Where to watch Premier League soccer in Philly

Some people have been following their clubs for years, but newcomers are always welcome.

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If you see people streaming into bars super early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, the beer-for-breakfast crowds aren’t just responding to stress. It’s the home stretch of the English Premier League season, and Philly is full of dedicated fans.

Considered the world’s most-watched sports league, EPL soccer has been getting steadily more popular in the US, and the success of “Ted Lasso” gave it an extra boost.

Some Philadelphians have been following certain clubs (aka teams) for decades, but many say they joined the fun over the past five years. Part of the ritual is becoming a regular at a certain bar – several official EPL supporter groups in Philly are affiliated with a specific establishment, so fans can watch together.

Because of the time difference with England, matches can start as early as 7:30 am local time on weekends, with others kicking off at 9am, 10am, or noon. There’s also the occasional Wednesday game.

Official supporter group home bars open early to show the matches, and especially during big rivalries, the atmosphere can get intense.

Want to join the fun? All you have to do is pick a club to support and show up.

A Bartender at Tir Na Nog loves that the bar is the official Philly bar for Chelsea Football club
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You could do research on which has the best chance at winning (there’s no playoff structure – it all comes down to the regular season record – and there are a lot of dynasties). Or you could pick the restaurant closest to where you live, and adopt that team as your own.

There’s also a place for iconoclasts. Fan groups for a couple of the less popular EPL clubs do not have an official home, so they roam from tavern to tavern as the schedule directs.

Scroll down to check out a list and photos of the scene at Premier League bars around Philly.

Chelsea supporters are known as 'Blues'
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A Chelsea supporter celebrates a late Chelsea Goal
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Arsenal supporters gather at Misconduct Tavern on Locust Street, and get very into the game
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Some people come as couples, others with friends, and some come on their own to join the party
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Manchester United supporters gather at The Black Sheep Pub
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Wolverhampton Wanders Supporters gather at Tir Na Nog in Center City
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A local Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter cheers on the team at Tir Na Nog
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Everton supporters gather at O'Neal's Pub
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Tottenham Hotspurs supporters gather at Founding Fathers on South Street West
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Tottenham fans celebrate a last minute game winning goal against Manchester City
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Manchester City supporters at Tir Na Nog
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Man City club flags at Tir Na Nog
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Leeds supporters gather at The Black Taxi
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Leeds supporters are known as 'Whites'
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Members of the Philadelphia Leeds Supporters group went to a Leeds United match in England and came home with this Stuart Dallas kit, hanging in The Black Taxi
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Everton supporters at O'Neals
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Manchester United supporters gather at The Black Sheep Pub
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A Manchester United supporter getting into his jersey
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A kit presented to The Black Sheep when they were recognized as the Clubs official Philadelphia chapter bar
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Manchester United supporters gather at The Black Sheep Pub
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Brentford fans have to travel, because there is no designated Brentford bar in the city
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