Premier League Summer Series: What is it and how do I watch?

Premier League Summer Series: What is it and how do I watch?
Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes (left) and Chelsea's Christian Pulisic battle for the ball during the Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. Picture date: Saturday November 12, 2022. - Photo by Icon sport

The eagerly anticipated Premier League Summer Series is due to get underway this weekend and football fans across the globe are excited about the prospect of getting a sneak preview of six Premier League outfits a month before the new season begins.

The Premier League Summer Series is a brand-new summer tournament designed to give fans in the United States a Premier League experience. This year, six Premier League teams will be battling it out in five different states on the East Coast. With five days to go until the tournament begins, here is everything you need to know.

What is the Premier League Summer Series?

In its inaugural year, there will be six teams competing at the Premier League Summer Series in the USA. These teams are:

  • Aston Villa
  • Brentford
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Chelsea
  • Fulham
  • Newcastle United

Although in a traditional round-robin tournament, you would expect all six teams to play each other at least once, this isn’t the case at the Premier League Summer Series. Due to scheduling limitations, and the fact there is a looming Premier League season on the horizon, each team will play just three matches in the Summer Series with nine games played in total over a nine-day period.

Matches will be played down the East Coast of the United States with six different stadiums being used to host the matches. Big crowds are expected with big names such as Raheem Sterling, Enzo Fernandez, Sandro Tonali, and Emi Martinez all expected to play a part. One man who won’t be there is Mason Mount who recently completed a £55m switch from Chelsea to Man Utd.

The tournament will provide all six teams with ideal preparation as the build-up to the new Premier League season begins. It will blend a pre-season atmosphere with a slight competitive edge which should allow all of the managers involved to get a good look at their squads before the new season begins.

What is the schedule?

The full schedule for the 2023 Premier League Summer Series is as follows:

All kick-off times UK

  • 23/07/23 (00:00) – Chelsea vs Brighton
  • 23/07/23 (21:00) – Fulham vs Brentford
  • 23/07/23 (23:00) – Newcastle United vs Aston Villa
  • 26/07/23 (22:30) Brentford vs Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 27/07/23 (00:00) Fulham vs Aston Villa
  • 27/07/23 (00:30) Newcastle United vs Chelsea
  • 29/07/23 (00:30) Brighton & Hove Albion vs Newcastle United
  • 30/07/23 (17:00) Aston Villa vs Brentford
  • 30/07/23 (19:00) Chelsea vs Fulham

How to get tickets for the Premier League Summer Series?

Tickets for all nine games are still available with varying availability for each one. The most in-demand tickets are for the games played are for the three “double-header” events. On these matchdays, fans will be treated to back-to-back matches at the same stadium for the price of one ticket. The three double-header dates and venues are:

  • Philadelphia double-header: 23/07/23 – Fulham vs Brentford AND Newcastle United vs Aston Villa.
  • Atlanta double-header: 26/07/23 – Brentford vs Brighton AND Newcastle United vs Chelsea.
  • Washington double-header: 30/07/23 – Aston Villa vs Brentford AND Chelsea vs Fulham.

Tickets for these double-header events, and for the three other single matchdays, can be purchased by following the respective links below.

How to watch the Premier League Summer Series

If you aren’t able to purchase tickets for any of the matches but would still like to tune into the action then you are able to do so in the USA via NBC. NBC have bought the exclusive rights in the USA to broadcast all nine matches meaning you will need an NBC subscription if you want to watch every game.

In the UK the situation is slightly different as fans have a couple of options available to them. Sky Sports have announced that they will be showing each match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League while each clubs’ in-house tv channels will also be broadcasting the games live.

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