The Premier League Turns to Fifa to Give Fans Football

If you’re missing Premier League football, then you’ll be pleased to know it’s back - well, kind of.  

Football is such a big part of European culture. It’s the biggest sport in the world and reaches the homes and hearts of people globally. When it comes to domestic competition, there’s no bigger league than the English Premier League. Because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the league has been on an on-going hiatus since mid-March. But people need their fix of football, something, anything. So the league has turned to eSports in the form of a Fifa tournament.

Fans around the world are getting withdrawal, longing for the day that sport, and life, get back to normal. To help soothe the discomfort of not being able to watch our favorite teams, the Premier League has set up a 20 team Fifa tournament that will be broadcast on Sky Sports (UK), and NBC (US). Fans can also watch online via YouTube streaming. More than just giving the fans some entertainment, the tournament will raise money that will go towards the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). 

Players from some of the league’s biggest teams will represent their club in the tournament. Stars, including Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, will need to scrub up on their joypad skills and prove they’re as good on the virtual pitch as they are on a real one. It’s not just footballers that will participate either. Musician Tom Grennan, who has worked with the likes of Chase and Status, will represent the UK’s biggest club, Manchester United. 

The tournament will have classic knock-out rules, and matchups are determined by random draws. The Fifa tournament will go until two teams remain that will go head to head in the final. 

The competition starts today, April 21st and runs through to April 25th.  

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