As everyone knows, football is the most famous sport in Europe and maybe in the world. However, during the last year, the pandemic has transformed the whole world and even football had to go through a lot of changes. The most obvious consequence of the pandemic is the stadiums’ closure: many people who used to follow their team every week at the stadium are now at home and can only watch their idols from their sofas. Covid-19 has also affected various sports activities and led to the cancellation of major events, such as “EURO2020” which was supposed to be held in the summer of 2020 but has been postponed to 2021.
Does football also affect the economy in any way?
Absolutely yes. Football, for some years now, has also had an important influence on the economy. Only the season tickets to the various stadiums bring in an immense amount of money annually, and competitions such as Champions League, Europa League, Euro2020 lead many fans to travel to see the matches of their favorite team live. The football industry favors the economy and in particular tourism, which has been in crisis since the beginning of the pandemic. But all of this is now impossible, and the economy is suffering.
Is the pandemic changing amateur football too?
The answer is yes again. Not only has football at a competitive level undergone changes, but also amateur football, which is no longer praticable. Children and young people who used to play on the soccer fields just to have fun, cannot do it now. At the moment we just have to watch our idols on television, hoping one day to be able to return to cheer from the stands of the stadiums and to play those matches on the football fields that have always excited and amused us.