See Liverpool F.C. for more usage (disambiguation). Liverpool Football Team is an English professional football club based in Liverpool that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Domestically, the team has won nineteen league titles, seven FA Cups, an FA League Cup record eight times, and fifteen FA Community Shields. They are also the only British club to have been awarded every year since the inaugural season of the UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool first entered the inaugural season of the Football League in 1892–93. The club was immediately elected into Division Two, then called the Second Division because there were only two divisions in English football at the time. They finished in second place, one point behind Millwall, with 22 points.
The following season, they were placed in Division One, which at that time had only one division. However, after finishing in first place with 92 points, they were granted a promotion spot reserved for the winner of Division Two. This is when the "Second Division" title became official.
Over the next few years, Liverpool would intermittently win league titles, but they would always return to the top flight by virtue of being voted back in by their fellow players. In 1900–01, for example, they spent only one season in Division One before winning the First Division title. In 1903–04, they again returned to the First Division after just one season out of division once more.
Liverpool Football Club, or simply Liverpool FC, is a Liverpool-based English professional football (soccer) club. With six European Cup/Champions League trophies, it is the most successful English team in European football competition history. The team has also won the English Premier League 19 times. It is the only other English team to have won the top flight more than once.
They were founded as St John's Football Club in 1878 by members of the Anglican church community in Liverpool who had been invited to take part in a charity match against a team of employees of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. This match became known as the first official game of soccer within the United Kingdom. The original club disbanded in 1884 but was reformed five years later under the name "New Liverpool". In 1889, when it became clear that New Liverpool would not be able to compete financially with other clubs, they merged with the Everton Football Club to form Everton FC. The new club played for one season before merging with the Woodmen Sports Club to form Liverpool F.C..
The original St John's Football Club is considered by some authors to be the first soccer team in the world because it was this club that introduced the rules of the game to England. However, others claim that association football, today called soccer, was already being played in Europe (mainly in France and Germany), when John Wilson and his friends from Liverpool decided to bring it to England.
In addition to the Premier League, Liverpool will compete in the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, and the UEFA Champions League this season. They will be hoping to win all of these competitions so they can add "Champions League winner" to their list of achievements.
They were relegated from the top flight last season but earned promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. This makes them only the second club to do so after West Ham United returned to the top division at the first attempt of the following season. LFC are also participating in this year's UEFA Champions League, which is their tenth participation overall. They have never been defeated by a European team - so we'll see how that goes for them.
Their last final was in 2005 when they lost 1-0 to Roma in Istanbul. Since then they've been knocked out by Chelsea (4-1 on aggregate) in the semifinals. However, it must be noted that before that defeat they had already won the League twice, the FA Cup once, and the UEFA Cup once. So they're still one of the best teams in Europe and they'll be looking to continue where they left off last season.
Liverpool played their first match in the 1922/23 season and have been continuously playing league matches ever since.
The Liverpool FA's membership now consists of over 800 member clubs that facilitate over 3200 teams, all of which play regular league football. Hundreds of additional teams are also registered at many FA approved small-sided football centres across the city. League football is played throughout the year except for around Christmas and New Year when most clubs take a break.
When the Football Association was founded in 1863, only the elite of British football attended its first meetings. The idea of opening the game to more people was not considered important at the time because the majority of fans went to matches watchable by just one team - usually the local one. In 1866, the FA began organizing competitions that would attract attention from outside Liverpool. Its initial efforts were unsuccessful but they soon proved to be invaluable in helping the association grow.
In 1872, the FA launched the First Division, which became known as the Premier League today. This was the first nationwide division with annual changes to the schedule so that no club had an unfair advantage due to their location. The league was very successful from the beginning and has continued to win popularity and prestige ever since.
In 1885, the FA organized another competition for non-league teams. This time, none of the invited clubs came from the top flight so it was called the Second Division.