Premier League clubs will be racking up over 160,000 air miles as they go on their pre-season tours this summer.
Last season feels like it finished just two minutes ago, but already clubs are starting their pre-season preparations and getting ready to head out on lucrative tours.
Sydney, Shanghai, Washington, Los Angeles, Tanzania and Accrington – there’s barely a corner of the globe Premier League clubs won’t be visiting this summer.
Arsenal are travelling by far the most of all the top flight sides on tour.
The Gunners will travel a jet lag inducing 21,202 miles between each of the grounds that they’ll play at before the start of the league season.
That’s been calculated as the distance as the crow flies between each ground in a loop starting and finishing at the Emirates. It doesn’t take into account travelling patterns so the actual distance could vary slightly.
Arsene Wenger’s side have seven games lined up before the Premier League season starts, including two games in Sydney, one in Shanghai, one in Beijing, two at the Emirates and the Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley.
Arsenal will also have an average of just four days between each of those games and will even play twice in two days in the Emirates Cup against Benfica on July 29 and Sevilla on July 30.
Manchester United have the next biggest tour at 18,622 miles.
United’s tour is mostly around the USA and will take in Los Angeles, Utah, Houston, Santa Clara and Washington. They’ll then jet off to Oslo before heading to Dublin and then Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.
Chelsea’s tour will see them travel a total of 14,617 miles as they play games in Beijing against Arsenal and in Singapore against Bayern Munich and Inter.
West Brom will travel 14,148 miles on their tour with trips to Austria, Hong Kong and Spain.
Liverpool will travel 12,773 miles with trips to Hong Kong and Germany, while Man City will travel 12,154 miles with trips in America and Iceland.
Southampton only have one game booked in so far – away to Brentford.
That means the Saints have the shortest pre-season in terms of miles with just a 124 mile round trip to west London to look forward to.
Burnley’s is the next shortest at 616 miles. However, the Clarets are splitting their squad in two at one point and playing two games on the same day – away to Kidderminster and Alfreton. We’ve only included the Kidderminster match as a result.
Club: Distance (miles)
Manchester United: 18,622
West Brom: 14,148
Manchester City: 12,154
Crystal Palace: 11,993
West Ham: 3,118
Watford: 1,756 (Austrian venues not announced yet)
Burnley: 616 (squad will split and play two games on the same day. Only the Kidderminster game has been included)