The International Champions Cup, an annual club association friendly exhibition competition, announced that it is expanding its soccer tournaments to China. Its alluring feature has been the top European club teams playing matches in the United States and Canada, but with the announcement of a Chinese tournament in addition to a previously announced Australian one, the ICC is becoming more international. Operated by RSE Ventures and Relevant Sports, the ICC will partner with China-based outfits LeTV Sports and Catalyst Media Group.
The 2015 tourney will be held in late July, with teams to be announced at a later date. The two-year-old soccer event also will hold a tournament in Australia in July, in addition to North America this summer. RSE Ventures and Relevent Sports are expecting the three events to combine to reach more than one billion households worldwide, according to the Sports Business Daily.
To date, only the Australian tournament has announced teams and dates. According to Queen of Tickets, Real Madrid vs. AS Roma tickets are slightly more in demand than AS Roma vs. Manchester City tickets, with a get-in price of $130, compared to $123 for the latter.International Champions Cup tickets have been hot in the past North American tournaments, and look to be once again in Australia and China. All three games, including Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Victoria.
One match during the 2014 tournament set the all-time record for attendance at a soccer game in the United States. The new record of 109,318 spectators was set August 2nd in the match between Manchester United and Real Madrid in University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The tournament features eight teams organized into two groups of four. After group play, the tournament then combines the teams in order to crown a champion. The exact format of each tournament has been altered, as tiny variations have been added to previous tournaments.