As the Premier League drew to a conclusion this Sunday, Stamford Bridge erupted in celebration, respectful applause could be heard across The Etihad and the Britannia for two English midfield legends, and sorrow descended on the city of Hull. However, as the dust settled on the final day of the season, many a fan were left with a certain emptiness. Without the Premier League to occupy the weekends, many soccer followers are left somewhat beleaguered and alone. No relaxing sink into the couch with a beverage and snack, no office debates up on Monday mornings, no cross country train journeys or trips to the local bar. However, with the close of the English season comes an opportunity to discover more of global soccer, and this summer definitely doesn’t disappoint. The off season months are jam packed with action from across the globe, and we at World Soccer Talk have broken down the dates and details of some of the finest action.
The 44th edition of the Copa America is set to grace our screens very soon, with some of the finest talents in world football taking centre stage in Chile. At -3 UTC, the games will be at a more appropriate time for US viewers, but will make great evening viewing for those in Europe. The tournament kicks off on June 11th and the final shall take place on July 4th. Each of Barcelona’s front three will compete against each other, as Luis Suarez’s Uruguay will defend their title against the host nation, as well as Neymar’s Brazil and Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The World Cup semi-finalists and finalists will have something to prove after last year, with the former nation particularly wishing to put their World Cup misery behind them. Combined with appearances from some of the Premier League’s finest, visiting CONCACAF nations Mexico and Jamaica, as well as a sneak peak of the best talents from the South American leagues, the tournament is a must see for any fan wanting to get their fix this summer.
The MLS season is already in full flow, but the approach of the second half of the season before the playoffs is an ample opportunity to tune and enjoy the action. Whether its following the fate of your favorite ex-Premier League stars like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as they join David Villa, Kaka, Giovinco and many more in the United States, or getting completely invested in a physical, dynamic and ever improving league, the MLS regular season runs right up to the end of July. Following a new league can almost feel like rediscovering the sport, and the Premier League off season presents the perfect occasion to pick up on the all MLS action.