Top ten biggest sporting events coming up in 2022
As 2021 comes to a close, we have a lot to look forward to. The FIFA World Cup, the Winter Olympics, and Super Bowl LVI are all happening in 2022.
The new year brings with it new (and traditional) sporting events and 2022 will feature several major ones. Some of the biggest include the Winter Olympics in Beijing and Super Bowl LVI coming up in February and the much-anticipated 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November. Let’s take a look at the top ten most exciting events coming up in 2022.
2022 Winter Olympics
After hosting the Summer Olympics 14 years ago, Beijing is back to host both the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics in 2022. This year’s Winter Olympics will feature 15 different competitions: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsled, Cross-country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating.
Super Bowl LVI
We can’t yet know for certain who will play the Super Bowl in 2022, but it’s always an event to be excited for. This year, it will be played in California at SoFi Stadium in California (home to the Chargers and the Rams). The halftime show will feature Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.
2022 Winter Paralympics
Beijing hosts the Winter Paralympics just a month after the Olympics. That makes it the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Paralympics. There will be six different sports: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Sled Hockey, Snowboarding, and Wheelchair Curling.
IIHF World Championship
Finland will host the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2022. The 2021 lower division championships were canceled. The automatic qualifiers so far are Finland, Belarus, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, ROC, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the US.
UEFA Champions League Final
The final match of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League will be played at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is one of the most anticipated soccer games in the world. The winners will get to play the winners of the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League in the 2022 UEFA Super Cup (August 10, 2022).
The NBA finals consist of a seven-game series in which the best of the Eastern and Western conference play each other for the title. Last year, the Milwaukee Bucks won the championship over the Phoenix Suns. It’s still early in the season right now, but the favorites are Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers, Bucks, Warriors, Clippers, and Jazz are also looking like prospects at this point.
Tennis’ oldest and most prestigious tournament returns in June 2022. This will be the first year they will continue play on the Middle Sunday, which was previously only used in exceptional circumstances. With that, the tournament will be more along the lines of other major tennis tournaments, with the fourth-round games being played across both Sunday and Monday, rather than all 16 of them being played on “Manic Monday”.
UEFA Women’s Euro 2022
The original final tournament was supposed to happen in the Summer of 2021 but was rescheduled due to Covid and rescheduling of other big events. England will host the tournament for the first time since 2005 at Wembley Stadium in London. For the first time in 2022, Northern Ireland will participate in the competition. England will be the host and the Netherlands are the defending champions.
2022 US Open (Tennis)
After Wimbledon, tennis fans can enjoy two full weeks of more exciting tennis during the US Open, which will take place in New York City in 2022. All the big stars are set to play there for another year, including Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Emma Raducanu.
2022 FIFA World Cup
This is number one on the list, not just because of the order the events happen, but it also happens to be probably the most anticipated sporting event of 2022. The World Cup only happens every four years, making this one more unique and more exciting. This year, the teams will play in Qatar and will be the first time the competition is played in the winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The event is usually held in June, but because of Qatar’s extreme temperatures in the Summer, it was moved to November/December for 2022. The known participating teams so are: Qatar, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Argentina.