Football League

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The Football League was founded in 1888 and runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. It also organises two knockout cup competitions; the Football League Cup and the Football League Trophy.

It was founded by twelve clubs:

Financial considerations led to a major shake-up in 1992 when, in a step to maximise their revenue, the leading members of the Football League broke away to form their own competition, the FA Premier League, which was renamed in 2007 as the Premier League. The Football League therefore no longer includes the top 20 clubs who belong to this group, although promotion and relegation between the Football League and the Premier League continues.

Chelsea were elected to the Football League shortly after foundation in 1905, entering at the Second Division level.

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