2021 World Sporting Event Calendar

Here is a list of the major sporting events for the year 2021. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed, and changes are happening regularly. Also note that not every sporting event can be listed here, though we have tried to include all the big sporting events of the major sports, mostly the international senior competitions.

Major events for this calendar year include the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the Euro 2020 Football tournament, America's Cup sailing, Ryder Cup, the World Urban Games, the World Combat Games (may be postponed), Winter Universiade, as well as the usual annual events.

See also the upcoming major sports calendars for 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026+

Let me know if you think something is missing or needs updating.

Date(s) Sport Event Location
Jan 13–31 Handball World Championships (men) Egypt
Jan 29-31 Extreme Sports Winter X Games 25 Aspen, Colorado, USA
Feb 4-11 Football (Soccer) 2020 FIFA Club World Cup Doha, Qatar
Feb 6-12 (postponed until 2022) Multi-sports Special Olympics World Winter Games Jämtland County, Sweden
Feb 6 - Mar 20 Rugby Six Nations UK, Ireland, France & Italy
Feb 7 Gridiron/Football Super Bowl Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Feb 8-21 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne, Australia
Feb 8-21 Skiing World Alpine Ski Championships Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Feb 23-Mar 7 Skiing (Nordic) Nordic World Ski Championships Oberstdorf, Germany
Mar 6-21 Sailing America's Cup Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand
Mar 9-23 (cancelled, maybe played in 2023) Baseball World Baseball Classic Japan, Taiwan, USA
Mar 23-28 (postponed until next winter) Multi-sports Winter Military World Games Berchtesgaden and Ruhpolding, Germany
April 2-10 (postponed again, new date unknown) Multi-sports Asian Beach Games Sanya, China
Apr 8-11 Golf Masters Augusta, Georgia, USA
Apr 10 Horse Racing Grand National Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool
Apr 17 - May 3 Snooker World Snooker Championship Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England
May 1 Horse Racing Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky, US
May 3-9 (may be postponed until 2022) Multi-sports World Combat Games Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
May 14-22 (postponed until 2023) Multi-sports Arafura Games Darwin, Australia
May 14-30 (postponed until May 2022) Multi-sports World Masters Games (Summer) Kansai, Japan
May 15 Football (Soccer) FA Cup final Wembley Stadium, London
May 20-23 Golf US PGA Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, SC
May 21 - June 6 Ice Hockey IIHF World Championship Riga, Latvia
May 29 Football (Soccer) UEFA Champions League Final Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
May 29 - Jun 5 (postponed again to 2023) Multi-sports Invictus Games The Hague, The Netherlands 
May 30 Auto Racing Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, USA
May 30 - Jun 13 Tennis French Open Paris, France
Jun 11 - Jul 11 (postponed from 2020) Football (Soccer) Euro 2020 tournament played across Europe, the final in London UK.
Jun 13 - Jul 10 (postponed from 2020) Football (Soccer) 47th Copa América Argentina, Colombia Brazil
Jun 17-20 Golf US Open Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, California
Jun 26 - Jul 18 Cycling Tour de France France
Jun 28 - July 7 Ice Hockey Stanley Cup finals Montreal & Tampa
Jun 28 - July 11 Tennis Wimbledon London, England
July 6–20 Basketball NBA Finals Milwaukee & Phoenix
July 14-18 Extreme Sports Summer X Games Southern California
Jul 15-21 (postponed to 2022) Multi-sports World Games Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Jul 15–18 Golf British Open Royal St George's Golf Club Sandwich Kent England
Jul 16-Aug 1 (postponed to 2022) Swimming World Aquatics Championships Fukuoka, Japan
Jul 23 - Aug 8 Multi-sports Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan
Jul 30-Aug 8 (postponed until July 2022) Multi-sports World Police and Fire Games Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Aug 21-22 (postponed from Jun 12-13) Auto Racing 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France
Aug 24 - Sep 5 Multi-sports Paralympic Games Tokyo, Japan
Aug 30 - Sep 12 Tennis US Open New York, USA
Sep 4-6 Golf Solheim Cup Toledo, Ohio, USA
Sep 10-19 (postponed to 2022) Multi-sports Islamic Solidarity Games Konya, Turkey
Sep 18 – Oct 16 (postponed to 2022) Rugby World Cup (women) New Zealand
Sep 19-26 Cycling UCI Road World Championships Bruges and Leuven, Belgium
Sep 24-26 (postponed from 2020) Golf Ryder Cup Whistling Straits (Haven, Wisconsin)
Sept 25 AFL Grand Final Melbourne, Australia
Oct 3 Rugby League NRL Grand Final Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia
Oct? Baseball World Series ?
Oct? Multi-sports World Urban Games Budapest, Hungary
Oct 13-17 Cycling World Track Championships Achgabat, Turkmenistan
Oct 17 - Nov 14 Cricket ICC World T20 (men) UAE and Oman
Oct 17-24 (cancelled) Rowing World Rowing Championships Shanghai, China
Oct 23 - Nov 27 (postponed to Nov 2022) Rugby League World Cup England
Oct 26 - Nov 6 Boxing AIBA World Championships (men) Belgrade, Serbia
Nov 2 Horse Racing Melbourne Cup Victoria, Australia
? Multi-sports Lusophony Games Luanda, Angola
Nov 21-Dec 2 (postponed to 2022) Multi-sports South-East Asian Games Hanoi, Vietnam
Nov 23-29 Table Tennis World Championship Houston, United States
Dec 2-19 Handball World Championships (women) Spain
Dec 9-19 Football (Soccer) 2021 FIFA Club World Cup Japan
Dec 11-21 (postponed from January) Multi-sports Winter Universiade Lucerne, Switzerland
Dec 16-21 (postponed from Dec 2020) Swimming FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Abu Dhabi, UAE

disclaimer: Please note that event dates are believed to be correct at the time of publication, though they are subject to change, particularly this far in advance.

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