The Premier League today announces its first-ever pre-season tournament in the USA will take place this July, with six clubs traveling to take part in matches and events in five major East Coast cities.
The clubs confirmed to feature in the Premier League Summer Series are Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, and Newcastle United. They will compete in a total of nine matches between Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 30 at stadiums in Atlanta; Harrison, NJ; Orlando; Philadelphia; and Landover, MD.
The tournament kicks off on Saturday, July 22 when Chelsea take on Brighton & Hove Albion at Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets for all matches will be available via pre-sale on Tuesday, April 25 and go on general sale on Wednesday, April 26. Fans can register their interest now via www.premierleague.com/SummerSeries and can also register to hear more about supporting events in their area, as well as general news updates.
"We are thrilled to kick off the Premier League's first-ever U.S. Summer Series at Lincoln Financial Field," said Don Smolenski, Philadelphia Eagles President. "Hosting the Summer Series will shine an international spotlight on Lincoln Financial Field, the City of Philadelphia, and our passionate sports community. This is another great opportunity for us to help showcase world-class soccer in front of a global audience as we continue to build excitement for World Cup 2026 in Philadelphia."
"It is an honor to be the first city to host the inaugural Premier League Summer Series in the U.S.," said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. "I know we'll give a strong showing here in Philadelphia thanks to our incredibly passionate and devoted local soccer community. We are establishing ourselves as a top soccer city globally and are thankful for the tremendous leadership of the Philadelphia Eagles and their world-class venue in Lincoln Financial Field."
This is the first time the League has hosted a pre-season tournament in the USA, giving US-based fans the opportunity to watch a world-class line-up of Premier League players and managers in action. The tournament will comprise high-profile matches and pre-season training camps and will be supported by a range of events for fans and local community groups.
The Premier League Summer Series is part of the League's ongoing commitment to its US-based fans. In addition to the tournament, the League will work closely with a range of grassroots and community organizations in each host city to create a program of community and youth soccer initiatives.
The tournament builds on the success of the eight Premier League Mornings Live fan festival events the Premier League and its broadcast partner NBC Sports have hosted in multiple US cities since 2018. These events have seen more than 60,000 fans attend live match screenings in iconic locations, coming together to share their passion for the competition. This is in addition to the millions of viewers who watch week in, week out on television in the USA.
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.
"We are currently enjoying one of the most competitive Premier League seasons of all time at both ends of the table and I am sure we will see some thrilling matches during the tournament."
The Premier League's long-standing broadcast partner NBC Sports will be the host broadcaster across the networks of NBCUniversal and Peacock for the Summer Series with the Premier League's international licensees broadcasting the event around the world in up to 188 countries.
The Premier League has previously hosted pre-season matches via the Premier League Asia Trophy. This biennial tournament launched in 2003, with nine editions taking place in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.