West Ham United to compete in Premier League Asia Trophy
West Ham United will compete for the Premier League Asia Trophy in China this summer.
The Hammers will play against fellow Premier League sides Manchester City, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the tournament this July in a pre-season competition, in the build-up to the 2019/20 campaign.
All four teams will feature in a double-header at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Wednesday 17 July, before heading to Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium on Saturday 20 July for the third/fourth place play-off and final.
It will be the first time the biennial tournament takes place in two different locations.
This summer will be the second time West Ham United have participated in the Premier League Asia Country, with the Irons’ other appearance – in 2009 – coinciding with the last time the tournament was held in mainland China.
That competition ten years ago pitted West Ham against Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City in Beijing.
Premier League Interim Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We are delighted to be bringing the Premier League Asia Trophy to China this summer and playing in both Nanjing and Shanghai will be an exciting experience for the League and our clubs. The fans in Asia always offer us an extremely warm welcome and terrific support, and we look forward to seeing them in July.
“In Manchester City, we have the reigning Premier League champions competing for the trophy, along with three other excellent clubs in Newcastle United, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. I have no doubt the fans can expect some competitive and thrilling Premier League action.”
The Premier League Asia Trophy will be officiated by Premier League Match Officials as well as local Match Officials and will be staged in accordance with Premier League Rules.
Ticket information and on-sale dates will be confirmed in due course.