The Premier League has agreed to investigate the possibility of playing matches overseas after all 20 clubs agreed at a meeting to consider the idea.
The proposal includes extending the season for each team by one game to 39 matches. Those ten added fixtures would be hosted around the globe, with cities bidding for the right to stage them.
According to the BBC, at a meeting on Thursday, all 20 clubs agreed to investigate the possibility of playing one lucrative extra game a season in Asia, the Middle East or North America. The additional fixtures could be determined by a draw but that the top-five teams could be seeded to avoid playing each other. Points from those games would be included in the Premier League table.
It is expected further talks will take place and no formal decision will be made until the summer when the Premier League hold their annual meeting. If they agree to move ahead with the idea, it could be introduced for the 2010-11 season.
Commercially the deal could be lucrative for the Premier League – its income from the sale of overseas TV rights has already increased from £178m in 2001 to £625m for the current deal.
Last year saw the first NFL match, played between Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, staged at the new Wembley stadium.
Basketball’s NBA also played a pre-season game in London and now it seems that England’s leading football teams could make the trip across the Atlantic.