American football and Premier League football are both beloved sports. Besides sharing a name, they have quite a bit in common. Here’s why American football fans should become English Premier League (EPL) supporters – and cheer on Chelsea.
Electrifying Fan Base
NFL fans, if you’re looking for passionate fan base, look no further. Premier League teams have some of the most devoted superfans in the world. Most were born to support their local clubs, learning the history and carrying on the legacy. EPL fans take their job seriously; their energy around the ground plays a significant role in the outcome of the match. When the stadium erupts, whether in song or chant, the players on the pitch draw from the emotion of the crowd. Nothing beats the atmosphere of an EPL game, especially at Stamford Bridge.
The term “tackle” might mean something different in American football, but there is no shortage of physicality in the Premier League. With a relentless pace and action from the first whistle to the last, Premier League matches can be ruthless and watching the Blues will keep you on the edge of your seat. The NFL and EPL are both demanding contact sports that require physical sacrifice; neither is for the faint of heart.
Longer Season, More Action
The NFL season runs September to February with potential for a maximum of 20 games for NFL teams that make it to the championship. In contrast, the EPL season runs August to May and consists of 38 matches for each club. A longer season means more time for fandom and less time waiting between seasons.
The Drama of the Table
In the EPL, consistency triumphs. All matches count for points in the table, not just playoff games like in American football. In the NFL playoff system, teams only need to be good enough to make it to the next round, and the previous games no longer matter. The slate is wiped clean at the end of the regular season. In the Premier League, there’s no forgetting the regular season record, because that’s what decides ultimate victory in May.
To add more fuel to the fire, the EPL takes it up a notch with promotion and relegation at the end of each season. Teams are not just fighting to win; they’re fighting for survival and all of the perks that come with being in the top league. At the end of the season, the bottom three EPL teams are relegated to the Championship league, the second tier of English football. Meanwhile, the top two teams in the Championship league are automatically promoted to the EPL. Teams finishing third through sixth in the Championship table enter a playoff to determine the third team promoted up. With clubs moving up and down each season, the Premier League’s contenders are continually changing, and excitement and drama are guaranteed.
Downtime Isn’t Dead Time
Did you know the average American football broadcast is roughly 3.5 hours long, but it only includes about 18 minutes of actual game action? According to a recent article published by FiveThirtyEight, “Because of the running clock and the flowing nature of the sport itself, EPL games include over five times as much action (59 minutes) as they do commercials (10 minutes), but even the breaks they do have are neatly coalesced into the 15-minute halftime period.” More action is what sports fans crave, and the EPL delivers.
While both sports claim the term “football,” we think there’s room for both in the hearts of devoted American sports fans. Learn more about the rich history of Chelsea FC, and choose to support the Blues.
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