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The Premier League is considering playing competitive matches abroad and also open to formalizing and extending its pre-season Asia Trophy

By SI Wire
October 08, 2014

The Premier League is considering playing competitive matches abroad and also is open to formalizing and extending its pre-season Asia Trophy, reports the BBC.

Six years ago, the league rejected the idea of playing a 39th game after it was universally panned by fans and officials.

According to the report, the clubs could possibly discuss playing an existing match overseas, while still keeping the league’s schedule at 38 games per club.

FIFA vice president Jim Boyce said they would prefer that leagues play in countries where they are based.

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"It is something that needs some serious thinking and the views of FIFA and UEFA must be sought,” Boyce said.

The Premier League has seen American sports leagues enjoying success across the pond, such as the National Football League holding its annual International Series in London.

This summer, 109,318 spectators packed Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor to watch a friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid, which was the largest crowd to ever see a soccer match in the United States. 

Manchester United's U.S. tour this summer also included games against Roma at Sports Authority Field in Denver and Inter Milan at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

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