- "The Championship" redirects here. For the English football competition, see Football League Championship.
is a term used in sport
to refer to various forms of competition
in which the aim is to decide which individual or team is the champion
Various forms of competition can be referred to by the term championship.
Title match system
In this system, a competitor has to challenge the current champion to win the championship. This form of championship is used in wrestling
, and other combat sports.
The term championship is often used to refer to tournament competitions
, either using a knockout format
, such as at Wimbledon
and other championships in tennis
, or a mixed format with a group stage
followed by knockout rounds, such as used in the European Football Championship
A variation of the knockout format is the "best-of-X" or series format where two teams face other for a specified number of times until one team wins the majority of specified games, most of the time the remaining games are not played anymore; only then is the losing team eliminated from contention and the winning team advances to the next level. This format is predominant in American sports such as baseball, ice hockey and basketball, and on test cricket.
Championships in various sports, including rugby union
and association football (soccer)
use a league system
in which all competitors in the league play each other, either once or a number of times.
In many American
sport league (as well as some other North American
countries), a playoff system is used to determine a championship winner. Teams compete in a regular season
of varying formats and a limited number of teams qualify for playoffs
. The playoffs are a tournament where teams play head-to-head in knockout competition. The championship is oftentimes considered the final of the playoffs (e.g., Super Bowl
, Stanley Cup Finals
, World Series
, etc.). The playoff system can be seen as a hybrid between the league system and tournament system, where a league is used to determine qualifiers for the tournament.
Usage in English football
In English football
, since the 2004-2005 season
, The Championship
has been used to refer to the second level of league football, properly called the Football League Championship
. The Championship is one division
below the FA Premier League
and a division above Football League One
. It had previously been known as the Football League First Division
Usage in professional wrestling
may refer to :