Could the Community Shield go abroad? FA inspired by Manchester United success in USA
It’s an interesting idea and, obviously, we’ve seen the NFL do something similar with their games coming to Wembley.The NBA are doing it and we know that Spanish football and Italian football are looking at doing that with their own Supercup-type games.It’s an interesting opportunity but, as I say, right now we’ve got a contract with Wembley. And the fans, and the players enjoy playing at Wembley.
Today we play in Spain, but the future has no frontiers. La Liga will continue to work on our global format so that our League can be visible the world over. From here, anything is conceivable.La Liga considers the US a priority and we will work with all our available resources to reach the American public…if this comes to pass, La Liga, as a brand will be in the best possible showcase in the world.
Benefits to emigration
The benefits from hosting the game abroad for the FA are clear. While swathes of match day tickets, which cost between £20 and £45, went unsold this weekend, tickets for the game which attracted the colossal crowd at Michigan's "Big House" stadium had an average price on the secondary ticket market of $386.32, according to Forbes.
Premier League clubs would also be more than happy with another chance to showcase their brands to global audiences. In total 19 of the 20 clubs went abroad for at least part of their pre-season campaigns this summer.
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion all played pre-season games in the US. Newcastle United and West Ham United even travelled as far as New Zealand in a bid to expand their fanbase.