International Champions Cup Details
What is the International Champions Cup?
International soccer took a huge leap forward in 2013, with the introduction of a highly competitive soccer tournament called the International Champions Cup. Stephan M. Ross collaborated with Relevant Sports to organize the Guinness International Champions Cup (ICC), which transformed the typical European preseason exhibition tour into one of the most competitive soccer tournaments in the world. The first ICC tournament featured eight teams that played in six United States cities.
2018 International Champions Cup
The 2018 tournament features 17 matches at 14 U.S. venues, plus 16 in five European markets and Singapore. Among the teams playing on U.S. soil over the summer are Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern, and Liverpool. Fans will also be able to see U.S. star Christian Pulisic play with his club, Borussia Dortmund.
International Champions Cup Fixtures
Here are the 17 International Champions Cup matches taking place in the U.S. this summer:
- July 20: Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund (Soldier Field)
- July 22: Liverpool FC vs. Borussia Dortmund (Bank of America Stadium)
- July 25: Manchester City vs. Liverpool FC (MetLife Stadium)
- July 25: AC Milan vs. Manchester United (Rose Bowl)
- July 25: AS Roma vs. Tottenham Hotspur (SDCCU Stadium)
- July 25: Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica (Heinz Field)
- July 25: Juventus vs. Bayern Munich (Lincoln Financial Field)
- July 28: Manchester United vs. Liverpool FC (Michigan Stadium)
- July 28: Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City (Hard Rock Stadium)
- July 28: Barcelona vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Rose Bowl)
- July 28: Benfica vs. Juventus (Red Bull Arena)
- July 31: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid (Hard Rock Stadium)
- July 31: AC Milan vs. Tottenham Hotspur (U.S. Bank Stadium)
- July 31: Barcelona vs. Roma (AT&T Stadium)
- Aug. 4: Real Madrid vs. Juventus (FedEx Field)
- Aug. 4: AC Milan vs. Barcelona (Levi's Stadium)
- Aug. 7: Real Madrid vs. Roma (MetLife Stadium)
2017 International Champions Cup Recap
Three regions hosted the 2017 version of the event, which was the fifth edition of friendly association football matches held since 2013. Fans of soccer in China, Singapore, and the United States welcomed the best football clubs and the most skilled players in the world. The tournament began on July 18, 2017, with the last match held on July 30, 2017.
More than 800,000 soccer fans attended the 2016 International Champions Cup and about 70 million people tuned in to watch at least one of the matches on television. Although the 2017 numbers have yet to be released, attendance and viewership numbers should break records, especially with ESPN featuring the tournament in some prime time slots.