Washington Spirit to Host Global Powerhouses Arsenal F.C. and Chelsea F.C.


Legendary English clubs to compete in Groundbreaking Washington Spirit International Friendlies at Audi Field, streamed globally for free on DAZN


The Washington Spirit announced today a historic global soccer event bringing English powerhouses Arsenal and Chelsea to the U.S. for a first-of-its-kind international competition. The inaugural Washington Spirit International Friendlies will feature some of the world’s greatest soccer players this August at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.


Spirit owner Michele Kang is building the preeminent sports organization in the world, with the Spirit being central to her vision as her first foray into women’s sports. Since taking over ownership of the club in 2022, Kang has trailblazed a new standard for the business of women’s sports. This summer’s premiere event will give fans unprecedented access to global club soccer competition.


“This is a major step in growing the women’s game at home and abroad as the best in England face the best in the United States,” said Spirit CEO Kim Stone. “We are very proud to offer global soccer followers unprecedented access to some of the top club competition in the world. We will welcome fans live at Audi Field or through our exclusive media partner, DAZN, who will stream the matches for free.”


The Spirit will make soccer history when the side faces Arsenal in its first-ever U.S. appearance on Sunday, August 18, at 2 p.m. EDT at Audi Field. The 14-time English Women’s Super League champion is the most successful club in English women’s soccer history. Arsenal star and Ashburn, Virginia native, Emily Fox will face U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) teammates Trinity Rodman, Casey Krueger, Aubrey Kingsbury and Andi Sullivan for this landmark matchup.


“To take our women’s team to the US for the first time on tour is another sign of great progress,” said Arsenal Managing Director Richard Garlick. “We know from our recent trip to Australia that the interest and love for Arsenal Women stretches far and wide. We want to build on that and bring our US supporters closer to the club. We look forward to our visit and building strong foundations for a momentous season ahead, which will see more women’s games come to Emirates Stadium.”


On August 25, world-class soccer action continues with an unprecedented doubleheader at Audi Field. The Washington Spirit will return to National Women’s Soccer League regular season play, facing the undefeated Kansas City Current at noon EDT. Following this match, at 4 p.m. EDT, fans can witness one of English soccer’s most storied rivalries as Arsenal takes on the recently crowned seven-time Women’s Super League Champions, Chelsea F.C., led by the USWNT’s Cat Macario and English star Lauren James.


The August 18 friendly between the Spirit and Arsenal, as well as the Arsenal vs. Chelsea friendly on August 25, will be streamed worldwide for free by DAZN, the leading sports entertainment platform and the global home for women’s soccer.


Starting Tuesday June 18 at 8 a.m. EDT, Spirit season ticket members along with Arsenal and Chelsea supporter groups, will receive exclusive first access to the best available tickets for the historic matches during a three-day priority sale period. Premium, Full, Half and Mini Plan account holders will receive detailed information today outlining their designated pre-sale times.


The doubleheader on Sunday, August 25, will be treated as a single event, with one ticket granting fans access to both matches that day. Fans who already have tickets to the Spirit vs. Kansas City match will automatically receive access to the Arsenal-Chelsea friendly as well. Spirit multi-game Full, Half and Mini Plan holders will benefit from prime seat locations and substantial savings on ticket fees.


Spirit season ticket members will have first-right-of-refusal on their current seats and priority access to purchase additional tickets for both matches. Season ticket members should check their email inboxes for further instructions on how to access these benefits.


Half season and current Mini Plan holders will also have early access to purchase additional tickets for both friendly matches. With the Spirit’s 2024 Mini Plan, fans can select the August 25 doubleheader and have the option to add on the August 18 match against Arsenal.


The general public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 20. To gain access to the presale, fans can register here starting Wednesday, June 19.


Date Start Time (EDT)
Premium Full Season Ticket Members Tuesday, June 18 8 a.m.
Full Season Ticket Members Tuesday, June 18 10 a.m.
Half Season Ticket Members & Existing Mini Plan Holders Tuesday, June 18 2 p.m.
Priority Presale Wednesday, June 19 10 a.m.
Public Sale Thursday, June 20 10 a.m.



About The Washington Spirit


The Washington Spirit is the premier professional women’s soccer team based in Washington, D.C. and plays at Audi Field in Buzzard Point. The Spirit was founded on November 21, 2012 and is an inaugural member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) the fastest growing sports league in the U.S. The club is home to some of the best players in the world who have won championships for both club and country. In 2024, the Spirit drafted an epic class of rookies who are already breaking records and wowing fans. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.



About Arsenal FC Women


For all media inquiries, please contact communications@arsenal.co.uk.



About Chelsea FC Women


Chelsea FC Women is a fully integrated female club with performance-based and developmental objectives. Originally called Chelsea Ladies Football Club, it was established in 1992 and has been affiliated with Chelsea Football Club since 2004. The first team competes in the FA Women’s Super League, with the reserves playing in the FA WSL Development League Southern Division. Chelsea FC Women is committed to producing a team capable of challenging the very best sides in the country. This aim will be achieved by producing players through the Regional Talent Club and Academy College Programme with the ability, capability and mentality to perform within the senior sides, supported by attracting high-quality players with international experience. If you are interested in watching Chelsea FC Women play live, you can purchase Chelsea FC Women match tickets here. You can also register your interest to hear about Chelsea FC Women match tickets and more here.


About DAZN


DAZN is the home of European football, women’s football, boxing and MMA, and the NFL (excl. USA). DAZN is building the ultimate sports entertainment platform, with premium sports rights, world-leading tech, and multi-platform distribution. DAZN believes that fans from across the globe should be able to watch, read, bet play, share, socialize, buy tickets and merchandise, all in one place, with one account, once wallet and on one app. For more information on DAZN, our products, people, and performance, visit dazngroup.com.

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