- This article is about watching sports. For participating in sports, see Sports.
Watching sports is a popular pastime around the world, whether at a major international event such as the Olympic Games or, for example, a minor league football game.
Sport stadiums can be designated for one sport, or host several different events. Major stadiums can change their name with a sponsor deal; in some cases they even change name during a specific event. Be sure to find out which stadium you are going to.
Articles about watching sportsEdit
- American football
- Association football
- Australian rules football
- Baseball in the United States
- Basketball in North America
- Field hockey
- Formula One
- Handball in Europe
- Horse racing
- Ice hockey in Europe
- Ice hockey in North America
- Martial arts
- Motorcycle speedway
- Olympic Games
- Rugby football
Events with multiple sportsEdit
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts GamesEdit
Jeux de la FrancophonieEdit
- 2022: Winter Olympics, 4-20 Feb, Beijing, China
- 2024: Summer Olympics, 2-18 Aug, Paris, France
- 2026: Winter Olympics, dates TBA, Milan and Cortina, Italy
- 2028: Summer Olympics, 21 Jul - 6 Aug, Los Angeles, USA
- 2032: Summer Olympics, 23 Jul - 8 Aug, Brisbane, Australia
Pan American GamesEdit
Southeast Asian GamesEdit
Held every four years in the year after the next summer Olympic Games. No events overlap with any contested in the Olympics. Many of the sports are not part of the Olympic program at all; the World Games also feature many non-Olympic disciplines and/or events within Olympic sports. The events are organized by the International World Games Association, which is recognized by the IOC.
Events for a single sportEdit
National Football LeagueEdit
- Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California (home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams) on 13 February 2022
- Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (home of the Arizona Cardinals) on 12 February 2023
- Super Bowl LVIII to take place on 11 February 2024. Originally scheduled for New Orleans but will not be held there due to scheduling conflicts with Mardi Gras, which falls near that time in 2024. The host of this Super Bowl is yet to be announced.
- Super Bowl LIX at Caesars Superdome in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana (home of the New Orleans Saints) on 9 February 2025; Originally host of Super Bowl LVIII
NFL International SeriesEdit
Normally four regular season games, all held in London (England, not Ontario in case you were wondering). The NFL has contracts with the following venues for future games:
- At least two games per season through 2027 at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
For the 2021 season, two NFL games will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the New York Jets vs. the Atlanta Falcons on October 10 and the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Miami Dolphins on October 17.
NFL games in MexicoEdit
The NFL first held a regular season game in Mexico in 2005. Despite good attendance, the league did not return until the 2016 season, the first of what was initially meant to be a three-year deal to hold one game each season in that country. With both the 2016 and 2017 games selling out, the deal was extended through the 2021 season with an eye to possibly play more than one game per season in future years. While the NFL has cancelled all international games in 2020, it is unknown if these games will return. All Mexico games thus far have been held in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
A game at the Azteca had been scheduled for November 19, 2018, but was moved to Los Angeles due to excessive field damage from soccer matches and concerts.
The date and matchup for the next Mexico City game is also expected to be announced in April 2020; the "home" team has been announced as the Arizona Cardinals.
US college footballEdit
- College Football Playoff National Championship
Note that each of these games is the championship for the previous calendar year. The bulk of the American football season takes place in the northern hemisphere fall/autumn.
German Football LeagueEdit
- 2022 European Championship. Dates and sites TBA; given the last second swap of the 2018 championship from Germany to France over squabbles in the governing bodies of the sport, don't book anything too far in advance.
Australian rules footballEdit
Australian Football LeagueEdit
- 2020 AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – 26 September
Badminton is generally most popular in Asia, with East and Southeast Asian nations generally dominating the international tournaments, the sole exception being Denmark. The BWF World Tour is the premier international badminton tournament circuit, with the following tournaments being the most important ones on the circuit:
- All England Open — the oldest international badminton tournament in the world, and the most prestigious tournament on the circuit. Held in March every year at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England.
- China Open — held in September every year, with the venue often changing between different Chinese cities.
- Denmark Open — held in October every year at the Odense Sports Park in Odense, Denmark.
- Indonesia Open — held in November every year at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The World Championships are held every year except in Olympic years. Badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992, with the Olympics generally being considered the premier tournament in the sport. There is also the Thomas Cup for men's national teams, and the Uber Cup for women's national teams, which mostly operate as multi-level leagues.
see also Baseball in the United States
- World Baseball Classic
- Little League World Series – Held over 10 days, ending on the last Sunday of August, in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA.
US college basketballEdit
The biggest event in US college (university) basketball is the NCAA Division I men's tournament, featuring 68 teams. The Division I women's tournament draws considerably less interest, but is still the biggest event in American women's college sports. The men's tournament begins on the Tuesday preceding the third Thursday in March (in terms of dates, no earlier than March 13 and no later than March 19) in Dayton, Ohio with an eight-team round marketed as the First Four, featuring two games on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. The winners of these four games join the remaining 60 tournament teams for the first round, which starts on the third Thursday in March. The women's tournament expanded from 64 teams to 68 starting in 2022, with its own First Four; it starts the day after the men's tournament.
The four-team final rounds of these tournaments are known as the Final Four. Future Final Four sites are:
- 2022 – April 2 and 4 at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans
- 2023 – April 1 and 3 at NRG Stadium in Houston
- 2024 – April 6 and 8 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, northwest of Phoenix
- 2025 – April 5 and 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio
- 2026 – April 4 and 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
- 2021 – April 2 and 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio
- 2022 – April 1 and 3 at Target Center in Minneapolis
- 2023 – March 31 and April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas
- 2024 – April 5 and 7 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland
- 2025 – April 4 and 6 at Amalie Arena in Tampa
- 2024 – April 3 and 5 at Footprint Center in Phoenix
The EuroLeague is basketball's equivalent to the UEFA Champions League in association football (soccer), featuring top club teams from throughout Europe (note that in sports, "Europe" includes several countries either partly or totally in Asia, most notably Russia, Turkey, and Israel). The season starts in October and ends with its own Final Four in May.
- 2020 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup – 4–12 July in Sofia, Bulgaria
- AfroBasket – dates and host TBA
- FIBA AmeriCup – dates and host TBA
- FIBA Asia Cup – dates and host TBA
- EuroBasket – dates and host TBA
- 2020 FIBA Under-17 Women's Basketball World Cup – 15–23 August in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- 2021 FIBA Under-19 Women's Basketball World Cup – dates and host TBA
- 108th Grey Cup at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario (home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) on November 21, 2021
- Major championships
Three of the four men's major championships are held in the US. The only exception is The Open Championship, also known as the "British Open". Each tournament is played from Thursday through Sunday, barring weather-related delays, and has a fixed weekend on the calendar.
- Masters Tournament (always held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia) – ends on the second Sunday in April, with the next edition set for 7–10 April 2022
- PGA Championship – ends on the next-to-last Sunday of May (the same weekend as the Canadian holiday of Victoria Day); next edition to be held 19–22 May 2022 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Sites have been set through 2029, as well as for 2031 and 2034.
- U.S. Open – ends on the third Sunday in June; next edition to be held 16–19 June 2022 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts (adjacent to Boston)
- Sites have been set through 2030, except for 2028.
- The Open Championship – played during the week containing the third Friday in July; next edition to be held 14–17 July 2022 at The Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland
- Sites have been set through 2025.
- Other significant events
- Ryder Cup (USA vs. Europe team competition) – Held in odd-numbered years; alternately hosted by the US and Europe
- 2023 – 30 September–2 October at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, Italy (near Rome)
- 2025 – September/October (exact dates TBA) at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park on Long Island (about 35 miles/56 km east of Midtown Manhattan)
- 2027 – September/October (exact dates TBA) at Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland
- Presidents Cup (competition between a USA team and an "International" team of non-Europeans) – Held in even-numbered years; alternately hosted by the US and a non-European country
- Major championships
Three of the five women's major championships are held in the US. As with the men's major championships, all are held from Thursday through Sunday (barring weather delays).
- Chevron Championship (held at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course of Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, next to Palm Springs through 2022) – ends on the first Sunday in April; next edition 31 March–3 April 2022
- Starting in 2023, the event will move to the Houston area; the venue has yet to be announced.
- U.S. Women's Open – 2–5 June 2022 at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina
- Women's PGA Championship – 23–26 June 2022 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, about 20 mi/32 km northwest of Washington, DC
- The Evian Championship (always held at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France) – Ends on the last Sunday of July; next edition to be held 21–24 July 2022
- Women's British Open – Held two weeks after The Evian Championship; next edition to be held 4–7 August 2022 at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland (about 35 km/22 mi from Edinburgh)
- Other significant events
- Solheim Cup (USA vs. Europe team competition) – Held in even-numbered years (from 2024) in August or September; alternately hosted by the US and Europe
- 2024 – Dates TBA at Finca Cortesín Golf Club in Casares, Spain (near Málaga)
- IIHF Men's World Championship
The 2020 edition, scheduled for Switzerland in May, was canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
- 2021: Minsk, Belarus and Riga, Latvia, 7–23 May (semifinals and final in Minsk)
- 2022: Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, 13–29 May (semifinals and final in Helsinki)
- 2023: Saint Petersburg, Russia, dates TBA
- 2024: Czech Republic, dates TBA
- 2025: Denmark and Sweden, dates TBA
IIHF Men's World Junior Championship
- 2021: Canada, in Alberta at Rogers Place in Edmonton and Westerner Park Centrium in Red Deer, 26 December (2020) — 5 January (2021).
- IIHF Women's World Championship
The top level of the Women's World Championships is not held in Winter Olympic years. This contrasts with the men's version, which is held annually regardless of the Olympic cycle.
While the championship is expected to return for 2021, no hosts or dates for any future championships have been announced.
- See also: Motor sport
See the dedicated article.
A U.S. stock car racing organization, and the country's most popular form of motorsport. The term "stock car" is a historic reference; when NASCAR first organized races in the years immediately after World War II, the cars were in fact "stock"—exactly as purchased from dealers, with minimal safety-related changes. Over time, the cars changed to the point that they are only vaguely similar in external appearance to current street vehicles, with much more powerful engines and far more safety equipment. NASCAR now operates three national touring series:
- Cup Series, the top series
- Xfinity Series, the second level
- Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, the third level, which races pickup trucks instead of cars; usually called simply the "Truck Series"
Most races are held on oval tracks; only two races in the Cup Series, three in the Xfinity Series, and one in the Truck Series are held on road courses. Equally unique is that the Truck Series hosts one event each year on a dirt oval; all other tracks in all series are paved. Also, the Truck Series is the only one of the three that races outside the U.S., hosting a single race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a road course near Bowmanville, Ontario (near Oshawa, on the edge of the Greater Toronto Area).
The sport used to be centered in the Southeastern U.S., but beginning in the 1990s it expanded to become a national spectacle. A typical NASCAR event spans a long weekend, with two or even all three series holding races at one site. Unlike most sports, NASCAR's biggest event is the first race of the season:
- Daytona 500, held on the day before the Presidents Day holiday (which falls on the third Monday of February) at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
A U.S.-based open-wheel racing series. It was established in its current form in 2008, when the IndyCar Series (launched in 1996) merged with the former Champcars series. The merger is a story in itself—as late as the early 1990s, open-wheel racing, governed by a body known as CART (which later became Champcars), was the most popular form of motorsport in the U.S. However, in 1994, the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the series' marquee event, the Indianapolis 500, had a bitter falling-out with CART, leading to the creation of the competing IndyCar series (which took the Indy 500 with it). The feud led many former open-wheel fans to abandon the sport, often for NASCAR. By the time the feud ended, attendance and sponsorship money for the sport were a fraction of what they had been only 15 years earlier, and only in the late 2010s had it begun to recover some of its original prominence.
All of the series' races are held in the U.S. except for one in Canada. The tracks are a mixture of ovals, road courses, and street circuits.
The series' marquee event, as mentioned above, is:
- Indianapolis 500, held the day before the U.S. holiday of Memorial Day (which falls on the last Monday of May) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana (a community completely surrounded by the city of Indianapolis)
- Speedway Grand Prix, held annually in the Northern Hemisphere's late spring, summer, and early fall.
- Speedway of Nations, held annually in the Northern Hemisphere's summer (usually June or July).
see also Rugby football
- 2022 Six Nations Championship, 5 February–19 March:
- 2022 Rugby Championship, various locations in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Normally held August–October, with an abbreviated and time-shifted version held in years of the Rugby World Cup.
- 2023 Rugby World Cup (men's) in France, 8 September–28 October
- Note that World Rugby, the governing body for union, uses the "Rugby World Cup" name for both its men's and women's championship events.
- 2025: British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, June–July
- World Rugby Sevens Series: A series of 10 tournaments for national men's sevens teams held at various locations around the world. As of 2019–20, six of the tournaments will be joined by events in the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, a series of eight tournaments. Events in both series will be listed here, with joint events indicated.
- USA Women's Sevens – The opener of the world sevens season; held in early October at Infinity Park in the Denver suburb of Glendale, Colorado. Next edition: Expected to be 3–4 October 2020.
- Dubai Sevens – Traditionally the men's season opener, and now the first of six combined men's and women's events. Held on the weekend including the first Saturday in December at a stadium known as The Sevens. Next edition: Expected to be 3–5 December 2020.
- South Africa Sevens – A longstanding men's event that saw a women's event added in 2019–20. Held on the weekend after the Dubai Sevens at Cape Town Stadium. Next edition: Expected to be 11–13 December 2020.
- New Zealand Sevens – Also a longstanding men's event that was also joined by a women's event in 2019–20. Held in the last weekend of January at FMG Stadium Waikato (Waikato Stadium) in Hamilton. Next edition: Expected to be 30–31 January 2021.
- Australian Sevens – A joint event for the last several years, held in the first weekend of February (immediately following the New Zealand event) at Bankwest Stadium (Western Sydney Stadium) in Parramatta. Next edition: Expected to be 7–8 February 2021.
- USA Sevens – A men-only event held in the weekend ending with the first Sunday of March; moving to its original site of Dignity Health Sports Park in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California. Next edition: Expected to be 28 February–1 March 2021.
- Canada Sevens – A men-only event held on the weekend after the USA Sevens at BC Place in downtown Vancouver. Next edition: Expected to be 8–9 March 2021.
- Hong Kong Sevens – The most famous men's event, now being joined by a women's event for 2019–20 and beyond. Normally held in early April at Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po, in the east of Hong Kong Island. Next edition: 16–18 October 2020; delayed from its normal April date due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- Singapore Sevens – A men-only event normally held on the weekend after the Hong Kong Sevens at the National Stadium in Kallang, a district just to the northeast of the Downtown Core. Next edition: 10–11 October 2020; also rescheduled from April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Canada Women's Sevens – Held in the first weekend of May at Westhills Stadium in the Victoria suburb of Langford, British Columbia. Next edition: 2–3 May 2020, though subject to change due to coronavirus concerns.
- London Sevens – A men-only event held in late May at Twickenham Stadium. Next edition: 23–24 May 2020, though subject to change due to coronavirus concerns.
- Paris Sevens – The final event for both series, held the weekend after the London Sevens at Stade Jean-Bouin in the city's 16th arrondissement. Next edition: 30–31 May 2020, though subject to change due to coronavirus concerns.
- The next Rugby World Cup Sevens, with men's and women's national teams competing in separate tournaments at the same site and time, will be held in 2022 at a site to be determined.
National Rugby LeagueEdit
- 2020 NRL Grand Final – Expected to be on the first or second Saturday of October at the Sydney Cricket Ground, just east of the city centre.
- 2020 State of Origin series – three matches in all in May–July, with at least one at each of the following venues:
- ANZ Stadium (Stadium Australia) in the Sydney Olympic Park. The 2020 Sydney match, the first of that year's series, will be the last major event at this venue before it closes for a major renovation.
- Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park) in Brisbane
- 2020 Super League Grand Final – Expected to be 10 October at Old Trafford, Manchester
- UEFA Euro 2020, across Europe with dates to be determined. Postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- The FIFA Confederations Cup, if it is held, will take place in an Asian country to be announced, but not in the 2022 World Cup host of Qatar. FIFA is considering scrapping this event.
- FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, tentatively 20 May–11 June
- FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru, dates TBA
- 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, 22 November–18 December
- 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, dates TBA
- 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India, 21 September–4 October
- 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Nigeria – dates to be determined
- 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup – host and dates to be determined
Tennis has events throughout the calendar year. The top-level men's tour is the ATP Tour, with the WTA Tour as the women's counterpart. The men's and women's tours come together for the four Grand Slam events and a few other select tournaments throughout the year. The only players to have ever completed the grand slam are Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 & 1969) in the men's event, and Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1965) and Steffi Graf (1988) in the women's event. In addition to these, the Davis Cup (men) and Fed Cup (women) are the top events for national teams; these operate as multi-level leagues. The top levels (now known as the "Finals" in both events) were traditionally conducted as knockout tournaments, but now use a format similar to that of the FIFA World Cup, with all qualifying nations meeting at a single site for a group stage followed by a knockout stage. A player who wins all four grand slams and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year is said to have completed a golden slam, and the only player to have done so to date was Germany's Steffi Graf in 1988.
Grand Slam eventsEdit
All four of these events are held over two weeks. They are considered to be the pinnacle of the sport of tennis, and are even more prestigious than the Olympics.
- Australian Open: Ends on the last Sunday in January at Melbourne Park just outside the city centre. Frequently suffers from hot and humid weather in the southern summer, although this has been alleviated by retractable roofs on the three main courts. The final is held in the Rod Laver Arena, which is named after Rod Laver, the only player to have completed a grand slam twice, and the last man to achieve the feat when he did so in 1969.
- French Open (also known as Roland Garros): Held in late May and early June at Stade Roland Garros in the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arondissement of Paris. Most notable as the only Grand Slam event still held on clay courts.
- Wimbledon: Begins on the first Monday in July and ends on the second Sunday following at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the Wimbledon neighbourhood of southwest London. Notable for the only Grand Slam event held on grass courts, no play on the middle Sunday (unless forced by weather delays), requiring all players to dress only in white, and many other traditions. The most prestigious of the Grand Slams.
- US Open: Begins on the last Monday in August and ends on the Sunday after the US holiday of Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday of September. Held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens.
Both the ATP and WTA have season-ending events for the very top players, with eight players qualifying for the finals in singles and eight teams in doubles. The competitors are divided into two groups of four, each playing a round-robin within the group. The top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals, with the winners of each semifinal contesting the final.
- ATP Finals: Mid-November at The O2 Arena in London.
- WTA Finals: Late October–early November at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center (aka the "Spring Cocoon") in the Nanshan district of Shenzhen, China (bordering on Hong Kong).
Unique to the WTA Tour is a second season-ending event for players immediately below those who qualify for the WTA Finals, featuring 12 players in singles and 12 doubles teams. In singles, the players are divided into groups of three, each playing a round-robin within the group; the winners of each group advance to the semifinals. In doubles, each group consists of six teams, also with round-robin play within the group, with the group winners advancing to the final. In terms of ranking points, this event falls in the middle of the WTA Premier hierarchy (see below).
- WTA Elite Trophy: Immediately before the WTA Finals in late October. Held in Zhuhai, China through the 2019 edition; future location to be announced.
Other top-tier eventsEdit
Both the ATP and WTA have a multi-level hierarchy of events, with the Grand Slam at the top, followed by the season-ending championships and then the events shown here (with other levels below these in both cases). The two tours have differing terminology for this level:
- ATP: Nine events known as the "ATP Tour Masters 1000". All top players are required to enter these events (barring injury or other misfortune), with the exception of the Monte-Carlo Masters.
- WTA: The WTA's category of "Premier" tournaments is much broader, with three levels. This tour has only four tournaments that all top players must enter, known as "Premier Mandatory". Five other events that do not have a required player commitment, but much larger purses than lower-tier events, are known as "Premier 5". The remaining Premier tournaments are analogous to the ATP's fourth level, the 500 Series. The aforementioned WTA Elite Trophy is below Premier Mandatory and Premier 5, but above other Premier events.
- Olympics: Tennis has been a summer Olympic sport from 1896-1924, and since 1988. The tennis event at the Olympics is less prestigious than the Grand Slams, and many top players choose to skip it, while those who compete often do not take it seriously and lose to little-known lower-ranked opponents. That said, players who win all four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year are said to have completed a golden slam, which is an extremely rare and difficult feat; only one player has managed to do so to date.
With that in mind, here are the ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory and Premier 5 events:
- Qatar Ladies Open: Mid-February at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. WTA Premier 5.
- Indian Wells Masters (men) and Indian Wells Open (women): Early March in Indian Wells, California (near Palm Springs). ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory.
- Canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Miami Open: Late March–early April at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (north of the city of Miami). ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory.
- Canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Monte-Carlo Masters: Mid-April at Monte Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, next to Monaco. ATP Masters 1000.
- Madrid Open: Mid-May at Caja Mágica in Madrid. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory.
- Italian Open: Week following the Madrid Open at Foro Italico in Rome. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5.
- Canadian Open: Early August at Stade IGA in Montreal and Aviva Centre in Toronto. In odd-numbered years, the men play in Montreal and the women in Toronto, and vice versa in even-numbered years. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5.
- Cincinnati Masters (men) and Cincinnati Open (women): Week after the Canadian Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, northeast of Cincinnati. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5.
- Wuhan Open: Last week of September at Optics Valley International Tennis Center. WTA Premier 5.
- China Open: Start of October, immediately following the Wuhan Open, at the National Tennis Center in Beijing. WTA Premier Mandatory.
- Note that the ATP Tour plays here at the same time, but the men's version of the China Open is a fourth-tier 500 Series event.
- Shanghai Masters: Week after the China Open at Qi Zhong Stadium in the southwest of the city. ATP Masters 1000.
- Paris Masters: Late October–early November at AccorHotels Arena in the 12th arrondissement. ATP Masters 1000.
- See also: Handball in Europe
Olympic or team Handball is a fast paced team sport that is mostly played indoors and enjoys considerable popularity in most of continental Europe. The world cup as well as the European championship are major events, second only to soccer. The best national leagues (found in Germany, France and the Nordic countries) battle out a club champion every year. There is also the EHF Champions League which battles out Europe's top club team every year.
National team competitionsEdit
- 2020 Women's European Championship – 4–20 December in Denmark and Norway; knockout stages at Telenor Arena in Bærum, in the Oslo metropolitan area
- 2021 Men's World Championship – 14–31 January in Egypt
- 2021 Women's World Championship – 2–19 December in Spain
- 2022 Men's European Championship – Tentatively scheduled for 13–30 January in Hungary and Slovakia
There are three famous road racing events for bicycles in Europe, known as Grand Tours and they each take place yearly. They are raced in Italy, France, and Spain but commonly also include legs in other countries. These tours feature only men's races, and are even more prestigious than the cycling events at the Olympics.
- Giro d'Italia - around Italy, usually takes place in May but the 2020 event was postponed to 3-20 October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Tour de France - around France, usually takes place in July but the 2020 event was postponed to 29 August-20 September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most prestigious bicycle race in the world.
- Vuelta a España - around Spain, usually takes place in August, but the 2020 event was postponed to 20 October-8 November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cycling is also featured at the summer Olympics in 4 disciplines; track cycling, road cycling, mountain biking and BMX. With the exception of the men's road cycling discipline, these are generally considered to be the pinnacle of the sport of cycling.