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NFL unveils first four teams for 2024 International Series


The National Football League (NFL) has officially disclosed the initial four teams slated to participate in the highly anticipated 2024 international series.

This global venture will witness 10 NFL teams engaging in five regular-season games outside the United States, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers leading the charge. Additional teams will be revealed as the NFL schedule approaches.

The Jaguars, recognised as the franchise with the strongest international ties, will serve as the home team at London’s Wembley Stadium, a connection solidified by their commitment to playing a game at Wembley annually through 2024. The team has been a consistent presence in London since 2013, except for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are set to showcase their skills at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the only purpose-built NFL stadium outside the US. These teams, along with the Jaguars, hold marketing rights in the UK under the NFL’s Global Markets Program, building fanbases and promoting the global appeal of American football.

The Carolina Panthers, representing one of the five franchises with marketing rights for Germany, will take centre stage as the home team in the NFL’s lone game in that country of the 2024 season, hosted at Munich’s Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich. Other teams with marketing rights for Germany include the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The fifth NFL International Series game of the 2025 season is slated for Brazil at the Corinthians Arena, with participating teams yet to be announced. The Miami Dolphins, who played in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2023, possess exclusive NFL marketing rights for Brazil, hinting at their potential inclusion alongside the Bears, Vikings, Panthers and Jaguars in the upcoming series.

“Taking our game to more fans around the world is a major priority for the league and its 32 teams, and we are delighted to be returning to London and Munich in 2024,” said Peter O’Reilly, the Executive Vice President of Club Business, League Events and International at the NFL.

“Whether tackle or flag football, international passion for the game and the NFL continues to grow, and having our teams and their world-class athletes play games and engage with fans around the world is an important part of becoming a truly global sport.”

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