool and matches between the two are known as the Merseyside Derby.

  • Nickname(s): The Toffees, The Blues, The School of Science
  • Short Name: Everton
  • Founded: 1878 (as St Domingo’s F.C.)
  • Home Ground: Goodison Park
  • Ground Capacity: 39,571
  • Owner: Farhad Moshiri, Bill Kenwright, Other Shareholders
  • Chairman: Bill Kenwright
  • Home Colours: Blue & White
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Hull City A.F.C.

Hull City A.F.C. were the last EPL club confirmed to take part in the 2016/17 Premier League season after winning the Football League Championship playoffs in 2015/16. They are nicknamed The Tigers and have two club mascots with Roary The Tiger and his sister Amber. The club’s top goal-scorer in history with 222 goals is Chris Chilton.

  • Nickname(s): The Tigers
  • Short Name: Hull City
  • Founded: 1904
  • Home Ground: KCOM Stadium
  • Ground Capacity: 25,450
  • Owner: Assem Allam
  • Chairman: Assem Allam
  • Home Colours:Black & Orange
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Leicester City F.C.

Known as ‘The Foxes’, Leicester City scored one of sport’s biggest ever upsets winning the 2015-16 EPL season paying as much as 5000/1 to take out the title in early markets. Their main rivals are considered to be Nottingham Forest.

  • Nickname(s): The Foxes
  • Short Name: Leicester
  • Founded: 1884 (as Leicester Fosse F.C.)
  • Home Ground: King Power Stadium
  • Ground Capacity: 32,262
  • Owner: King Power International Group
  • Chairman: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
  • Home Colours: Blue & Gold
  • Premier League Titles Won: 1 (2015-16)

Liverpool F.C.

Liverpool are nicknamed The Reds and have a number of long-standing rivalries including against Manchester United in the North West Derby and fellow Merseyside club Everton. The club’s anthem is “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and their supporters go by the name Kopites. They are also the most successful English club in European competition with 11 cups in total.

  • Nickname(s): The Reds
  • Short Name: LFC
  • Founded: 1892
  • Home Ground: Anfield
  • Ground Capacity: 45,276
  • Owner: Fenway Sports Group
  • Chairman: Tom Werner
  • Home Colours: Red & Gold
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Manchester City F.C.

Man City is a dual Premier League winning club and are the world’s fifth most valuable football team according to Forbes with an estimated worth of $1.38 billion. Manchester United are their biggest rivals and when the neighbouring teams play it is referred to as the Manchester Derby. The most celebrated day in the club’s history is when they famously won the Premier League title in 2012 during the dying minutes, snatching it from their bitter rivals.

  • Nickname(s): City, The Citizens, The Sky Blues
  • Short Name: MCFC
  • Founded: 1880 (as St. Mark’s West Gorton), 1894 (as Manchester City)
  • Home Ground: Etihad Stadium
  • Ground Capacity: 55,057
  • Owner: City Football Group
  • Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarak
  • Home Colours: Sky Blue & White
  • Premier League Titles Won: 2 (2011-12, 2013-14)

Manchester United

Man United are the most successful club in Premier League history having won the league 13 times, the next best record being the four titles won by Chelsea. During his tenure as manager, Sir Alex Ferguson took the team to lift 38 trophies by the time he stepped down. They were also the first club to take out the English football treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. Forbes named them as the world’s third most valuable football club in 2015, and the world’s most valuable football brand.

  • Nickname(s): The Red Devils
  • Short Name: MUFC
  • Founded: 1878
  • Home Ground: Old Trafford
  • Ground Capacity: 75,653
  • Owner: Manchester United plc
  • Chairmen: Joel & Avram Glazer
  • Home Colours: Red, White & Black
  • Premier League Titles Won: 13 (1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13)

Middlesbrough F.C.

Nicknamed The Boro, Middlesbrough are one of the founding Premier League members having been part of the League since its inception in 1992. They have had just two seasons since outside the top two divisions of English football.

  • Nickname(s): The Boro, Smoggies
  • Short Name: MFC, MID
  • Founded: 1876
  • Home Ground: Riverside Stadium
  • Ground Capacity: 34,742
  • Owner: Steve Gibson
  • Chairman: Steve Gibson
  • Home Colours: Red & White
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Southampton F.C.

Nicknamed ‘The Saints’ Southampton have a long history as a church football club and from 1898 – 2001 their home ground was The Dell. Their biggest rivalry is with Portsmouth and matches played between these two clubs are known as the South Coast Derby. Their anthem is “When the Saints Go Marching In”, still sung by supports with the original lyrics.

  • Nickname(s): The Saints
  • Short Name: Southampton
  • Founded: 1885 (as St. Mary’s Y.M.A)
  • Home Ground: St. Mary’s Stadium (since 2001)
  • Ground Capacity: 32,464
  • Owner: Katharina Liebherr
  • Chairman: Ralph Krueger
  • Home Colours:Red, White & Black
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Stoke City F.C.

Stoke City are based at Staffordshire and were originally founded as the Stoke Ramblers in 1863 before changing to their current title in 1925. They are the world’s oldest professional football club second only to Notts County. They have a rowdy supporter base and many fans have been involved in hooliganism problems giving the club a bad reputation in that regard.

  • Nickname(s): The Potters
  • Short Name: Stoke City
  • Founded: 1863 (as Stoke Ramblers F.C.)
  • Home Ground: Britannia Stadium
  • Ground Capacity: 27,902
  • Owner: Bet365
  • Chairman: Peter Coats
  • Home Colours: White & Red
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Sunderland A.F.C

Sunderland are based in the North East of England and play home games at the Stadium Of Light after moving from Rover Park in 1997. Neighbouring club Newcastle United have a strong rivalry with them and the two compete in games known as the Tyne-Wear Derby. Other lesser-known nicknames for the club include The Rokerites, The Lads and The Mackems that were common until they voted on The Black Cats when moving to their new venue.

  • Nickname(s): The Black Cats
  • Short Name: Sunderland
  • Founded: 1879 (as Sunderland and District Teachers)
  • Home Ground: Stadium Of Light
  • Ground Capacity: 49,000
  • Owner: Ellis Short
  • Chairman: Ellis Short
  • Home Colours: Red, White & Black
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Swansea City A.F.C

Swansea City are one of the only non-English based Premier League clubs, the Welsh team representing England when taking part in other European competitions. Their main rivalry is with Cardiff City, a hostile rivalry with games between the two known as South Wales Derbies.

  • Nickname(s): The Swans
  • Short Name: Swansea
  • Founded: 1912 (as Swansea Town)
  • Home Ground: Liberty Stadium
  • Ground Capacity: 20,972
  • Chairman: Huw Jenkins
  • Home Colours: White & Gold
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham are known as the Spurs and the club’s Latin motto is Audere est Facere (To Dare Is To Do). They have a long-standing rivalry with Arsenal and matches between the two neighbouring clubs are known as the North London Derby. The club’s record win was a 9 – 0 victory over Briston Rovers in the Second Division in 1977.

  • Nickname(s): Spurs, The Lilywhites
  • Short Name: Tottenham
  • Founded: 1882 (as Hotspur F.C.)
  • Home Ground: White Hart Lane
  • Ground Capacity: 36,284
  • Owner: ENIC International Ltd.
  • Chairman: Daniel Levy
  • Home Colours: White & Navy Blue
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

Watford F.C.

Watford are based in Hertfordshire in England and former owner Sir Elton John is the club’s joint Honorary Life President along with Graham Taylor. The club’s highest home game attendance record was 34,099 in an FA Cup match back in 1969. Their distinctive black and yellow home kit colours give them the nickname of The Hornets.

  • Nickname(s): The Hornets, The ‘Orns, Yellow Army
  • Short Name: Watford
  • Founded: 1881
  • Home Ground: Vicarage Road
  • Ground Capacity: 21,577
  • Owner: Gino Pozzo
  • Chairman: Raffale Riva
  • Home Colours: Black & Yellow
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

West Bromwich Albion F.C.

West Brom have a traditional rivalry with the Wolverhampton Wanderers who they play in head-to-head games known as the Black Country Derby. Their club anthem is “The Lord’s My Shepard” and fans celebrate the scoring of a goal chanting “Boing Boing”. Famous supporters of the club include One Direction star Liam Payne and iconic guitarist Eric Clapton.

  • Nickname(s): The Baggies
  • Short Name: West Brom, WBA
  • Founded: 1878 (as West Bromwich Stollers)
  • Home Ground: The Hawthorns
  • Ground Capacity: 26,850
  • Owner: Jeremy Peace
  • Home Colours: Navy Blue & White
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

West Ham United

West Ham up until 2016 were based in Upton Park, now in The Olympic Stadium in East London and were originally founded as Thames Ironworks, giving them one of their nicknames The Irons. The team’s popular anthem since the late 1920s is “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”. They set their highest home game attendance in 1970 with 42,322 people and in June 2013 the biggest transfer fee the club paid was £15 million to Liverpool for Andy Carroll.

  • Nickname(s): The Hammers, The Academy of Football
  • Short Name: West Ham
  • Founded: 1895 (as Thames Ironworks), 1900 (as West Ham United)
  • Home Ground: Olympic Stadium
  • Ground Capacity: 60,000
  • Owners: David Sullivan, David Gold, Other Investors
  • Chairman: Jeff Mostyn
  • Home Colours: Maroon, Sky Blue & White
  • Premier League Titles Won: 0

EPL Transfers

The EPL Transfer Window opens up during each season and becomes the centre of plenty of speculation in the press and amongst the league’s supporters. Teams with the biggest budgets seek to boost their teams roster as they aim to buy big players from rival clubs or from other leagues around the world.