Major World Sporting Events Calendar 2021

In this guide, we will take a look at some of the most important sports events taking place in 2021.

Note:

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic might delay events from one month to another, depending on where COVID-19 claims its next hotspot. So, consider the dates and locations mentioned below with a bit of caution as they are subject to change.

This list will only cover major events, so lesser-known tournaments may be omitted from the roundup.

An image featuring people cheering on a stadium representing the major world sporting events 2021

Generally speaking, though, there are a handful of universally popular sports events coming up in 2021:

  • Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics
  • Rugby League World Cup
  • Euro 2020
  • World Urban Games
  • World Combat Games
  • Invictus Games
In addition to listing all the major sporting events that are worth tuning in to, we will also provide guides on how to watch them from any location on the planet.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the best sporting events to follow in 2021.

DateSportEventLocationHow To Watch
Jan. 14–31HandballMen World ChampionshipEgypt
Jan. 18–31TennisAustralian OpenMelbourne, AustraliaClick here
Jan. 21–31Several SportsWinter UniversiadeLucerne, Switzerland
Jan. 28–30Extreme SportsWinter X Games 25Aspen, Colorado, USA
Feb. 1–11SoccerFIFA Club World CupQatarClick Here
Feb. 6 – Mar. 20RugbySix NationsUK, Ireland, France, ItalyClick Here
Feb. 7FootballSuper BowlRaymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Feb. 9–21SkiingWorld Alpine Ski ChampionshipsCortina d’Ampezzo, Italy


Feb 23 – Mar. 7SkiingNordic World Ski ChampionshipsOberstdorf, Germany
Mar. 9–23BaseballWorld Baseball ClassicJapan, Taiwan, USA
Mar. 19–21AthleticsWorld Athletics Indoor ChampionshipNanjing, China
Mar. 23–28Several SportsWinter Military World GamesBerchtesgaden and Ruhpolding, Germany
April 10Horse RacingGrand NationalAintree Racecourse, Liverpool
April 17 – May 3SnookerWorld Snooker ChampionshipCrucible Theatre Sheffield, England
April 5–11GolfMastersAugusta, Georgia, USA
April 30 – May 1Horse RacingKentucky DerbyLouisville, Kentucky, USA
May 3–9Several SportsWorld Combat GamesNur Sultan, Kazakhstan
May 14–22Several SportsArafura GamesDarwin, Australia
May 14–30Several SportsWorld Masters GamesKansai, Japan
May 15FootballFA Cup FinalWembley Stadium, London
May 21 – June 6Ice HockeyIIHF World ChampionshipMinsk Belarus and Riga Latvia
May 24 – June 7TennisFrench OpenParis, France
May 20–23GolfUS PGAKiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC
May 29Soccer/FootballUEFA Champions League FinalIstanbul, Turkey
May 29 – June 5Several SportsInvictus GamesThe Hague, The Netherlands
May 30Auto RacingIndianapolis 500Indianapolis, USA
June 11 – July 11SoccerEuro 2020London, UK
June 11 – July 11SoccerCopa America 47nth EditionArgentina, Colombia
June 12–13Car Racing24 Hours of Le Mans 89nth EditionCircuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France
JuneIce HockeyStanley CupCanadaClick Here
July 8 – July 22BasketballNBA FinalsUSA and Canada
June 17–20GolfUS OpenTorrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, California
June 26 – July 18CyclingTour de FranceFranceClick Here
June 28 – July 11TennisWimbledonLondon, England
July 23 – Aug. 8Several SportsSummer OlympicsTokyo, Japan
July 15–18GolfBritish OpenRoyal St George Golf Club Sandwich Kent England
JulyExtreme SportsSummer X GamesMinneapolis, Minnesota
July 30 – Aug. 8Several SportsWorld Police and Fire GamesRotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Aug. 8–19Several SportsSummer UniversiadeChengdu, China
Aug. 8-17BasketballNBA Summer LeagueLas Vegas, Nevada
August (TBD)BoxingAIBA World Championships for menBelgrade, Serbia
Aug. 24 – Sept. 5Several SportsParalympic GamesTokyo, Japan

Aug. 30 – Sept. 12TennisUS OpenNew York, USA
Aug. 31 – Sept. 6GolfSolheim CupToledo, Ohio, USA
SeptemberSeveral SportsWorld Urban GamesBudapest, Hungary
Sept. 18–26CyclingUCI Road World ChampionshipsBruges and Leuven, Belgium
Sept. 24AFLGrand FinalMelbourne, Australia
Sept. 24–26GolfRyder CupHaven, Wisconsin
OctoberBaseballWorld Series

Oct. 13–17CyclingWorld Track ChampionshipsAchgabat, Turkmenistan
Oct. 17–24RowingWorld Rowing ChampionshipsShanghai, China
OctoberRugbyNRL Grand FinalSydney Cricket Ground, AustraliaClick Here
Oct. 18 – Nov. 15CricketICC World T20India
Oct. 23 – Nov. 27RugbyWorld CupEngland
Nov. 2Horse RacingMelbourne CupVictoria, Australia
November TBDSeveral SportsLusophony GamesLuanda, Angola
Nov. 21 – Dec. 2Several SportsSouth-East Asian GamesHanoi, Vietnam
Dec 13–18SwimmingFINA World Swimming ChampionshipsAbu Dhabi, UAE
Zohair A. Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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