Premier League in talks to host matches on foreign soil in the future

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Premier League shareholders are reportedly discussing the possibility of hosting matches abroad in the near future.

Apparently, the authorities are looking to continue the growth of the competition and they have identified several markets across Europe and Asia where Premier League games could be held.

According to The Athletic, The United States, China, India, Brazil and Indonesia are some of the markets shortlisted for future games.

Furthermore, an enhanced pre-season tournament next summer has been planned in the United States.

Apparently, the authorities believe that Premier League could attain greater global appeal by playing competitive matches on foreign soil.

It will be interesting to see how the idea evolves over the next few years and whether the Premier League players and clubs are on board with it.

While it gives the fans a golden opportunity to watch their teams in action up close, the travelling aspect could be a nightmare scenario for players and clubs. Players could struggle in terms of fitness and recovery if they have to travel long distances.

The idea was floated back in 2008 as well when the Premier League were looking to play an extra round of matches abroad at five different venues. The extra round of matches would have yielded £5 million per game for the clubs.

However, the idea was opposed by UEFA, FIFA and the FA. Back then, Richard Scudamore claimed that the plan would eventually come to fruition in the future.

It remains to be seen whether the footballing authorities are prepared to sanction such a move this time around.