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Frequently asked questions about the F.A. Premier League
Is there a fact about the Barclaycard Premiership that you haven't been able to find on the site? Discover all the answers by visiting our frequently asked question section of the site.
FAQs
01 When does the FA Premier League start this season?
02 How do you get tickets for FA Premier League matches?
03 How can I watch FA Premier League matches when I am abroad on holiday?
04 How are television revenues distributed to FA Premier League clubs?
05 How many foreign players are there in the Barclaycard Premiership?
06 How can a team qualify for Europe?
07 Are referees professional?
08 Will referees being using technology to help them make their decisions in the near future?
09 Does the FA Premier League do anything for charity?
10 How can I contact The F.A. Premier League?
Answers
01 Saturday August 16th 2003. The season finishes on Saturday 15th May 2004. The start date for the 2004-05 has not yet been confirmed.
02 All clubs have different ticketing policies, so it is best to contact each individual club for information. Ticket information can be found for each club on their official websites. Click on the icons at the top of the page to get there.
03 152 countries show FA Premier League matches on television. Broadcast information on each individual country can be found in the Global TV Listings section of the website.
04 50% of total money goes on an equal share basis to the 20 FA Premier League clubs, while relegated clubs also receive some of this money in the form of a parachute payment. 25% of the money is paid as facility fees, which are determined by the number of appearances on television. 25% is paid in merit payments, determined by the position that a club finished in the league.
05 There are currently 252 foreign players playing in the Barclaycard Premiership. In the 2002 World Cup, English leagues had 101 players competing at the finals.
06 The top two sides in the league qualify automatically for the UEFA Champions League. The teams that finish third and fourth qualify for the final qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The fifth-placed team qualifies for the UEFA Cup, as do the FA Cup winners and the Carling Cup winners. If a club already in Europe wins the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup place goes to the runners-up. If the runners-up are also already in Europe, the place will go to the next highest-placed league team. If the winners of the Carling Cup are already in Europe the UEFA Cup place goes to the next highest-placed league team.

European Places are also available for English teams in the Inter-Toto Cup and via the Fair Play League, where the highest placed team in the Fair Play League that hasn't qualified for Europe by other means is entered into a UEFA draw. If a team is drawn out of the hat they enter the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Cup.
07 Referees have been professional for a number of years now, in that they have been paid for the matches they referee. However, since the start of the 2001-2 season, referees also receive a retainer fee and are obliged to attend a number of training sessions organised by the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB). This does not mean that they work exclusively for PGMOB though, with most referees also working in other professions during the week.
08 Any decisions relating to the future use of technology would have to be agreed by FIFA. Goal-line technologies are being investigated, because whether the ball has crossed the line is a factual decision and not open to the discretion of the referee or his assistants. FIFA are not, however, looking at this sort of technology for decisions such as fouls etc as they believe this would spoil the flow of the game
09 The FA Premier League gives over 21 million pounds to charitable organisations each year.

The FA Premier League is committed to enabling all young people, regardless of sex, race, religion or disability to have access to a new generation of football facilities, and to using the popularity of football to improve educational and training standards for young people. We work closely with Government and other agencies so that we can play a major role in improving social inclusion and raising educational standards. Some of the organisations we are involved in include:
- The Football Foundation
- The Prince's Trust: Football
- Study Support Centres
- Kick it Out!
- Football Aid
- Football in the Community
10 You can contact The F.A. Premier League by either writing to us at 11 Connaught Place, London W2 2ET or emailing contactus@premierleague.com
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