The 2015 International Champions Cup North America Presented by Guinness Beer will feature the best clubs in the world competing across 12 regions in Canada, Mexico, England, Italy and the United States. One year after winning the largest attended soccer match in United States history, Manchester United will face another Spanish giant, Barcelona, at Leviâ€™s Stadium in one of the premier games of the tournament. Another matchup will feature the current English Premier League leader, Chelsea, facing current Spanish League leader Barcelona at FedEx Field in Washington D.C. Chelsea will also face French League leader Paris Saint-Germain at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, a rematch of the Champions League round of 16.
â€œThese matchups speak to the immense success and quality of the International Champions Cup,â€ said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. â€œNot only are three of the quarter-finalists for the Champions League participating, but the Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain finish in the round of 16 was spectacular. Showcasing this rematch, along with the multitude of other high quality and competitive contests, is truly exciting and shows these games are more than just friendlies.â€
Each team will play four contests and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will beÂ crowned champion. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; theÂ winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one. The results from in-season Major League Soccer contests involving tournament participants will be used as part of officialÂ tournament scoring.The ICC will be played across two continents, as games will be held at Stamford Bridge in London, Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence and multiple iconic venues throughout North America. Including the matches in California at the Stub Hub Center and at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Guinness hosting in-bar and onsite stadium events
As the presenting sponsor of the International Champions Cup in North America, the Guinness brand will be hosting in-bar and onsite stadium events in local cities where the matches will be taking place throughout the U.S. â€œGuinness has always been an advocate for sport all around the world, and weâ€™re proud to have been such an integral part of the ICCâ€™s growth in such a short time,â€ said Guinness Brand Director Emma Giles.
â€œThe ICC is a great opportunity for Guinness beer fans and soccer fans of legal drinking age in the U.S. to enjoy some of the most premier clubs the world has to offer alongside a quality beer such as our recently launched GuinnessÂ® BlondeTM American Lager.â€
In total, 10 teams from around the globe, including England (Manchester United F.C., Chelsea F.C.), Portugal (FC Porto), France (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.), Mexico (Club AmÃ©rica), Spain (Barcelona), Italy (ACF Fiorentina) and the United States (San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls) will compete in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America Presented by Guinness Beer.
Following is a list of the schedule of the tournament:
“These matchups showcase the popularity and growth of soccer in the United States,â€ said David Tyler, CEO of Relevent Sports. â€œOur tournament has expanded to include 17 games with top-tier clubs competing in iconic venues. Soccer is only going to continue to grow domestically and we are thrilled to be at the forefront.â€
In 2015, the International Champions Cup will expand into new continents, as both China and Australia will host versions of the tournament during the summer. A.C. Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid will play in the International Champions Cup China in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai that runs from July 25- July 29. Real Madrid, Manchester City and AS Roma will play in the International Champions Cup Australia in Melbourne from July 18-24, providing even more fans from around the world the opportunity to see their favorite clubs live.Â