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2023 Sporting Calendar – Bet on Upcoming Events

Welcome to the SBO 2023 Sporting Calendar! With so many major sports events taking place around the globe every year, we created this calendar to ensure you never miss any of the action.

The Ashes and Rugby World Cup are just two of the many major events taking place throughout the year, so please bookmark this page and use it to plan your bets for upcoming sports events.

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Sports Events 2023 – A Month by Month Breakdown

Below we provide a breakdown of upcoming sports events by month, covering every sport from American football and basketball to rowing and sailing. We constantly update our sports calendar, so you can rest assured that all of the information below is accurate.


March is a busy month in the sports betting calendar; it’s very much a case of something for everyone, with more than 20 major sporting events promising plenty of drama.

Horse racing fans will roar to get the Cheltenham Festival underway before turning their attention to one of the most prestigious flat races in the world, the Dubai World Cup. The Formula 1 season returns with high-octane action from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

March Madness sees the 64 best college basketball teams battle each other to win the NCAA basketball championship. The World Baseball Classic returns for the first time since 2017, and bats of a different kind will be swinging as the Indian Premier League kicks off.

2-5 MarGolfArnold Palmer InvitationalFlorida, USA
2-5 MarAthleticsEuropean Indoor ChampionshipsIstanbul, Turkey
2-8 MarSquashCIB Black Ball Squash OpenCairo, Egypt
3-5 MarDartsUK OpenUK
3-5 MarRugbyVancouver SevensVancouver, Canada
3-13 MarChessEuropean ChampionshipsVrnjacka Banja, Serbia
5 MarFormula 1Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain
6-19 MarTennisIndian Wells MastersIndian Wells, USA
8-21 MarBaseballWorld Baseball ClassicJapan, Taiwan & USA
9-12 MarGolfThe Players ChampionshipFlorida, USA
12-17 MarSquashCanary Wharf ClassicLondon, England
14-17 MarHorse RacingCheltenham FestivalCheltenham, England
14 Mar – 3 AprBasketballMarch MadnessUSA
17 MarFutsalWomen’s European ChampionshipsDebrecen, Hungary
17-19 MarAthleticsWorld Indoor ChampionshipsNanjing, China
18 MarCyclingMilan-San RemoItaly
18-26 MarCurlingWorld Women’s Curling ChampionshipsSandviken, Sweden
19 MarFormula 1Saudi Arabian Grand PrixSaudi Arabia
20 Mar – 1 JuneCricketIndian Premier LeagueIndia
20 Mar – 2 AprTennisMiami OpenMiami, USA
22-26 MarGolfWGC-Dell Technologies Match PlayTexas, USA
26 MarHorse RacingDubai World CupUAE
26 MarRowingThe Boat RaceEngland
27 Mar – 2 AprSnookerTour ChampionshipHull, England


April is an exciting month for fans of every sport. American football fans will be glued to the NFL draft, while basketball and ice hockey fans watch the regular season end and playoffs begin. We even have two nights of entertainment from Hollywood thanks to WrestleMania 39.

The Formula 1 season heats up with races in Australia and Azerbaijan, and there’s no shortage of horse racing action either. Millions of people around the world will tune in to the Grand National, as 40 runners and riders navigate iconic fences such as Becher’s Brook and Canal Turn.

If you enjoy a slower pace, you may be more interested in sporting events coming up in April like the World Men’s Curling Championship, The Masters and the World Snooker Championship.

1-2 AprWWEWrestleManiaHollywood, USA
1-9 AprCurlingWorld Men’s Curling ChampionshipCanada
2 AprFormula 1Australian Grand PrixAustralia
3-9 AprTennisCharleston OpenCharleston, USA 
6 AprFootballWomen’s FinalissimaLondon, England
6-9 AprGolfThe MastersGeorgia, USA
7 AprHorse RacingAll-Weather Championships Finals DayEngland
9-16 AprTennisMonte-Carlo MastersMonte Carlo, Monaco
10 AprHorse RacingIrish Grand NationalIreland
15 AprHorse RacingGrand NationalLiverpool, England
15 Apr – 1 MaySnookerWorld Snooker ChampionshipSheffield, England
17-23 AprTennisStuttgart OpenStuttgart, Germany
17-23 AprTennisBarcelona OpenBarcelona, Spain
20-23 AprGolfThe Chevron ChampionshipTexas, USA
22 AprHorse RacingScottish Grand NationalScotland
23 AprAthleticsLondon MarathonLondon, England
25 Apr – 6 MayTennisMadrid OpenMadrid, Spain
30 AprFormula 1Azerbaijan Grand PrixAzerbaijan


May is always one of the busiest and most exciting months in the sports events calendar.

Football leagues around the world wrap up and crown their champions, and two European giants clash in the UEFA Champions League final at the end of the month. May is also a big month for basketball fans, with the NBA playoffs in full swing and the British Basketball Play-off Finals bringing a busy season to a close.

The first and second legs of American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series provide exhilarating action for horse racing enthusiasts. The Formula 1 season revs up with the Miami Grand Prix and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, and we’re sure many of you will tune in to watch the famous post-race milk celebration for the winner of the Indianapolis 500.

5-16 MayMulti-sportsSouth-East Asian GamesPhnom Penh, Cambodia
6 MayHorse RacingKentucky DerbyKentucky, USA
7 MayFormula 1Miami Grand PrixMiami, USA
8-21 MayTennisItalian OpenRome, Italy
9-13 MayEntertainmentEurovision Song ContestLiverpool, England
12-21 MayIce HockeyIIHF World ChampionshipFinland & Latvia
14 MayBasketballBritish Basketball Play-off FinalsLondon, England
14 MayFootballWomen’s FA Cup FinalLondon, England
17-19 MayHorse RacingDante FestivalYork, England
18-21 MayGolfUS PGA ChampionshipNew York, USA
19 MayRugby UnionEPCR Challenge Cup FinalDublin, Ireland
20 MayHorse RacingPreakness StakesUSA
20 MayRugby UnionHeineken Champions Cup FinalDublin, Ireland
21 MayFormula 1Emilia Romagna Grand PrixItaly
22-28 MayTable TennisWorld ChampionshipDurban, South Africa
27-29 MayFootballEFL Play-Off FinalsLondon, England
28 MayAuto RacingIndianapolis 500Indianapolis, USA
28 MayFormula 1Monaco Grand PrixMonaco
28 May – 11 JunTennisFrench OpenParis, France
30 May – 4 JunePoolUK Open Pool ChampionshipLondon, England
31 MayFootballUEFA Europa League FinalBudapest, Hungary


June is another very eventful month in the sports betting world. Horse racing enthusiasts are in for a treat, as the Belmont Stakes marks the final leg of American racing’s Triple Crown. Don’t forget about the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Royal Ascot, as both always present lucrative betting opportunities.

Basketball and ice hockey fans will be glued to the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals respectively, and there’s plenty of golf and tennis tournaments happening around the world. The first two matches in The Ashes series kick off in June, and the World Cup of Darts never fails to entertain.

1-4 JuneCricketEngland v Ireland TestLondon, England
3 JuneHorse RacingEpsom DerbyEngland
3 JuneFootballFA Cup FinalLondon, England
4 JuneFormula 1Spanish Grand PrixSpain
4 JuneHorse RacingPrix de l’Arc de TriompheFrance
7 JuneFootballUEFA Europa Conference League FinalPrague, Czech Republic
8-11 JuneGolfScandinavian MixedStockholm, Sweden
9-25 JuneMulti-sportsEuropean GamesKraków, Poland
10 JuneFootballUEFA Champions League FinalIstanbul, Turkey
10-11 JuneAuto Racing24 Hours of Le MansLe Mans, France
11 JuneHorse RacingBelmont StakesUSA
12-18 JuneTennisRothesay OpenNottingham, England
15-18 JuneDartsWorld Cup of DartsGermany
15-18 JuneGolfUS OpenCalifornia, USA
16-20 JuneCricketThe Ashes (1st Test)Birmingham, England
16-25 JuneMulti-sportsSpecial Olympics World GamesBerlin, Germany
16 June – 16 JulFootballAFC Asian CupQatar
18 JuneFormula 1Canadian Grand PrixCanada
19-25 JuneTennisCinch ChampionshipsLondon, England
19-25 JuneTennisHalle OpenHalle, Germany
19-25 JuneTennisBirmingham ClassicBirmingham, England
19-25 JuneTennisGerman OpenBerlin, Germany
20-24 JuneHorse RacingRoyal AscotEngland
22-25 JuneGolfKPMG Women’s PGA ChampionshipNew Jersey, USA
26 June – 1 JulyTennisEastbourne InternationalEastbourne, England
28 June – 2 JulyCricketThe Ashes (2nd Test)London, England
June (tbc)BasketballNBA FinalsVenue to be confirmed
June (tbc)Ice HockeyStanley Cup FinalsVenue to be confirmed


July is traditionally one of the least exciting months of the year for sports fans. The NBA Finals just finished, the NFL season is two months away, and football teams are busy arranging transfers and playing friendlies ahead of the new season. However, our list of upcoming sports events indicates there’s no shortage of action this year.

The battle for the yellow jersey begins with a 185km loop ride to mark stage one of the Tour de France. Formula 1 fans have a race to look forward to every weekend, tennis fans will be glued to Wimbledon, the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in Australia and New Zealand, and cricket fans can expect plenty of drama as The Ashes concludes.

1-23 JulyCyclingTour de FranceFrance
2 JulyFormula 1Austrian Grand PrixAustria
3-16 JulyTennisWimbledonLondon, England
6-9 JulyGolfUS Women’s OpenCalifornia, USA
6-10 JulyCricketThe Ashes (3rd Test)Leeds, England
9 JulyFormula 1British Grand PrixEngland
10 July – 20 AugFootballWomen’s World CupAustralia & New Zealand
13-16 JulyGolfScottish OpenNorth Berwick, Scotland
14-30 JulyMulti-sportsWorld Aquatics ChampionshipsFukuoka, Japan
15-23 JulyDartsWorld MatchplayUK
19-23 JulyCricketThe Ashes (4th Test)Manchester, England
20-23 JulyGolfThe Open ChampionshipHoylake, England
20 July – 20 AugFootballFIFA Women’s World CupAustralia & New Zealand
21-22 JulyHorse RacingKing George Diamond WeekendEngland
23 JulyFormula 1Hungarian Grand PrixHungary
23-30 JulyCyclingTour de France FemmesFrance
24-30 JulyTennisHamburg European OpenHamburg, Germany
27-30 JulyGolfAmundi Evian ChampionshipEvian-les-Bains, France
27-31 JulyCricketThe Ashes (5th Test)London, England
28 July – 6 AugNetballNetball World CupCape Town, South Africa
30 JulyFormula 1Belgian Grand PrixBelgium
31 July – 6 AugTennisWashington OpenDC, USA
31 July – 6 AugTennisSilicon Valley ClassicSan Jose, USA


August is a quieter month in the 2023 sporting calendar. The NFL preseason begins, and the MLB season gets more exciting as teams fight to make the playoffs and win their divisions. Major football leagues like the English Premier League kick off once again, while basketball fans can look forward to the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The Hundred returns to excite cricket fans new and old throughout the month, while fans of multi-sports events can tune in to the African Games and World Beach Games. The Sailing World Championships, FIBA Basketball World Cup and US Open are just a few of the other highlights.

1-27 AugCricketThe HundredEngland
3-13 AugCyclingUCI Cycling World ChampionshipsGlasgow, Scotland
4-19 AugMulti-sportsAfrican GamesGhana
5-12 AugMulti-sportsWorld Beach GamesBali, Indonesia
7-13 AugTennisNational Bank OpenMontreal, Canada
10-13 AugGolfAIG Women’s OpenSurrey, England
10-13 AugGolfFedEx St. Jude ChampionshipTennessee, USA
10-20 AugSailingSailing World ChampionshipsThe Hauge, Netherlands
14-20 AugTennisCincinnati MastersCincinnati, USA
17-20 AugGolfBMW ChampionshipIllinois, USA
19-27 AugAthleticsIAAF World ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary
24-27 AugGolfTour ChampionshipGeorgia, USA
25 Aug – 10 SeptBasketballFIBA Basketball World CupIndonesia, Japan & Philippines
27 AugFormula 1Dutch Grand PrixNetherlands
28 Aug – 10 SeptTennisUS OpenNew York, USA


September is a big month in the 2023 sporting calendar. The NFL regular season kicks off as the MLB regular season comes to a close, and we have lots of hard-hitting action to look forward to as the 2023 Rugby World Cup begins.

Formula 1 fans have three weekends of racing to look forward to, with stops in Italy, Singapore and Japan. The biggest stars on the PGA Tour clash as teams from Europe and the United States clash in Italy for the 2023 Ryder Cup. Other notable events include the World Rowing Championships and AFL Grand Final.

3 SeptFormula 1Italian Grand PrixItaly
3-10 SeptRowingWorld Rowing ChampionshipsBelgrade, Serbia
8 Sept – 28 OctRugbyRugby World CupFrance
9-16 SeptMulti-sportsInvictus GamesDüsseldorf, Germany
14-17 SeptGolfBMW PGA ChampionshipSurrey, England
17 SeptFormula 1Singapore Grand PrixSingapore
22-24 SeptGolfSolheim CupAndalusia, Spain
22-24 SeptTennisLaver CupVancouver, Canada
23 Sept – 8 OctMulti-sportsAsian GamesHangzhou, China
24 SeptFormula 1Japanese Grand PrixJapan
28 Sept – 4 OctTennisChina OpenBeijing, China
29 Sept – 1 OctGolfRyder CupRome, Italy
30 SeptAFLGrand FinalMelbourne, Australia


There’s no shortage of sporting drama to look forward to in October. The ICC World Cup is one of the most highly anticipated international sports events of the year, and the atmosphere will be electric for every match as India hosts the entire tournament.

Rugby league fans are in for a treat with the NRL Grand Final and Super League Grand Final. Tennis fans can bet on five tournaments throughout the month, including the Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters. And it’s a busy month for Formula 1 fans, with the Qatar Grand Prix, United States Grand Prix and Mexico City Grand Prix providing three weekends of high-octane drama.

1 OctRugby LeagueNRL Grand FinalBrisbane, Australia
4-15 OctTennisShanghai MastersShanghai, China
8 OctAthleticsChicago MarathonIllinois, USA
8 OctFormula 1Qatar Grand PrixQatar
10 Oct – 26 NovCricketICC World CupIndia
14 OctRugby LeagueSuper League Grand FinalManchester, England
16-22 OctTennisJapan OpenTokyo, Japan
21 OctHorse RacingThe EverestAustralia
22 OctFormula 1United States Grand PrixUSA
23-29 OctTennisVienna OpenVienna, Austria
23-29 OctTennisSwiss IndoorsBasel, Switzerland
29 OctFormula 1Mexico City Grand PrixMexico
30 Oct – 5 NovTennisParis MastersParis, France


Our list of sports events for November may not be long, but they certainly pack a punch and there’s plenty to get excited about no matter your favourite sport.

Horse racing fans can bet on prestigious races like the Breeders’ Cup, Melbourne Cup and Japan Cup, while the Formula 1 season races to a finish with the Brazilian Grand Prix, Las Vegas Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Other notable events include the Grand Slam of Darts, UK Snooker Championship and the World Women’s Handball Championship.

3-4 NovHorse RacingBreeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsCalifornia, USA
5 NovFormula 1Brazilian Grand PrixBrazil
7 NovHorse RacingMelbourne CupVictoria, Australia
11-19 NovDartsGrand Slam of DartsUK
12-19 NovTennisATP World Tour FinalsTurin, Italy
12-19 NovTennisNext Gen ATP FinalsMilan, Italy
16-19 NovGolfDP World Tour ChampionshipDubai, UAE
18 NovFormula 1Las Vegas Grand PrixUSA
19 Nov – 1 DecMulti-sportsPacific GamesHoniara, Solomon Islands
25 Nov – 3 DecSnookerUK ChampionshipEngland
26 NovFormula 1Abu Dhabi Grand PrixUAE
26 NovHorse RacingJapan CupJapan
30 Nov – 17 DecHandballWorld Women’s Handball ChampionshipDenmark, Norway & Sweden


Although December has the fewest entries in our 2023 sporting calendar, there’s no shortage of betting opportunities. Major sports leagues around the globe are in full swing, and there is a jam-packed schedule to keep everyone entertained during the festive period.

In terms of sports events, December gets underway with the IHF Women’s Handball World Championship in Singapore before all eyes turn to the United Kingdom. The PDC World Darts Championship gets underway at Alexandra Palace in London, and the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Racecourse represents the biggest race day in Wales.

2-10 DecFloorballWomen’s Floorball World ChampionshipsSingapore
14 Dec – 2 JanDartsPDC World Darts ChampionshipUK
27 DecHorse RacingWelsh Grand NationalWales

How to Bet on Sports Events

Want to bet on a sports event for the first time but don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry, it’s a straightforward process. Follow our three-step guide below to bet on upcoming sports events.

Step 1

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Step 2

Make Your First Deposit

You must fund your account to place a bet. Access the cashier and take your pick from the list of deposit options. Enter the necessary payment information and confirm how much you would like to deposit.

Step 3

Place a Bet

Now your account is funded, it’s time to explore the sports markets. Choose a sport your interested in and compare the latest betting odds for upcoming events. Add a selection to your betting slip, confirm how much you want to bet and then tune in to watch the event.

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How should I use the SBO Sporting Calendar?

Our calendar is designed to inform you on the key dates for major events across all your favourite sports. This means you can plan bets well in advance, and we even provide dedicated guides for many of the biggest events in the 2023 sporting calendar to help you decide how and where to bet.

What is a major sport event?

Major sporting events typically have a global audience with hundreds of millions – sometimes billions – of people tuning in to watch the live broadcast. Examples include the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl, UEFA Champions League final, Rugby World Cup, and the Tour de France.

What are three major sporting events?

In terms of global viewership figures, the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup and Rugby World Cup are three of the biggest sporting events. Athletes representing many different countries compete in each of these events, and every minute of action is broadcast on terrestrial television.

What is the most watched sport event in the world?

The Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup are the most watched sport events in the world. The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 reached a global broadcast audience of more than 2 billion people, while more than 1.5 billion people watched the 2022 World Cup final live on television.

About the author

Alan Penny
Alan Penny


Alan hails from Northern Ireland and is an avid fan of all sports. He has been with us since 2017 and serves as SBO’s Editor-in-Chief. Alan passionately covers everything from the latest regulatory developments across the globe to tips on the latest football matches.