Barcelona and Real Madrid will face off in Las Vegas this summer as part of the inaugural ‘Soccer Champions Tour.’
El Clasico will visit the United States for a pre-season tournament, with the historic match planned to take place on July 23rd at the 65,000-seater Allegiant Stadium.
The Spanish teams will compete in the competition, which includes a mini-tour of the United States with games scheduled in three different cities, alongside Juventus and Club America.
The opening matchup of the inaugural tournament will be between Real Madrid and Club America on July 26 at Oracle Park in San Francisco, followed by a match between Barcelona and Juventus at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas later that day.
Los Blancos will finish the competition against Juventus at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 30.
It will be the second Clasico played on American soil, after the two sides faced in the International Champions Cup in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in July 2017.
Barcelona won the pre-season trophy that year, thanks to Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, and Gerard Pique, who led the Catalan team to a 3-2 victory over their opponents.
Further friendlies in America have been planned, with Xavi’s team slated to face Inter Miami FC on July 19 and the New York Red Bulls on July 30.
The match will be only the third time Barcelona and Real Madrid have met outside of Spain, with the first taking place in May 1982 in Venezuela as part of the Copa Presidente de la Repblica.
After both Spanish clubs were ousted in the previous round, veteran midfielder Vicente del Bosque scored the game’s sole goal in the third-place play-off.
Summer tours of the lucrative United States market for overseas teams have resumed after a two-year hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Most of the teams on the Soccer Champions Tour have arranged extra exhibitions, and many other important European clubs will be in the United States next month, including Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Premier League champions Manchester City.
Barcelona and Real Madrid played for the first time in the United States in the summer of 2017, and nearly 66,000 fans paid high ticket costs to see Barca win 3-2 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Before that exhibition as part of the International Champions Cup, the archrivals hadn’t met outside of Spain in 35 years.
Barcelona will also face David Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS club on July 19 before concluding its summer trip on July 30 against the MLS’s New York Red Bulls.
When will the match hold?
Real Madrid CF, the La Liga and UEFA Champions League winners in 2022, will face FC Barcelona in the Mojave Desert for the summer soccer calendar’s most anticipated match.
Date: July 23, 2022
Where to buy tickets
On Wednesday, June 15, an exclusive pre-sale ticket window for the Soccer Champions Tour will open.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 17, with those interested in getting in on the ground floor early registering at SoccerChampionsTour.com.