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Founded in 2013, the International Champions Cup (ICC) was created to replace the World Football Challenge which was previously founded in 2009. The ICC is known as a friendly, pre-season exhibition competition featuring club teams from Europe, Canada, and the United States. Other country additions have included Australia, China, and Singapore. Over the years, the format of the ICC has changed, with a varying number of teams competing each year.
International Champions Cup: A Brief History
The International Champions Cup was created in 2013 and featured eight top clubs competing in its inaugural edition. The tournament has since grown to feature more clubs, more cities, and more fans cheering on their favorite teams with each passing year. The tournament has been a great way for American soccer fans to see their favorite teams compete on U.S. soil, rather than having to travel abroad.
Each team competing in this tournament plays three games. Teams are then ranked based on their individual results and the best-ranked team after all matches is crowned with the championship title. There are no ties for the cup in this tournament, as there are plenty of tie-breakers in the event of teams having the same amount of final points.
Winners of this tournament have included Real Madrid, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Barcelona. Matches are held all over the globe, including in Europe, the United States, and Singapore.
Notable ICC Matches
Over the years, the International Champions Cup has seen its fair share of exciting and dramatic events. With iconic players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski participating in the ICC, spectators are sure to have a great time. The event has drawn in extremely large crowds over the years, including two of the largest crowds in U.S. soccer history.
ICC’s most memorable events include when Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old Christian Pulisic scored an injury-time equalizer against Manchester City in 2016. That same year, American player Julian Green registered a hat trick against Inter Milan– just weeks after his twentieth birthday. In 2017, Marcos Asensio finished off a game with a spectacular end-to-end move, scoring for Real Madrid against FC Barcelona in Miami’s Clásico.