2019 is going to be an awesome year filled with a good number of entertaining sports events that you shouldn’t miss out on start February.
There will be many sports events this year ranging from those which come annually to those that happen after a number of years. Below is my pick of the top Sports Competitions to look forward to this year.
1. AFC Asian Cup (5th January to 1st February)
Founded in 1956, the Asian Cup is the second oldest Continental football challenge which is played every after four years.
24 elite football teams from the continent take part in the competition, an expansion from 16 teams from the previous tournaments. Defending Champions Australia will fight for this year’s glory against 23 other teams including the most successful team Japan (4) and hosts United Arab Emirates.
2. ICC Cricket World Cup (30th May to 14th July)
This is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup to be hosted by England and Wales. 10 teams will take part in the Championship.
The teams will be placed in one group where each team will face the other 9 with only the top 4 teams progressing to the semifinals and later the finals to find a World Champion.
3. FIFA Women’s World Cup (7th June to 7th July)
The inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup was held in 1991 and since then the competition has been held after every 4 years. Current Champions USA will compete against 23 other teams from all over the World including hosts France who will be hosting for the first time.
4. CONMEBOL Copa America (14th June to 7th July)
Copa America is the World’s oldest Continental Football Championship and unlike other continental championships, it is competed for by only 12 teams where 10 are typically South American and two are from other continents on invite.
This year’s two invites are coming from AFC that is Qatar and Japan. The tournament will be hosted by Brazil who also turn out to be Tournament favorites.
5. CAF African Cup of Nations (15th June to 13th July)
With Cameroon stripped off its right to host the continental showpiece due to failure to complete infrastructure in time and internal instability, CAF is yet to announce between South Africa and Egypt who the host is going to be.
For the first time in history, the Championship will be held in June from the previous January schedule and also 24 national teams will be fighting to come out as champion.
6. INF Netball World Cup (12th July to 21st July)
The tournament was inaugurated in 1963 with Australia, 11times, as the most success side and defending champion from the 2015 championship.
This year’s championship will be hosted in Liverpool, England where 16 teams placed in four groups will be fighting for the honours come July.
7. Rugby World Cup (20th September to 2nd November)
Japan are bound to host this year’s Rugby World Cup with 20 teams from all continents competing at the event. The tournament is contested for in a quadrennial format by men’s Rugby National teams.
8. IAAF World Championships (28th September to 6th October)
Doha, Qatar will host the 2019 edition of the biennial IAAF event at the Khalifa International Stadium. It will be the 17th edition of the Championships.
9. All African Games (October)
The 12th Edition of the African Games will be held in Casablanca, Morocco in October though the dates for the opening and closing fixtures will be announced on a later date.
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