Six clubs from English soccer’s top-flight Premier League will play a pre-season tournament in the US ahead of the 2023-24 campaign.
The Premier League Summer Series will be contested by Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, and Newcastle United.
They will play a total of nine matches between July 22 and July 30 at stadiums in Atlanta (Georgia), Harrison (New Jersey), Orlando (Florida), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and Landover (Maryland).
The opening match will see Chelsea take on Brighton at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where Fulham will play Brentford and Newcastle will play Aston Villa the following day (July 23).
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will host Brentford vs. Fulham and Chelsea vs. Newcastle on July 26 while Fulham will take on Villa at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando on the same day.
The sole match at Harrison’s Red Bull Arena will see Brighton take on Newcastle on July 28, while the competition will be brought to a close on July 30 at FedExField in Landover with Villa playing Brentford and Chelsea facing Fulham.
It will be the first time the Premier League itself has hosted a tournament in the US, with the matches to be supported by “high-profile” training camps, as well as events for fans and local community groups.
The Premier League has said the series will build upon the success of the eight Premier League Mornings Live fan festival events it has hosted with its broadcast partner NBC Sports in various US cities since 2018.
Indeed, national network NBC, which holds exclusive broadcast rights in the US to the top English league until 2028, will also show the Summer Series via its linear channels and Peacock streaming service.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: "We are delighted to be bringing six clubs to the USA in July for the first-ever Premier League Summer Series. Our clubs have incredible supporters in the US, who passionately follow their teams throughout the season.
"We have seen this dedication first-hand from the tens of thousands who have attended our Mornings Live fan events and are excited to be building on this by bringing live Premier League action to five cities this summer."