While the Premier League is followed across the globe, finding the time to watch your team’s matches or keep track of your fantasy football players on a regular basis can be challenging when in an Asian time zone.
Indeed, some of the most popular places for expats such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing are 8 hours ahead of UK time, which if you’re a fan of a Premier League club can really test your faith.
That is why we have come up with these handy tactics to help you get the game time you need when you’re on the other side of the globe.
Scope out your new local
When it comes to watching the match abroad, there’s no better place than a local pub. It’s guaranteed to be full of expats, football-mad tourists and locals who love the sport.
On the weekend, the early kick offs and afternoon matches in Europe are ideally scheduled for the night in Asia, meaning you can take in a football game at the start of your next night out.
Fans of Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and some of Europe’s other big clubs will be delighted to find that a lot of major cities in South East Asia have their own unofficial supporters’ pubs, allowing you to enjoy an atmosphere surrounded by your own fans.
Settle in for home viewing
For those who don’t want to spend every weekend at the pub, but still want to watch a game or two, you might be surprised to learn that many Premier League matches are often shown on terrestrial TV.
Unlike the UK, in which PL matches are never shown on terrestrial, and 3pm matches are not broadcast on any channels, Asian countries offer their own coverage of matches. As not all pubs are open for some of the later matches that occur in the early hours of the morning in Asia, watching the games at home should be your best option.
While wouldn’t be a smart idea to stay up for those midweek games and Champions League matches that start at 4am local time, you can always try going to bed an hour or two earlier then enjoy your breakfast coffee a little earlier in front of the game.
Take an interest in the local leagues
It’s often said that English football and the Premier League is the best show on Earth. But at the same time, that shouldn’t stop you from appreciating the rise of football in other areas of the world.
As an expat, why not give it a try and catch the next Singapore Premier League or V.League 1 game at your local pub? Better yet, try following your local team and celebrate every win with the local fans.
Alternatively, if China is your new home, you’re in luck as huge investment in Super League clubs has seen some of the world’s best players head to Asia to turn out for the likes of Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande.
While it’s a long way away from watching Man City or Barcelona, you will soon find that the game is just as exciting wherever you are.
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