Premier League look abroad
Premier League clubs have agreed to look into a radical plan that would see each team playing an extra match abroad.
Last Updated: 08/02/08 10:05am
The 20 Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed to further examine a radical plan that would see each team playing an extra match a season abroad.
Under the proposal, matches between two Premier League sides could be staged in the world's largest cities in the Far East, Australia and the USA.
A new round of 10 competitive fixtures would be played across the world over one weekend in January, beginning in the 2010/11 season.
The idea would be to cash in on existing interest in the Premier League around the world, and the extra money generated from TV would be split equally among the 20 clubs.
The details of how the system would work have yet to be finalised but it would mean each club playing 39 games, with a draw to pick out each side's overseas match.
There would be a sporting criteria, such as league position, to decide which clubs play each other.
And under the proposal, points earned in the overseas game would count towards the final league position.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "The 'international round' is an exciting and innovative proposal that needs careful consideration before being introduced.
"However, this concept recognises the truly global appeal of the Barclays Premier League whilst understanding that the traditions of the English game have always underpinned our success.
"We believe that an 'international round' of matches will enhance the strength of the Barclays Premier League as a competition; create extra interest in all 20 Premier League clubs at home and abroad; and allow increased investment in talent development and acquisition, facilities as well as our football development and community programmes."
Scudamore added: "The globalisation of sport is both an opportunity and a challenge; one that needs addressing in a responsible way.
"We are a better competition for being a cosmopolitan league and have benefited from our increased international reach.
"Nonetheless, it is critical we retain our English character by improving our efforts to produce home-grown talent, deepening our commitment to community engagement and continuing our investment in the grass-roots."