All Alone, Belarus Plays On

All Alone, Belarus Plays On


In March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic led to all the other football leagues in Europe to be postponed, and by the end of the month, the Belarusian Premier League was the only top-flight league in the continent that was still playing.


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The Belarusian Premier League or the Vysheyshaya Liga is the top division of professional football in Belarus, and is organized by the Belarusian Football Federation. The number of teams in the competition has varied over the years from as high as 17 (1992–93 season) to as low as 11 (2012). As of 2019, the league includes 16 teams. Each team plays every other team twice during the course of the season. At the end of the season two teams are relegated to the Belarusian First League, and two are promoted from the First League to replace them.

In March 2020, the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic led to all the other football leagues in Europe to be postponed, and by the end of the month, the Belarusian Premier League was the only top flight league in the continent that was still playing. Due to this, the league gained substantially increased viewership from abroad, with fans from all over the world watching the games online, due to the league being the only significant professional football available. British betting companies also offered odds for the various matches, as the league’s profile, previously relatively unknown outside of the country, grew a larger audience due to sporting inactivity elsewhere.


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