ABOUT THE EFL The EFL (English Football League) is the largest single body of professional clubs in European football and is responsible for administering and regulating the EFL, EFL Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, as well as reserve and youth football. Formed in 1888 by its twelve founder members, the EFL is the world's original league football competition and is the template for leagues the world over. It has 72 member clubs, each of which embodies the unique heritage, pride and passion of the communities they represent. OUR COMPETITIONS Sky Bet EFL The Sky Bet EFL is comprised of three divisions – the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two - with 24 teams in each division. Each season there are 1,656 regular season matches (552 per division) with 15 end-of-season Play-Off Matches, including three finals at Wembley. The competition was established in 1888 and is the world's original league football competition. Attendances across the EFL were over 16 million last season, making it the most attended sporting competition in the UK. The Championship itself is the fourth most watched division in Europe. Total cumulative domestic TV audience for all three divisions was over 34.9 million with coverage of the 15/16 season broadcast to over 167 territories globally. EFL Cup The EFL Cup was established in 1960. It is English football's midweek cup competition, featuring all 72 clubs from the EFL and the 20 Premier League clubs, with 95 matches throughout the season. It is the first professional competition of the season to be decided and the winners also receive automatic entry into the following season's UEFA Europa League. The competition attracted over 1.4 million admissions during the 2015/16 season with a cumulative domestic TV audience in excess of 14 million. It was broadcast to 192 territories worldwide during the season. Checkatrade Trophy The Checkatrade Trophy is a midweek knockout cup competition which, as a trial for season 2016/17, will include 64 teams made up of EFL League One and League Two clubs, plus an additional 16 sides from clubs with Category One Academies. The competition was first established in 1983 and offers clubs a realistic opportunity of appearing in a showpiece final. Central to the competition this season will be the introduction of a new group stage format with 16 regional groups of four teams. The top two teams will progress to the knockout stages of the competition with the final staged at Wembley Stadium in April 2017. The competition attracts over 200,000 spectators each season and a cumulative domestic TV audience of almost 400,000. OUR BRAND AND VALUES The EFL is a unique sporting property. The world's original league football competition, it encapsulates a vast and diverse range of activities day in, day out through the identity and work of its 72 member clubs, providing an engaging football experience for everyone. Whatever your reason to love football, the EFL offers something for you. Aspiration The EFL delivers against the aspirations of every supporter, club, player and stakeholder to excel within the game. The ambition of our clubs, players and fans is at the heart of the competition, with every game important in the battle for promotion, or to avoid relegation. Sitting at the heart of the English league pyramid, the EFL competition silverware is amongst the most prized in football. Credibility As the world’s first professional football league, the EFL is world-renowned as the pioneering body within the origin of footballing competition. Its attraction has stood the test of time with over 16 million fans going through the turnstiles at matches across the three divisions each season making the EFL the most-attended sports property in the UK. Community All EFL member clubs have a prestigious place within the heart of their respective communities. The 72 clubs actively represent the interests of their towns and cities coming together on a local and national level to positively impact on the societies they serve for the betterment of all. Underpinned by the services and projects of the EFL Trust and the individual club trusts within that network, the EFL is a place where clubs, fans and communities can come together to enjoy a unique and shared experience. Progress Innovation has always been central to the EFL brand. From its inception in 1888 paving the way for professional league football to the introduction of major, game-changing innovations such as three points for a win and the Play-Offs format, the EFL has been at the forefront of sporting progress for the last 128 years. The unique advances made by the EFL, often replicated in other properties across the world both in and out of football, supports its reputation as an organisation that is constantly improving its competitions for the benefit of supporters and clubs alike.