The English Football League (EFL) Championship represents Level Two of the English football league system (known as the football pyramid).
In the first 100 years of its existence from 1892 to 1992 it was known as the Football League 'Second Division.' When the Premier League launched in 1992-93 this league became the top tier of the Football League and was re-named 'The Football league First Division' before a further re-organisation in 2004 led to it being re-named 'The Football League Championship' from 2004-05.
From 2016-17 the Football League has been known as the English Football League.
The league comprises twenty four football teams.
Three teams are promoted to the Premier League at the end of each season, the top two teams automatically and the third via a series of play-off matches between the teams finishing from third to sixth place. The bottom three teams at the end of each season are relegated from the English Football League Championship, being replaced by teams from the English Football League One.
Through the Football Association the English Football League is part of the UEFA Confederation which is responsible for clubs and national football teams in Europe.
The English Football League Championship has had commercial sponsors since the second season of its existence:
Endsleigh: 1994 - 1996
Nationwide: 1997 - 2004
Coca-Cola: 2005 - 2010
npower: 2011 - 2013
Sky Bet: 2014 -
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