As had long been rumored, the NFL announced today that it will schedule a regular season game in São Paulo, Brazil, next season. The date and teams are still to be determined.
The game, which will be played at Corinthians Arena — home of the soccer team Corinthians — will be the league’s first game in South America, and also its first in the Southern Hemisphere.
The move is part of the NFL’s effort to expand its international operations, with additional games likely to be scheduled in Madrid and/or Rio de Janeiro by 2025 or ’26. A resolution passed today will raise the league’s number of international games each season from four to eight by 2025, and teams will henceforth be required to play at least one overseas game every four years.
When the NFL began playing games in London in 2007, participating teams wore an “International Series” patch. More recently, though, the overseas games have not featured any commemorative patch or decal, with teams just wearing their standard uniforms.
(My thanks to @johnniewha for providing the NFL São Paulo logo.)