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The English Premier League vs the Indian Premier League – Which has the Most Followers?

The English Premier League (EPL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) are two of the most popular sports leagues in the world. These premier football and cricket competitions attract fans from across the globe.

The leagues themselves are quite different in composition. The EPL football season takes place between August and May each year and each of the 20 participating teams plays each other twice. In contrast, the IPL cricket season takes place between March and May. Each of the eight participating teams plays each other twice. The top four teams then progress to the play-off stages.

The two leagues may be very different from each other, but they are both well-known internationally.

As the sports journalist Vishal working for this site said,

The EPL and IPL are both huge in their own sporting arenas. They are also well-known with every sports fan across the world, and many people who have only a passing interest in sports. In short, these famous leagues attract millions or even billions of people annually.

How many people watch the two leagues?

For the 2018-19 season, Nielson research reported that around 3.2 billion people watched the EPL. This was a 6% increase in figures for the 2017-18 season.

While these figures are considered to be accurate, they only include people watching games at home. So, the actual viewing figure should be assumed to be considerably higher given that many people choose to watch EPL games in bars or on a mobile device.

By comparison, the 2021 IPL attracted a viewership of around 380 million. While this figure is considerably less than the number of EPL viewers, it’s important to remember that the IPL takes place over a shorter time period and fewer games so there are less opportunities to watch.

How many fans do the EPL and the IPL have?

Aside from people who watch EPL games on a casual basis, there are thought to be around 1.4 billion people across the world who regard themselves as a fan of a particular game.

China is the country that has the most EPL fans with around 300 million. Ironically, India, the home of the IPL, has the next highest number of EPL fans who regularly watch their team, with 147 million. It’s worth noting that these figures were gathered in 2011, and streaming has improved greatly since then.

So, it’s safe to assume the viewership figures have increased greatly with around five billion people following their favorite team at some point during the season.

The IPL also has a dedicated fanbase. Millions of people follow the teams on social media. This online presence allows people from across the world to follow their favorite teams and players. For example, the Mumbai Indians, the most popular IPL team, has around 29.3 million followers across its social media channels.

Overall, it’s clear that followers of the EPL exceed those of the IPL by a considerable amount. Fans of the EPL number in their billions globally whereas worldwide fans of the IPL number in their millions. However, it’s worth noting that the IPL was only founded in 2007 whereas the Premier League began in 1992 replacing the FA Carling Premiership which was itself hugely popular.

It will be interesting to see how the leagues’ followings continue to develop over the coming years.

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