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The Story Behind The EPL Acronym

When is the Premiership referred to as the English Premier League (or the acronym EPL)? The answer is when it’s typically referenced by people outside the UK.

The Premier League markets the world’s most popular sports league as the English Premier League, which makes total sense because there are several other forms of football that use the “Premier League” description (Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Wales, just to name a few).

If you don’t believe me, here are two examples of the EPL reference from Patrick Barclay at The Daily Telegraph, and Australian striker Scott McDonald.

Surprisingly, the topic of the “EPL” name usually generates quite a bit of controversy.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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3 Responses to The Story Behind The EPL Acronym

  1. jason says:

    I personally prefer the term “Premiership” over “EPL”, just because that term is simply not used in England — you will never hear EPL used on BBC, ITV or Sky…only on channels like FSC.

    Interstingly, the Scottish Premier League is freely called the SPL in Scotland without any controversy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If you think EPL is bad, what about USWNT or USMNT?

  3. guide says:

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