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Tertanian Premier Division

Tertanian Premier Division

Tertanian Premier Division






Founded: 16th of April, 1987


Country: Tertania


Confederation: USEAC (Usean Football Confederation)


Number of Teams: 20
Relegation to: TFL 1st Division


Domestic cup(s): TFA Challenger's Shield
TFA Cup


International cup(s): USEAC Challenger's League
USEAC Super Cup


Current champions: Estralas Royals (2nd Title)
(2019-20)
Most championships: Fuolopis Glazers (13 titles)


Most appearances: Kieran Robin (700)
Top goalscorer: Max Callahan (311)


The Premier Division, often referred to outside Tertania as the Tertanian Premier Division, or sometimes the TPD, is the top level of the Tertanian football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Tertanian Football League (TFL). Seasons run from August to May with each team playing 38 matches (playing all 19 other teams both home and away). Most games are played on the weekend, with some exceptions.

The competition was founded as the TFA Premier Division on 16 April 1987 following the decision of clubs in the TFL 1st Division to break away from the Tertanian Football League and take advantage of a television rights deal. The deal was worth about 1.3 billion Tertans a year domestically as of 2013-14. The league is a corporation in which the member clubs act as shareholders, and generates 2.5 billion Tertans per year in domestic and international television rights.

The Premier Division is one of the most-watched sports leagues in the world, broadcast to nearly every territory in the Confederation (who allow it). For the 2018-19 season average Premier Division match attendance was at 43,406. Most stadium occupancies are near capacity.

Fifty-three clubs have competed since the start of the Premier Division in 1987, all of them being Tertanian. Nine of them have won the title: Fuolopis Glazers (13), Estralas Royals (7), Isonphis United (7), Raven Rovers (3), Isonphis City (2), Merekians (1) and the Ansvale Anchors (1).

Contents

1 History
1.1 Foundation
1.2 Emergence of the "High Five" (2010s)
1.3 2020s
2 Competition Format
2.1 Competition
2.2 Promotion and Relegation
3 International Competitions
3.1 Performance in international competition
4 Stadiums
5 Players
5.1 Top Scorers
5.2 Wages
5.3 Player transfer fees
6 Clubs


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GW 1

History


Foundation
At the close of the 1985-86 season, a proposal was tabled for the establishment of a new league that would bring more money into the game overall. The Founding Clubs Contract, signed on 3 August 1986 by the game's top clubs, established the basic principles for setting up the TFA Premier Division. The newly formed top division was to have commercial independence from the Tertanian Football League, giving the Premier Division licence to negotiate its own broadcast agreements. The argument given at the time was that the extra income would allow Tertanian clubs to compete with teams across Usea. The company Cloud Broadcasting won the bidding for broadcast rights with a bid of 373 million Tertans winning over 4 years, with The Empire being awarded the highlights package broadcast on Fixture's Pictures.

The TFL 1st Division clubs broke away and resigned en masse from the Tertanian Football League in 1987, and on 1st July that year the Premier Division was formed as a limited company. The 20 inaugural members of the new Premier Division were:

  • Raven Rovers - - Manitea

  • Morekians - - Blacksmiths

  • Serherper United - - Rulers

  • Isonphis United - - Rangers

  • Isonphis City - - Monks

  • Fuolopis Glazers - - Erypus Castelliers

  • Ansvale Anchors - - Lintott

  • Monroe Minters - - Wroet

  • Delcroft Travellers - - Estralas Royals

  • Windrip Snowmen - - Fenway

(OOC: Names on the right side of the list are names of other teams. I couldn't figure out how to put more bullet points alongside them without the list being 20 points long.)

Emergence of the "High Five" (2010s)

The years following 2005 marked a shift in the structure of the league. With more outside investment coming in, several teams started continually finishing within the top five positions in the league. Fans of smaller clubs started coining this as the "High Fives", which eventually became an official term to mark the top 5. The criticism of the gap between the elite "super clubs" in the "High Fives" and the majority of the Premier Division continued due to their increasing ability to spend more than the other Premier Division clubs. The Merekians won the title in the 2013-14 season, becoming the first club outside the "High Five" to win a title since the Ansvale Anchors in the 1989-90 season. With only four USEAC Challenger's League qualifying places available and only one USEAC Super Cup position available as well, greater competition for qualification now exists.

Off the pitch, the "High Five" wield significant financial power and influence. The 2018-19 league financial report showed that that the "High Five" all had revenues greater than 400 million Tertans, with the Delcroft Travellers being closest in terms of revenue, recording a figure of 297.3 million Tertans that year.

2020s

From the 2018-19 season onward, video assistant referres were used in the league. In the opinion of Max Callahan, the league's top goalscorer who is now a pundit, "VAR fails to correct human error and only adds to the controversies because human judgement is still necessary. In terms of its offside rulings, VAR revoked several game-changing goals which would have made the outcome of seasons or cups vastly different. It should be up to the linesmen to make those decisions."

Following the outbreak of the Tertanian-Kyratean war, the league was suspended for safety reasons. While this did have a large hit on club revenue, the league eventually returned to usual, with fans being allowed back in stadiums and the league resuming.

Competition Format


Competition

There are 20 clubs in the Tertanian Premier Division. During the course of a season each club plays the other twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponent's, for 38 games. Teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and none for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored.

Promotion and Relegation

A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Tertanian Premier Division and the TFL 1st Division. The three lowest teams in the Tertanian Premier Division are relegated to the TFL 1st Division, and the top two teams from the Championship promoted to the Tertanian Premier Division, with an additional team promoted after a series of play-offs involving the third, fourth, fifth and sixth placed clubs.

International Competitions


Performance in international competitions

Between the 1987-88 and the 2019-20 seasons, Tertanian Premier Division clubs had won the USEAC Challenger's League seven times with 11 runners-up. They had also won the USEAC Super Cup a total of five times, being runners-up six times. While clubs from the Tertanian Premier Division have been successful in international competitions, they have been criticised for "not being good enough for the amount of money pumped in". The Monroe Minters, despite having spent over 600 million Tertans on players since the 2008-9 season, have yet to win a USEAC Challenger's League.

Stadiums


As of the 2019-20 season, Tertanian Premier Division has been played in 49 stadiums since the formation of the division. Following the Harwood Report and the 1983 King's Arena disaster, where 132 people died in a fatal human-crush with 807 having non-fatal injuries, stadiums have been required to be only-seaters and for standing terraces to be abolished. Since the formation of the Tertanian Premier Division, football stadiums in Tertania have seen constant improvements to capacity and facilities, with some teams building entirely new stadiums. Two stadiums that have seen Tertanian Premier Division have been demolished. As of the 2018-19 season, nearly every stadium in the Tertanian Premier Division has a capacity of over 50,000, with only three exceptions: Chapel Road, with a capacity of 47,887, Seaview Arena with a capacity of 39,163 and Fenway Park, with a capacity of just 13,801.

Stadium attendances are a significant source of regular income for Tertanian Premier Division clubs. In the All Can See Act proposed by the Tertanian Government, ticket prices would be capped at a varied amount. The act was not deemed "sustainable" by the president, as it would hurt clubs financially.

Players


Top Scorers

Rank

Player

Years

Goals

Apps

1

Max Callahan

1991-2007

311

483

2

Trevor Matthews

1993-2008

260

536

3

Jadon Irvine

2008-

239

370

4

Kabinov Sonya

1999-2017

224

577

5

Jax Carter

2013-

198

241

Italics denotes player is still playing professional football.
Bold denotes player is still playing in the Tertanian Premier Division.

Wages

There is no team or individual salary cap in the Tertanian Premier Division. As a result of the increasingly lucrative broadcasting deals along with more investment from club owners, player wages rose sharply following the formation of the Tertanian Premier Division when the average player wage was 67,000 Tertans per year. In the 2019-20 season the average annual salary stood at 3.21 million Tertans. The total salary bill for the 20 Tertanian Premier Division clubs in the 1029-20 season was 2.11 billion Tertans. The club with the highest average wages is Isonphis United at 7.1 million Tertans.

Player Transfer Fees

The record transfer fee for a Tertanian Premier Division has risen steadily over the lifetime of the league. Prior to the start of the first Tertanian Premier Division season, Dylan Watts became the first Tertanian player to have a transfer fee of more than 2.5 million Tertans. The record has increased steadily and Arthur Garrison is now the most expensive transfer involving a Tertanian Premier Division club at 191 million Tertans, moving from the Merekians to a top club in Feuraxia. Garrison, who moved to the Feuraxian club in the 2016-17 season has been plagued with injuries and has not returned entirely on the investment. The highest transfer fee paid by a Tertanian Premier Division club is 145 million Tertans for Martyn Fletcher.

Top transfer fees paid by Tertanian Premier Division clubs:

Rank

Player

Fee (min.)

Previous Club

Current Club

1

Martyn Fletcher

145m

Fenway

Isonphis United

2

Jax Carter

120m

Blacksmiths

Fuolopis Glazers

3

David Bowe

100m

Telmanian Crocodiles

Isonphis United

4

Mathieu Vandame

85m

Port Patterson

Isonphis City

5

Kai Strauss

50m

Ansvale Anchors

Fuolopis Glazers

Top transfer fees received by Tertanian Premier Division clubs:

Rank

Player

Fee (min.)

Previous Club

Current Club

1

Arthur Garrison

191m

Fuolopis Glazers

RK Sector

2

Lennox Kumar

160m

Blacksmiths

FC Monetia

3

Martyn Fletcher

145m

Fenway

Isonphis United

4

Kieran Yates

130m

Estralas Royals

Gorod 1892

5

Jax Carter

120m

Blacksmiths

Fuolopis Glazers

Clubs


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