Australia among countries NFL looking to host future games – NBC New York

Australia is among the countries the NFL is exploring as potential hosts of regular-season games for the 2025 season and beyond.

Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s head of international affairs, said Tuesday at the league’s spring meetings that Australia is among the markets being discussed. The league recently announced that an NFL Academy will open in September on the Gold Coast in Australia.

“Australia is among a set, and it’s not a small set of markets, that we’re looking at,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly noted that Australia has a strong base of NFL fans, media partners and that both the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams have global market rights there.

Updated NFL owners on countries league officials are considering as potential hosts. The NFL announced in February, before the Super Bowl, that the international game schedule for the 2025 season will include a match at Real Madrid’s iconic Santiago Bernabéu stadium.

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The NFL has been expanding its international presence in recent years, and owners voted in December to authorize the league to host eight games internationally each season. The league announced the four international matches in London and Germany last week along with the entire 2024 schedule.

Philadelphia opens the season by hosting the Green Bay Packers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 6.

Dublin, Ireland, is also among the markets being considered for future NFL games. League officials will visit markets this summer as part of the process of evaluating fan support, stadiums and locations teams will use before a game.

O’Reilly said those details are only part of what the league considers when choosing a host city.

“When you start talking about Asia, the Pacific and Australia, you talk about distance and logistics and the football component of that,” O’Reilly said. “So those factors are real. But our role is to really look at the world, look at where the fan base is strong and do the diligence, do the evaluations.”