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NFL to stage 1st regular-season game in Brazil in 2024

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The NFL will head to Sao Paulo in 2024 for its first-ever regular-season game on Brazilian soil, commissioner Roger Goodell announced.

NFL owners voted to approve the league's first-ever game in South America at the owners' meeting in Dallas on Wednesday.

The matchup is expected to take place at Neo Quimica Arena - also known as the Corinthians Arena - which hosted several games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including the tournament's opening match.

"Bringing the NFL to new continents, countries, and cities around the world is a critical element of our plan to continue to grow the game globally," Goodell said Wednesday. "Brazil has established itself as a key market for the NFL, and we are excited to be playing in Brazil and Sao Paulo for the first time in 2024."

Based on the league's schedule rotation, an NFC club would be the home team in Brazil, according to Breer. That international matchup could also feature the Miami Dolphins, the only team with rights in Brazil under the NFL's global markets program.

The league sent officials to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil and Madrid, Spain, earlier this year to scout possible locations for regular-season games.

The NFL hosted a Super Bowl viewing party in Brazil in 2023. The Dolphins' first official watch party also took place in the South American country in Week 12 this season.

The league has strongly pushed to expand its market globally in recent years. The NFL International Series has already staged multiple games in the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Germany.

The Brazil game will be one of five NFL international regular-season contests in 2024. Three games will be played in London, and another matchup will take place in Munich, Germany. There could be as many as eight international contests during the 2025 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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