Nation’s favorite sport returns with Saudi Pro League kicking off next week

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SPL returns with 64 games being played in just 36 days, with the first round of fixtures including the highly anticipated Riyadh derby between Al Nasr and Al Hilal on Wednesday, Aug. 5. — (SPL photo)
SPL returns with 64 games being played in just 36 days, with the first round of fixtures including the highly anticipated Riyadh derby between Al Nasr and Al Hilal on Wednesday, Aug. 5. — (SPL photo)



Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH —
After waiting over four months for a return of football, fans of the Saudi Pro League (SPL) will be able to cheer their teams once again with the league launching its campaign #OurLeagueIsBack.

The wait between games stretches 144 days but fans are now being encouraged to show their support once again with #OurLeagueIsBack encouraging supporters to show their passion for their team whilst staying at home as matches take place behind closed doors in line with government health and safety protocols.

As life gradually gets back to normal in Saudi Arabia, SPL returns with 64 games being played in just 36 days, with the first round of fixtures including the highly anticipated Riyadh derby between Al Nasr and Al Hilal on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The league was enjoying its biggest ever season before the unexpected halt in March, with attendances at their highest ever with over a million spectators attending games by the midway point.

While action on the pitch was setting up the season to have the most goals scored, with more international players featuring in the SPL than ever before.

Celebrating the growing online support, the league will showcase fan messages by re-posting tweets, images and videos across SPL platforms, highlighting the love of football throughout Saudi Arabia, whilst #OurLeagueIsBack will also be shown throughout stadium screens and boards, re-posting fan images and messages during the games.

Fans can also relive the highlights of the 2019-20 campaign online with the SPL sharing the most iconic moments from the first 22 rounds of action, along with infographics previewing the upcoming games.

While, supporters can join the conversation online taking part in the ‘what I missed most’ polls and quizzes as well as also being able to download hero player graphics from each of the clubs.

With the top and bottom of the table locked in fierce battles, fans can expect to be treated to a thrilling season finale over the remaining eight rounds before the season concludes on Sept. 9 to allow for preparations for the new season, which kicks off on Oct. 16.

SPL fans can keep up to date online by following social media accounts on Twitter (@SPL), Instagram (SaudiProLeague), Facebook (@SaudiProLeague.SPL) and by using the hashtag #OurLeagueIsBack.


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