Premier League Asia Trophy heading back to China in July
The Premier League Asia Trophy, the biennial pre-season soccer competition supported by English soccer's top-flight, is to head to China in July for the first time in over a decade.
Reigning champions Manchester City will headline the all-Premier League tournament, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, which are owned by the Chinese conglomerate Fosun International, Newcastle United and West Ham United.
Matches will be played at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre and the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai, which will also stage the final, between 17 and 20 July.
It will be the second successive edition that no local team has competed, with a select XI often appearing in the line-up since the trophy launched in 2003.
The Premier League Asia Trophy last visited China (Beijing) in 2009, with Hong Kong having played host three of the last four occasions (Singapore staged the 2015 tournament).
Richard Masters, interim chief executive of the Premier League, said: "We are delighted to be bringing the Premier League Asia Trophy to China this summer and playing in both Nanjing and Shanghai will be an exciting experience for the League and our clubs."