New York (AFP) - The National Football League confirmed Friday that London will host four games during the 2017 season, citing "tremendous support" for the sport in Britain.
An NFL statement said it was expanding its international series to four games in recognition of Britain's "passionate and growing" fan base.
"We continue to be incredibly excited by the passion and love for the NFL shown by our millions of UK fans," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.
"We are looking forward to taking the next step in the UK by playing four games in London next season."
The NFL has played three games each season in London since 2014 to sellout crowds, staging matches at both Wembley and Twickenham.
Teams and venues for the 2017 fixtures will be confirmed on December 13.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the increase in fixtures -- which is equivalent to half of an NFL team's home season fixtures -- boosted his dream of seeing the city eventually being awarded its own team.
"London is the international home of the NFL and staging the equivalent of what would be half an American football team's home games in the city is a huge step towards my ambition of bringing a franchise to the capital," Khan said.