The English Football League Championship is the highest division of
the English Football League (EFL) and second-highest overall in the English football league system, after the Premier
League. Each year, the top finishing teams in the Championship are promoted to the Premier League, and the lowest finishing
teams are relegated to League One.
The Football League Championship, which was introduced for the 2004-05 season, was previously known as the Football League
First Division (1992-2004), and before that was known as Division Two (1892-1992). The winners of the Championship receive
the Football League Championship trophy, the same trophy as the old First Division champions were handed prior to the
Premier League's inception in 1992.
The Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and the seventh richest division in
Europe. With an average match attendance for the 2016-17 season of 20,130 the Championship ranked second after the
German 2. Bundesliga as the most-watched secondary league in the world.