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Global soccer tournament coming to Orlando in 2017, 2018

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando’s Camping World Stadium will host the International Champions Cup, an international soccer tournament, Visit Orlando announced on Tuesday.

Visit Orlando and Relevent Sports announced at Visit Orlando’s yearly meeting a multiyear partnership to host the soccer cup in 2017 and 2018.

The partnership will provide destination exposure for Orlando, and Visit Orlando branding will be visible throughout all the matches at the tournament.

“Orlando is one of the premier destinations in the world for both tourism and sporting events, so partnering with Visit Orlando is an exciting opportunity for us,” Charlie Stillitano, chairman of Relevent Sports, said.

The premier summer tournament features championship soccer teams including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Previous hosts have included Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl and Wembley Stadium.

The 2016 cup hosted nearly 800,000 attendees and was viewed by 70 million people, according to the ICC.

“We are thrilled to have forged this unique global partnership that includes bringing this iconic event to Orlando,” George Aguel, CEO of Visit Orlando, said. “The ICC tournament attracts the most recognized teams in soccer, and its global influence will further reinforce Orlando as a premier destination where sports fans can also visit with families and take advantage of all that a vacation here has to offer.”

The tournament will air on ESPN in the U.S. next year.

The full team lineup and match dates will be announced in the spring, according to Relevent Sports. Ticket information can be found at internationalchampionscup.com