In 2020 the world of football has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and the restrictions governments have in place. Within this blog post we are going to look into how the Premier League teams, players and fans have been impacted by the restrictions in place. And will also investigate how these changes have impacted the performance of the squads by comparing their season-to-season stats.
Changes to Scheduling and Spectators
The Premier League has seen two seasons in total impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions which lead to an alteration in scheduling as well as spectators. In this section of the article, we are going to look into how these two important elements of the football season have been adjusted accordingly.
In March 2020 England went into a full lockdown which saw a stay-at-home order in place. This was constantly extended to roughly four months which saw the Premier League matches postponed. However, in July these restrictions were altered so that matches could go ahead but without supporters in the stands. Therefore, the season ended two months later than expected which subsequently meant that 20/21 started later than scheduled to allow for the regular season break.
In December 2020, the restrictions for spectators were updated for England which saw a handful of supporters allowed back into stadiums under new regulations. Low-risk areas known as Tier 1 were allowed to have 4,000 spectators or operate at 50% capacity (whichever was the lowest figure) and medium risk areas called Tier 2 were allowed 2,000 spectators or 50% capacity (again, whichever was the lowest. Despite this development, high risk areas in Tier 3 are unable to host or attend any matches.
Starting on the 5th December, here are the first few matches to go ahead with spectators:
- Chelsea V Leeds