The Army-Navy soccer game will be held in five east coast cities starting in 2023

For the first time in its history, the Army-Navy football game will be played in New England, according to a joint announcement about the five-year cycle beginning in 2023.

Though often played in Philadelphia — this year’s game is scheduled for Dec. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field — the matchup won’t return to the city of brotherly love until 2027. Instead, it is played in Boston, Washington, Baltimore, and East Rutherford, New Jersey, just outside of New York City.

Dubbed “America’s Game,” the friendly but intense soccer rivalry in which future militaries battle for supremacy on the gridiron is a national tradition that began in 1890.

Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie jointly announced the tour of the Northeast.

The Navy will serve as the home team when Boston hosts the 2023 game, which marks the first time the game will be played in New England. It is played in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and the 225th anniversary of the USS Constitution’s maiden voyage.

From there, the game will call home several cities over the next five years:

  • 12/9/2023: Boston/Foxborough
  • Dec 14, 2024: Washington, DC/Landover, Md.
  • December 13, 2025: Baltimore
  • December 12, 2026: New York City/East Rutherford, NJ
  • December 11, 2027: Philadelphia

“We look forward to the pageantry and tradition that will be on display for fans in these cities, while providing an opportunity to support the cadets and midshipmen,” said Buddie. “We had great interest from many regions and would like to thank the cities that took part in the selection of offers. We can’t wait to see this game in incredible locations in amazing cities.”

Gladchuck also pointed to the benefits of sharing the tradition with more communities.

“Our destinations over the next five years offer academies an opportunity to share the economic impact, history and heritage of the Army-Navy with a range of communities in diverse geographic areas,” he said. “We are confident that each location will provide a unique guest experience for our fans and an incredibly memorable event for our midshipmen and cadets.”

Army will serve as the home team when the game returns to the nation’s capital in 2024, also marking the 125th anniversary of the rivalry. This is only the second time the game has been played in the DC region.

Baltimore’s turn host in 2025 will be the seventh heat of the game in that city where the two teams are 3-3. Navy will serve as the home team.

In 2026, the game will move to New York, New Jersey as part of the 25th anniversary of 9/11. The Army will serve as the home team. It will be the sixth time the game will be played at the Meadowlands complex, but the 19th time it has been played in New York or New Jersey – including last December.

2027 will see Philadelphia host the rivalry for the 91st time. Navy will be the home team for this matchup.

The rivalry will air on CBS through 2028.

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