English Football League Betting Offers & Free Bets (Championship, League One & League Two)
The English football league is one of the best leagues in the world with a massive amount of professional football clubs of excellent quality. Football in England has great tradition, and it is not surprising to see that we have in this country one of the most exciting football leagues in the whole planet.
Even though the Premier League in unrivalled in regards to richness you might be surprised to learn that the English Championship is actually the 10th most rich football league in the world. To give you a benchmark it drives more revenue and has a bigger crowd than the Russian Premier League and the Dutch Eredivisie.
Even the League One is the 28th richest and it is also ahead of the Scottish Premiership. The League Two is the 38th richest and it is ahead of the Ukrainian Premier League.
Lots of betting is going on in the English Football League: more money are bet on the Championship, League One and Two than all the other major European leagued together. It is therefore not surprising that bookmakers are placing so much attention to lower level English football. Markets are incredibly competitive all the way down to the League Two and this is great news as players can benefit from great promotions and added value.
Regardless if you are looking to place a weekly accumulator of if you want to back a team in a single, you will find the offer that suits you best. If you bet regularly, you can really get lots of value also considering that there are a total of 46 games over the season. Below you will find all the best English football offers but also useful information on those leagues.
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English Football League Loyalty Offers & Free Bet Clubs
If you are regularly betting with one of few betting sites you should take advantage of loyalty offers. In this page you will find all the current loyalty offers and free bet clubs selected for you.
English Football League Accumulator Deals
Placing a 3pm Saturday acca on lower-league English football is great fun. Even more if you can benefit from acca insurance, acca boosts and money back specials. For all those deals check out our dedicated page.
About The English Football League
Surely the Premier League is the most famous league in the world. But the Premier League is a relatively new product that is born from the Football League that has been established all the way back in 1888.
The Premier League is a slightly separate entity from the Football League and we will explore this in more details in this page. First of all, to avoid confusion, you need to realise that the ‘English Football League’ is the combined name of three divisions: the Championship, the English League One and the English League Two.
English Football League Format & Structure
The best a team can do in an English Football League season is to win promotion. This can be done either by direct promotion or by winning the playoff.
Championship & League One
The team that ends up in the first and second place in both the EFL Championship and in the League One are automatically promoted to the league above them. They do replace the teams that have finished their season in 18th and 19th and that have been relegated. Teams that end their campaign in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th they are entering the playoffs which decide who is is the third team to be promoted who replace the last team from the upper league that is relegated.
The EFL League Two is slightly different and the reason is that this league has more promotions places available, four. At the end of every football season, four teams are relegated from the League One to League Two and four are promoted from League Two to League One. The top three teams are promoted directly while the fourth place is decided with the League Two playoff.
English Football League Trophies
The EFL Championship Trophy has the same design as the one that was given to the winners of the old First Division. This makes it, in fact, the oldest trophy in football as it was first presented in 1891.
Everton were the first team to win the trophy in the season 1890-1891.
The EFL Championship is far in terms of prize money compared with the winners of the Premier League. In the same way, the League One winner prize is a lot less than the Championship and same for League Two (compared with League One).
The main difference between the Premier League and the Championship is that the first is giving different prize money depending on the position the team ends in the table. In the Championship an equal amount of cash made from TV deals is divided amongst all teams. This is in the region of £2.3 million although there is a £4.3 million Solidarity Payment to be added. This money is paid by the Premier League to the EFL to ensure that the gap between the two divisions doesn’t become too wide: after all the teams that are promoted from the Championship will play in the Premier League and if they are too weak it is not good for the spectacle.
Teams in the EFL Championship also receive additional payments every time they are broadcasted on TV. For example, Wolves who were the winner of the EFL Championship, appeared in TV thirteen times during the season banking a total of £7.4 million.
The same structure is also for the League One and Two although the amounts of money are progressively less.
Teams that are relegated from the Premier League to the Championship have some kind of shock given that the difference in income is significant. To soften the blow, they do receive what it is called ‘Parachute Payment’ so that they can financially adjust to life in the lower division. The payments are split over several years to avoid that clubs are going into huge financial difficulties like it has happened to teams like Leeds United in the recent past.
If a team is relegated only after one year from the Premier League than they only get one year of parachute payments. Many aren’t happy about the parachute payments as they see this as unfair to the other teams that are trying to make it in the Championship. It will therefore not be too surprising if this system will change again in the future.
English Football League History
At the very beginning, football was considered an amateur sport. Some clubs were paying some of the bet players to try to convince them to play for them but that was the against the rules of the Football Association at the time.
This trend continued to increase to a level that forced the FA to finally allow professionalism on the 20th July 1885.
Idea For A New League
In 1988 the director of Aston Villa wrote to some other teams and suggested the formation of a league that would have a certain number of fixtures to be played every year.
The English Football League is born
On the night of the 1888 FA Cup final top representatives of the most important clubs met in London to discuss how a new league would take place. The name of ‘Football League’ was picked and the new league was officially agreed on the 17th April 1888.
The New Football League started on the 8th September 1888 with a total of 12 clubs mostly based in the North and the Midlands. Teams in the south didn’t want to get involved mostly because of all the travels involved.
The Second Division
In 1889 other clubs also mostly from Midlands and North decided to create the Football Alliance. In 1892 however, they came to the conclusion that having two rivals leagues it was not doing any good to English football. So eventually the Football Alliance was absorbed into the Football League as the Second Division. A system of promotion and relegation was adopted but some clubs didn’t accept the rules at the beginning and some decided to resign like Accrington rather than playing in the Second Division.
Southern clubs only started to get involved after 1905 with the likes of Chelsea, Fulham, Tottenham that joined the league.
World Wars and the Third Division
The Football League was suspended the first time during the First World War. When it started again in 1919, the Third Division was also added. In 1939 the League was suspended again for the Second World War and only began again in 1946. In 1958 a Fourth Division was introduced as more and more teams became professionals. Only two clubs would move to the top divisions every year until this was increased to three in 1974.
Football League After The War
The Football League Cup was introduced in 1960 but the most significant change was during the 1970s when Sunday matches were added. Millwall and Fulham were the first teams to play on Sunday. During the 1970s goal difference was introduced to decide which teams would end up higher at the end of the season if they were level on points.
Another significant change came in 1981 with the Football League that decided to encourage more attacking football and started to award three points for a win instead of two.
Hooliganism started to take the scene in 1980s which resulted in several problems also coupled with a recession in Britain that left lots of teams without money. To keep the season more alive until the end, in 1986 the Play-Offs were introduced.
English Football League After the creation of the Premier League
The Premier League started to operate as its own division from the season 1991-1992 while the Football League would continue to manage the other three leagues. Apart from the name and commercial agreements nothing really changed until the Premier League decided to reduce the number of teams from 22 to 20 in 1995.
Over the year the gap in financial resources between Premier League teams and Championship started to become more significant: squads from the Football League were struggling to remain in the Premier League. Also, many of those had severe financial problems once they were relegated back into the Championship. To resolve this situation the financial parachute payment was set up.
Football League Rebranding
Since the Football League needed a rebranding to make it more appealing in 2004 the names of the different divisions were changed. The First Division become the Football League Championship, the Second Division the Football League One, the Third Division the Football League Two.
In November 2015 another rebranding was made with the Football League that changed name to the English Football League with the abbreviation EFL.