2014 International Series games confirmed

2014 INTERNATIONAL SERIES GAMES CONFIRMED

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS vs. DALLAS COWBOYS

ATLANTA FALCONS vs. DETROIT LIONS

OAKLAND RAIDERS vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS

All games will take place at London’s Wembley Stadium

The 2014 International Series games are set and an unprecedented six teams will play a regular-season game in London next season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons will host the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders will host the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium next season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the match-ups today at a Sports Journalists’ Association lunch in London.  The dates and times of the games will be announced at a later date.

“Our fans in the UK continue to demonstrate their passion for more football,” Goodell said.  “Next year for the first time we will play three regular-season games in London.  We have scheduled three attractive games with four teams playing in their first International Series game.  The growing enthusiasm for the NFL internationally is exciting and we look forward to continuing to respond to this interest in our game.”

The Jaguars, who face the San Francisco 49ers in London on Sunday, committed to playing a home game in the UK in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, all at Wembley. 

Miami, which ranks as the second-most popular team among NFL fans in the UK, will make its second visit to London for a regular-season game after hosting the New York Giants in the inaugural International Series contest in 2007.

Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, and Oakland will all play their first international regular-season game next season. The visit of the Cowboys means a chance for UK fans to see ‘America’s Team’, who played in the inaugural American Bowl preseason game at Wembley in 1986, while the Raiders’ participation offers a homecoming for British players Menelik Watson and Jack Crawford.

The International Series has increased NFL fan interest in the UK, with a current fan base of more than 12 million, including 2.5 million avid fans, a 30 percent increase in avid fans in the past two years.

The Minnesota Vikings’ thrilling 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London on September 29 drew a crowd of 83,518 to Wembley.  The day before, more than 520,000 people attended a football festival on London’s famed Regent Street, enjoying football-themed games and attractions, including visits from Vikings’ and Steelers’ players and coaches.

Television ratings have shown substantial growth in the UK since 2006 – with Sunday viewership of NFL games almost doubling and the Super Bowl audience having increased 75 percent.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships.

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen since the start of the International Series, growing by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007.

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The regular-season games played in the United Kingdom and future International Series schedule:

Date Visiting Team Score Home Team Score Attendance
October 28, 2007 New York Giants 13 Miami Dolphins 10 81,176
October 26, 2008 San Diego Chargers 32 New Orleans Saints 37 83,226
October 25, 2009 New England Patriots 35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 84,254
October 31, 2010 Denver Broncos 16 San Francisco 49ers 24 83,941
October 23, 2011 Chicago Bears 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18 76,981
October 28, 2012 New England Patriots 45 St. Louis Rams 7 84,004
September 29, 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Minnesota Vikings 34 83,518
October 27, 2013 San Francisco 49ers  42 Jacksonville Jaguars  10 83,559
2014 Dallas Cowboys   Jacksonville Jaguars    
2014 Detroit Lions   Atlanta Falcons    
2014 Miami Dolphins   Oakland Raiders