Coca Cola Leagues
The Coca Cola leagues are the 3 leagues below the Premiership, and above the Blue Square divisions, in the English football league structure. The 3 leagues in the Coca Cola division are, in descending order, the Coca Cola Championship, Coca Cola League 1, and Coca Cola League 2. Of course, the main sponsors of the league are Coca Cola. There are a total of 72 clubs throughout the division, with 24 in each of the 3 tiers. Each league has different rules about promotion and relegation, but all of the leagues have end of season play-offs, a competition where the 4 teams who finished below the automatic promotion spots face off in home and away two legged semi finals, and a final held an Wembley, to determine who will be promoted to the higher division.
 Facts About the Football League
- There are 2 Welsh clubs in the structure, Swansea and Cardiff City, both currently based in the championship.
- The Football League was the highest level of English football from 1888 until 1992, when the strongest 22 clubs broke off to form the Premier League.
- Sunderland are the current champions of the Coca Cola Championship, which theoretically means they were the best team in the football league last season.
- It is the oldest league competition in world football.
- There were originally just 12 clubs in the football league- Accrington FC, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke, West Bromich Albion, and Wolverhampton Wanderers. 5 of those clubs are currently in the premier league, whilst 4 of the other are in the championship, whilst Notts County, and Accrington Stanley, the replacement for Accrington FC, are in Coca Cola League 2.
 Important Information
- 5 substitutes can be named for each game, but only 3 used.
- Teams sorted by goal difference, and then goals scored.
- One match ban for every red card, and a one match ban for every five yellow cards.
- There are 46 games in the regular season, with all teams playing each other twice, home and away.
- There are 2 main transfer windows- the summer window, which starts on 1st July and ends on 31st August, and the January window, which is from 1st to the 31st of January. There is also a window when players can only be signed on loan and on a free in between 6th September and 22nd November, and another between 7th February and 27th March.
- There is a maximum of 4 domestic based players over the age of 23 allowed on a long term loan in a season.
- There is a maximum of 4 domestic based players under the age of 23 allowed on a long term loan in a season.
- There is a maximum of 2 domestic based players over the age of 23 allowed on a long term loan from the same team in a season.
- Domestic based players are allowed to go on short term loan to the same club for a maximum of 3 months during the season.
 The Football League Trophy
The Football League trophy, currently known as the Johnstones Paint Trophy. The previous sponsors of the tournament were LDV, but Johnstones Paints took over in 2006. The trophy is contested by clubs in the bottom 2 leagues, Coca Cola league One and Two. The competition is generally disregarded by most clubs, with both managers and fans failing to take the tournament seriously, resulting in low attendances and weakened teams in the early rounds. However, it is still silverware, and a trip to Wembley, which means the cup can become quite competitive in the latter stages. The competition is contested by 48 teams, although it is split into two sections, north and south, until the final. The holders of the competition are Doncaster.
 Other cup Competitions
All Football League clubs usually enter the Carling Cup in the first round unless they are playing in European competition, although circumstances may mean that a club is given a bye into the second round. In the FA cup, clubs in league one and two enter in the first round, whilst championship clubs join in the third.
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