The International Champions Cup soccer tournament is here.  Say what you want about its controversial status among international soccer tournaments, until the United States hosts the World Cup, the Champions League may be the best chance for American Soccer fans to witness quality European soccer in their own back yards!  The many games held across multiple stadiums in many regions will give most of the US a chance to see them within driving distance.  Teams that vie in the top leagues of their respective countries, including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Barcelona, AC Milan and many others will be  showcased.

It is not often that Americans get to see the top European teams and while these games can arguably be called exhibition matches or friendlies – it should be assumed that once entered, the competitive spirt of the players and coaches will drive them to quality play and good competition.  The question that remains is will the top players compete coming on the heels of the FIFA world Cup.  How will this affect the decisions of the players and teams is yet to be determined.  The first game of the Champions League begins on July 20, 5 days after the FIFA world cup final on July 15th. (The World Cup runs from June 14th to July 15th)

The International champions League runs from July 20 th to August 12th in Venues across the United States, Europe and Asia.   The tournament is a single table format – which is to say that points will be awarded according to established protocols and the winner of the tournament will be the club with the most points.  There will be no elimination and, sadly, no final.

Here is the North American schedule.  For the complete schedule click here.

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund
Fri 7/20 @ 8pm
Soldier Field, Chicago

Liverpool FC v Borussia Dortmund
Sun 7/22 @ 4pm
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Juventus v FC Bayern
Wed 7/25 @ 7pm
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Borussia Dortmund v Benfica
Wed 7/25 @ 8pm
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Manchester City v Liverpool FC More Info
Wed 7/25 @ 8pm
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

AS Roma v Tottenham Hotspur
Wed 7/25 @ 7pm
SDCCU Stadium (Formerly Qualcomm Stadium), San Diego, CA

Manchester United v AC Milan
Wed 7/25 @ 8pm
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Benfica v Juventus
Sat 7/28 @ 1pm
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Manchester United vs Liverpool FC
Sat 7/28 @ 5pm
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI

FC Bayern v Manchester City
Sat 7/28 @ 7pm
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL

FC Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur
Sat 7/28 @ 8pm
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Manchester United v Real Madrid
Tue 7/31 @ 8pm
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL

Tottenham Hotspur v AC Milan
Tue 7/31 @ 7:30pm
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

FC Barcelona vs. AS Roma
Tue 7/31 @ 8:30pm
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Real Madrid v Juventus
Sat 8/4 @ 6pm
FedEx Field, Landover, MD

AC Milan v FC Barcelona
Sat 8/4 @ 5pm
Levi’s® Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

Real Madrid v AS Roma
Tue 8/7 @ 8pm
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Here are some sample ticket prices and availability:

In Soldier Field on July 20th great seats available via Ticketmaster on the lower level 50 yard line for $179.00 with plenty of availability at press time.   For the Liverpool match in Charlotte on the 22nd, tickets are  available for section 111 at $190 apiece. In Philadelphia on the 25th, 100 tickets are available in section 120 for $150 apiece for the Juventus v Bayern match.  In Heinz Field, also on the 25th, there are 100 plus tickets in section 111 for $99.  Interesting enough, section 135 and 134 has no tickets available and I am assuming these were held back for VIPs, team and city officials and other insiders.

The situation is quite different at MetLife stadium, which is to be expected.  Between the large number of international soccer fans living in the area, as well as a high interest to the local population, tickets may be harder to get and a bit pricier.  For the Manchester v Liverpool match on the 25th of July, no tickets left in section 139 and with only 1 ticket left in section 137 ($230), you can forget about face value tickets on the 50 yard line!  In section 134 there were 8 tickets available for $160 at press time – but none of them together.  The best chance to host a group is in section 133, where there were 12 seats in one row still available for $160.   Almost all the seats close to the field in the upper level sections are taken except for section 208 where there are still plenty of seats available, though none in the first two rows.  The situation is identical for the August 7th match between Real Madrid and AS Roma.

On the other side of the coin, there are plenty of lower level midfield tickets available for the Roma v Tottenham Hotspur match in San Diego on 7/25 for $15 each.  At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for Manchester United v AC Milan tickets are $75.00 and plentiful.

All ticket availability and prices are as of the date of this article and subject to rapid changes!  I will do my best to keep you updated.  As noted, there are ICC games being played throughout Europe and Asia in Zurich, Singapore, Warsaw, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Madrid, Lecce,  and Klagenfurt.