The 2010–11 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 19th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The 2010–11 fixtures were released on 17 June 2010 at 09:00 BST. The season began on 14 August 2010, and ended on 22 May 2011. Chelsea were the defending champions.
Manchester United secured the title with a 1–1 draw away to Blackburn Rovers on 14 May 2011.
This was their nineteenth English league title, breaking a tie with Liverpool which had stood since Manchester United won their eighteenth title in 2009. Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all secured a berth for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, while Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League via league position. At the bottom, West Ham United, Blackpool, and Birmingham City were relegated to the Championship.
The Premier League introduced a cap on the number of players in a squad. From this season onwards, clubs had to declare a squad of no more than 25 players when the summer transfer window shuts, and then again at the end of the January transfer window. Players aged 21 and under could be selected without being registered in the 25.
Also being introduced this season was the "home grown players" rule, which aims to encourage the development of young footballers at Premier League clubs. The new rule required clubs to name at least eight players in their squad of 25 players that have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons prior to their 21st birthday.
All of the Premier League teams submitted their 25-man squads on 1 September 2010 deadline.
A total of twenty teams contested the league, including seventeen sides from the 2009–10 season and three promoted teams from the 2009–10 Football League Championship.
Hull City, Burnley and Portsmouth were relegated from 2009–10 Premier League after finishing the season in the bottom three places of the league table. From the three teams relegated, Portsmouth had the longest tenure as a Premier League member as the club completed a seven-year stay at the highest level of English football. In comparison, Hull City and Burnley had to return to the Championship after two and one years respectively.
2009–10 Football League Championship champions Newcastle United and runners-up West Bromwich Albion secured direct promotion to the Premier League. Both teams made their immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated at the end of the 2008–09 season. Blackpool beat Cardiff City 3–2 in the Championship play-off Final to join them after 39 years of absence from the top flight.
It was the first time since 1983–84 that all four major West Midlands clubs—Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers—had been in the top division at the same time. It was also the first time that the Black Country derby was contested in the Premier League. With Portsmouth and Hull relegated and no teams from their respective regions replacing them, only four of the nine regions of England were represented in the 2010–11 Premier League – the fewest number of regions represented in a national football division in modern times. Yorkshire and the Humber, the East Midlands, East, South East and South West are all unrepresented.
Stadia and locations
Locations of the 2010–11 Premier League teams
|| Stadium capacity1|
|| Emirates Stadium
| Aston Villa
|| Villa Park
| Birmingham City
|| St Andrew's
| Blackburn Rovers
|| Ewood Park
|| Bloomfield Road
| Bolton Wanderers
|| Reebok Stadium
|| Stamford Bridge
|| Goodison Park
|| Craven Cottage
| Manchester City
| Manchester United
|| Old Trafford
| Newcastle United
|| St James' Park
| Stoke City
|| Britannia Stadium
|| Stadium of Light
| Tottenham Hotspur
|| White Hart Lane
| West Bromwich Albion
|| The Hawthorns
| West Ham United
|| Boleyn Ground
| Wigan Athletic
|| DW Stadium
| Wolverhampton Wanderers
- 1 Correct as of start of 2010–11 Premier League season
Personnel and kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|| Kit manufacturer
|| Shirt sponsor|
||Wenger, ArseneArsène Wenger
||Fàbregas, CescCesc Fàbregas
||Houllier, GerardGérard Houllier
||Petrov, StiliyanStiliyan Petrov
||Macleish, AlexAlex McLeish
||Carr, StephenStephen Carr
||Kean, SteveSteve Kean
||Nelsen, RyanRyan Nelsen
||Holloway, IanIan Holloway
||Adam, CharlieCharlie Adam
||Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle
||Davies, KevinKevin Davies
||Ancelotti, CarloCarlo Ancelotti
||Terry, JohnJohn Terry
||Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes
||Neville, PhilPhil Neville
||Le Coq Sportif
||Hughes, MarkMark Hughes
||Murphy, DannyDanny Murphy
||Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish
||Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard
||Mancini, RobertoRoberto Mancini
||Tevez, CarlosCarlos Tevez
||Ferguson, AlexSir Alex Ferguson
||Neville, GaryGary Neville
||Pardew, AlanAlan Pardew
||Nolan, KevinKevin Nolan
||Pulis, TonyTony Pulis
||Shawcross, RyanRyan Shawcross
||Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce
||Cattermole, LeeLee Cattermole
||Redknapp, HarryHarry Redknapp
||Dawson, MichaelMichael Dawson
|West Bromwich Albion
||Hodgson, RoyRoy Hodgson
||Brunt, ChrisChris Brunt
|West Ham United
||Keen, KevinKevin Keen (caretaker)
||Upson, MatthewMatthew Upson
||Martinez, RobertoRoberto Martínez
||Caldwell, GaryGary Caldwell
||Maccarthy, MickMick McCarthy
||Henry, KarlKarl Henry
Nike produced a new match ball, the Nike Total 90 Tracer, which was electric blue, black and white during the autumn and spring. A high-visibility version in yellow was released for the winter. Additionally, Umbro provided officials with new kits in black, lime green, yellow, red and cyan blue for the season. Tune Ventures, parent company of Air Asia, took over as sponsor of the referee kits for the next three seasons.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Fulham, as the highest-ranked team from the Fair Play table not yet qualified for any European competition, entered the first qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.
2 Stoke City qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League as 2010–11 FA Cup runners-up to Champions League-qualified Manchester City.
3 Birmingham City qualified for the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League after winning the 2010–11 Football League Cup, worth a third qualification round spot, and subsequently being moved up a round due to the outcome of the 2011 FA Cup Final.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Source: Barclays Premier League
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
- First goal of the season: Stewart Downing for Aston Villa against West Ham United (14 August 2010)
- Fastest goal of the season: 30 seconds – Maxi Rodríguez for Liverpool against Fulham (9 May 2011)
- Widest winning margin: 6 goals
- Chelsea 6–0 West Bromwich Albion (14 August 2010)
- Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool (21 August 2010)
- Wigan Athletic 0–6 Chelsea (21 August 2010)
- Newcastle United 6–0 Aston Villa (22 August 2010)
- Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)
- Highest scoring game: 8 goals
- Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)
- Everton 5–3 Blackpool (5 February 2011)
- Newcastle United 4–4 Arsenal (5 February 2011)
- Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 7 goals – Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)
- Fewest games failed to score in: 5 – Manchester United
- Most games failed to score in: 13
- Stoke City
- West Ham United
- Wigan Athletic
| Player|| For || Against || Result || Date|
|Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba || Chelsea|| West Bromwich Albion || 6–0 || 14 August 2010|
|Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott || Arsenal|| Blackpool || 6–0 || 21 August 2010|
|Carroll, AndyAndy Carroll || Newcastle United|| Aston Villa || 6–0 || 22 August 2010|
|Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov || Manchester United || Liverpool || 3–2|| 19 September 2010|
|Nolan, KevinKevin Nolan || Newcastle United || Sunderland || 5–1 || 31 October 2010|
|Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov5 || Manchester United || Blackburn Rovers || 7–1 || 27 November 2010|
|Balotelli, MarioMario Balotelli || Manchester City || Aston Villa || 4–0 || 28 December 2010|
|Best, LeonLeon Best || Newcastle United || West Ham United || 5–0 || 5 January 2011|
|Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov || Manchester United || Birmingham City || 5–0 || 22 January 2011|
|Persie, Robin vanRobin van Persie || Arsenal || Wigan Athletic || 3–0 || 22 January 2011|
|Tevez, CarlosCarlos Tevez || Manchester City || West Bromwich Albion || 3–0 || 5 February 2011|
|Saha, LouisLouis Saha4 || Everton || Blackpool || 5–3 || 5 February 2011|
|Kuyt, DirkDirk Kuyt || Liverpool || Manchester United || 3–1 || 6 March 2011|
|Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney || Manchester United || West Ham United || 4–2 || 2 April 2011|
|Rodriguez, MaxiMaxi Rodríguez || Liverpool || Birmingham City || 5–0 || 23 April 2011|
|Rodriguez, MaxiMaxi Rodríguez || Liverpool || Fulham || 5–2 || 9 May 2011|
|Tchoyi, SomenSomen Tchoyi || West Bromwich Albion || Newcastle United || 3–3 || 22 May 2011|
- 4 Player scored four goals
- 5 Player scored five goals
- Worst overall disciplinary record (1 point per yellow card, 3 points per red card):
- Manchester City – 89 points (74 yellow & 5 red cards)
- Best overall disciplinary record:
- Blackpool – 53 points (47 yellow & 2 red cards)
- Most yellow cards: 75 – Newcastle United
- Most red cards: 7 – West Bromwich Albion
- Most clean sheets: 18 – Manchester City
- Fewest clean sheets: 2 – West Bromwich Albion
PFA Player of the Year
The PFA Player of the Year was awarded to Gareth Bale.
FWA Footballer of the Year
The FWA Footballer of the Year was awarded to Scott Parker.
PFA Young Player of the Year
The PFA Young Player of the Year was awarded to Jack Wilshere.
PFA Fans' Player of the Year
The PFA Fans' Player of the Year was awarded to Raul Meireles.
PFA Team of the Year
Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)
Defence: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Midfield: Nani (Manchester United), Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere (both Arsenal), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Attack: Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
Barclays Player of the season
The Barclays Player of the Season award was won by Nemanja Vidić of Manchester United.
FA Premier League Manager of the Year Award
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 69, received the FA Premier League Manager of the Year Award.
Barclays Golden Glove
The Barclays Golden Glove award was won by Joe Hart of Manchester City.
Barclays Golden Boot
Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City shared the Barclays Golden Boot this season, both finishing with 20 goals. Berbatov's 20 goals came in 32 appearances, with Tevez's 20 goals coming in 31 appearances. This was the first time either player had won the award, and the first time it had been shared since the 1998–99 season.
Barclays Premier League Fair Play Award
The Fair Play Award was won by Chelsea, who finished on top of the Fair Play Table. Newcastle United were deemed to be the least sporting team, finishing bottom of the table. Due to England being one of the three best teams in the UEFA Fair Play rankings, Fulham as the highest-ranked team not already qualified for a European competition were awarded a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.