2022 Sports Calendar: What to Watch

The 2022 sporting calendar promises to be hugely exciting, with the schedule packed with a host of top-class events taking place during the year.

The soccer World Cup in Qatar dominates proceedings towards the end of the year, with this year's tournament looking extremely wide open.
Reigning champions France will fancy their chances of retaining the trophy, but Brazil, Spain, England, Germany and several other teams hold a genuine chance of lifting the trophy.

American Football takes center stage during the early part of the year, with the Super Bowl on February 6 the undisputed highlight. The Green Bay Packers are the favorites with most of the leading bookmakers listed at https://www.oddsshark.com/nfl/super-bowl/futures, and they could be tough to beat.

However, it would be foolish to write off the Kansas City Chiefs, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams could also be dangerous.

Read on as we take a closer look at what to watch in sports during 2022.

January

Tennis returns with a bang in mid-January as the world's top players battle to win the first Grand Slam of the season in Australia.

● 10 - American Football - College Football Playoff National Championship - United States
● 17-30 - Tennis - Australian Open - Australia
● 21-23 - Extreme Sports - Winter X Games 26 - United States

February

The eyes of the world will be on the Super Bowl on February 13 as the top two teams in the NFL go head-to-head in the championship game.

● 4-5 - Ice Hockey - NHL All-Star Weekend - United States
● 4-20 - Multi-sports - Winter Olympics - China
● 6 - American Football - Pro Bowl - United States
● 13 - American Football - Super Bowl - United States
● 20 - Basketball - NBA All-Star Game - United States
● 20 - Motorsports - Daytona 500 - United States
● 26 - Horse racing - Saudi Cup - Saudi Arabia

March

The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament kicks off in the middle of March in an event that showcases some potential NBA stars of the future.

● 4-13 - Multi-sports - Winter Paralympics - China
● 15-April 4 - Basketball - NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament - United States
● 26 - Horse Racing - Dubai World Cup - Dubai

April

Golf fans will be in their element during early April as the prestigious Masters Tournament is staged at Augusta National.

● 7-10 - Golf - Masters Tournament - United States
● 8 - Horse Racing - Grand National - England
● 11-17 - Tennis - Monte Carlo Masters - Monaco
● 18 - Athletics - Boston Marathon - United States
● 26-May 8 - Tennis - Madrid Open - Spain
● 28-30 - American Football - NFL Draft - United States

May

May is a massive month for sport with major events taking place in horse racing, ice hockey, golf, soccer, and many more.

● 7 - Horse Racing - Kentucky Derby - United States
● 8-15 - Tennis - Italian Open - Italy
● 13-29 - Ice Hockey - IIHF World Championship - Finland
● 18 - Soccer- Europa League Final - Hungary
● 19-22 - Golf - PGA Championship - United States
● 21 - Horse Racing - Preakness Stakes - United States
● 22-Jun 5 - Tennis - French Open - France
● 28 - Soccer - Champions League Final - Russia
● 29 - Motorsports - Indianapolis 500 - United States

June

Leading U.S. horse racing trainer Wesley Ward will be the man to follow as he sends his usual top-class team to the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in England.

● 4 - Horse Racing - Epsom Derby - England
● 11 - Horse Racing - Belmont Stakes - United States
● 14-18 - Horse Racing - Royal Ascot - England
● 16-19 - Golf - U.S. Open - United States
● 23 - Basketball - NBA Draft - United States
● 27-Jul 10 - Tennis - Wimbledon - England

July

The best athletes from across the globe will be in Oregon in July as the U.S. hosts the World Championships for the first-ever time.

● 1-24 - Cycling - Tour De France - France
● 14-17 - Golf - British Open - England
● 15-24 - Athletics - World Championships - United States
● 19 - Baseball - MLB All-Star Game - United States

August

The U.S. Open Tennis Championships is the final Grand Slam of the season and will once again feature the best players on the planet.

● 18-28 - Baseball - Little League World Series - United States
● 25-28 - Golf - BMW Championship - United States
● 29-Sep 11 - Tennis - US Open - United States

September

The first week in September will be a busy time for NFL fans as they strive to come up with the best fantasy football team names ahead of the new season.

● 8 - American Football - NFL 2022 season starts - United States
● 18-25 - Cycling - World Road Championships - Australia
● 22-25 - Golf - Presidents Cup - United States

October

The U.S. Grand Prix on October 23 could be a pivotal race in this season's Formula 1 Drivers' Championship.

● 2 - Athletics - London Marathon - England
● 9 - Athletics - Chicago Marathon - United States
● 12-16 - Cycling - World Track Championships - France
● 23 - Motorsports - United States Grand Prix

November

The Breeders' Cup World Championships at the start of November will attract the best equine talent from across the globe.

● 1 - Horse Racing - Melbourne Cup - Australia
● 4-5 - Horse Racing - Breeders' Cup - United States
● 6 - Athletics - New York Marathon - United States
● 13-20 - Tennis - ATP Finals - Italy
● 21-Dec 18 - Football - World Cup - Qatar
● 30-December 3 - Pool - Mosconi Cup - United States

December

The year ends with the best up-and-coming ice hockey players in the world battling to win a gold medal at international level.

● 26-January 4 - Ice Hockey - IIHF World Junior Championship - Russia

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