Beginning in 2022, there will be at least four games played internationally every season. Each NFL team is guaranteed to play a home game at an international site every eight seasons.
As part of the league adopting a 17-game schedule in 2021, AFC and NFC teams will alternate seasons where they have nine home games. The host teams for international games will be selected from the conference with the ninth home game, so clubs still will host eight games in their home stadium. For example, since NFC teams have a ninth home game in 2022, four NFC teams will be selected to host an international game that season.
Teams can still volunteer to play home games abroad, just as they have in previous seasons.
Schedule makers will consider the three-week window around the international games to try to find ways to make lengthy travel less of a burden on the teams.