NFL International Series

The NFL International Series is a series of NFL regular season games which are played outside of the USA giving fans a chance to witness the NFL live in person. We preview how teams perform outside of the USA.

NFL International Series
NFL International Series

What is the NFL International Series ?

The National Football League has a massive fan base in the States, that goes without saying. To reach a wider audience across the pond and beyond the NFL decided to promote the National Football league by staging a series of regular season games outside of the USA. The idea came about after pre-season games were played around the world and following the first regular season game outside of the United States which took place In October 2005 with the Arizona Cardinals defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico.

From 2007, the NFL went on the road to the UK so the NFL fans across the water got a chance to see an NFL game live at Wembley Stadium. The first-ever NFL London Games matchup took place in October of 2007 when the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins travelled over to play in front of 81,176 fans with a pre-game show from The Feeling. The NFL International series is very popular in the UK, tickets have been reported as selling out nine months in advance just two days after going on sale!

The NFL Mexico Game re-joined the regular NFL International Series roster in 2016 with the Estadio Azteca hosting one regular season game each year and 2022 sees Germany added to the list of countries hosting an official NFL game, the Allianz Arena in Munich being the Stadium venue.

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What NFL Teams are playing in London in 2022?

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints

Sunday 2nd October (Week 4)

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (09:30 CST)

The 2022 NFL London games kick off in week 4 of the NFL regular season schedule with the New Orleans Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 2nd October (14:30 BST). Both franchises are making their third appearance in the NFL London Games with 100% records to maintain having won their previous two visits, this however will be a new venue for both. 

New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers

Sunday 9th October (Week 5)

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (09:30 CST)

Week 5 sees the reigning NFC Championship winners the Green Bay Packers travel across the pond for the first time when they host the New York Giants at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 9th October (14:30 BST). The New York Giants will be looking to defend their 100% record in London having won on both previous trips and in different stadiums (Wembley & Twickenham). 

Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday 30th October (Week 8)

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London (08:30 CST)

The final NFL London Game in Week 8 sees the Jacksonville Jaguars, making their ninth London appearance and eighth at Wembley Stadium, host the Denver Broncos on Sunday 30th October (13:30 BST).

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Which Franchise has the best NFL London Games record?

There are a number of teams who are unbeaten in the London Games, The NE Patriots have the best record having won on all three appearances and the following franchises have all been over twice and won both times: Chiefs, Vikings, Saints, Giants and 49ers. The franchise with the most wins is the Jacksonville Jaguars who have been over the most, they have played eight games and have a 4-4 record.

Which Franchise has the worst NFL London Games record?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the worst record, they have been over three times and have been defeated in all three games. The Miami Dolphins have lost four times but they have been over five times and did pick up a win in 2014.

NFL London Games 2007-2012 (Wembley Stadium)

The NFL London Series (referred to as the NFL London Games since 2017) started in 2007 with that already mentioned game between the Giants and Dolphins which finished in a 13-10 win for the Giants. The series was set up with a 'Super bowl' feel to it by getting in a music act to perform before the game although in more recent years this has become less so due to there being multiple matches.

  • 2007 - The Feeling
  • 2008 - Stereophonics
  • 2009 - Calvin Harris
  • 2010 - My Chemical Romance
  • 2011 - Goo Goo Dolls
  • 2012 - Train

For the first six years of the London Games, it was a single game series, each game with the exception of 2011 was watched by an attendance of 81,000+ fans live at Wembley, the 2011 game between the Bears and Bucs had 76,941 fans in the stadium.

There is always a designated home team and visiting team and the teams designated at home did not have a great record, they went 2-4 over the six years with the 'Home' team averaging just 17.1 points compared to the 27.5 points averaged by the 'Visiting' team.

Year Designated Visitor Designated Home
Attendance
2007 New York Giants (13) Miami Dolphins (10) 81,176
2008 San Diego Chargers (32) New Orleans Saints (37) 83,226
2009 New England Patriots (35) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7) 84,254
2010 Denver Broncos (16) San Francisco 49ers (24) 83,941
2011 Chicago Bears (24) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18) 76,981
2012 New England Patriots (45) St. Louis Rams (7) 84,004

NFL London Games 2013-2015 (Multi-Games at Wembley Stadium)

The London Games up until 2012 remained a one-match series, however, in 2013 a second match was added and in 2014 it was expanded even further with a third match added which was also the case in 2015. These additional matches in 2013-15 were also played at Wembley Stadium, it was to allow even more fans to witness the NFL live in person!

In 2014 a total of 250,571 fans attended the games and in 2016 a total of 251,631 which meant in the two years, there were over half a million NFL fans attending the NFL London Games! The pre-game entertainment continued, on the whole, the exception was for the Jets/Dolphins game in 2015 which did not have any and the Ohio State University Marching Band came over in 2015 for the Bills/Jags game.

  • 2013 - Tinie Tempah / Ne-Yo
  • 2014 - Def Leppard / Little Mix / Joss Stone
  • 2015 - Ohio State Marching Band / Madness

The theme of those designated as the 'Home' team struggling continued with a 3-5 record during this period, in 2014, all three designated home teams failed to win. The visitors average 28.5 points per game whilst the home team averages 23.6 points which were both up on the previous group of games, the home team scoring much more.

Year Designated Visitor Designated Home
Attendance
2013 Pittsburgh Steelers (27) Minnesota Vikings (34) 83,518
San Francisco 49ers (42) Jacksonville Jaguars (10) 83,559
2014 Miami Dolphins (38) Oakland Raiders (14) 83,436
Detroit Lions (22) Atlanta Falcons (21) 83,532
Dallas Cowboys (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (17) 83,603
2015 New York Jets (27) Miami Dolphins (14) 83,986
Buffalo Bills (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (34) 84,021
Detroit Lions (10) Kansas City Chiefs (45) 83,624

NFL London Games 2016-2022 (New Stadiums)

For 2016, it was announced that there would be an additional stadium added to the London Games, as well as Wembley, England's home of rugby, Twickenham would also host a game that would have a 75,000 capacity for the NFL.

The first NFL game to be played at Twickenham was the Giants & Rams matchup, a game which had an attendance of 74,121, 98.8% of the capacity who witnessed the Giants run over 17-10 winners, the other two matches were played at Wembley that year.

2017 saw a further expansion, for the first time we have four games live in the UK, two at Wembley and two at Twickenham and again the four games were sell-outs with 316,988 fans attending the games!

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Twickenham was then dropped from the lineup in 2018 and the London Games were reduced back to three games, all of which were played at Wembley and all of which attracted crowds of 84k+ fans! In 2019, the new Tottenham stadium was added to the series which was expanded back to four games, two at the new stadium and two at Wembley.

The Wembley contract was up in 2020, the NFL International Series was looking to expand even further and unfortunately, no new agreement was reached with Wembley, meaning for 2021 we were reduced to two games in the UK, both of which were played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with no Wembley games for the first time since the series was created in 2007.

The 2022 NFL London Games sees Wembley return to the Stadium roster, the original London venue used to host the inaugural NFL London game in 2007 will welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars who play host to the Denver Broncos. The Jaguars will be making their ninth London appearance and eighth at Wembley. The first two games of the 2022 NFL London Series will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Year Designated Visitor Designated Home Stadium Attendance
2016 Indianapolis Colts (27) Jacksonville Jaguars (30) Wembley Stadium 83,798
New York Giants (17) Los Angeles Rams (10) Twickenham Stadium 74,121
Washington Redskins (27) Cincinnati Bengals (27) Wembley Stadium 84,448
2017 Baltimore Ravens (7) Jacksonville Jaguars (44) 84,592
New Orleans Saints (20) Miami Dolphins (0) 84,423
Arizona Cardinals (0) Los Angeles Rams (33) Twickenham Stadium 73,736
Minnesota Vikings (33) Cleveland Browns (16) 74,237
2018 Seattle Seahawks (27) Oakland Raiders (3) Wembley Stadium 84,922
Tennessee Titans (19) Los Angeles Chargers (20) 84,301
Philadelphia Eagles (24) Jacksonville Jaguars (18) 85,870
2019 Chicago Bears (21) Oakland Raiders (24) Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 60,463
Carolina Panthers (37) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26) 60,087
Cincinnati Bengals (10) Los Angeles Rams (24) Wembley Stadium 83,720
Houston Texans (26) Jacksonville Jaguars (3) 84,771
2021 New York Jets (20) Atlanta Falcons (27) Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 60,589
Miami Dolphins (20) Jacksonville Jaguars (23) 60,784
2022 Minnesota Vikings (28) New Orleans Saints (25) Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 60,639
New York Giants (27) Green Bay Packers (22) 61,024
Denver Broncos (21) Jacksonville Jaguars (17) Wembley Stadium 86,215

NFL Mexico Game

The Estadio Azteca hosted it's first NFL regular season game as part of the NFL International Series in 2016, eleven years after staging the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers game which was the first regular season game played outside of the United States which back then was labelled as the NFL 'Futbol Americano'. Famous for staging two FIFA World Cup Soccer finals in 1970 (Brazil v Italy) and 1986 (Argentina v West Germany), the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City is situated 2200 meters above sea level and has a capacity of 87,523. It is also the home of the national Mexican Soccer team.

The Oakland Raiders (currently Las Vegas Raiders) won the first NFL Mexico game in 2016 beating the Houston Texas 27-20 watched by 76,473 fans in the Estadio Azteca. The highest attendance for the NFL Mexico game to date is 77,357 who watched the New England Patriots defeat the Oakland Raiders 33-8 in 2017.

What NFL Teams are playing in Mexico in 2022 ?

The 2022 NFL Mexico Game will be a repeat of the 2005 NFL Futbol Americano game with the Arizona Cardinals hosting the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals

Monday 21st November (Week 11)

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (20:15 CST)

Year Designated Visitor Designated Home Stadium Attendance
2016 Houston Texans (20) Oakland Raiders (27) Estadio Azteca 76,473
2017 New England Patriots (33) Oakland Raiders (8) Estadio Azteca 77,357
2019 Kansas City Chiefs (24) Los Angeles Chargers (17) Estadio Azteca 76,252
2022 San Francisco 49ers (38) Arizona Cardinals (10) Estadio Azteca 78,427

* 2018 - Due to the condition of the playing surface the Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams game was moved from the Estadio Azteca to the Los Angeles Rams home stadium.

*2020 & 2021 there were no NFL Mexico Games due to the Covid 19 pandemic. 

NFL Germany Game

Germany joined the NFL International Series roster for 2022 with the Allianz Arena in Munich hosting their first NFL regular season game. The Allianz Arena is the home of German Bundesliga Soccer team Bayern Munich and has a spectator capacity of 70,000 for international games. The initial Germany Games deal agreed with the NFL means the Waldstadion (currently known as the Deutsche Bank Park for sponsorship reasons) in Frankfurt is due to host future NFL Germany Games, to be confirmed.

Which NFL teams are playing in Germany in 2022 ?

The inaugural NFL Germany Game in 2022 will see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday 13th November (Week 10)

Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich (09:30 CST)

Year Designated Visitor Designated Home Stadium Attendance
2022 Seattle Seahawks (16)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21) Allianz Arena 69,811

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