NFL International Evolution: EVERY Country Games Have Been Played | NFL Explained

NFL International Evolution: EVERY Country Games Have Been Played | NFL Explained


[Music] most fans are aware of the NFL’s London series at this point several teams each season making the trip to play a regular-season game on foreign soil but the league’s international forays are actually decades old covering nine different countries across the globe having made pit stops in Japan Sweden Germany and Australia to name just a few so it’s time to do some blood pumping as we take you around the world and explore the evolution of the NFL’s international games we begin in Ottawa Canada all the way back in 1950 the New York Giants crossed the border to take on the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Roughriders the convenience factor would allow the NFL to play nine more games in Canada throughout the 1960’s but then in 1976 the league made the bold move of holding a preseason game all the way in Tokyo Japan the game between the st. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers was dubbed the Mainichi star ball because it was sponsored by the Mainichi newspaper [Applause] I enjoyed it quite an experience I mean quite an experience just look at it man how many people we made have tonight now I’m happy because in 1978 the NFL went south of the border for the first time the Saints and Eagles playing a preseason game in Mexico City the game was played at a soccer venue now known as Estadio Azul then came the 1982 season it was the first time a Super Bowl was aired on UK television and according to a New York Times article four and a half million fans across the country stayed up until 2:30 in the morning watching the big game Braves are the war pair victory for all DC so of course the NFL was off to London fallen see the Vikings and Cardinals facing off in what was dubbed the global Cup the Vikings and Cardinals may have planted the American football seed in the UK but the Cowboys and Bears were the ones who [Applause] Chicago was fresh off at Super Bowl 20-win and the Cowboys well they were the Cowboys you know what’s amazing to me looking around this less than 30 seconds on the web these people just they’re gonna stay till a last-second fix topic maybe they want to stay longer I don’t know that that game is considered the true turning point for the NFL in the UK it featured the likes of Tony Dorsett Edie too tall Jones Jim McMahon Walter Payton and of course the then world-famous William the refrigerator Perry put all the teams together they didn’t get as much publicity as William Perry did himself this past weekend was it it could put two plays in for him earlier the game was more spectacle than scrimmage but that was the point of it all it was a promotional tool the league would reap the benefits from for years to come who had played blows of preseason games across multiple countries to grow internationally and to become more relevant as a global sport London would host an American ball for the next nine straight years we come in every year every year will be a mixed year and the year after and the year after that they’re gonna win the Super Bowl this year definitely but there was more international pond hopping ahead from Yahoo in 1988 the Vikings and bears packed up and headed off to sweetie now that was the first block that’s gonna get the scan of eight kids around what football is all about Germans got a taste of the NFL in 1990 when the Rams and Chiefs met up in Berlin in 1993 the league sent the Niners and Steelers to Barcelona Spain four years later it was the Steelers and Bears in Dublin Ireland and in 1999 the charges and Broncos set up shop in the land down under the NFL showcasing its game in Sydney Australia then in 2005 it was back to Mexico but this time it was the real deal season game outside the United States the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31 to 14 in front of a crowd of a hundred and three thousand fans an NFL record for a regular-season game at the time Arizona’s Neal rockers treated fans used to watching soccer too a little legwork of his own going six for six on field goal attempts there may have been a little easier to hit seeing is a sturdier Stecher in 2,000 feet higher than even Denver and now that the ice has been broken on regular season contests being held outside the US it made sense that London would be next the 2007 game between the Dolphins and Giants marked the first time a regular-season game was held on US soil we welcome you to historic Wembley Stadium in London England we’re better than 90,000 fans gathered to witness the first regular-season game played outside of North America this place erupted when the teams came out to warm up 90,000 people screaming at the top of their lungs noise gonna be off the charts this is more like a playoff or a Super Bowl rather than the regular-season game an estimated 1 million ticket requests were made for that first game it took just 90 minutes before it sold out 80 1176 fans buying tickets for the game for perspective the average attendance for an NFL game at the time was just over 67,000 the mayor told me the other night that they’ve had so many responses they could’ve sold this game out 9 times over so you can see that there’s a lot of demand for it and we’re gonna try to get back here on a regular basis because it has been so extraordinary the Giants won the low scoring rainy affair 13 to 10 but the scoreboard was almost irrelevant the response was what mattered and it was clear that London fans wanted more see just about every single NFL team’s Jersey represented even a couple throwback jerseys so I was I was really amazed at that that these people even though their teams weren’t playing here they’re representing and support the NFL what’s great is for us compared to a lot of sports over here it’s not tribalistic so fans congregate of from every team socialize and it just feels like a real celebration it was also not a coincidence that the Giants were chosen to play there New York’s OC human gyro the first british-born NFL player to play in front of his home crowd that was just a start with British fans being treated to all sorts of landmark moments over the next decade [Music] [Applause] [Applause] 30 20 10 touchdown Brian Jamison back on top now when games were first played ad they were all held in one spot Wembley Stadium 84 thousand five hundred seats 34 bars eight restaurants to 2618 toilets it wasn’t until 2016 that games were held at Twickenham Stadium it checks in with 82,000 seats making it the fourth largest stadium in Europe and then in 2019 the NFL held its first games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Totten didn’t just pave the way for a third stadium the NFL could use it’s also a potential future home of an NFL franchise it is the crown jewel 1.2 billion dollars the first stadium built outside of the US for American football Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the world’s first dating with to permanent fields in a few days ago now this is time-lapse photography permanent NFL turf field full-size soccer pitch that slides underneath the South Stand amazing how this works of the board sliding underneath the pinch splits into three sections each weighing over 3,000 tons now obviously playing at one of the three spots represents a neutral site to the two teams involved and even though they do what they can to cater to the quote home team getting the local pub to swear its devotion to your club isn’t going to cut it for most teams balance sheets each NFL team has only eight home games in the season so you’re asking for a team to give up one-eighth of the season inventory which is a major major ask which is why the league ponies up roughly the same cash that a team would have made off of a home game they also pay for all travel costs involved in the journey but how does the league choose who makes the trip not that big then plays the home of big band look kids Big Ben teams that recently won a bid to host a Super Bowl at their own stadium are required to play internationally teams and temporary stadiums such as the Rams charges and Raiders in recent seasons are also required to give up a home game to play abroad some teams have volunteered to go most notably in the UK with the Jacksonville Jaguars I think a key moment for us in the history of playing games here in London was in 2013 when the jag was stepped up and said we’re willing not only to play a game in London we’re going to play her for multiple years the Jaguars played their seventh game in London in 2019 more than any other NFL team their owner shahid khan was the one who signed off on their original deal that has made their return trip so common playing games there regularly was kind of looked at as kind of a wacky idea london is vital for us and I think it’s really turned into something sexy for even other teams so it’s gone from wacky to sexy exactly on the flip side Green Bay is the only team that hasn’t made a trip to London as of 2019 that’s due in part to the Packers being the only publicly owned NFL franchise plus games at Lambeau Field are sold out for at least the next three seasons Packers president Marc Murphy who answers to shareholders has said that the team would love to play in London as has that stark order I mean I know that I’ve made my feelings known but I want to get over there our president has made it known but it’s tough for these if you know we’re not gonna give a bomb game cuz we’re sold out for the next 30 years and nobody wants to give up a home game when there when we come to town so hopefully at some point the legal intervene and make us go to because we all want to go there but Murphy says the loss of a home game would have an economic impact of roughly 15 million dollars which is too much for the league smaller city to handle balance sheets may top the list of factors that have to be accounted for when it comes to overseas play but there are plenty of others that have to be considered as well starting with time zones fans on the west coast of the United States know that for a handful of the games in the UK it requires waking up by 6:30 a.m. to watch there’s actually a good reason for when we play early kickoffs but at 2:30 in the afternoon here in the UK that’s 9:30 in the morning on the East Coast 6:30 in the morning on the west coast it’s also a really good timezone for fans in Asia because it’s late in the evening but not too late which is great exposure for the teams the fans and ultimately believe those difference in time zones don’t just hit the folks watching the games the athletes are the ones who really have to be ready to adapt yeah we’re gonna practice over there 5:27 hey if I’m standing with my eyes open asleep looks like I’m done I don’t mind playing over here I don’t mind playing and we played enough Winnipeg Canada we’re playing here in London all our home games are all over the world we’re a global franchise on the back end schedulers make sure each team gets a bye though they’ve tinkered with some East Coast teams simply playing games the next week seeing as they only face a five hour time difference still it’s a long journey even if you’re flying from New York the flight takes around seven and a half hours for a team like Chicago that jumps to eight and a half and if you’re flying from LA it climbs to roughly 11 hours what we’ve seen though is now that we’re at a stage where by the time these games are played in 2019 many teams that come in now tend to come in late in the week so they practice Monday Tuesday Wednesday in their in their home Marcus come over Thursday land on Friday and then play on the Sunday hey young fella you was born to do this you get one side of the first impression let’s make it a good one but it’s not just getting the athletes there in time to acclimatize to the time change there’s all the accommodations that teams are used to like hot sauce we’re just some of the brand’s and love it or not quite the same like something simple as Gatorade formula in Europe is not quite the same as here so they ship over there you know we have a boat that comes over and October and not on that teams can put whatever they want vast majority of teams would bring over their own chefs and make sure that those folks on that uniquely and infamously the New York Jets brought in their own toilet rolls toiletries are just one of the hundreds of items teams pack up for that trip let’s look at the checklist Jetstar had to work with when they made their trip in 2050 263 boxes of food 315 power devices 472 pieces of athletic equipment 1268 promotional items and yeah they weren’t joking they also loaded up with 350 rolls of American toilet paper all of it making its way across the Atlantic on a boat that every team making the trip loads up in August so that it gets there in plenty of time for the games but overcoming all the hurdles seems to be worth it the NFL’s popularity in the UK has been steadily on the rise recent research shows that there are over 15 million fans in the UK I didn’t expect this to be honest Pat so I’m gonna be able to be more low-key and you know I guess they left me all across the world I won’t complain the games aren’t just creating fans either it’s providing a groundswell that’s starting to churn out NFL talent number British players are playing it in the NFL is at a record high some of those guys were actually trained from people in this office and inspired from seeing games being played here the next steps for the NFL on London well it depends on who you ask baby you know down the road they might have them a team here that though it may not be the team you’re thinking but reality is that the Jags are incredibly happy playing Jacksonville they get greater international exposure they get to build their fan base and we’ve certainly seen in the last few years but the number of young fans that have got use of single Jags play means that it’s it’s good for them and ultimately good for us and of course there’s also the possibility of the NFL’s crown jewel being hosted in London Super Bowl is an absolute magical word important fabric to the us both in a sporting and also a cultural perspective it’s not something that you should hand around just because it is something new and different to do if we were over the next decade to have a team here then I think it would be part of our culture and past our sporting infrastructure and then I think it makes a lot of sense when either of these takes place is hard to tell at the moment but what isn’t is the idea that London is just the beginning could China be next Australia Brazil who knows where the game of american football and next

100 Comments on "NFL International Evolution: EVERY Country Games Have Been Played | NFL Explained"


  1. Mexico is the best place to have another NFL Game or why not? A NFL team!!!!!!!!
    the flights are very very short and the time set it's the same.
    Brings us more Games, Guadalajara and Monterrey will waiting

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  2. There's no other country outside of the United States more passionate for the NFL than México, we love the football and we love the NFL, if some country deserves a NFL franchese, thats not England, it's México.

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  3. What about that deal the Bills signed to play a handful of games in Toronto? Figured that would have been a big deal to mention since it had never been done before.

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  4. sorry, i cant take you seriously with your accent, knowing you arent american kinda kills the vibe of the vid

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  5. Extremely well narrated and extremely well edited as well. I really enjoyed this video a lot. While the Green Bay Packers cannot give up a home game to go to London why not have them travel to London as the road team and whoever they go against is the home team? It seems the Packers do want to go there and if it's a road game I'm not sure if there would be a problem with that

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  6. Let's get an Ottawa Redblacks vs NY Giants game. I DONT CARE how one-sided it would be. It'd be quite a show.

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  7. First stadium built outside of America for American football? What are you smoking? That stadium was built for football and for football only.

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  8. They had actual enjoyable games over there. "Now you get the uhhh umm hold up I got to think of the name" "They are some type of cat from Jacksonville, anyway it doesn't matter" vs the Texans or some shit. No offense to the fans of them but why not get a Patriots vs Green Bay or Seattle vs Chiefs not two teams that are already dead and just want to thank.

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  9. Anywhere the sport is class, the Russians would be good at it, they could have a steroid football league I’d watch that players running 40 yards in 2 seconds throwing it 100 in one play

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  10. NFL Europe was a good idea but poorly marketed. They should really consider an European "farm league" where prospects and back-up's have a league of their own.

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  11. Are we just going to ignore the fact that someone from the Vikings launched a bears player into the air during a block?

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  12. "They have to wake up at 6am" n to watch some matches hosted in the states we have to wake up at 1-1:30 am sometimes

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  13. Gruden saying that the Raiders are a "global franchise", makes sense because they are always movin. Next stop for Raiders after Vegas, Dublin, because why not.

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  14. Just add a 17th regular season game already goddammit!
    With the return of the double bye weeks of 1993-94.
    16 neutral site games would make the owners very happy!
    Also, bring back NFL Europe and this time, treat it like a PRO league instead of a Triple-A league rather than moving the Chargers!
    And stay out of China unless you want to be the next NBA!

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  15. That’s actually really cool about the Jaguars going out of their way to play in Europe. It seems they have become well loved there!

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  16. It's fortunaly when brazil comes to NFL.Whel,it says opostument for me,i said im a brazilian

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  17. Hahaha it isn't the first stadium for NFL Games. The Veltins Arena in Germany is.a State of the Art Dome Stadium with a capacity of 63.000 people.

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  18. Jon Gruden: were a global franchise

    Yeah you play these game because you team can’t find a city to call home

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  19. Could have been a good 10 if the preseason game in China would’ve bappened

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  20. It’s crazy how many raiders fans are in Europe. They should move the raiders to London instead of Vegas

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  21. I’d bet that they’ll be 4 teams introduced with 10 years. One in London, St. Louis, Chicago, and Salt Lake City. The same year the London team is added they host a Super Bowl. And I doubt they’d have London in the name, but the United Kingdom instead. Maybe the UK Unicorns?

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  22. The owner of Jacksonville Jaguars also owns Fulham Football Club (soccer), which made their decision easier

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  23. My friend, World Championship of American Football 2019 was cancelled and postponed till 2023 because nobody is interested in American Football in the World. This fact shows the real interest to American Football in the World despite your stupid video

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  24. They should start a English Football League(EFL) So it can be like a big tournament every 2 years the winners of each country tournament goes against each other

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  25. You all missed at least one game that was played in Mexico City. In 1994, Estadio Azteca hosted a preseason game between the Houston Oilers and Dallas Cowboys which still holds the record for the highest attendance at any NFL game, with 112,376 in attendance. Pretty big miss if you're tslking about the evolution of NFL international games. Makes you think which other games did you left out.

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  26. Didn't mention 1997 American Bowl Preseason Game in México´s Azteca Stadium (Then called Guillermo Cañedo Stadium) between John Elway's Denver Broncos and Dan Marino´s Miami Dolphins. What a game it was! Dolphins won that bout.

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  27. The Jaguars decision to volunteer and love to play there was a absolute Brilliant decision if you want to increase the fan base.

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  28. I dont get it why it would be such a problem for a team to play in London. Yes its a long travel time and they have to give up home game but like NBA, NHL and MLB play a ton more games, some are also played in Europe and they dont have problems with that

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  29. I feel like a London NFL team would work if Brexit wasnt' a thing and you could get few teams in Europe so they can be a division together and not have to fly across the Atlantic so often.

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  30. Yep stupid stupid stupid. You dont even mention the 5 games a year Bills were playing in Skydome in Toronto

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  31. $35 pesos la entrada para el philly saints ? Naaaah bueno y ahora que ha pasado ya ni para ver un Tampico correecaminos

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  32. So the city of green bay will fall apart if they give up 1 of their 8 15 mil home games? Pretty sure Flint Michigan has been poned in the rear repeatedly while never having the chance to make 15 mil in 1 weekend and they're still surviving.. that mentality is maybe why people outside GB despise them in 2nd other then NE

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  33. Please note that Brazil Germany and England have their own domestic American football league

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  34. I have some of these NFL International Games will be returned & on their debut:

    Returnees:
    – Spain (Camp Nou, Santiago Bernabeu, Wanda Metropolitano & San Mames)
    – Germany (Allianz Arena, Signal Iduna Park
    – Sweden
    – Australia (Stadium Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground, ANZ Stadium)
    – Japan (Saitama 2002 Stadium, Ajinomoto Stadium, International Stadium Yokohama & Big Arc Stadium)

    Debuts:
    – Italy
    – Russia
    – Netherlands
    – Turkey
    – France
    – South Africa
    – Brazil
    – Argentina
    – Chile
    – South Korea
    – China
    – Singapore
    – Malaysia
    – Thailand
    – United Arab Emirates
    – Saudi Arabia

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  35. Shame we’re too far away otherwise ithe sporting capital of the world Melbourne would sell out every time

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