English Football – a new season begins

Football is probably England’s most popular sport and English people love both watching and playing football. The English football season runs from August to May and the first football matches of the new season take place this weekend.

The Premier League is the top English professional competition for football clubs and is the most-watched football league in the world.   Matches are shown on television in many countries to a possible TV audience of 4.7 billion people.

Teams in the Premier League each play 38 matches. Most games are played in the afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays, the other games during weekday evenings.

The tops teams England at the moment are Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. This year, Manchester City will be hoping to defend the title they won after a thrilling race last season.

Who will win it this time?

Notes:

a competition            a contest between people or teams

a league                    a group of teams trying to win a championship

thrilling                     exciting

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