World sports calendars for travellers and the sports-mad (updated for 2022)

World sports calendars

To kick off your year, we’ve created these desktop calendars showing when the top sporting codes around the world will be running.

These will be most useful for someone planning a trip in the near future, for anyone who had ‘trying a new sport’ as part of their New Years resolutions… or just for sports-mad people in general.

These are a guide only, of course, and for more detailed info you’ll have to head to our website. You can also see our list of schedule release dates for sports leagues around the world by clicking here.

USA sports calendar (updated for 2022)

Most of our website visitors are looking up tickets and fan advice for sporting events in the United States, so this was the first one we made. The blue represents the regular season, whereas the red represents the postseason.

There are some other key dates for each league that we didn’t include in this graphic. For instance, the NWSL has the Challenge Cup that runs from March to May, prior to the regular season starting.

Europe sports calendar

Combining all of the different sports in our database from Europe to one calendar was challenging. Rather than list a hundred football competitions, for example, we decided to condense some of these into broader categories. But there are many football competitions happening at any given time – domestic leagues, Cup tournaments, national competitions, friendly matches, etc.

So this calendar is a little less precise. But it still accomplishes what we set out to do with these calendars: Create a quick reference point for you to help you start planning your trip. For more detail than that, you should head to our website.

Australia sports calendar

We combined AFL/AFLW and NBL/WNBL schedules for this one, hence the February start for Australian Rules Football. There is much more cricket throughout the year in Australia, but we tried to limit this to the Australian team as well as the Big Bash League tournament. The Super Netball season has been shifted in 2018 to accommodate the Commonwealth Games, so this will require an update in 2019 and beyond.

What’d we miss?

Let us know on Twitter if there is a sport we should have included on these calendars – or if we’ve got anything wrong!

To see when sports leagues around the world make their new schedules available, click here.