Barclays Asia Trophy lineup confirmed for Jul 15-18

Arsenal, Everton and Stoke are coming to town in July, as they look to take on a Singapore Select XI at the Singapore Sports Hub.

This is the first time that Singapore has hosted the prestigious pre-season tournament that traditionally features three Premier League teams and a local side.

The Barclays Asia Trophy, the only league-affiliated competition to take place outside England, has been held bienally since 2003, with three out of four of the last editions being held in Hong Kong.

Beijing, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have hosted a tournament each, with Chelsea lifting the first trophy in Malaysia in 2003.

Arsenal and Stoke are appearing in the competition for the first time, while Everton return after their debut in 2005.

The four-team knockout format will take place over two double-headed matchdays on July 15 (Wednesday) and July 18 (Saturday), with a final to determine the winner and a play-off to decide third place.

Singapore's representatives will be announced at a later date, but is expected to consist mainly of players from the Singapore National Team.

The tournament will be officiated by match officials from both the Premier League and the Football Association of Singapore, and will be staged under Premier League rules.

All four matches will take place within the 55,000 capacity National Stadium, following matches last year involving glamour teams Brazil and Japan, as well as Serie A champions Juventus.

Ticket details will be announced in May.

"We are very excited to bring the Barclays Asia Trophy to Singapore for the first time," Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said.

"We know Singaporeans love their football and that they are huge fans of the Barclays Premier League. Our aim is to put on a tournament worthy of the Singapore's 50th birthday celebrations and for that we have three teams who epitomise the best of our League.

"Arsenal have always been one of the most thrilling teams in the Barclays Premier League: they have some wonderful players and I’m sure they'll delight their many fans from across Southeast Asia. Everton under Roberto Martinez continue to play an exciting brand of football, while Stoke City mix flair with a never-say-die attitude. Fans in Singapore should expect our most competitive ever Barclays Asia Trophy."

Football Association of Singapore president Zainudin Nordin was also delighted to welcome three big Premier League teams to the Republic ahead of the nation's 50th birthday celebrations.

"I'm sure fans will be keen to see how players from our Lions fare against the top-class opposition they see live on television week in and out during the Barclays Premier League season," he said.

"The bulk of our national players are aged 25 and below, so, in line with our player development objectives and goals, the Barclays Asia Trophy presents an opportunity for our players to pit themselves against high-level opponents and gain some valuable match experience and exposure."