The Barclays Premier League is all about the football.
Watching the fantastic players and exciting matches creates the support that drives the broadcast and the commercial interest that ensures we can re-invest in the game, both domestically and globally.
The principal objective of the Premier League is to stage the most competitive and compelling league with world class players and, through the equitable distribution of broadcast and commercial revenues, to enable clubs to develop so that European competition is a realistic aim and, once there, they are playing at a level where they can compete effectively.
Many of the most famous clubs in world football play in the Premier League and, thanks to our distribution model - which is the most equitable in top-flight European football - the League is incredibly competitive, unpredictable and exciting. In recent seasons, the battles for the Title, Champions League places and to avoid relegation have been the tightest and hardest fought on record.
Some of the biggest names in world football play in the Premier League every week: from Wayne Rooney to David Silva, Santi Cazorla to Steven Gerrard, Robin van Persie to Roberto Soldado. The world’s best players come to England to play in a compelling league competition, in front of passionate full-houses and matches that are seen all over the world.
The global stars attracted to the Premier League helps raise playing standards of young English talent like Daniel Sturridge, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw. Our clubs are producing some excellent players, who take their place alongside the international superstars on merit.
The Barclays Premier League is now the world’s league. It has become a global phenomenon, inspiring passion and emotion from Los Angeles and Lagos to Macau and Melbourne.
It has become a league of nations on the pitch too. In 1992 there were only 11 non-British or Irish footballers in the Premier League. These days there are, on average, around 70 nationalities running on to the pitch in the Premier League.
A strong domestic league has been beneficial in Europe too. When the Premier League was formed in 1992, England was 13th in the UEFA Association Coefficient table. A decade later it had risen to third, the Premier League tucking in behind La Liga and Serie A, who between them were in the middle of a 16-year period at the top of European football.
Since 2007/08, however, the Premier League has led the Coefficient with strong performances in Europe from established UEFA performers like Manchester United and Chelsea being joined by relative new-comers in Fulham and Stoke City.
Central to the continued progress of the Premier League, and the wider English game, is the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), which was produced by the Premier League after consulting with representatives of the Football League and the FA.
It is a long-term plan that promotes the development of a world-leading Academy system, with the aim of producing more - and better - Home Grown Players. The Premier League and its Clubs are committed to generating domestic talent, with over 95% of young players in training being British.
It will be this talent, developed through the EPPP, which will see some of the best prepared world-class players taking part in what will be most competitive and compelling league in football.