2021 Sporting Events Calendar

Sports fans are in for a treat in 2021, with the schedule packed with a host of top-class events taking place across the world.

The European Championships in football will dominate many of the headlines during the summer, while the Olympic Games will also be eagerly anticipated.

Other major sporting events in 2021 include golf’s Ryder Cup, the Rugby League World Cup and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Here is a month-by-month look at the 2021 world sporting event calendar.

January 2021

Football takes centre stage during the early part of the year, with major events taking place in Cameroon, Argentina and Brazil.

14-31 – Handball – World Men’s Handball Championship – Egypt
16-Feb 7 – Football – African Nations Championship – Cameroon
23 – Football – Copa Sudamericana Final – Argentina
21-31 – Multi-Sports – Winter Universiade – Switzerland
30 – Football – Copa Libertadores Final – Brazil
28-30 – Extreme Sports – Winter X Games 25 – United States
30–31 – Ice Hockey – National Hockey League All-Star Game – United States
31 – American Football – Pro-Bowl – United States

February 2021

The eyes of the sporting world will be on Florida this month as the NFL stages the Super Bowl at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

1-11 – Football – FIFA Club World Cup – Qatar
6-Mar 20 – Rugby Union – Six Nations – UK, Ireland, France, Italy
7 – American Football – Super Bowl LV – United States
8-21 – Tennis – Australian Open – Australia
9-21 – Skiing – World Alpine Ski Championships – Italy
14 – Motorsports – Daytona 500 – United States
23-Mar 7 – Skiing – World Nordic Ski Championships – Germany
28 – Football – Carabao Cup Final – England

March 2021

During March, all roads lead to Cheltenham as the best National Hunt horses in the world battle for success across four hugely competitive days.

6–21 – Sailing – America’s Cup – New Zealand
9-23 – Baseball – World Baseball Classic – Japan, Taiwan, United States
16–5 Apr – Basketball – NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament – United States
16-19 – Horse Racing – Cheltenham Festival – England
19-21 – Athletics – World Athletics Indoor Championship – China
19–4 Apr – Basketball – NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournament – United States
27 – Horse Racing – Dubai World Cup – Dubai
24–4 Apr – Tennis – Miami Open – United States

April 2021

The first golf major of the season takes place in April as the iconic Augusta National course stages the US Masters Tournament.

8–11 – Golf – Masters Tournament – United States
10 – Horse Racing – Grand National – England
12–18 – Tennis – Monte Carlo Masters – Monaco
17 – Horse Racing – Scottish Grand National – Scotland
17-May 3 – Snooker – World Snooker Championship – England
18–23 – Diving – FINA Diving World Cup – Japan
19 – Athletics – Boston Marathon – United States
29–May 1 – American Football – NFL Draft – United States

May 2021

May is a bumper month for sport, culminating with the Champions League Final in Istanbul on the 29th.

1 – Horse Racing – Kentucky Derby – United States
1-9 – Tennis – Madrid Open – Spain
9–16 – Tennis – Italian Open – Italy
15 – Football – FA Cup Final – England
15 – Horse Racing – Preakness Stakes – United States
20-23 – Golf – PGA Championship – United States
23 – Motorsports – Monaco Grand Prix – Monaco
23-Jun 6 – Tennis – French Open – France
26 – Football – Europa League Final – Poland
29 – Football – Champions League Final – Turkey

June 2021

The European Championships is the standout event during June, with 12 countries across the continent set to stage this prestigious tournament.

5 – Horse Racing – Epsom Derby – England
5 – Horse Racing – Belmont Stakes – United States
11-Jul 11 – Football – European Championships – Europe
11-Jul 11 – Football – Copa America – South America
15-19 – Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – England
17-20 – Golf – US Open – United States
24 – Basketball – NBA Draft – United States
25–26 – Ice Hockey – NHL Draft – Canada
26-Jul 18 – Cycling – Tour de France – France
28–Jul 11 – Tennis – Wimbledon – England

July 2021

In July, the summer Olympics kick-off provides sports fans across the world with more than two weeks of thrilling action.

3-Aug 7 – Rugby Union – British & Irish Lions Tour – South Africa
15-18 – Golf – British Open – England
17 – Rugby League – Challenge Cup Final – England
17 – Speedway – British Speedway Grand Prix – Wales
17-25 – Darts – World Matchplay – England
18 – Motorsports – British Grand Prix – England
23-Aug 8 – Multi-Sports – Summer Olympics – Japan
27-Aug 1 – Horse Racing – Glorious Goodwood – England

August 2021

August is a busy month for tennis, with the Canadian Open and Cincinnati Masters serving as a warm-up for the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

8-15 – Tennis – Canadian Open – Canada
8-19 – Multi-Sports – Summer Universiade – China
14–22 – Tennis – Cincinnati Masters – United States
18-21 – Horse Racing – Yorkshire Ebor Festival – England
24-Sep 5 – Multi-Sports – Paralympics – Japan
26-29 – Golf – BMW Championship – United States
29 – MotoGP – British Grand Prix – England
30–Sep 12 – Tennis – US Open – United States

September 2021

Team Europe go head-to-head with their US counterparts during September in what promises to be a thrilling battle for the Ryder Cup.

2-5 – Golf – Tour Championship – United States
4-6 – Golf – Solheim Cup – United States
5-12 – Cycling – Tour of Britain – Great Britain
11 – Horse Racing – St Leger – England
18-Oct 16 – Rugby Union – Rugby World Cup – New Zealand
19-26 – Cycling – World Road Championships – Belgium
24-26 – Golf – Ryder Cup – United States
28-Oct 3 – Table Tennis – European Championships – Romania

October 2021

The ICC World T20 tournament gets underway in India during October with a host of teams in with a chance of lifting the prestigious trophy.

3 – Athletics – London Marathon – England
3 – Horse Racing – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – France
9 – Rugby League – Super League Grand Final – England
11–17 – Tennis – Shanghai Masters – China
13-17 – Cycling – World Track Championships – Turkmenistan
16 – Horse Racing – British Champions Day – England
18-Nov 15 – ICC World T20 – India
23-Nov 27 – Rugby League – World Cup – England

November 2021

The international flat racing season reaches an exciting climax in November as the Breeders’ Cup meeting takes place at Del Mar.

1-7 – Tennis – Paris Masters – France
2 – Horse Racing – Melbourne Cup – Australia
5-6 – Horse Racing – Breeders’ Cup – United States
7 – Athletics – New York Marathon – United States
12-14 – Horse Racing – Cheltenham November Meeting – England
14-21 – Tennis – ATP Finals – Italy
27-Dec 5 – Snooker – UK Championship – England
29 – Tennis – Davis Cup Final – Spain

December 2021

December is all about horse racing, with Kempton and Leopardstown both staging some top-class festive action.

TBC – Pool – Mosconi Cup – United States
5 – Motorsports – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Abu Dhabi
13-Jan 3 – Darts – World Championship – England
26 – Horse Racing – King George VI Chase – England
26-29 – Horse Racing – Leopardstown Christmas Festival – Ireland
26-Jan 5 – Ice Hockey – IIHF World Junior Championships – Canada