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Not a fan of football? Here’s a calendar of alternate events to follow.

The FIFA World Cup is almost here. While there will be millions who would be glued to their TV sets to catch the action, there are also millions preferring something else other than football to talk about for the next one month.

We have compiled here a list of major non-football events taking place over the one month, for those looking for alternatives.

JUNE, 2018


Cricket Second Test: WI v SL, Barbados (18 Jun); One-Day Cup QF

Golf US Open, Shinnecock Hills (17 Jun)

Karate World Championships, Dundee (17 Jun)

American Football: World University American Football Championships (June 24)


Cricket Third Women’s ODI: England v Australia, Canterbury


Rugby union Tests: Australia v Ireland, New Zealand v France, South Africa v England

Cricket Second ODI: England v Australia, Cardiff

Fencing European Championships, Novi Sad (21 Jun)

Motor racing Le Mans 24hr race (17 Jun),  Catalan Motorcycle GP


Cricket Tour matches: Warwickshire v West Indies A, Edgbaston; Yorkshire v India A, Headingley; One-Day Cup semi-finals (18 Jun)

Fencing: 2018 Asian Fencing Championships (22 June)


Tennis Aegon Championships, Queen’s; Aegon Classic, Edgbaston; Gerry Weber Open, Halle; Mallorca Open, Spain (all 24 Jun)

Water Polo:  FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final, Hungary  (23 June)

Laser Radial: Men’s Laser Radial World Championships, Germany (24 June)


Cricket Third ODI: England v Australia, Trent Bridge; Tour matches: Leicestershire v India A, Grace Road; Worcestershire v West Indies A, New Road


Cricket Women’s T20s: England v South Africa & South Africa v New Zealand, Taunton

Sport Climbing: World University Climbing Championships, Slovakia (23 June)


Basketball: NBA Draft , USA

Cricket Fourth ODI: England v Australia, Riverside

Golf BMW Open, Pulheim; Travellers Championship, Connecticut (24 Jun)


Cricket Tri-Series: Eng Lions v India A, Derby

Multi-Sport: Mediterranean Games, Spain (1 July)

Rowing: World Cup, Linz-Ottensheim (24 Jun)

Kabaddi: International Kabaddi Challenge, Johor Bahru (23 June)


Rugby union Tests: Australia v Ireland, New Zealand v France, South Africa v England

Cricket Third Test: West Indies v Sri Lanka, St Lucia (27 Jun); Tri-Series: England A v West Indies A, Derby; Women’s T20s: England v New Zealand & England v South Africa, Taunton

Hockey: Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy, Netherlands (1 July)


Cricket Fifth ODI: Eng v Aus, Old Trafford

Formula One French Grand Prix, Le Castellet

Sailing Asian Sailing Championships, Indonesia (30 June)


Cricket Tri-Series: India A v West Indies A, Grace Road

Tennis Aegon International, Eastbourne ; Antalya Open, Turkey (1 Jul)


Cricket Tri-Series: England Lions v India A, Grace Road

Floorball: World University Floorball Championships, Poland (30 June)

Badminton: Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur (1 July)


Cricket Only T20: England v Australia, Edgbaston

Golf: US Senior Open (1 July)


Cricket Tri-Series: England Lions v West Indies A, Northampton; Women’s T20s: England v New Zealand, & South Africa v New Zealand, Bristol

Golf Open de France, Paris; The National, TBC; Women’s PGA Championship, Kildeer (1 Jul)


Cricket Tri-Series: India A v West Indies A, Northampton

Volleyball: Asian Boys’ U18 Volleyball Championships


Athletics: Diamond League, Paris

Basketball: FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup, Argentina (8 July)

Cricket One-Day Cup final, Lord’s

Triathlon Para World Series, Iseo



JULY, 2018


Cricket Women’s T20 series final, Chelmsford

Formula One Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg


Cricket ‘A’ team tri-series final, The Oval

Tennis Wimbledon, All-England Club (15 Jul)


Cricket First T20: England v India, Old Trafford

Badminton: Indonesia Open, Jakarta (8 July)


Cricket Tour match: India A v West Indies A, Beckenham (7 Jul); Start of NatWest T20 Blast


Golf Greenbrier Classic, White Sulphur Springs (8 Jul); Irish Open, Donegal (8 Jul)

Athletics Diamond League, Lausanne


Athletics: ITU Multisport World Championships, Denmark (14 July)

Cricket Second T20: England v India, Cardiff

Cycling Women’s Giro d’Italia (15 Jul)


Cricket First Women’s ODI: England v New Zealand, Headingley

Cycling Tour de France (29 Jul); Tour of Austria (14 Jul)

Softball: 2018 Junior Men’s Softball Championships, Canada (15 Jul)

Triathlon Triathlon World Cup, Hungary (8 July)


Cricket Third T20: England v India, Bristol

Formula One British Grand Prix, Silverstone


Athletics IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships (15 July)

Cricket Tour match: India A v West Indies A, Taunton (13 Jul); Second Women’s ODI: England v NZ, Derby

Volleyball Beach Volley World Under 19 championships, China (15 July)

Badminton: Thailand Open, Bangkok (15 July)


Cricket First ODI: England v India, Trent Bridge

Golf John Deere Classic, Deere Run; Scottish Open, Gullane (15 Jul)

Lacrosse World Championships, Netanya (21 Jul)

Rugby World University Rugby Sevens Championships, Namibia (14 July)


Cricket Third Women’s ODI: England v New Zealand, Grace Road

Athletics Diamond League, Rabat

Rowing World Cup, Lucerne


Cricket Second ODI: England v India, Lord’s

Finswimming: World Championships, Serbia (21 July)

Sailing Youth Sailing World Championships, USA (21 July)

Triathlon World Series, Hamburg (15 Jul), Mixed Relay World Championships, Germany (15 July)


Motorcycling German Moto GP, Chemnitz



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