In all major soccer leagues around the world there is a system called promotion and relegation on the football pyramid with teams in the lower leagues having the ability to go up for finishing in a high enough place in lower divisions while the lowest teams in the division lower than them take their place at the lower spot on the pyramid. One such country that has their Football Association implement such a system is England whose second level (named the English Football League Championship) sends three teams up to the Premier League (the top flight English league) each season. The places in the Premiership are automatically awarded to the top two teams in the Championship with the third spot being decided via a home and away playoff between the third best and sixth best team as well as the fourth and fifth best with the winners of those semifinals moving onto the final at Wembley Stadium. Today the finalists were decided.
The first finalist, Reading F.C. has been in existence since the 1870s although they did not appear in top-flight football in England until 2006-2007 and have only spent three seasons in the top flight before being relegated again. Their opponent Huddersfield A.F.C. was the first team to win three consecutive top-flight championships in a row from 1924-1926, although they have not played in the top level of the English football pyramid since the 1971-1972 season. The finals match will not be a home and away fixture like the semifinals (Reading beat Fulham and Huddersfield Town beat Sheffield Wednesday) rather it will be played at Wembley Stadium, the home of the English National Football team, as well as the temporary home for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. next season. The match will take place on Monday, May 29th.
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