Sport in 2020 calendar: your month-by-month guide to the year ahead


The sporting year’s traditional raucous curtain-raiser, the PDC world darts final, takes place on New Year’s Day. The BDO championship follows, with men’s and women’s titles on offer at the O2, and the second of snooker’s “triple crown” events, the Masters, takes place at Wembley. Speaking of which, the Carabao Cup final will be set as the two-legged semi-finals are completed, and the FA Cup field will be cut down to 16.

Naomi Osaka and Monaco rally

The tennis year kicks off with a new event, the 24-team international ATP Cup, being held in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, before the year’s first grand slam, the Australian Open. It’s a big month for cricket: England’s tour of South Africa continues, India welcome Sri Lanka and Australia, and the women’s T20 tri-series between India, Australia and England begins. The road to the Super Bowl will take shape, and college football’s national champions will be decided in New Orleans.

1 Jan PDC world darts championship final (London)
2-6 Australia v NZ third Test (Sydney)
3-7 South Africa v England second Test (Cape Town)
3-12 ATP Cup (Australia)
3-6 FA Cup third round
4-5 NFL playoffs: wildcard round
4-12 BDO world darts championship
5-10 India v Sri Lanka T20 series
7-8 Carabao Cup semi-final first legs
7-20 West Indies v Ireland ODI/T20 series
11-12 NFL divisional playoffs
12-19 Masters snooker (Wembley)
13 College football national championship (New Orleans)
14-19 India v Australia ODI series
16-20 South Africa v England third Test (Port Elizabeth)

17-19 Scottish Cup fourth round
19 NFL conference championships
20-2 Feb Australian Open tennis (Melbourne)
23-26 WRC Monte Carlo Rally (Monaco)
2427 FA Cup fourth round
24-28 South Africa v England fourth Test (Johannesburg)
24-2 Feb New Zealand v India T20 series
25-26 NHL All-Star game (St Louis)
26 NFL Pro Bowl (Orlando)
28-29 Carabao Cup semi-final second legs
30 Super League season begins
31 Women’s T20 tri-series begins (Australia)

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The month begins with the Six Nations, as rugby union’s northern giants rebuild after an ultimately unsuccessful World Cup. Wales are the holders, but must travel to Dublin and Twickenham. Beaten finalists in Japan, England also host Ireland and will fancy their chances if they can return from Paris with a win on the opening weekend. Eddie Jones’ side are favourites but France may be a decent outside bet, with Cardiff and Murrayfield their only away trips.

In the women’s tournament, England will be favourites to retain their title after their recent away Test victory over their nearest rivals, France. Sarah Hunter’s side open their campaign with a trip to Pau, and end it in Padova against last year’s runners-up, Italy.

1 Feb Wales v Italy (2.15pm)
1 Feb Ireland v Scotland (4.45pm)
2 Feb France v England (3pm)

8 Feb Ireland v Wales (2.15pm)
8 Feb Scotland v England (4.45pm)
9 Feb France v Italy (3pm)

22 Feb Italy v Scotland (2.15pm)
22 Feb Wales v France (4.45pm)
23 Feb England v Ireland (3pm)

7 Mar Ireland v Italy (2.15pm)
7 Mar England v Wales (4.45pm)
8 Mar Scotland v France (3pm)

14 Mar Wales v Scotland (2.15pm)
14 Mar Italy v England (4.45pm)
14 Mar France v Ireland (8pm)

All times GMT; all matches on BBC or ITV

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February’s first weekend also sees perhaps the biggest sporting fixture on the planet – Super Bowl LIV in Miami. It could be a free-scoring battle to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy with the likes of Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens and Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints in the mix – although you should never write off the Patriots.

Staying stateside, look out for the NBA’s All-Star weekend in Chicago, and the Daytona 500 this month. Elsewhere, the Champions League returns with thrills and spills guaranteed in the last 16, and at the end of the month there are rainbow jerseys to be won at the track cycling worlds in Berlin.

1-2 Feb Cyclo-cross world championships (Switz)
2 Super Bowl LIV (Miami)
5-11 New Zealand v India ODI series
12-26 South Africa v England T20 series
16 NBA All-Star game (Chicago)
18-19, 25-26 Champions League last 16, first leg
20-24 NZ v India first Test (Wellington)
21-24 WGC golf (Mexico)
21-26 South Africa v Australia T20 series
21-8 Mar Women’s T20 World Cup (Australia)
22 Boxing: Fury v Wilder (Las Vegas)
22 World Club challenge: St Helens v Sydney
23 Nascar Daytona 500
26-1 Mar UCI track world championships (Berlin)
28-3 Mar NZ v India second Test (Christchurch)
29 Women’s League Cup final
29 South Africa v Australia ODI series

Australia will defend the T20 World Cup title they won in Antigua back in 2018.

Australia will defend the T20 World Cup title they won in Antigua back in 2018. Photograph: Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images


The women’s T20 World Cup concludes in Melbourne, where Australia will be hot favourites to defend their title. England will be targeting the final after getting a favourable draw, but must avoid a repeat of the one-sided defeat inflicted by the Aussies in 2018.

Australia will host both editions of the T20 World Cup this year, with the men’s event kicking off in October. The women’s event begins in late February, with the knockout stages in March. 

The 10 teams are split into two groups of five who will play a round-robin, with the top two from each group reaching the semi-finals. 

Group A

Australia (No 1 in T20 rankings)
Bangladesh (9)
India (4)
New Zealand (3)
Sri Lanka (8)

Group B

England (2)
Pakistan (7)
South Africa (6)
Thailand (11)
West Indies (5)

Knockout stages

Semi-finals: 5 March at Sydney (second match D/N)
Final: 8 March at Melbourne (D/N)

Photograph: Michael Dodge/AAP

Formula One returns with the traditional curtain-raiser in Melbourne, with Lewis Hamilton bidding to match Michael Schumacher’s haul of seven world titles. Elsewhere, it’s arguably the biggest week in horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival, while England play two Test matches in Sri Lanka.

Scotland and the Republic of Ireland will battle for the final Euro 2020 places as 16 teams are cut down to four in the play-offs. The world indoor athletics championships in China offer Olympic hopefuls the chance to tune up for Tokyo, and summer creeps in with the cycling classics and Major League baseball seasons getting under way. The month ends with the men’s and women’s Boat Races on the Thames.

1 EFL Trophy final
2-11 Algarve Cup (Portugal)
3-4 FA Cup fifth round
9-16 Indian Wells Masters
10-11 Champions League last 16, second leg
10-13 Cheltenham Festival
12-18 India v South Africa ODI series
13-20 Australia v NZ ODI series (Aus)
15 F1 Australian GP (Melbourne)
19-23 Sri Lanka v England first Test (Galle)
22 F1 Bahrain GP (Sakhir)
24-29 NZ v Australia T20 series (NZ)
13-15 World indoor athletics championship (Nanjing)
17-18 Champions League last 16, second leg
17-6 April NCAA March Madness basketball
20 Champions League quarter-final draw
21-22 FA Cup quarter-finals
22-4 Apr Aus v SA women’s T20/ODI series
23 Milan-San Remo cycling
23-30 Miami Open tennis
26 MLB opening day
26-31 Euro 2020 play-offs
27-31 Sri Lanka v England second Test (Colombo)
27-31 WGC Match Play golf (Austin)
29 The Boat Races

Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe

This graphic shows the planned 5.65km street circuit for the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, held in Hanoi in April.

This graphic shows the planned 5.65km street circuit for the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, held in Hanoi in April. Photograph: Formula One / Liberty Media


The first LPGA major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, is held in California. One week later, it’s over to Augusta for the first men’s golf major of the year, with Tiger Woods defending his Masters title. The first-ever Vietnam Grand Prix will race through the streets of Hanoi, and the NFL draft will be held in Las Vegas.

More traditional sporting highlights include the Grand National – with Tiger Roll chasing a hat-trick of wins – the start of cricket’s County Championship season, the London Marathon and two weeks of tension at the Crucible, as Judd Trump battles to retain his world snooker title.

2-5 LPGA: ANA Inspiration (California)
3-5 European Champions Cup quarter-finals
4 Grand National (Aintree)
5 F1 Vietnam GP (Hanoi)
5 NHL play-offs begin
7-8 Champions League quarter-finals, first leg
9-12 The Masters (Augusta)
12 County Championship begins
13-19 Monte-Carlo Masters
14 Paris-Roubaix cycling
14-15 Champions League QFs, second leg
16 NBA play-offs begin
18-19 FA Cup semi-finals
18-4 May World snooker championship
19 F1 Chinese GP (Shanghai)
22 Liège-Bastogne-Liège cycling
23 NFL Draft (Las Vegas)
24 Flèche Wallonne cycling
25-26 Women’s Champions League semis, first leg
26 London Marathon
28-29 Champions League semi-finals, first leg
30-3 May Tour de Yorkshire cycling

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It’s a month of finals, with the men’s and women’s FA Cup showpieces at Wembley, the women’s Champions League in Vienna and the men’s Champions League in Istanbul. Not forgetting the Scottish Cup, Europa League and EFL play-offs, with football’s richest game, the Championship play-off final, offering a lucrative place in the Premier League.

The first of cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, starts on foreign soil – in Budapest, to be precise. The Netherlands hosts an F1 Grand Prix in a busy month for motor sport, with the Indy 500 and Monaco GP also taking place. May ends with the second tennis grand slam of the year, the French Open, as the sporting summer comes into view.


1-3 European Champions Cup semi-finals
1-17 Ice hockey world championship (Switz)
2 Kentucky Derby (Churchill Downs)
2-3 Women’s Champions League semis, second leg
3 F1 Netherlands Grand Prix (Zandvoort)
4-10 Madrid Open tennis
5-6 Champions League semi-finals, second leg
9 Women’s FA Cup Final (Wembley)
9-31 Giro d’Italia cycling
10 F1 Spanish GP (Barcelona)
11-17 Italian Open tennis
14-17 US PGA championship (Harding Park)
14-19 Ireland v Bangladesh ODI series

16 League Two play-off final
22 European Challenge Cup final (Marseille)
23 FA Cup final
23 European Champions Cup final (Marseille)
24 F1 Monaco GP (Monte Carlo)
24 Women’s Champions League final (Vienna)
24 League One play-off final
24 Indianapolis 500
25 Scottish Cup final
25 Championship play-off final
25-1 Jun French Open tennis
27 Europa League final (Gdansk)
28 T20 Blast begins
30 Champions League final (Istanbul)
30 Women’s Premier 15s final

Photograph: David Klein/X06540


Euro 2020 kicks off this month, and will be hosted by 12 different cities from Dublin to Baku. England and Wales are the only qualified home nations so far, with Scotland and Republic of Ireland in the play-offs. England will play their group games at Wembley, plus the semi-finals and final – if they get that far. Gareth Southgate’s side are in Group D with Croatia, Czech Republic and a play-off winner.

Euro 2020

Wales are in Group A, with a trip to face Italy and two other games in Azerbaijan, against Switzerland and Turkey. If that sounds tough, spare a thought for the play-off winners who end up in Group F – with Germany, France and holders Portugal. Sixteen teams will progress from the groups into a straight knockout.

Friday 12 June
Group A: Turkey v Italy (8pm CET, Rome)

Saturday 13 June
Group A: Wales v Switzerland (3pm, Baku)
Group B: Denmark v Finland (6pm, Copenhagen)
Group B: Belgium v Russia (9pm, St Petersburg)

Sunday 14 June
Group D: England v Croatia (3pm, London)
Group C: Austria v Play-off winner (6pm, Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands v Ukraine (9pm, Amsterdam)

Monday 15 June
Group D: Play-off winner v Czech Republic (3pm, Glasgow)
Group E: Poland v Play-off winner (6pm, Dublin)
Group E: Spain v Sweden (9pm, Bilbao)

Tuesday 16 June
Group F: Play-off winner v Portugal (6pm, Budapest)
Group F: France v Germany (9pm, Munich)

Wednesday 17 June
Group B: Finland v Russia (15:00, St Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey v Wales (18:00, Baku)
Group A: Italy v Switzerland (21:00, Rome)

Thursday 18 June
Group C: Ukraine v Play-off winner D or A (15:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark v Belgium (18:00, Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands v Austria (21:00, Amsterdam)

Friday 19 June
Group E: Sweden v Play-off winner B (15:00, Dublin)
Group D: Croatia v Czech Republic (18:00, Glasgow)
Group D: England v Play-off winner C (21:00, London)

Saturday 20 June
Group F: Play-off winner A or D v France (15:00, Budapest)
Group F: Portugal v Germany (18:00, Munich)
Group E: Spain v Poland (21:00, Bilbao)

Sunday 21 June
Group A: Italy v Wales (18:00, Rome)
Group A: Switzerland v Turkey (18:00, Baku)

Monday 22 June
Group C: Play-off winner D or A v Netherlands (18:00, Amsterdam)
Group C: Ukraine v Austria (18:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Russia v Denmark (21:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Finland v Belgium (21:00, St Petersburg)

Tuesday 23 June
Group D: Czech Republic v England (21:00, London)
Group D: Croatia v Play-off winner C (21:00, Glasgow)

Wednesday 24 June
Group E: Play-off winner B v Spain (18:00, Bilbao)
Group E: Sweden v Poland (18:00, Dublin)
Group F: Germany v Play-off winner A or D (21:00, Munich)
Group F: Portugal v France (21:00, Budapest)

27-30 June Round of 16 (two matches per day)
3-4 July Quarter-finals (two matches per day)
7-8 July Semi-finals (Wembley)
12 July Final (Wembley)

The Copa América takes place in Argentina and Colombia, and there’s plenty of action away from football. England play three home Tests against the West Indies, and there are three golf majors as the US Open, women’s US Open and women’s PGA are contested in the US. There are also three big rugby union finals, with the Premiership, Pro14 and Super Rugby trophies to be won.

The Tour de France promises tough climbs, spectacular views and another bruising battle for the yellow jersey.

The Tour de France promises tough climbs, spectacular views and another bruising battle for the yellow jersey. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The Tour de France sets off from Nice on the long road to Paris. It’s hard to bet against another Team Ineos winner, but will it be defending champion Egan Bernal, or can Geraint Thomas or Chris Froome secure another British win? Speaking of which, this could be a big month for Andy Murray, with Queen’s Club and a potential Wimbledon return as he continues his fightback from injury.

4-7 LPGA: US Open (Texas)
4-8 England v West Indies first Test (Oval)
6 The Derby (Epsom)
7 F1 Azerbaijan GP (Baku)
10 Scotland v New Zealand T20 (Edinburgh)
12 Scotland v New Zealand ODI (Edinburgh)
12-16 England v WI second Test (Edgbaston)
12-12 July Euro 2020 (various)
12-12 July Copa América (Argentina/Colombia)
13-14 Le Mans 24 Hours
14 F1 Canadian GP (Montreal)
15-21 Queen’s Club Championships
16-20 Royal Ascot
18-21 US Open golf (Winged Foot)
19-23 Ireland v NZ T20 series
20 Premiership final (Twickenham)
20 Pro14 final (Cardiff)
20 Super Rugby final
25-28 Women’s PGA Championship (Penn)
25-29 England v WI third Test (Lord’s)
27-2 Jul Ireland v NZ ODI series
27-19 Jul Tour de France
28 Jun F1 French GP (Le Castellet)
29 Jun Scotland v Australia T20 (Edinburgh)
29-12 Jul Wimbledon
TBC NBA Finals
TBC NHL: Stanley Cup finals

Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe


It’s the biggest sporting event on earth; 11,000 athletes from more than 200 nations, competing in 339 events across 33 sports. The 32nd Olympic Games, the second to be held in Tokyo, will dominate the sporting summer.

While Rio 2016 suffered from big distances between venues and poor infrastructure, that shouldn’t be a problem in Tokyo. Thirteen of the venues, including the National Stadium, are within 5km of the athletes’ village, although the marathon and walking events will be in the northern city of Sapporo, due to concerns over heat.


British medal hopes include Dina Asher-Smith in the 200m and Katarina Johnson-Thompson in heptathlon, Adam Peaty in the pool, Laura Kenny in the velodrome and 11-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown. New events to watch out for include 3-on-3 basketball, surfing, speed climbing, skateboarding and karate, while baseball and softball will be popular draws in Japan after being brought back to the Games.

Tokyo 2020

Key events

Opening ceremony 24 Jul
Closing ceremony 9 Aug

Swimming 25 Jul-2 Aug
Athletics 31 Jul-8 Aug
Marathons 8-9 Aug
Boxing 25 Jul-9 Aug
Football 22 Jul-8 Aug
Golf 28 Jul-8 Aug
Artistic gymnastics 25-30 Jul
Hockey 25 Jul-7 Aug
Rowing 24-31 Jul
Rugby sevens 27 Jul-1 Aug
Tennis 25 Jul-2 Aug
Triathlons 27-28 Jul and 1 Aug

– Read the full schedule here


Heritage Zone
New National Stadium Athletics, football, opening and closing ceremonies
Yoyogi Gymnasium Handball
Ryogoku Kokugikan Boxing
Metropolitan Gymnasium Table tennis
Nippon Budokan Judo, karate
International Forum Weightlifting
Musashinonomori Park Road cycling

Tokyo Bay Zone
Kasai Rinkai Park Canoeing
Oi Stadium Hockey
Tokyo Aquatics Centre Swimming, diving
Tatsumi International Swimming Centre Water polo
Yumenoshima Park Archery
Ariake Arena Volleyball
Olympic BMX Course BMX, skateboarding
Ariake Gymnastics Centre Gymnastics, trampoline
Ariake Coliseum Tennis
Odaiba Marine Park Triathlon, marathon swimming
Shiokaze Park Beach volleyball
Sea Forest Waterway Equestrian, rowing, canoeing
Aomi Urban Sports Venue 3×3 basketball, climbing

Outlying venues
Camp Asaka Shooting
Mushashino Forest Modern pentathlon, badminton
Tokyo Stadium Football, modern pentathlon, rugby sevens
Saitama Super Arena Basketball
Enoshima Sailing
Makuhari Messe Fencing, taekwondo, wrestling
Baji Koen Equestrian
Kasumigaseki Country Club Golf
Izu Velodrome Track cycling, mountain biking
Yokohama Stadium Baseball, softball
Fukushima Azuma Stadium Baseball, softball opening games
Fuji Speedway Road cycling
Makomanai Stadium Marathon, race walking

Football venues
Tokyo x2

Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

The spotlight will be on Tokyo, but the British summer of sport will still be in full swing. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are looking to defend their Wimbledon titles, while Lewis Hamilton will go for a seventh British Grand Prix crown at Silverstone. After Shane Lowry’s memorable win at Portrush last year, can anyone end the long wait for an English winner at Royal St George’s in The Open?

3-7 England v Australia T20 series
5 F1 Austrian GP (Spielberg)
11 Wimbledon women’s final
11-16 England v Australia ODI series
12 Wimbledon men’s final
16-19 The Open (Royal St George’s)
17 The Hundred: men’s tournament begins
18 Challenge Cup final (Wembley)
18-26 World Matchplay darts (Blackpool)
19 F1 British GP (Silverstone)
19 Tour de France ends (Paris)
19-1 Aug Under-19 European Championship (NI)
20 Royal London Cup begins
22 The Hundred: women’s tournament begins
23-26 LPGA Evian Championship
24-9 Aug Olympic Games (Tokyo)
25-28 WGC St Jude golf (Memphis)
28-1 Aug Glorious Goodwood
30-3 Aug England v Pakistan first Test (Lord’s)
TBC Rugby Championship

Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac


The ECB’s controversial new cricket tournament, The Hundred, finally kicks off this summer. Eight new city franchises have drafted players, with men’s and women’s teams competing for a place in the inaugural finals in August. Time will tell if the bold new format – 15 six-ball overs, then a 10-ball final over – will draw more casual fans than the disbanded Women’s Super League, or the men’s county-based T20 Blast, which will continue.

Birmingham Phoenix

Ground: Edgbaston (men), New Road (women)
England players: Chris Woakes, Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon
Local heroes: Moeen Ali, Pat Brown
Coaches: Andrew McDonald (men), Ben Sawyer (women)
Colours: Red/orange

London Spirit

Ground: Lord’s (men), Chelmsford/Northampton (women)
England players: Rory Burns, Heather Knight, Freya Davies
Local heroes: Eoin Morgan, Dan Lawrence
Coaches: Shane Warne (men), Lisa Keightley (women)
Colours: Blue

Manchester Originals

Ground: Old Trafford, Sedburgh (women)
England players: Jos Buttler, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone
Local heroes: Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson
Coaches: Simon Katich (men), TBA (women)
Colours: Black/silver

Northern Superchargers

Ground: Headingley (men), York/Gosforth (women)
England players: Ben Stokes, Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith
Local heroes: Adil Rashid, David Willey
Coaches: Darren Lehmann (men), Danielle Hazell (women)
Colours: Purple/white

Oval Invincibles

Ground: The Oval (men), Beckenham (women)
England players: Sam Curran, Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson
Local heroes: Jason Roy, Tom Curran
Coaches: Tom Moody (men), Lydia Greenway (women)
Colours: Green/white

Southern Brave

Ground: Rose Bowl (men), Hove (women)
England players: Jos Buttler, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone
Local heroes: James Vince, Chris Jordan
Coaches: Mahela Jayawardene (men), Charlotte Edwards (women)
Colours: Green/black

Trent Rockets

Ground: Trent Bridge (men), Derby/Leicester (women)
England players: Joe Root, Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt
Local heroes: Alex Hales, Harry Gurney
Coaches: Stephen Fleming (men), Salliann Briggs (women)
Colours: Yellow/orange

Welsh Fire (Tân Cymreig)

Ground: Sophia Gardens (men), Bristol/Taunton (women)
England players: Jonny Bairstow, Katie George, Bryony Smith
Local heroes: Tom Banton, Colin Ingram
Coaches: Gary Kirsten (men), Matthew Mott (women)
Colours: Red/pink

Players for the eight franchises line up after the Hundred draft was completed last year.

Players for the eight franchises line up after the Hundred draft was completed last year. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images for ECB

Two weeks after the Olympic closing ceremony, the torch is passed to the Paralympic Games. Also held in Tokyo, the Paralympics will welcome 4,400 athletes competing in over 500 events. British names to watch out for include runner Sophie Hahn, former swimming medallist turned para-canoeist Charlotte Henshaw and Amy Truesdale, who is chasing gold in the new para-taekwondo event.

Elsewhere, England complete what’s sure to be an entertaining Test series against Pakistan, while the year’s third and final grand tour, the Vuelta, begins with a jaunt to the Dutch city of Utrecht. The domestic football season kicks off too, with the Premier League and Football League returning early in August.

2 F1 Hungarian GP (Budapest)
7-9 Football League returns
7-11 England v Pakistan 2nd Test (Old Trafford)
10-16 Canadian Open tennis
14 The Hundred: women’s final
14-6 Sep Vuelta a Espana cycling
14-16 Premier League returns
15 The Hundred: men’s final
15-16 RideLondon cycling
16-23 World rowing championships (Slovenia)
17-23 Cincinnati Masters
18-21 T20 Blast quarter-finals
20-23 Women’s British Open (Scotland)
20-24 England v Pakistan 3rd Test (Trent Bridge)
25-6 Paralympic Games (Tokyo)
26-30 European athletics championships (France)
29-2 Sep England v Pakistan T20 series
30 F1 Belgian GP (Spa)
30 MotoGP British Grand Prix
31-13 Sep US Open tennis

Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP


Europe are bidding to retain the Ryder Cup trophy they won emphatically in France two years ago, as the USA takes over hosting duties. Europe lead 7-2 in wins since the turn of the century and will fancy their chances of an away win at Whistling Straits. The lakeside Wisconsin course looks and feels like Scottish links, complete with sheep, stone bridges and testing weather conditions.

Europe captain Padraig Harrington and his US counterpart, Steve Stricker, after an axe-throwing contest.

Europe captain Padraig Harrington and his US counterpart, Steve Stricker, in one of the year’s odder photo ops. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images,

September also sees T20 Blast finals day, the Royal London Cup final and the county championship’s closing rounds. The Tour of Britain begins with a first-ever visit to Cornwall, while the road cycling world championships take place amid the peaks of Vaud and Valais in Switzerland.

5 T20 Blast finals day (Edgbaston)
6 F1 Italian GP (Monza)
6-13 Sep Tour of Britain cycling
10 NFL season begins
10-15 England v Ireland ODI series
12 St Leger Stakes (Doncaster)
13 Great North Run
19 Royal London Cup final (Trent Bridge)
20 F1 Singapore GP (Marina Bay)
20-27 Cycling road world championships (Switz)
22 County championship final round
25-27 Ryder Cup (Whistling Straits, Wisconsin)
26 AFL grand final (Melbourne)
27 Russian GP (Sochi)
27 Berlin marathon
29-18 Oct Baseball: MLB play-offs

Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images AsiaPac


There’s a double helping of T20 World Cups in 2020, with the men’s tournament also taking place in Australia at some of cricket’s most iconic venues, from the Gabba to the MCG. England will be on the hunt for another trophy, and revenge after their dramatic late defeat to the West Indies in 2016.

Preliminary rounds

Group A (Geelong): Ireland, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka.

Group B (Hobart): Bangladesh, Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland.

– Top two sides in each group qualify for Super 12s

Super 12s

Group 1: Australia (hosts), New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, Group A winner, Group B runner-up.

Group 2: Afghanistan, England, India, South Africa, Group B winner, Group A runner-up.

Semi-finals 11 Nov (Sydney) & 12 Nov (Adelaide)
Final 15 Nov (Melbourne)

England fixtures

26 Oct Group B winner (Perth)
30 Oct South Africa (D/N, Sydney)
1 Nov India (Melbourne)
4 Nov Afghanistan (D/N, Brisbane)
7 Nov Group A runner-up (Adelaide)

Photograph: Will Russell/Getty Images AsiaPac

The Windies, the hosts or familiar foes New Zealand are all potential semi-final opponents for England if they progress from their Super 12s group. Ireland and Scotland, meanwhile, will hope to make it out of their preliminary groups after qualifying for the tournament.

Elsewhere, the Champions League group stages will be heating up, and F1 enters the home straight with races in Japan and the USA. Super League’s showpiece finale, the grand final, takes place at Old Trafford, before an Ashes series between England and Australia which concludes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

4 NRL grand final (Sydney)
4 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Longchamp)
10 Super League grand final (Old Trafford)
11 Chicago marathon
11 F1 Japanese GP (Suzuka)
12-18 Shanghai Masters
18-15 Nov Men’s T20 World Cup (Australia)
20-28 Baseball: World Series
25 F1 United States GP (Austin)
29-1 Nov WRC Wales Rally GB
31-14 Nov Rugby League Ashes

Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Lewis Hamilton is aiming to end the year in Abu Dhabi with a record-equalling sixth world title.

Lewis Hamilton is aiming to end the year in Abu Dhabi with a record-equalling sixth world title. Photograph: Srđan Suki/EPA


The Formula One season reaches its climax in Abu Dhabi, and there are year-ending showdowns in men’s and women’s tennis, plus golf in Dubai. Two of the biggest horse races in the world, the Melbourne and Breeders’ Cups, will be contested, and the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will kick off – although the hosts are yet to be confirmed.


1 F1 Mexican GP (Mexico City)
1 New York marathon
2-8 WTA Tour Finals (Shenzhen)
2-11 Paris Masters
3 Nov Melbourne Cup
7 Nov Breeders’ Cup (California)
14-22 Grand Slam of Darts (Wolverhampton)
15 Nov F1 Brazilian GP (Interlagos)
16-22 ATP Finals (London)
18-21 DP World Tour Championship (Dubai)
23-29 Davis Cup Finals (Madrid)
28-12 Dec Women’s Africa Cup of Nations
29 F1 Abu Dhabi GP (Yas Marina)


13 European cross-country championships (Ireland)
26 King George VI Stakes (Kempton)

TBC Fifa Club World Cup
TBC Scottish League Cup final
TBC UK Championship snooker
TBC PDC world darts championship


The sporting year ends with a few festive staples – the PDC world darts championship returns, and there will be the usual post-Christmas football and horse racing action. The Club World Cup will return to Qatar, 12 months on from Liverpool’s victory. The European cross-country athletics championships will be held in Ireland, snooker’s UK Championship will be played out in York, and one hero from the past year will win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.