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Look out, Spurs! NFL to play a fourth London game in 2019

9:49 PM GMT+4 30/10/2018
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There will be more American football coming next year, with Tottenham’s new stadium being added to the hosting sites

The National Football League will increase the number of games its teams play in London in 2019, the league announced.

Currently, the NFL have scheduled three games in London, which have all taken place at Wembley Stadium.

The third and final game of the 2018 season, a Philadelphia Eagles 24-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, took place last Sunday and featured a record attendance of 85,870.

That broke a record that had been set two weeks before when the Seattle Seahawks played the Oakland Raiders, with all three games this year featuring sellout crowds.

The NFL-hungry London crowd will now have another game to take in next season, as the league has said a fourth game has been added to the slate.

“The games in the past few weeks have once again demonstrated the incredible passion of NFL fans in the UK,” said NFL Executive Vice President of International Mark Waller.

“The support of our stadium partners, the Mayor of London and the Minister for Sport gives us a great foundation for further development of the sport and the ability to give our fans even more NFL games in the coming years.”

The announcement also confirmed only two of the games will be played at Wembley next season, with the other two will take place at Tottenham’s new stadium, which is set to open next year.

While a record crowd took in the action on Sunday, there were plenty of detractors on Monday, when Tottenham faced Manchester City on the same field.

The result was a pitch of questionable conditions for the big match, and while that would not necessarily be an issue at Wembley next year with no team slated to play there, it could be a problem for Spurs.

The NFL have played regular season games in London every season since 2007. A second game was added in 2013.

A third game was quickly added the next year, with four games in one season having happened in 2017, though only three were played in London this year.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are owned by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan, have featured in at least one of those games per season since 2013.