The Premier League today announces its first-ever pre-season tournament in the USA will take place this July, with six clubs including Albion travelling 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 22 July and Sunday 30 July at stadiums in Atlanta, GA, Harrison, NJ, Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and Landover, MD.
The tournament kicks off on Saturday 22 July when Chelsea take on Albion at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. Tickets for all matches will be available via pre-sale on Tuesday 25 April and go on general sale on Wednesday 26 April. 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.
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 organisations in each host city to create a programme 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.
Premier League Summer Series 2023 schedule (all kick-off times local)
Saturday 22 July @ Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Match 1: Chelsea FC v Brighton & Hove Albion FC (7pm)
Sunday 23 July @ Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Match 2: Fulham FC vs Brentford FC (4pm)
Match 3: Newcastle United FC v Aston Villa FC (7pm)
Wednesday 26 July @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Match 4: Brentford FC v Brighton & Hove Albion FC (5.30pm)
Match 5: Chelsea FC v Newcastle United FC (8.15pm)
Wednesday 26 July @ Exploria Stadium, Orlando
Match 6: Fulham FC v Aston Villa FC (7pm)
Friday 28 July @ Red Bull Arena, New Jersey
Match 7: Brighton & Hove Albion FC v Newcastle United FC (7.30pm)
Sunday 30 July @ FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
Match 8: Aston Villa FC v Brentford FC (12pm)
Match 9: Chelsea FC v Fulham FC (2.45pm)
For all the latest tournament and ticket information visit www.premierleague.com/SummerSeries
Fans can follow the build-up via Premier League and PL in USA channels on social media, and use #PLSummerSeries to get involved.