Listen to the debut episode of World Soccer Radio tonight from 9-10pm ET on Sports Byline »

FRI, 1:45PM ET
FRI, 1:45PM ET

5 Reasons Why Playing a Premier League Match Won't Happen in the USA

p791065reg 5 Reasons Why Playing a Premier League Match Won't Happen in the USA
West Ham United’s Eggert Magnusson believes that playing an English Premier League match in the United States would be good for the game, according to an interview he did with Sky Sports News.

“I can see that happening sooner rather than later. It would be good for the game,” Magnusson told Sky.

Of course, the idea of playing a Premier League match in the States is being mentioned because of this Sunday’s NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants at Wembley Stadium in London.

Here are five reasons why the Premier League won’t play a Premier League match in the States:

  1. It’s more likely to happen in Asia first than the United States.
  2. The Premier League would want to conduct a pre-season tournament in the States first before deciding to play a regular season match.
  3. The English Premier League would lose credibility by conducting such a stunt because it’s based purely on greed.
  4. The British press and fans would have a field day ripping the idea to shreds if there was any hope of it happening, and
  5. How would the Premier League decide which match would be played in the States? The Premier League would have a difficult time finding a fair way to randomly pick two teams to play, and I’m concerned that not all 20 clubs in the Premier League would agree to play overseas.

This entry was posted in General, Leagues: EPL. Bookmark the permalink.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
View all posts by Christopher Harris →

7 Responses to 5 Reasons Why Playing a Premier League Match Won't Happen in the USA

  1. tyduffy says:

    I could see it logistically happening. For the squads with a lot of international players and playing in Europe at midweek it would be bad. But, they could have like Boro at Reading or something, but then who would want to go see that?

    Something more sensible would be a pre-season tournament or a Cup Final.

  2. jmansor says:

    The Miami Dolphins agreed to give up a home game to play in London. Maybe West Ham would be willing to do the same thing. I also don’t see NY Giants v Miami Dolphins as a marquee match-up. Maybe in year past, but not this year. I don’t think a marquee match-up is a necessity. Asia is probably a better market, but I think the travel would be too much to make it feasible

  3. eplnfl says:

    A Monday game before a international week between two teams that will not be sending players off to national teams will be ideal.

    It’s a question of if the EPL wants big tv revenue from the US or Asia they will have to take their product to the public who pays for it.

    Lets not start on the Americanization of Europe but it is a global village and tv revenue from around the globe makes the system run.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I can’t see it happening, why would a team want to sacrifice playing at home? As in the EPL playing at home is a big advantage compared to the NFL.

  5. Mike says:

    This is one of the dumbest posts I’ve ever read on EPL Talk. Let’s break it down, shall we?

    1) “It is more likely to happen Asia first.” That is not a *reason* why there will never be a Premier League match in the United States. It may be true, but there is no magical law stating that both can’t happen. In fact, if they have success doing it in Asia, it probably makes it more likely that they will try the US.

    2) “They would want to conduct a pre-season tournament first.” Again, this is not a *reason* why they won’t play here. In fact, it is a suggestion that they WILL play here, but that they will try some more friendlies before committing to a regular season game.

    3)”They will lose credibility because it is based purely on greed.” First — it is A BUSINESS. Their goal it to MAKE MONEY. Growing the brand globally does this. Second — has the NFL lost credibility by playing in the UK? NO!

    4)I don’t live in the UK so I’m not going to comment on the Press. But since the NFL, MLB and NBA have had success and positive press by going global, I can’t see how this would be that different.

    5)”How would they decide which game”? Are you serious? How is this a reason that it will not happen? How did the freakin’ NFL decide which game to move to the UK? A bunch of people from the league got together and made a decision. It’s not rocket science.

    Hey Gaffer, I’m not trying to be a huge jerk here, and this is an interesting topic, but give your readers some credit and come up with a list that makes some sense next time.

  6. The Gaffer says:


    Looks like we’re debating the word “reason.” Maybe “reason” wasn’t the best choice of words, but maybe it should have been “5 Opinions Why Playing a Premier League Match Won’t Happen in the USA.”

    As it is, the Premier League has dismissed the idea of an EPL match being played in the US as I thought.

    The Gaffer

  7. Brian says:

    I think the one reason why it won’t happen is tradition. This is a core cultural difference between English clubs and American franchises that commenter Mike doesn’t seem to realize. It’s why Manchester United supporters were and still are largely anti-Glazier. While the clubs may be run like businesses, that’s not how the fans and pundits think of them.

    American football doesn’t mind moving a regular season game to England because sports here are more transparently commercialized with breaks in the game created specifically for commercials, ads spray-painted on the fields, etc.

    Also, winning at home in the Premier League is much easier than winning away, or on neutral ground. Statistics bear this out.

    I hope it doesn’t happen. As an American who only watches English soccer on TV, the atmosphere that the fans create is amazing: applauding plays that don’t quite come off, whistling at referee injustice and singing throughout the match. Compare that to the US, where several air horns and the odd drum pass as atmosphere. As much as I’d like to see a Premier League game, I would only want to see it in England.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>