Editor's note: This story appears in the January-February 2021 issue of New England Soccer Journal. Subscribe here for insider access.
The Premier League has suffered a turbulent climate since the global sporting world was upended in March 2020. A pause in competition, followed by resumption under new protocols and intermittent COVID-19 outbreaks, has handed England’s top flight a cascade of foreign obstacles.
As the EPL has transitioned, fans have needed to pivot as well. With gathering restrictions in place, watching games in crowded bars or restaurants no longer stands as a safe option. For EPL supporters’ groups, which rely primarily on in-person convention, this shift has been particularly pronounced.