NFL still planning on hosting London games this year amid coronavirus pandemic

The NFL are planning on returning to London this year having been unable to in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last season’s international games were set to see four regular-season matches played in London with one in Mexico City.

They were scrapped as the pandemic got worse with matches having been played every year in London since 2007.

And NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is planning for games to return to the UK this year, though acknowledges it may not be possible.

"We are planning for international games in 2021, that's the approach we're going to take," he said ahead of this year's Super Bowl.

"We're obviously going to stay in close contact with our partners in the UK and Mexico and make sure that we are doing that safely.

"If at any point we don't think we can execute on it safely we will make that determination.

"We hope to get back there and we're planning for it and we'll make that decision whenever we have enough information to do so."

Matches were due to be played at Wembley and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the 2020 season.

The schedule for the 2021 season is due to be announced in the spring with the Green Bay Packers the only franchise yet to play in London.

First, it’s the end of the current season with the Super Bowl to be played on Sunday.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa.

It’s the first time a franchise has played a Super Bowl at their home stadium.

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