NFL confirms teams for games in London, Munich

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The NFL has today (Thursday) announced the designated teams set to play in London and Munich as part of this year’s International Games.

The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings will play at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (pictured) during the 2024 regular season, while the Jacksonville Jaguars will return to Wembley Stadium as part of a multi-year commitment to the UK.

The Carolina Panthers will head to Allianz Arena, home of Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich. Allianz Arena staged its first NFL game in November 2022 and alternates hosting with Frankfurt’s Deutsche Bank Park.

Each team’s opponent, along with the dates and kick-off times, will be announced when the 2024 schedule is revealed in the spring.

Last month, the NFL announced plans for a landmark regular-season game in Brazil for 2024. The game, which will mark the NFL’s first ever visit to South America, will take place at São Paulo’s Neo Química Arena, home of Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football team Corinthians.

The designated team for the Brazil game will be named in the coming months.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Peter O’Reilly, executive vice-president of club business, league events and international at the NFL, said: “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.

“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.”

All four designated teams playing in the UK and Germany are part of the NFL’s Global Markets Programme, which awards international marketing rights to NFL teams in countries beyond the US. The Bears, Vikings and Jaguars have international marketing rights in the UK, while the Panthers have rights in Germany.

The Estadio Azteca in Mexico City will not be hosting an NFL game this year as it is undergoing renovation work ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

NFL teams recently voted to approve an increase in league-operated international game inventory from four to eight games a season beginning in 2025, as part of the league’s plans to continue its global expansion.