Does the FA Premier League have power over the Football Association?

The Football Association

The Football Association is the governing body of football for England. The Football Association is tasked with the organisation of football in England, putting in to play the rules which have been handed down by the world governing body of football – FIFA.

What is the main role of the Football Association?

The Football Association has many roles from developing amateur and the youth levels of the game to working with the professional side.

The Football Association is a Member Association of FIFA and consequently is in charge of the England national football team at full level and all England teams at all levels below full international. Currently the Football Association is in charge of 11 England football teams.

The FA Cup is the cup competition in England which is administered and overseen by the Football Association. The Football Association is also in control of Wembley Stadium.

The Premier League

What is the Premier League?

The Football Association Premier League (FAPL) Ltd is the body which runs the top flight of English Football – The Premier League.

It is effectively a commercial entity which runs the league making decisions regarding the commercial side of the game.

What is the main role of the Football Association Premier League Ltd?

The main role of the Football Association Premier is the organisation of the commercial side of one of the most high profile football leagues in the world. For example such commercial decisions as how the television rights for Premier League matches will be sold and how much money clubs will receive when relegated from the league in the form of parachute payments will be made by the FAPL.

One of the biggest commercial contracts that the Football Association Premier League has is with BskyB for the live broadcast of a huge amount of Premier League matches but it also arranges many other high profile deals such as the lead sponsor for the league.

What role does the Football Association play with the FAPL?

The Football Association is the regulatory body for football in England. This means that any decisions taken regarding purely the football side of Premier League matches will rest with the Football Association. For example if a player during a Premier League match commits some kind of disciplinary offence then the sanction will rest solely with the Football Association.

If any new rules are developed by the world governing body (FIFA) such as the possible implementation of goal-line technology, this will be administered and developed by the Football Association for Premier League matches.

Another way in which the two interact is that when the Football Association requires players to represent the England national team for a competitive or friendly international it is a requirement that the Premier League does not schedule any fixtures on this day to enable the players to represent their country.

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  • How is this balancing act achieved?
  • Why is this necessary?
  • When will this occur?
  • Is there often a conflict between the two bodies?
  • How can the FA Premier League have this much sway?
  • Do the two bodies not have the same interests – most notably the success of English football?