For the second year in a row, the NFL will play ball at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The NFL match will pair the Saints vs. the Chargers at Wembley, continuing a history of the NFL playing at the historic stadium. Last year, the Giants faced the Dolphins in the UK, and the Giants pulled out the win 13-10 despite inclement weather conditions. In the American Bowls, running from 1986 to 2005, american football teams played at Wembley a total of eight times. Some of NFL’s biggest stars walked on and off the field in London, including Joe Montana, Steve Young, John Elway and Dan Marino.
And I’ll bet you thought that football was only played in the United States. Not nearly. In fact, NFL players have made several appearances outside the U.S. As part of the American Bowls, the NFL has played in Tokyo, Montreal, Berlin, Barcelona, Mexico City, Dublin, Osaka, Vancouver and Monterrey. This just goes to show that the fandom of American football is more far-reaching and diverse than you would have initially thought. Although the American Bowl series no longer exists, the International Series is carrying on the tradition of bringing live football to fans all over the world. The International Series is the successor to the American Bowl, as games played abroad are now regular season games instead of preseason games. In addition to these games, the Buffalo Bills will be playing a preseason match in Toronto against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 14. Make sure to catch the Chargers vs. Saints game this year, especially if you are going to be in Europe!