Wednesday, October 17, 2012


The America National Football League has revealed plans to stage two matches in a season in the UK for the first time. 

The Minnesota Vikings will play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium next year after the NFL announced plans to stage a second regular-season game.
The Vikings, currently 4-2 and second in NFC North, will play the AFC North serial Super Bowl winners - who are 2-3 and third in their division - in London on September 29, 2013.

This is in addition to the previously announced game at Wembley set for 27 October, 2013 when the Jacksonville Jaguars face the San Francisco 49ers

Minnesota will be the 'home' side against the Steelers, their first match in the UK since a 1983 pre-season game at Wembley.

Earlier this year, the Jacksonville Jaguars opened a new chapter for the NFL in the UK, making a multi-year commitment to International Series games in London.

They will play one regular-season home game in the UK in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, all at Wembley. 

Playing games in London would not be a financial burden as the franchise have a flexible lease at the Metrodome without contractual obligations with municipalities or stadium authorities, unlike many NFL teams.

The decision was approved by NFL owners meeting in Chicago.

Since 2007, nine teams have played in London since the first annual game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants.

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