One of the best parts of summertime is the number of sporting events you can enjoy. This year alone, you might have spent a few hours (or more) watching:
- The British Grand Prix at Silverstone
- The Women’s World Cup
- England battle it out against Australia in The Ashes.
Now, with autumn upon us, you might be feeling wistful that these events are over. Fortunately, the next few weeks will see a number of great competitions to keep you entertained as the temperature outside starts to fall.
So, read on to find out about five sporting events coming up in the rest of the year that will give you your fix of adrenaline, skill, and athleticism.
1. Ryder Cup, 29 September to 1 October
2023 is a Ryder Cup year, meaning Europe and the USA will face off once again in the famous golf competition this autumn.
Europe’s six automatically qualified players to face the US this year will be:
- Rory McIlroy
- Jon Rahm
- Robert MacIntyre
- Viktor Hovland
- Tyrrell Hatton
- Matt Fitzpatrick
Meanwhile, the Stars and Stripes’ automatic six qualifiers are:
- Scottie Scheffler
- Wyndham Clark
- Brian Harman
- Max Homa
- Xander Schauffele
- Patrick Cantlay
The contest is taking place at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, an Italian golf club situated just outside Rome in Guidonia Monteclio.
Whether you’re a golf fanatic or you’re new to the world’s most frustrating sport, there should be plenty of exciting action to watch at this year’s event.
Coverage of the opening day begins on Sky Sports from 6 am on Friday 29 September.
2. NFL London matches, 1 to 15 October
Since 2007, London has had the privilege of hosting matches played in the NFL International Series, a series that brings NFL regular season matches to fans around the world.
The appetite for NFL matches in England has certainly increased over time – 81,176 fans attended the first match between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in 2007.
Yet last year, this reached an all-time high, with 86,215 spectators watching the Denver Broncos take a narrow 21-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
There are three matches taking place in London this year:
- Jacksonville Jaguars v Atlanta Falcons, 1 October at Wembley Stadium.
- Buffalo Bills v Jacksonville Jaguars, 8 October at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
- Tennessee Titans v Baltimore Ravens, 15 October at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
You can watch these encounters live on Sky Sports NFL.
3. Snooker Home Nations Series: 2023 English Open, 2 to 8 October
The 2023 English Open takes place across the first week of October, and is a great advert for the sport of snooker.
In the fourth ranking event of the 2023/24 season, watch some of the greats of the game – as well as a few newcomers – battle it out on the hallowed green turf of the Brentwood Centre for the £80,000 prize fund.
This year’s contest features the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, Judd Trump, world champion Luca Brecel, and English Open defending champion from 2022 Mark Selby.
While it might not offer the same high-octane excitement as some sports can, the precision and skill required to make it to the top of the table in snooker make it a hugely rewarding spectator event.
The English Open will be televised by Eurosport and discovery+. Or, if you fancy a journey down to Brentwood in Essex, you can check for tickets on the World Snooker Tour website.
4. Cricket World Cup, 5 October to 19 November
The ICC Cricket World Cup returns in October this year, having initially been pushed back from February and March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Marking the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup, play will begin at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 5 October with a match-up between last year’s runners-up New Zealand and current champions England.
On that occasion, the thrilling conclusion at Lord’s involved a once-in-a-lifetime performance from England’s Ben Stokes. The match finished with a “super over” in which both sides scored 15 runs, with the result ultimately decided on boundary count, giving England a win that will live long in the memory of English cricket supporters.
This time out, 10 teams will battle for supremacy in the knockout stages, with the top four going through to the semi-finals. These matches will be played on the 15 and 16 November, ahead of the final on 19 November, again in Ahmedabad.
The games will be televised on Sky Sports and BT Sport throughout the competition.
5. 2023 Super League Grand Final, 14 October
The finale to rugby league’s Super League competition takes place this year on 14 October at Old Trafford.
At the time of writing, the Super League season is yet to finish. This year’s table is set to go right down to the wire, with four teams fighting for the top spot, including:
- Wigan Warriors
- Catalans Dragons
- Leigh Leopards
- St Helens
Of course, with the fifth and sixth spots to play third and fourth in elimination play-offs to decide who will qualify for the semi-finals, that means there will be six teams vying for the Grand Final.
The winner will go on to play the Australasian NRL champions in the World Club Challenge, too, meaning there will be plenty to play for.
Qualifiers take place on 29 and 30 September, ahead of semi-finals on 6 and 7 October. The final at the “Theatre of Dreams” will kick off at 6 pm a week later on 14 October.
Sky Sports will televise the final, which promises to be a fiery and feisty affair, whoever’s involved.