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Your Ultimate Guide to every unmissable sporting event for 2024, updated

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Every year’s a big year in world sport. But 2024 seems to be even larger than normal.

So for those looking to plan just how to maximise their fandom, here is the ideal starting point.

Here are all the major sport events for 2024, listed chronologically, month-to-month.

Please note, previous months have been pushed to the bottom.

Sport events 2024

April

AFL: Gather Round

April 4-7

One of the freshest concepts in Australian sport, the AFL’s response to Magic Round heads back to Adelaide for a full round of footy. Here’s more, including the full fixtures.

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The AFL’s Gather Round is back this season.

Football: A-League Women’s Finals

April 5

The final day of the A-League Women’s regular season is Sunday March 31, where there’s sure to be a bit of drama, fighting for finals spots.

Golf: The Masters

April 8-14

There’s nothing better in golf than the Masters at Augusta National and this year, once again, promises so much.

Surfing: Margaret River Pro

April 11-21

After Bells Beach, the world’s best surfers are heading west to tackle Margs, where the swell can deliver pretty staggering waves. Let’s hope it fires inside the 11-day event window.

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Filipe Toledo (left) and Caroline Marks (right) are the reigning WSL world champions.

MMA: UFC 300

April 13

The UFC’s 300th pay-per-view is going to be huge, with a record amount of championship gold going on the line. Here’s the latest on the event.

Alex Pereira, who famously beat Israel Adesanya last year, will headline the show against Jamahal Hill, with the Light Heavyweight title on the line.

NBA Playoffs commence

April 20

This is where things pick up steam in basketball’s premier competition. The Play-In games have been run and won and now it’s down to business; eight more teams in the East and eight in the West.

NFL: NFL Draft

April 25-27

After the Super Bowl, attention turns to the Draft, which will be held this year in Detroit, Michigan — home of the Lions. This is where the teams that did poorly take centre stage and try and change franchise fortunes, with the most valuable Draft picks.

Here are the details, key names and talking points.

NFL Draft Preview
Bryce Young (left) and CJ Stroud (middle) headlined the 2023 NFL Draft.

Golf: LIV event in Adelaide

April 26-28

At the Grange Golf Course, LIV is returning to South Australia, after making a pretty enormous splash in the first ever LIV event down under last year.

May

A-League Men’s Finals

May 3-5

It’s onto the Finals in the A-League Men’s — a postseason being rather unique in the world game, of course. It all kicks off with Elimination Finals weekend, with 3rd against 6th and 4th against 5th.

Then we’ll see two weekends of Semi Finals legs, before the Grand Final towards the end of May (Weekend of 24-26 May).

Golf: The PGA Championship

May 13-19

Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky hosts this year’s PGA Championship.

NRL: Magic Round

May 16-19

One of the biggest occasions on the Rugby League calendar, Magic Round returns to Suncorp Stadium and this year it’ll also feature the Women’s Origin opener — huge.

The Dragons, quite deservedly, are the team that miss out on a game this year.

Rugby League: Women’s Origin Series starts

Games on May 16, June 6 & June

The Women’s State of Origin series moves to three games for the first time, adding even more juice to the opening contest. Here’s all the detail on the full series.

Women's Origin, three games, 2024
The Women’s State of Origin series is three games for the first time this season.

Tennis: French Open (Roland Garros)

May 20 – June 9

The second Grand Slam of 2024, on Paris’ iconic clay, finally arrives in late May.

Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek are the defending singles champs.

Football: FA Cup Final

May 25

Once again, the winner of England’s historic knockout club competition will be decided at Wembley Stadium.

Manchester City beat city rivals United to hoist the trophy in 2023.

June

Football: Champions League Final

June 1

It’s the biggest club football match of the year, set to take place at London’s Wembley Stadium this year.

Manchester City are the defending champions, after claiming an historic triple crown last season. Find out more here.

ICC T20 World Cup

June 4-30

This is cricket’s major tournament for the year and one of few World Cups that’s happening too, given it’s an Olympic year.

Rugby League: State of Origin series opener

Games: June 5, June 26, July 17

Undoubtedly one of the biggest events on the calendar in Australia, the Men’s Origin series kicks off on June 5. This year, Game 1 is in Sydney.

State of Origin
One of Australia’s great rivalries, the State of Origin, headlines June’s sporting action.

NBA: Finals start

June 7 (AEDT)

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is June 6 in the United States — June 7 down under. We don’t yet know who’s going to be in it, but we can’t wait.

The Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat in last year’s deciding series.

Football: Bangladesh v Socceroos, World Cup qualifier

June 6

Time and location is still TBC.

Football: Socceroos v Palestine, World Cup qualifier

June 11

Time and location is still TBC.

Golf: US Open

June 10-16

This year it’s at Pinehurst Resort (No. 2).

NBA: The NBA Draft

June 27

It won’t quite have the same level of anticipation as last year, given the presence of generational prospect Victor Wembanyama, but it’s always a massive event on basketball’s annual calendar.

NBA Draft Lottery Victor Wembanyama
Victor Wembanyama (right) is one of the biggest stories to come out of the NBA Draft in years.

Cycling: Tour de France

June 29 – July 22

Cycling’s biggest event starts in iconic Italian city Florence this year, with the first stage set for Saturday, June 29.

Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard will be the rider defending the general classification crown, while Aussie Jai Hindley will most likely be looking to make a charge into contention, after showing promising signs in 2023.

July

Wimbledon

July 1-14

Wimbledon’s the promised land in world tennis.

Carlos Alcaraz and Marketa Vondrousova took out last year’s singles titles.

Tennis major tournaments guide 2023
Clay star Iga Swiatek & rising sensation Carlos Alcaraz

Golf: The Open Championship

July 15-21

The UK’s major is happening at Royal Troon Golf Club in 2024.

Paris Olympics

Fri, 26 July 2024 – Sun, 11 Aug 2024

This is undoubtedly the biggest sporting event of 2024 and it’s going to be epic, riding off the back of a captivating Tokyo games three years prior. Here are some of the new sports that will feature in upcoming Olympics.

NRLW: Season starts

Draw TBC

August

Football: Premier League season starts

Dates still TBC

Tennis: US Open

August 26 – September 8

Like any Grand Slam event, the US Open gets ‘major’ coverage around the world and is up there as one of the most watched events in the States.

2023’s tournament was incredible with Coco Gauff winning her maiden Grand Slam and Djokovic winning US Open number four.

With another victory this year, Djokovic will equal the record for most US Opens with five alongside Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

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Novak Djokovic reached 24 singles grand slam titles with a win at Flushing Meadows in 2023.

AFLW: Season starts

August 30

September

AFL: Finals commence

September 5*

The regular season finishes on Sunday, August 25, and in the AFL, there’s now normally a weekend off before the Finals get going.

*Still to be confirmed

NRL: Finals commence

The regular season finishes on Sunday the 8th of September, with the finals set to kick off the following weekend. The fixtures won’t be determined until a week out.

Cricket: Men’s T20i Series in England

September 12, 14 & 15

No Ashes series this time around, but Australia will still meet with their old foe in the shorter formats.

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The Aussies will battle England in both shorter formats in the UK.

Cricket: Men’s ODI Series in England

September 19, 21, 24, 27, 29

Following three one-dayers, it’s into a five-game ODI series between the nemesis nations.

England will look to bounce back from a World Cup horror show in October and November, 2023, in the 50-over format.

AFL: Grand Final Day

September 28

While some dates are still being finalised, you can chuck this one in your diary; one of the best days of the year down under.

Best AFL Grand Finals
Here are the best AFL Grand Finals of the modern era.

NBL season start

Still TBC

October

Baseball: MLB Playoffs begin

The final day of the regular season, where the Playoffs will subsequently be locked in, is September 29. October Major League baseball is the best baseball.

Rugby League: Grand Final day

October 6

Both the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals, at Accor Stadium in Sydney.

Always landing on the first Sunday in October, this is one of the most hotly anticipated days of the year. Bring it on.

Penrith Panthers premierships
The Penrith Panthers have won the last three NRL Grand Finals. Can they make it four?

NBA: Season starts

Still TBC

Football: A-League Men’s season starts

Still TBC

Football: A-League Women’s season starts

Still TBC

WNBL: Season starts

Still TBC

November

Horse racing: Melbourne Cup

Tuesday November 5

The first Tuesday of November is known to pretty much everyone down under; it’s time for the race that stops the nation!

NBA In-Season Tournament starts

AFL: National Draft

Date TBC

There’s renewed hope for AFL fans, as the lives of many young and bright prospects get drafted to one of 18 clubs. There are always some incredibly heart-warming stories – and a little bit of controversy – to come out of the two-day event.

Formula 1: Las Vegas Grand Prix

November 21-23

It’s instantly become one of the F1’s events worth circling on the calendar. It would be truly epic to get there for the race… but certainly not a cheap exercise.

F1 calendar image

NFL: Thanksgiving football

November 29

While Thanksgiving falls on November 28 in the US, the triple-header of NFL games, one of the key dates of the regular season, is always a Friday affair down under. Clear your schedule.

December

AFLW: Grand Final

Date TBC

Australian Rules Football officially comes to a close after this feature match, where one playing group will finish the year on one of sport’s highest highs — a premiership.

Best AFLW Grand Finals, ranked
Erin Phillips (left) and Daisy Pearce (right), the AFLW’s two greatest.

Summer of cricket starts

Dates TBC

BBL|14 starts

Dates TBC

Cricket: Boxing Day Test

December 26-30

It doesn’t get any bigger than the Boxing Day Test.

Sailing: Sydney to Hobart

December 26

Also starting on Boxing Day, the iconic Sydney to Hobart yacht race is Australia’s biggest sailing event and one of the nation’s biggest races.

If you’re in Sydney, find one of these gorgeous viewing spots.

January

Cricket: Women’s ODI Series in India

December 28 & 30, January 2

Australia’s Women’s side will start the calendar year in India, taking on a major rival in both ODI and then T20 series. All three ODI games are in Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium.

Women's summer cricket schedule, WBBL Guide

Cricket: Women’s T20 Series in India

January 6, 8 & 10

Just like the earlier ODIs, all three T20s will take place in Mumbai, but at a different venue; Dr DY Patil Sports Academy.

Tennis: United Cup

December 29 – January 7

18 countries, made of up to six players each, will battle it out in a round-robin format on hardcourt in both Perth and Sydney; a handy event to get players primed for the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne.

Here’s more about the United Cup.

Cricket: BBL|13

The second half of Australia’s high-flying domestic T20 tournament runs through January, with the final set for January 24. Here’s the full BBL|13 Guide.

Cricket: Australian Men’s 3rd Test against Pakistan

January 3-7

Who knows how many more times Sydney might host the New Year’s Test, given how often it’s interrupted by rain. But nothing’s set to change just yet, with the final Test of Pakistan’s tour happening in the harbour city to kick off the year in style. Day 1 is January 3.

Men's summer cricket schedule 2023-24 | Womens summer cricket schedule
We love cricket on the calendar.

Football: Asian Cup

12 Jan – 10 Feb

In a slight sense of déjà vu, Qatar is hosting another major footballing event, the 2024 Men’s Asian Cup.

The Socceroos land in Group B with Uzbekistan, India and Syria.

Australia v India | Saturday 13 January, 2024, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Australia v Syria | Thursday 18 January, 2024, Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium

Australia v Uzbekistan | Tuesday 23 January, 2024, Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium

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Jackson Irvine | Sport in 2024 won’t get much bigger than some huge Socceroos games.

Football: Africa Cup of Nations

Jan 13 – Feb 11

Another major football tournament, AFCON; the best African players on earth will farewell their club sides for a month and compete for international silverware.

Tennis: Australian Open

January 14-28

Melbourne Park takes centre stage across the second half of Jan, as per usual.

Can Novak Djokovic continue to re-write history at his favourite Grand Slam? You can find tickets here.

Cricket: Australian Men’s two-Test series against the West Indies

This is a two-Test series, meaning the Aussies will play five games across another busy summer schedule down under. The Adelaide Test starts on January 17 and then Australia’s other Test against the Windies is in Brisbane, starting on Jan 25.

West Indies Test series tickets here.

Perth Rugby Sevens

January 26-28

The Sevens tour swings through Perth in early 2024, in what promises to be a fun and wild time for thrill-seeking fans keen on a couple of big days in the sun. The action happens between January 26-28.

Perth Rugby Sevens tickets here.

Cricket: Women’s T20 Series against South Africa

January 27, 28 & 30

South Africa will take a trip down under to meet the world’s best Women’s cricket team on their home turf. The first two matches are in Canberra, with the third then in Hobart.

February

Golf: Vic Open

February 1-4

Australia’s golf season finishes with a big tournament at Barwon Heads.

Cricket: Men’s ODI Series against West Indies

February 2, 4 & 6

Australia hosts the Windies for three ODIs in Melbourne, then Sydney, then Canberra.

Cricket: Women’s ODI Series against South Africa

February 3, 7 & 10

After the T20s in late January, South Africa stays on for three ODIs and then also a Test. The first ODI will happen at the Adelaide Oval, before North Sydney Oval hosts matches 2 & 3.

Cricket: Men’s T20i Series against West Indies

February 9, 11, 13

Following the 50-over series, the West Indies will stick around down under for three Twenty-20 matches; Hobart, Adelaide and then Perth.

NFL: The Super Bowl

February 12

One of the biggest annual sporting events in the world happens in Las Vegas this year, kicking off mid-to-late Monday morning on Australia’s east coast. Here’s our full Super Bowl Guide.

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Cricket: Women’s Test against South Africa

February 15-18

The WACA in Perth plays host to a four-day Test between Australia and South Africa; a huge conclusion to the visitor’s tour.

NBA: All Star Weekend

February 16-18

The league’s going back to an East v West concept and you can read all about it here.

Wrestling: WWE Elimination Chamber in Perth

Sat February 24

The WWE returns to Australia for its first event down under in five years, after an eventful stretch for its Aussies on the roster.

MORE on Elimination Chamber

Cricket: Men’s T20i Series in New Zealand

February 21, 23 & 25

After another long summer, the players won’t be resting; they’re off to New Zealand for a few T20 games and then a couple of Tests.

Cricket: Men’s Test Series in New Zealand

Matches star February 29 and then March 8

Well after a summer of cricket that could end up looking really one-sided, here’s a nice test… pardon the pun.

The first Test is at Basin Reserve, Wellington, before the sides meet at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, in the second affair.

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Football: Uzbekistan v Matildas, Olympic Qualifying

February 24

Football: Uzbekistan v Matildas, Olympic Qualifying

February 28

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March

NRL: Las Vegas season launch

March 2

Well here’s something brand new for the sporting landscape and an ambitious plan from the NRL coming to fruition.

The code will launch it’s 2024 season in true style, while looking to gain exposure and notoriety in the United States — timed nicely, coming off the back of the Super Bowl only three weeks earlier; March-August is down time for a lot of NFL fans.

The BroncosRoostersSea Eagles and Rabbitohs are involved in the Vegas double-header. Here’s more on the event.

NRL Vegas
The NRL will kick off in Vegas.

F1: Season begins

March 2

The 24-race Formula 1 schedule for commence in Bahrain, before accelerating into Saudi Arabia for Race 2 only seven days later.

Tennis: Indian Wells Masters

March 6-17

The first Masters 1000 tournament for the ATP is the Indian Wells held in California in early March.

AFL: New-look Round 1

While not quite as buzzy as the NRL’s start to the new season, the AFL will look to try and start its season earlier and not allow the rival code quite the same amount of clear air like in previous years.

So the league has dropped some killer matchups to start the 2024 season; all of which will be played in Rugby League-centric states, NSW and Queensland. Here’s more on the concept.

Golf: The Players Championship

March 14-17

As per usual, the iconic TPC Sawgrass will host the Players — the PGA tournament with the most prize money. The Players Championship is dubbed ‘the unofficial fifth major’ in golfing circles.

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The golf season for 2024 officially heats up in March.

F1: Australian Grand Prix

March 24

After back-to-back races in early March to kick off the new Formula 1 season, the teams head down under for one of the most hotly anticipated events on the schedule.

Football: Socceroos v Lebanon, World Cup Qualifier

March 21

Football: Lebanon v Socceroos, World Cup Qualifier

March 26

Socceroos upcoming games

Surfing: Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach

March 26-April 5

One of the most prestigious stops on the WSL tour and a bucket list item for plenty of sports fans.

Here’s the full WSL season schedule.

Baseball: MLB Opening Day

March 28

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