Here at Pitchero, we've explored each sport for key dates in 2019 so clubs can start planning their own events, matches, fundraising and parties around these international fixtures….because 2019 is the year of World Cups and much more.
There’s the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro to look forward to in late March and then it picks up again between September and November. On 6 June, England play Netherlands in the Nations League Finals in Portugal.
The women’s game sees England appear in Group D alongside Scotland, Argentina and Japan for the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the opening game against Scotland in Nice on Sunday 9 June.
There’s also been the recent boost of England winning the right to stage the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 finals at football grounds across the country. Those qualifiers will begin to be played from August 2019 with further details to be revealed nearer the time.
2018 has been incredible with World Cups for both men and women’s teams. The drama will just about have settled down after England men's stellar run to the semi-final of the Hockey World Cup in December and the women’s side making the quarter-finals.
Next year sees the introduction of the inaugural FIH Pro League with Great Britain men and women’s squads facing the world’s best sides both home and away. The men’s opening home game is against Spain on 4 May with the women at home to USA on Saturday 27 April.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup, in Japan from 20 September to 2 November, looms large but first there is the small matter of the 6 Nations with England kicking off in Dublin against Ireland on 2 February.England Women begin their year the day before at Energia Park with a 5pm kick-off, concluding their campaign on 16 March at Twickenham against Scotland Women.
England will be confident on home soil as they seek to win the ICC World Cup for the first time in their history. Their first 50-over fixture is against South Africa at The Kia Oval in London on 30 May.
In what is a hectic 12 months, England begin with a tour to the West Indies (January to March) and also have The Ashes against Australia after the World Cup (1st Test is 1-5 Aug) so plenty to look forward to.
England Women have their own Ashes battles to face (2 July onwards) after the West Indies women arrive in June for one-day internationals and Twenty20 games (from 6 June in Leicester).
World-class netball arrives in Liverpool with 16 nations competing across 10 days for the Netball World Cup. The England Roses start against Uganda at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday 12 July. Group D also has Scotland and Samoa as England's opponents.
However, you don’t have to wait until summer for to watch the Commonwealth Games Gold medallists as England begin their Vitality Netball International Series campaign against New Zealand Silver Ferns on Sunday 13 January.
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England fixtures for 2019 had yet to be confirmed before Christmas but it's been a year to remember as a home series win over New Zealand bumped them up to second in the world rankings.
There is talk of a Great Britain Lions tour to Australia and the 2021 World Cup will be held in England so planning on international matches will have that in mind. In the meantime, domestic rugby league centres on the Super League with 2018 Grand Final winners Wigan Warriors starting away at St Helens on 31 January.
From 5-7 April, England, Scotland & Wales compete alongside other invited nations in the Home Internationals tournament, hosted in England in 2019 with both the Men’s and Women’s International series.
Other highlights include the Women's European Championships is hosted by Israel (
The 2019 Australian Football League season begins on 21 March with West Coast Eagles defending their title. The 2019 AFL Grand Final takes place on Saturday, 28 September.
Here, the GB Bulldogs will be hoping to defend their title at the 2019 AFL Europe Championship in London (9-12 October), with one eye on competing at the 2020 AFL International Cup. There's also the Champions League (from 6 April) with English clubs travelling to Amsterdam.
Dublin will be gunning for a record-breaking fifth successive senior All-Ireland Senior Football Championship after their September win over Tyrone at Croke Park. 2019 sees rule changes trialled in the Football League including a limit of three consecutive hand passes and a 10-minute sin-binning for a black card or two yellows.