Global Football League Rankings for the Year 2023
The Premier League (EPL), where Son Heung-min of Tottenham is currently playing, has been selected as the top football league worldwide in 2023.
UK media outlet GiveMeSport revealed the global football league rankings on the 26th of last month.
The English Premier League (EPL) took first place, followed by the German Bundesliga in second, Italian Serie A in third, Spanish La Liga in fourth, and French Ligue 1 in fifth.
The EPL is the most popular football league in the world.
The EPL’s popularity stems from its rapid overseas market development and marketing, fast-paced gameplay, competitive structure among six big teams, storytelling, overwhelming financial power, equal distribution of broadcasting fees, proactive infrastructure investment and virtuous cycle, abundance of star players and famous managers. Additionally, its use of English makes it more accessible than La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A, which use Spanish, German, and Italian, respectively.
Even when La Liga teams such as Real Madrid and FC Barcelona dominated Europe, the EPL was more commercially popular. Last year, the EPL solidified its position as the top league in Europe, both in terms of skill and UEFA rankings, by surpassing La Liga.
The EPL has been playing a season of 38 rounds from the 1995-1996 season to the present, with a total of 380 games in one season. The top four teams qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Depending on the results of the FA Cup, teams from 5th to 6th place can qualify for the UEFA Europa League, and depending on the results of the League Cup, teams up to 7th place can qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League. The bottom three teams are relegated to the lower league, the EFL Championship.
The EPL has been steadily widening its gap with other leagues in recent years. The revenue gap with second-placed La Liga has doubled, firmly establishing the EPL as the top football league. Especially as other leagues are struggling with their countries’ economic downturn and structural problems, this gap is widening further.