The NFL announced that three cities in Germany are in discussions to host regular season games as part of a possible expansion of the International Series into Germany.

Since 2007, the NFL has staged 29 games in London and will play its 30th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 17.

The German cities of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich have been invited to proceed to the "candidate phase" to participate in further conversations about staging games in Germany.

"Regular season games are a key part of continuing the development of our German fan base by creating more excitement for the sport and more connectivity with fans and communities," said Brett Gosper, NFL Head of Europe and UK.

The NFL has seen significant fan growth in Germany over the years, where it now has 19 million fans. Since 2017, weekly NFL television viewership on partners ProSieben and DAZN has grown by more than 20% annually, and millions of fans tuned in to Super Bowl LV in February, making it the third consecutive season of record Super Bowl viewership by Germans. 

"The strong interest we have received from German cities underlines what a fantastic opportunity this is for a host, ranging from the significant economic benefits and global exposure to the chance to become a hub for the growth of the NFL's fan engagement, community and grassroots activities,” said Gosper.

German-born players are also making an increasing impact on the NFL, with fullback Jakob Johnson becoming a regular starter for the New England Patriots during the 2020 season and two other Germans currently in the NFL as part of the International Player Pathway program, David Bada (Washington Football Team) and Aaron Donkor (Seattle Seahawks).