Return of the Premier League prompts spike in ‘soccer’ related porn searches

The Olympics prompted a surge in volleyball searches but football was not far behind.

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The Premier League is back and the fans are excited. So excited, in fact, that some have even channeled their love for the beautiful game into, well, their porn preferences.

Or at least that’s what data compiled by skin-flick streaming specialists Pornhub indicates.

Compiled over the course of the Olympic Games, which coincided with the start of the football season, the research revealed that searches for “Rio” were up 243% on average over the course of the Games.

Searches for Olympic and Olympian were also up around 2729% over the course of the Rio competition with searches for “athletes” also up 417% on average.

However, it was the data related to searches for individual sports on Pornhub that offered up the clearest indication that the Premier League remained paramount in the thoughts of many using the porn streaming service.

While Volleyball was the most popular sport among Pornhub users, with an average increase of over 400%, football or soccer was not far behind with searches up over 300% during the period running from August  to  August 18.

Pornhub searches related to sport.

Coming during a period in which the Community Shield and opening fixtures of the Premier League were played, the start of the new football season is the more likely reason behind the increase.

Football has rarely garnered much in the way of attention at the Olympics, despite some frankly ludicrous scorelines.

Much of this has to do with the rules that govern the competition, with national sides unable to field more than three players over the age of 23.

More specifically for porn fans from the UK, Team GB failed to compete in the football competition in Rio with the likes of Scotland opposed to the idea.

With this in mind, it’s difficult to conclude anything other than the fact that porn remains very much on the minds of the wider Premier League loving public.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo In action for Portugal Image Picture Creative Commons

These findings follow similar research, conducted over the course of Euro 2016, which revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo was the most popular subject when it came to porn related searches during the tournament.

On current form, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could soon be popping up more than expected on Pornhub – you heard it here first.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.