NFL owners vote to extend international series

The NFL has staged regular-season games at Wembley Stadium every year since 2007, and it is playing three games there in 2015 for the second year in a row (AFP Photo/Andrew Cowie) (AFP/File)

New York (AFP) - National Football League owners on Wednesday voted to extend the league's successful international series through to 2025 with an option to stage games outside London's Wembley Stadium.

The NFL owners took the decision at the annual autumn meeting, where other key issues -- such as the relocation of a franchise to Los Angeles -- were also to be discussed.

The NFL has staged games in London since 2007, with the most recent match Sunday's 83,986 sellout between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

The league is now exploring the possibility of taking matches to other corners of the globe, with Mexico City and venues in Germany under consideration.

"This marks an important step in our long-term international growth," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Wednesday.

"Fans in the UK have responded incredibly well to the regular-season games we have played in London since 2007. They have demanded more NFL games, and we have worked to accommodate them.

"We think it's time to expand our International Series to other countries and respond to the growing interest in our game not only in the UK, but elsewhere around the world."

The NFL had already announced plans to stage matches at the home of English Premier League side Tottenham from 2018, when Spurs new stadium is complete.