Your 2018 sporting calendar

Here's everything you need to circle on the sporting calendar next year

BY Adrian Collins 11:00 Saturday 30 December 2017, 11:00 30 Dec 2017

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Since Ireland won't be at the World Cup in 2018, here are a few other options on the sporting calendar that you can circle. 

January

6th – The BDO World Darts Championships begin in earnest

12th – The 2018 Africa Nations Championship kicks off, comprising teams made up entirely of players who ply their trade in each nation's domestic league

14th – The Masters get underway in snooker, with Ronnie O'Sullivan once again entering the tournament as defending champion

15th- The first tennis Grand Slam of the season starts in Australia

27th - The Allianz football and hurling leagues begin

28th – The Pro Bowl takes place in Hawaii

30th - UEFA Futsal Euro 2018 begins, so expect plenty of clips of ridiculous goals and skills on Twitter, accompanied by fire emojis 🔥

February

2nd - The women's Six Nations begins, as Wales take on Scotland. Ireland follow the day after, as they travel to take on France

3rd – The 2018 Six Nations kicks off, with Ireland facing France at the Stade de France in their opener 

4th – Super Bowl LII takes place in Minnesota, with Justin Timberlake providing the half-time entertainment

9th - The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang kick off, running through to March. Ireland 

16th - The League of Ireland season restarts as Shamrock Rovers visit Dalymount Park

March

1st – The IAAF World Indoor Championships begin in Birmingham. 

9th – The Winter Paralympics kick off in PyeongChang.

16th - The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place.

17th – St Patrick’s Day marks All-Ireland club final day.

24th - The Allianz Leagues hurling final takes place.

25th - Formula 1 season begins with the Australian Grand Prix.

29th - After spring training, the Major League Baseball season begins in earnest.

 

April

1st - Allianz Division 1 and 2 League finals

2nd - the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse

5th – Who will end up with the green jacket? The Masters kicks off at its historic home in Augusta National

11th – The NBA regular season comes to a close, with the Finals starting three days later

12th - Horse racing’s Grand National goes to post at Aintree

16th – The Irish Grand National begins

21st – The World Snooker Championship begins at the historic Crucible theatre 

26th - 32 NFL teams head to AT&T Stadium in Texas to claim the best players from the college game

 

May

4th - The UEFA European U17s Championship starts in England. Having qualified to the Elite Group with a 100% record and as one of the top seeds, Ireland's young charges are in with a good chance of progressing to the finals

4th - The Giro d'Italia kicks off the cycling calendar

6th – Gaelic football’s provincial championships begin with two matches in Connacht; Leitrim play New York and Sligo take on London

9th - The UEFA Women's European U17s Championship kicks off in . Ireland's young charges will hope their 100% record from the Qualifying Group will stand to them as they progress to the Elite Round. Further success there would see them through to the final tournament

11th - The first of two big days on the rugby calendar, as the EPCR Challenge Cup Final takes place

12th - Will an Irish province make it all to the way to the EPCR Champions Cup Final at the San Mamés in Bilbao? 

12th - All-Ireland champions Galway kick off the provincial championships in Leinster against Offaly

16th - The Europa League final takes place at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais

24th – The Women's Champions League final takes place at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium

26th - The Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium 

26th - The Aviva Stadium hosts the Pro 14 Final

27th – Tennis’ second grand slam event of the year begins at Roland Garros with the French Open

31st - The PDC World Cup of Darts takes place


June

 2nd - The Epsom Derby celebrates its 239th edition 

14th – Major season in golf continues with the US Open

14th - The World Cup in Russia kicks off. Can Messi finally claim the one trophy missing from his cabinet? Will Germany be able to defend the trophy they won in 2014? Or will Ronaldo's Portugal make their way to the final after Euros glory?

 

17th - Who will be crowned champions of Connacht? The provincial football final will decide

21st - The NBA draft sees the cream of the crop from the college game look to secure a slot on the roster at the highest level

23rd - The Munster football final will be held

24th - The Ulster and Leinster provincial championships come to a close, with both finals held on the same day

 

July

1st - The Leinster and Munster hurling finals take place

2nd - Perhaps the most famous tennis tournament in the world begins in London's SW19

4th – Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal hosts the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

7th – The Tour de France begins

19th – The Open Championship begins at Carnoustie

20th - The Rugby Sevens World Cup kicks off in AT&T Park in San Francisco

21st - The Women's Hockey World Cup begins in London, with Ireland in action on the opening day against the United States 

30th - The Galway Races begin

 

August

2nd -Will Skibereen be welcoming home more champions? Glasgow lays host to the European Rowing Championships

3rd - The Dodgeball World Cup begins, and will be most likely shown on ESPN 8, the "ocho" 

9th – The final golf Major of the year, the PGA Championship, takes place at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri

15th - For the first time, the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia plays host to a European final, as the UEFA Super Cup sees the winners of the Champions League and Europa League clash

19th – Will Waterford go one better than last year? Can Kilkenny return to rule the roost again? The All-Ireland hurling final will produce a pulsating game

27th – Tennis’ major season comes to a close with the start of the US Open

 

September

2nd – All roads lead to Croke Park for the All-Ireland football final. Will Mayo make it to the big stage and get over the final hurdle at last? 

6th – The NFL season kicks off again

10th - It's All-Ireland Camogie final day at all levels

17th – The All-Ireland Football Final at Croke Park. If Mayo get there can they go one better?

24th – All-Ireland Ladies Football final day arrives

24th – The World Rowing Championships take place and we may well see the O’Donovan brothers

28th - the 42nd Ryder Cup begins at Le Golf National in France

October

2nd - The post-season begins in Major League Baseball

7th – Horse racing’s prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes place

November

28th – Ireland will be in action at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India, as the Men's Hockey World Cup begins

December

12th - The Club World Cup kicks off in the United Arab Emirates

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