The International Champions Cup, the annual soccer tournament known for bringing world-class soccer to the masses, has just announced that they will be returning to Charlotte this year.
Kicking off the 2018-2019 international soccer season, this year’s chase for the Cup features 18 of the best clubs in the world playing 27 matches across the United States, Europe and Singapore.
Launched in 2013, the International Champions Cup taps directly into the growing passion for the world’s most popular sport. Teams like Manchester United, Real Madrid, MLS’ New York Red Bulls and others have made an impact on the tournament as it has picked up momentum on an annual basis.
The last time the ICC came to Charlotte in 2016, over 69,000 people filled the Bank of America stadium for the Inter Milan vs. FC Bayern Munich soccer match. This year, international organizers are planning for similar sized crowds to fill Charlotte during the global face-off.
This year, the Premier League’s “Big Six” of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea will all be playing in the tournament. They’ll be joined by La Liga’s Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla; Bundesliga stalwarts Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund; Serie A powers Juventus, Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan; Ligue 1 champion-to-be PSG and Portugal’s Benfica.
The teams that will be playing here in the Queen City will be announced next Thursday (4/19) at 11 a.m. at Romare Bearden Park. The announcement will be open to the public and will include giveaways.