50 of the best sports events to look forward to in 2021

2020 was a unique year for sport. Fans were banned from stadiums, Euro 2020 was postponed until 2021, the US Masters at Augusta was held in November and the All-Ireland finals took place in December but nevertheless sport prevailed.

2021 looks to be a unique year also and there’s a jam-packed calendar of sport ahead of us and here are 50 of some of the best events to look forward to in 2021.

January 23rd/24th

Football – 2020 All-Ireland minor football final (Croke Park)

January 23rd

MMA – UFC 257: McGregor v Poirier (Abu Dhabi)

Photo courtesy of UFC

February 6th – 20th March

Rugby – Six Nations opening weekend: England v Scotland, Italy v France

February 7th

American Football – Super Bowl (Tampa, Florida)

February 8th – 21st

Tennis – Australian Open (Melbourne)

March 16th – 19th

Horse racing – Cheltenham Festival

March 21st

Formula 1 season starts – Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)

March 24th & 25th

Football – World Cup qualifiers: Belgium v Wales (24th)

England v San Marino, Scotland v Israel, Italy v Northern Ireland (25th)

Photo courtesy of FIFA

April 8th – 11th

Golf – Masters (Augusta National)

April 10th

Horse racing – Grand National (Aintree)

April 17th – May 3rd

Snooker – World Championship (Crucible Theatre)

April 25th

Football – League Cup final (Wembley)

May 8th

Football – Scottish Cup final (Hampden Park)

May 10th – 23rd

Aquatics – European Championships (Budapest, Hungary)

May 15th

Football – FA Cup final (Wembley)

Photo courtesy of the FA.com

May 16th

Football – Women’s Champions League final (Gothenburg)

May 22nd

Football – Women’s FA Cup final (Wembley)

May 22nd

Rugby Union – European Champions Cup final (Marseille)

May 23rd

Formula 1 – Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo)

May 23rd – June 6th

Tennis – French Open (Paris)

Photo courtesy of French Open

May 26th

Football – Europa League final (Gdansk)

May 29th

Football – Champions League final (Istanbul)

June 11th – July 11th

Football – Euro 2020 in various countries (final at Wembley)

June 26th – 18th July

Cycling – Tour de France

June 28th – 11th July

Tennis – Wimbledon

June 26th + 27th

Hurling: All-Ireland SHC semi-finals (Croke Park)

July 10th/11th

Hurling – All Ireland SHC final (Croke Park)

Photo courtesy of GAA.ie

July 13th

Athletics – Diamond League: Anniversary Games (London Stadium)

July 15th – 18th

Golf – The Open (Royal St George’s)

July 17th/18th

Football – All-Ireland SFC final (Croke Park)

July 17th

Rugby League – Challenge Cup final (Wembley)

July 18th

Formula 1 – British Grand Prix (Silverstone)

July 23rd – August 8th

Olympic Games (Tokyo)

Photo courtesy of AFP

July 24th & 31st plus August 7th

Rugby Union – South Africa v British and Irish Lions Test series

August 19th – 22nd

Golf – Women’s British Open (Carnoustie)

August 24th – September 5th

Paralympic Games (Tokyo)

August 30th – September 12th

Tennis – US Open (New York)

September 4th – 6th

Golf – Solheim Cup (Toledo, Ohio)

September 24th – 26th

Golf – Ryder Cup (Whistling Straits, Wisconsin)

Photo courtesy of Rydercup.com

September 27th – October 1st

Cricket – Bob Willis Trophy final (Lord’s)

October 3rd

Athletics – London Marathon

October 9th

Rugby League – Super League Grand Final (Old Trafford)

October 23rd – November 27th

Rugby League – World Cup in England (men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments)

November 6th, 13th and 20th

Rugby Union – autumn internationals

November 15th – 16th

Football – World Cup qualifying final group games: San Marino v England, Northern Ireland v Italy, Scotland v Denmark (15th)

Wales v Belgium (16th)

December – January (TBA)

Darts – World Darts Championship (Alexandra Palace)

Photo courtesy of PA Wire

TBA Jul-Aug: Cricket – The Hundred*

18 Sept-16 Oct: Rugby Union – Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand*

Oct-Nov: Cricket – Men’s T20 World Cup in India*

Nov-Jan: Cricket – Australia v England five-Test Ashes series*

* = exact dates yet to be confirmed. All events subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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