International Champions Cup

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International Champions Cup
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Founded2013;6 years ago (2013)
Number of teams8–18 (different years)
Current champions Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid (3 titles)
Website internationalchampionscup.com
Soccerball current event.svg 2018 International Champions Cup

The International Champions Cup (ICC) is an annual club association football exhibition competition. It features club teams from Europe playing pre-season friendly matches, originally in the United States and Canada, but in the years since also in venues in China, Australia, Mexico and across Europe. The ICC was founded by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE ventures based out of northern New Jersey, a sports venture firm founded in 2012 by billionaire real estate magnate and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Matt Higgins, a former executive with the New York Jets. [1] [2] It replaced the World Football Challenge, which had featured a more even distribution of European- and American-based sides. [3]

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Miami Dolphins National Football League franchise in Miami, Florida

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During the 2014 tournament, a match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium set the all-time record for attendance at a soccer game in the United States with 109,318 spectators. [4] In 2017 Real Madrid and Barcelona played in the second El Clásico ever held outside of Spain, with Barcelona winning 3-2. [5]

Michigan Stadium American football stadium in Ann Arbor, Michiganː home of the Michigan Wolverines football team

Michigan Stadium, nicknamed "The Big House", is the football stadium for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is the largest stadium in the United States, the second largest stadium in the world and the 34th largest sports venue. Its official capacity is 107,601, but it has hosted crowds in excess of 115,000.

El Clásico

El Clásico is the name given in football to any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Originally it referred only to those competitions held in the Spanish championship, but nowadays the term has been generalized, and tends to include every single match between the two clubs: UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, etc. Other than the UEFA Champions League Final, it is considered one of the biggest club football games in the world, and is among the most viewed annual sporting events. A fixture known for its intensity, it has featured memorable goal celebrations from both teams, often involving mocking the opposition.

In 2018, Relevent launched the ICC Womens tournament featuring four European and American clubs, with the North Carolina Courage defeating Olympique Lyonnais to win the inaugural trophy. [6] The ICC Future’s tournament also began in 2018 with 24 teams including 8 academies from Europe, 8 MLS Academies, and 8 US based state all-star teams. Bayern Munich topped Chelsea to win the first ever ICC Futures trophy. [7] [8]

Format

The format has changed in each competition. Subsequent tournaments have had different numbers of teams in the three locations.

In the 2013 iteration, the participants were designated as part an "Eastern" and a "Western" group based on the location of their group stage matches. The groups were not played as a round-robin; rather, the winners of the first-round matches played each other in the second round, and the first-round losers also played each other in the second round. The two teams with two wins from the first two matches advanced to the final. The other three teams of each group were then ranked based on their records in the two matches played, with a game won in regulation time counting for two points and a game won on a deciding penalty shootout (no tied games were permitted) counting for one, with traditional methods of ranking goal difference, goals scored, etc determining order in case of two teams having the same points total. After the teams in each group had been ranked, they were paired against their opposite number from the other group, second playing second, third playing third, fourth playing fourth, with the results of these final matches determining a definitive placing for each team, from first place to eighth.

2013 International Champions Cup

The 2013 International Champions Cup was an exhibition association football tournament played in the United States and Spain. It began on Saturday, July 27 and culminated on Wednesday, August 7. This tournament replaced the World Football Challenge and was staged mainly throughout the United States, and with one match in Valencia, Spain. The participating teams were LA Galaxy of the United States, Real Madrid and Valencia of Spain, Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan of Italy, and Chelsea and Everton of England. In the United States, Fox Soccer televised 11 of 12 matches live, and Fox Sports broadcast one match live on August 3. ESPN Deportes televised all matches live on TV and on WatchESPN in Spanish. Real Madrid won the tournament, defeating Chelsea 3–1 in the final.

A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.

A penalty shoot-out is a method of determining which team is awarded victory in an association football match that cannot end in a draw, when the score is tied after the regulation playing time as well as extra time have expired. In a penalty shoot-out, each team takes turns shooting at goal from the penalty mark, with the goal only defended by the opposing team's goalkeeper. Each team has five shots which must be taken by different kickers; the team that makes more successful kicks is declared the victor. Shoot-outs finish as soon as one team has an insurmountable lead. If scores are level after five pairs of shots, the shootout progresses into additional "sudden-death" rounds. Balls successfully kicked into the goal during a shoot-out do not count as goals for the individual kickers or the team, and are tallied separately from the goals scored during normal play. Although the procedure for each individual kick in the shoot-out resembles that of a penalty kick, there are some differences. Most notably, neither the kicker nor any player other than the goalkeeper may play the ball again once it has been kicked.

In the 2014 season, this slightly awkward system was done away with, the teams separating into non-geographical groups and playing a round-robin format with one game played against each other team in their group. After each team has played three games, the top-placed team from each group contested a final to determine the overall winner. [9]

2014 International Champions Cup

The 2014 International Champions Cup was a friendly association football tournament played in the United States and Canada. It began on July 24 when Olympiacos defeated Milan 3–0 at BMO Field in Toronto, and ended on August 4 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. This tournament followed the 2013 edition and was staged throughout the United States, with one match held in Canada (Toronto). The participating teams were Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United of England; Milan, Inter Milan and Roma of Italy; Olympiacos of Greece; and defending champions Real Madrid of Spain. Manchester United won the tournament, having beaten Liverpool 3–1 in the final.

Starting with the 2015 season the tournament was separated into three geographic editions with a winner crowned for each region based on points total. The 2015 and 2016 tournament held editions in North America and Europe, Australia, and China. The Australia and China tournaments were contested as three-team round-robin competitions (Real Madrid participated in both), and the North America and Europe edition featured ten teams (including three US-based MLS teams) which played four matches each. The 2016 season retained the same format and regions, with Melbourne Victory of the A-League joining as the fourth team in the Australia region. In 2017 Singapore replaced Australia as one of the three regions.

The 2015 International Champions Cup was a series of friendly association football tournaments. It was the first tournament played separately in Australia, China and the United States.

Major League Soccer Professional soccer league

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation which represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The league comprises 24 teams—21 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada and constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues in both countries. The regular season runs from March to October, with each team playing 34 games; the team with the best record is awarded the Supporters' Shield. Fourteen teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs through October and November, culminating in the championship game, the MLS Cup. MLS teams also play in domestic competitions against teams from other divisions in the U.S. Open Cup and in the Canadian Championship. MLS teams also compete against continental rivals in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The 2016 International Champions Cup was a series of friendly association football tournaments that began on 22 July and ended on 13 August 2016.

In 2018, all 18 participating teams contested the tournament as part of a single table, with each team playing three matches and the champion crowned based on points total. Matches were held across 15 venues in the United States, 7 in Europe, and 1 in Singapore.

Sponsors

The physical trophy was created by silversmiths Thomas Lyte in partnership with EPICO Studios. [10]

For the first two years (2013–2014), Guinness signed on to be the title sponsor for the entire tournament which, at that time, was only in North America.

For the 2015 competition, there was no overall sponsor, rather there was a unique Presenting Sponsor for each regional tournament. The North American tournament was presented by Guinness, whereas the Australian tournament was presented by Audi. Heineken became the presenting sponsor of the tournament from 2016 onward. [11]

UnionPay became the presenting sponsor of the tournament from 2019 onward.Template:Citataion needed

Results by year

Country editions (2013–2017)

EditionTeamsNorth America and Europe [N. 1] AustraliaChinaSingapore
WinnerRunner-upWinnerRunner-upWinnerRunner-upWinnerRunner-up
2013 8 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Flag of England.svg Chelsea not heldnot heldnot held
2014 8 Flag of England.svg Manchester United Flag of England.svg Liverpool
2015 15 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain Flag of the United States.svg New York Red Bulls Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Flag of Italy.svg Roma Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Flag of Italy.svg Milan
2016 17 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain Flag of England.svg Liverpool Flag of Italy.svg Juventus Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid uncrowned — match cancelled [12]
2017 15 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of England.svg Manchester City not helduncrowned [N. 2] Flag of Italy.svg Inter Milan Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich

Worldwide

EditionTeamsWinnerRunner-up
2018 [N. 3] 18 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund

Notes

  1. 2014 and 2017 editions were not played in Europe
  2. Because Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Arsenal and Lyon played once while Milan and Bayern Munich played twice.
  3. 2018 edition was played worldwide and not separated in editions

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