NFL to play a game in Brazil in 2024 (1:04)Adam Schefter details the NFL's plan to play a game in Brazil for the first time in 2024. (1:04)
The NFL on Wednesday awarded a 2024 regular-season game to Brazil and voted to expand the slate of international games from four to eight games beginning in 2025.
The game in Brazil will be played in Sao Paulo at Corinthians Arena, the home of Brazilian soccer club SC Corinthians that has been a venue for both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Both announcements were made at the owners' meetings in Dallas on Wednesday. The league said new markets and hosts/stadiums for future seasons would be announced at a later date.
Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was a venue for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Now, it will host an NFL regular-season game in 2024. Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images
"Becoming a global sport is a major strategic priority for the league and 32 teams," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Increasing international game inventory allows us to grow our global presence and share our game with exciting new markets to connect with more fans around the world."
Goodell said in October that the NFL could add another international location "as early as next year," and the league sent officials to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Madrid earlier this year to scout possible locations to host regular-season games.
The NFL also will continue to discuss Spain as a possible location for a regular-season game in 2025 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the home of legendary soccer club Real Madrid.
The NFL has never played a regular-season game in Brazil or Spain, but executive vice president Peter O'Reilly told ESPN earlier this year that the league was "spending time in those markets."
"There's a lot of interest in the NFL," O'Reilly said during a September interview on "The Adam Schefter Podcast." "I mean, we saw it. We did a Super Bowl viewing party last year down in Brazil, and it was packed, and the energy is there.
"You've got some classic soccer clubs around the world who are really interested in hosting the NFL and building a relationship with the NFL. So, the marriage of those two -- there's interests there, for sure, and it's just determining the timing and the approach."
The NFL has made an aggressive push internationally by adding a 17th game to the schedule to facilitate games abroad and give teams marketing rights in various countries. The league played three regular-season games in London and two in Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this year.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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