Last updated : Tuesday, 26 September 2023
The Championship is the second-highest division of the English football league system, after the Premier League. It is also known as the Sky Bet Championship due to sponsorship reasons.
The Championship is contested by 24 teams, with each team playing each other twice, once at home and once away. The top two teams are automatically promoted to the Premier League, while the third-placed team goes into the playoffs, along with the teams finishing fourth to sixth. The winner of the playoffs also gains promotion to the Premier League.
The bottom three teams in the Championship are relegated to League One.
The Championship was formed in 2004, when the Football League First Division was renamed. The league was originally contested by 22 teams, but this was increased to 24 teams in 2007.
The Championship has been won by a variety of clubs, including Derby County, West Bromwich Albion, and Nottingham Forest. The current champions are Fulham.
The current season of the Championship is the 2023-2024 season. The season began on July 29, 2023, and is scheduled to end on May 6, 2024.
The current standings for the Championship are as follows:
- Fulham (22 points)
- Bournemouth (20 points)
- Middlesbrough (18 points)
- Blackburn Rovers (16 points)
- Hull City (14 points)