English Premier League Replaces Events with Esports
It sounds like the English Premier League is going to join the host of other traditional sports making that move to esports! With real-life tournaments stopped due to COVID-19, the League is going to have athletes competing in EA Sports FIFA 20 in a series of matches this week. What we hope comes out of this, is that the English Premier League’s move is a successful one, and they continue doing this for the future. In addition to the real-life matches, of course.
What to Expect
Many leagues, sports, and events have been canceled around the world, thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and we’re glad they did. It means those players and their families, not to mention the fans will be safe. It has also meant a surge in popularity for esports, which is good for everyone. People can still enjoy the things they love while practicing social distancing.
The NFL, NASCAR, Formula 1 and so many more have made the move to esports and so has the English Premier League. On April 20, this move was announced to shift towards video games. From April 21 until April 24, there will be a series of matches using FIFA 20. According to the League itself in an announcement via their website, the prize fund from the event will be donated to the NHS.
The opening round begins today at noon BST, with four matches per day in the opening rounds. After the opening rounds, some of these players will move on to the semi-final matches, and final matches on April 25. But where can you watch these as a football fan?
These matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, plus fans will also be able to stream the matches on the Sky Sports Twitch and YouTube, through the Football Daily YouTube channel, and through the Premier League’s app, website, and various social platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Fans in the US will be able to catch the games on NBCSN.
Matchups: Tuesday, April 21
- 1A: John McGinn (AVFC) versus Neal Maupay (BHA)
- 1B: Josh Franceschi (ARS) versus Nathanlie Chalobah (WAT)
- 1C: Dwight McNeil (BUR) versus Ryan Fredericks (WHU)
- 1D: Philip BIling (BOU) versus Angus Gunn (SOU)
Matchups: Wednesday, April 22
- 2A: Raheem Sterling (MCI) versus Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
- 2B: Tom Grennan (MUN) versus Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)
- 2C: Reece James (CHE) versus Andrew Gomes (EVE)
- 2D: Moussa Sissoko (TOT) versus Christian Atsu (NEW)
Matchups: Thursday, April 23
- 2E: Diogo Jota (WOL) versus WIlfred Ndidi (LEI)
- 2F: Todd Cantwell (NOR) versus Lys Mousset (SHU)
- 2G: Winner 1A versus Winner 1D
- 2H: Winner 1B versus Winner 1C
Quarterfinals Matchups: Friday, April 24
- QF1: Winner 2B versus Winner 2D
- QF2: Winner 2C versus Winner 2A
- QF3: Winner 2E versus Winner 2F
- QF4: Winner 2G versus 2H
Then that leads us to April 25 and the finals! The prize itself is being donated to the #PlayersTogether initiative which was created by Premier League players to generate funds for the National Health Service and distribute them where they are most needed. This is a brilliant idea. We’re glad to see players still competing while being safe. It’s all going towards a good cause. Hopefully, this will see the English Premier League put on more charity events and/or esports in the future.