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Beginner’s Guide to the English Premier League (EPL)

premier league trophy Beginners Guide to the English Premier League (EPL)

On August 17, the new season of the 2013-14 English Premier League season will kick off. For viewers in the United States, the league games will be available to the mainstream more readily than ever before with 20 matches scheduled to run over-the-air, as well as every game being shown live via an assortment of networks and options, which can — for new fans to the leagues — seem overwhelming.

At the same time, the number of competitions and how the Premier League is run may seem confusing to sports fan that are accustomed to how other sport leagues are run.

If you’re new to the Premier League and fascinated by the action and history, where do you go for background information so you can get up to speed on the Premier League as well as the 20 teams that compete?

Thanks to World Soccer Talk blogger Josh Harris (no relation), we’ve created a beginner’s guide to the English Premier League. We have a general overview page. And then you can select a beginner’s guide to each team in the Premier League. To access those pages, hover your mouse over ‘EPL Beginner’s Guide” in the main navigation bar above, and you’ll then be able to select the beginner’s guides for each individual team.

Other helpful resources:

How to pick an English Premier League team.

Everything you need to know about NBC’s coverage of the Premier League.

Premier League TV and Internet schedule.

Ultimate guide to soccer books.

Ultimate guide to the best soccer movies.

Helpful Advice For New Soccer Fans Getting Into the Sport.

Browse through the Premier League shirts.

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About Christopher Harris

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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5 Responses to Beginner’s Guide to the English Premier League (EPL)

  1. Eric says:

    Very handy links for the newly-initiated Chris. That said, if it is possible, you might want to update the “how to pick a team” page so that it doesn’t include the relegated teams from last season.

    A person is well within their rights to support Reading, Wigan, or QPR, but it will confuse them to no end when they don’t see them on the schedule at any point in the season.


  2. David says:

    Can you please expand on what it is about Gus Johnson’s pronunciation of “premier” (as in Premier League) that so ruffles the British? I’ve seen some off-hand references to it, but nobody has explained it well enough for us Americans (or at least this American) to get.

    How is he pronouncing it (link to video if possible)? How should he be pronouncing it? What does it matter that/if he’s a little off in his pronunciation?

  3. Ken says:

    On the General Overview page you’ve linked to Josh has used an out of date logo. The Premier League dropped FA from it a few years ago now.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Thanks Ken. That was done on purpose. In order to publish the current Premier League logo, the Premier League demands a license fee, which I think is ridiculous that I would be forced to have to pay that to promote their league.

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