View here English Football League Records, Tables and Statistics. The English Football League is a league competition featuring professional football clubs from England and Wales. Founded in 1888, it is the oldest such competition in world football. It was the top level football league in England from its foundation in the 19th century until 1992, when the top 22 clubs split away to form the FA Premier League. Since 1992 the English Football League has had 72 clubs evenly divided into three divisions, which are currently known as The Championship, League One, and League Two.