Top 5 Football Leagues in the World

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Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football normally means the form of football that is the most popular where the word is used, according to Wikipedia.

Sports commonly called football include association football (known as soccer in some countries); gridiron football (specifically American football or Canadian football); Australian rules football; rugby football (either rugby union or rugby league); and Gaelic football. These various forms of football share to varying extent common origins and are known as football codes.

This sport is arguably the most competitive, played and beloved sport in the whole world. Approximately 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies play football. Most of the countries have football league. A fixed number of teams compete in leagues.

Tickets for the World Cup Tournament, which is organized by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), sells more than the Olympic Games. Even sports lovers who can’t attend the match keeps track of the game via the internet. Various league websites help fans in this matter by updating the score from various leagues and keeping track of the old seasons.

For example, Serie A top scorers at TopScorersFootball.com. There are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions in the world. Not every one of them is popular nor watched by general sports fans. The list below comprises the top 5 football leagues in the world based on popularity, competitive spirit, view, achievement etc. Also, goals per games played, red cards per games played have been considered.

5. Eredivisie

The Eredivisie (“Honour Division” or “Premier Division”) is the highest level of professional football in the Netherlands. The league was founded in 1956, two years after the start of professional football in the Netherlands. The Eredivisie consists of 18 clubs. Each club meets every other club twice during the season, once at home and once away.

4. Ukrainian Premier League

Having a strong and enjoyable domestic league, the Ukrainian Premier League makes no. 4 on this list. The Ukrainian Premier League or UPL is the highest division of the Ukrainian annual football championship. As the Vyshcha Liga (Top League), UPL was formed in 1991 as part of the 1992 Ukrainian football championship in the Soviet top three tiers competitions, as well as better clubs of the Ukrainian republican competitions.

3. Bundesliga

This German league ranks no. 3 in the list with just cause. It has one of the most exciting matches among other leagues with the play revolving around attacking football and long-range domination. The Bundesliga (Federal League) is a professional association football league in Germany, at the top of the German football league system, the Bundesliga is Germany’s primary football competition. The Bundesliga comprises 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga.

2. Spanish La Liga

As one of the most popular and best football leagues in the world, it’s no wonder that La Liga makes this far into the list. The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División,  commonly known as La Liga and officially as LaLiga Santander for sponsorship reasons, stylized as LaLiga, is the men’s top professional football division of the Spanish football league system.  Administered by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional,  is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest-placed teams at the end of each season relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top two teams and a play-off winner in that division.

1. English Premier League

Often regarded as the king of leagues, the English Premier League tops the list. The Premier League often referred as the English Premier League or the EPL (legal name: The Football Association Premier League Limited), is the top level of the English football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL). Seasons run from August to May with each team playing 38 matches (playing all 19 other teams both home and away).  Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.    

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