Chelsea was the 2014-15 champion of the 20-team Barclays Premier League. Chelsea lost only three matches to finish with 87 points, eight more than Manchester City.
Chelsea, Manchester City, third-place Arsenal and fourth-place Manchester United qualified for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League tournament. Manchester United plays a qualifying playoff to join Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the Champions League's group stage.
Tottenham Hotspur finished fifth in the Premier League and secured a group-stage position in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League. Liverpool, in sixth, and seventh-place Southampton qualified for the Europa League's playoff rounds.
Swansea City, Stoke City and Crystal Palace finished in the Premier League's top half by placing, respectively, eighth through 10th.
Eleventh- through 17th-place teams in the Premier League included, in order, Everton, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City, Newcastle, Sunderland and Aston Villa. Despite finishing 12th, West Ham received a position in the Europa League's first playoff round through UEFA's Respect Fair Play campaign.
Hull City, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers finished, respectively, 18th through 20th in the Premier League and were relegated into the second-tier League Championship. They were replaced by Bournemouth and Watford, the Championship's top two teams, and promotion-playoff winner Norwich City.