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Explained: Why Welsh teams play in the 'English' Premier League

Swansea and Cardiff City are participants of the English Football League, though they are Welsh-based clubs – so how does their participation in the Premier League, Championship and League One in England work?

The likes of Scottish-based clubs play in their own league, same as Northern Ireland. Wales, it seems, are the only nation in which their sides participate in a cross-border league – and here's what you need to know about it.

Swansea, along with Cardiff City, Newport County, Wrexham and Merthyr Town all play in the English Football League as when they were first formed, no Welsh football league had existed.