How many teams are relegated from Premier League? Explaining how relegation works in English football
The Premier League 2022/23 season run-in is set for a nail-biting relegation battle in the closing weeks of the English top-flight campaign.
The prospect of dropping out of the Premier League presents a threat to clubs on a few levels, with the estimated financial cost estimated at between £88-£100million ($110-$125m).
The pressure of the battle is intense for those involved, with tension often etched on the faces supporters as the fight for survival dominates the final weeks of the season.
The Sporting News takes a look at how Premier League relegation works and which teams have slipped through the trap door on the most occasions since 1992/93.
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How many teams are relegated from the Premier League?
The Premier League rules on relegation are relatively straightforward, with the bottom three teams at the end of the season relegated to the second-tier EFL Championship.
There has only been one exception to the rule of three teams being relegated, with four sides dropping out of the division when the Premier League changed from a 22-team structure to 20 teams at the end of the 1994/95 season.
Today, the teams finishing 18th, 19th and 20th in the Premier League after each club has completed 38 games are automatically relegated to the second tier.
Tiebreaker order criteria is based on points, overall goal difference, overall goals scored, and then head-to-head record.
History of Premier League relegation
Premier League relegation battles have formed a huge part of each campaign over the years. The idea of a '40-point safety mark' used to be prevalent, but that has decreased to 36 on the evidence of the past 10 seasons.
Since 2000, 37 points have been enough to seal Premier League survival on all but four occasions, and the 2022/23 campaign could see 34 points prove enough to stay in the top-flight.
The 2022/23 season will complete the Premier League's 31st season and with three clubs relegated per season — and four in the exceptional 1994/95 campaign — the total overall number of relegation spots over that span will reach 94 on May 28, 2023.
Premier League relegated teams 1992/93 to 1994/95
|Season||19th place (pts)||20th place (pts)||21st place (pts)||22nd place (pts)|
|1992/93||—||Crystal Palace (49)||Middlesbrough (44)||Nottingham Forest (40)|
|1993/94||—||Sheff. United (42)||Oldham Athletic (40)||Swindon Town (30)|
|1994/95||Crystal Palace (45)||Norwich City (43)||Leicester City (29)||Ipswich Town (27)|
Premier League relegated teams 1995/96 to 2022/23
|Season||18th place (pts)||19th place (pts)||20th place (pts)|
|1995/96||Man City (38)||QPR (33)||Bolton Wanderers (29)|
|1996/97||Sunderland (40)||Middlesbrough (39)||Nottingham Forest (34)|
|1997/98||Bolton (40)||Barnsley (35)||Crystal Palace (33)|
|1998/99||Charlton (36)||Blackburn (35)||Nott'm Forest (30)|
|1999/00||Wimbledon (33)||Sheff Wednesday (31)||Watford (24)|
|2000/01||Man City (34)||Coventry City (34)||Bradford City (26)|
|2001/02||Ipswich Town (36)||Derby County (30)||Leicester City (28)|
|2002/03||West Ham (42)||West Brom (26)||Sunderland (19)|
|2003/04||Leicester City (33)||Leeds United (33)||Wolves (33)|
|2004/05||Crystal Palace (33)||Norwich City (33)||Southampton (32)|
|2005/06||Birmingham City (34)||West Brom (30)||Sunderland (15)|
|2006/07||Sheff. United (38)||Charlton Athletic (34)||Watford (28)|
|2007/08||Reading (36)||Birmingham City (35)||Derby County (11)|
|2008/09||Newcastle (34)||Middlesbrough (32)||West Brom (32)|
|2009/10||Burnley (30)||Hull City (30)||Portsmouth (19)|
|2010/11||Birmingham City (39)||Blackpool (39)||West Ham (33)|
|2011/12||Bolton (36)||Blackburn (31)||Wolves (25)|
|2012/13||Wigan Athletic (36)||Reading (28)||QPR (25)|
|2013/14||Norwich City (33)||Cardiff City (32)||Fulham (30)|
|2014/15||Hull City (35)||Burnley (33)||QPR (30)|
|2015/16||Newcastle (37)||Norwich City (34)||Aston Villa (17)|
|2016/17||Hull City (34)||Middlesbrough (28)||Sunderland (24)|
|2017/18||Swansea City (33)||Stoke City (33)||West Brom (31)|
|2018/19||Cardiff City (34)||Fulham (26)||Huddersfield (16)|
|2019/20||Bournemouth (34)||Watford (34)||Norwich City (21)|
|2020/21||Fulham (28)||West Brom (26)||Sheff. United (23)|
|2021/22||Burnley (35)||Watford (23)||Norwich City (22)|
Teams relegated most in Premier League history
The title of the most-relegated club in Premier League is not a feat any club is keen to boast about, but the bottom three has featured plenty of repetition down the years, with Norwich City's six relegations crowning them the kings of the drop zone.
The Canaries have not managed successive Premier League seasons since 2014. West Bromwich Albion are the second-most relegated team, suffering five demotions.
Most relegated Premier League sides
- Norwich City (6): 1994/95, 2004/05, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2019/20, 2021/22
- West Bromwich Albion (5): 2002/03, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2017/18, 2020/21
- Crystal Palace (4): 1992/93, 1994/95, 1997/98, 2004/05
- Middlesbrough (4): 1992/93, 1996/97, 2008/09. 2016/17
- Sunderland (4): 1996/97, 2002/03, 2005/06, 2016/17