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20 Facts About Football League
The operations centre of the Football League is in Preston, while its commercial office is in London.
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The name "Association Football League Union" was proposed by McGregor but this was felt too close to "Rugby Football League Union".
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Football League was suspended for four seasons during the First World War and resumed in 1919 with the First and Second Divisions expanded to 22 clubs.
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In 1920, leading clubs from the Southern Football League joined the Football League to form a new Third Division, which in 1921 was renamed the Third Division South upon the further addition of more clubs in a new Third Division North.
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Football League was suspended once more in 1939 with the outbreak of the Second World War, this time for seven seasons.
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The newly formed top division would have commercial independence from the Football Association and the Football League, giving the FA Premier League license to negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.
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However, following the formation of the Premier Football League, it became increasingly difficult for newly promoted clubs to establish themselves in the top flight.
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In spite of the economic prosperity between 1992 and 2004, many Football League clubs did run into financial problems during this time, although none of them were forced out of business.
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Former Football League clubs include all 20 of the current members of the Premier League along with various relegated, removed or defunct clubs.
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In 1892 the Football League absorbed 11 of the 12 clubs in the rival Football Alliance after it folded, meaning the League now had enough clubs to form another division.
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Football League Play-offs are used as a means of determining the final promotion place from each of the league's three divisions.
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Since 1983 the Football League has accepted lucrative sponsorships for its main competition.
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In 1992 the threat was realised as the First Division clubs left to establish the FA Premier Football League and signed a contract for exclusive live coverage of their games with Sky TV.
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Football League Board meets monthly and consists of two independent directors, three directors representing the Championship, two representing League One, and one representing League Two.
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