Football is currently given a significance it just does not deserve . To many fans now, it seems to have an obsessional, unhealthy importance . The current Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity to gain a renewed perspective on football . It is just a game . We can easily live without it–if we have to . During the Second World War, for example, professional league football stopped in England for seven years . The current disruption of the game may enable us to see and value the game in a different, healthier way . This commentary explores the impact of Covid-19 on the game in England, in part by using a historical perspective, drawing upon events which have significantly disrupted the game in the country in the past . To put events in England in a wider perspective, I also then include some reflections on the impact of Covid-19, other pandemics and other events, which have disrupted football around the world.