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  • Writer's pictureGotta Go Orlando

London Rivals Arsenal & Chelsea To Play Match in Orlando

English Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, two of the world's most popular and successful professional soccer clubs from England, will meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, on July 23 for the Florida Cup.

The stateside derby will be the finale of a weeklong "FC Series" expansion featuring international matches across the United States.

The Florida Cup has taken place in the state since 2015, featuring clubs from all over the world. In 2022, the FC Series will extend the weeklong "Clash of Nations" festival to multiple venues.

Arsenal will play Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium on July 20, a first-time meeting between the two clubs.

Chelsea will headline two other international matches across the US during the FC Series — on July 16 and 20 — with locations and opponents to be announced. The club will be joining under new ownership. The Blues will only travel if the sale of the club has completed and they accordingly are no longer subject to United Kingdom government sanctions.

Group and single-match presale information for the FC Series is available at

Public tickets for the July 23, Arsenal vs. Chelsea match go on sale Thursday, April 28.

The weeklong festival will also include various events in Orlando featuring club legends and other celebrities, including a concert from Brazilian superstar Ivete Sangalo on Sunday, July 17, at Universal Orlando Resort.

Camping World Stadium recently completed the latest in a $260 million series of upgrades. The historic venue has hosted several top-tier international soccer events since adding upper decks in 1990. That run includes five matches during the 1994 FIFA World Cup and nine matches during the 1996 Olympic Games. Camping World Stadium is also a candidate to host games during the 2026 World Cup.

The GBAC Gold Star-rated facility hosted three matches during Copa América Centenario in 2016. In 2017, Florida Citrus Sports partnered with the International Champions Cup to bring Paris Saint-Germain FC and Tottenham Hotspur to Orlando. Orlando City also played its home matches at Camping World Stadium in all but the 2014 season from 2011-16, before making Exploria Stadium its permanent home field in 2017.

Longtime Florida Cup supporter Universal Orlando Resort returns as a major partner in 2022 and will welcome participating teams, select media and traveling fans throughout the event at Universal's three epic theme parks - Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay - and its extraordinary resorts collection.

In addition, AdventHealth will once again provide medical support to participating clubs throughout the event.


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