When will sport return? Restart dates for Premier League football, rugby, boxing, tennis, cricket and more

Jack de Menezes, Lawrence Ostlere
The sporting schedule has been thrown into disarray

Major sport is gradually planning its staggered return to our screens, as decision-makers seek safe ways to reboot events during the coronavirus pandemic.

Much of the sporting world was frozen in February and March in reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak, and while some major events like the Olympic Games and Euro 2020 were postponed for 12 months, some competitions have already cautiously restarted under strict regulations, like the Bundesliga, German football's top tier.

The Premier League will resume on 17 June in a bid to limit the financial damage of the pandemic and retain the sporting integrity of the competition. Spectators will not be allowed in stadiums but all of the remaining 92 games will be broadcast live on UK television.

A number of events are expected to continue as planned, albeit without fans at the venue, like Royal Ascot in June, while others like the Tour de France and the French Open have been moved to the autumn, as has the London Marathon.

The Formula One season has been drastically reduced, with several grands prix cancelled including Melbourne and Monaco, and 12 remaining dates running between 5 July and 29 November.

In the US, baseball and basketball are set for July with the return of the MLB, subject to successful salary negotiations, and the NBA. The new NFL season is scheduled to begin on 11 September.

Here are latest return dates and details:


Sport

Competition

Return

Details

FOOTBALL Premier League 17 June All remaining 92 games to be broadcast live across Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and Amazon Prime. Aiming to conclude by 2 August
FA Cup 27 June Final set for 1 August
Champions League/Europa TBC Uefa meeting on 17 June to decide plans
Internationals TBC Uefa meeting on 17 June to decide plans
Football League 20 June Championship only from weekend of 20 June, L1/L2 ended
Women's football Cancelled Season void
TENNIS Wimbledon Cancelled
US Open 31 Aug-13 Sep Still scheduled for Aug/Sep. Confirmation expected in June
French Open 24 Sept-4 Oct
RUGBY UNION Gallagher Premiership 15 Aug Originally 27 June, now training from mid-June, start in August
Internationals Oct - TBC Finish 2020 6N + new November schedule
CRICKET Internationals 8 July Engand vs West Indies three-Test series, 16 + 24 July at Old Trafford
County TBC Could return in August with socially distanced crowds
F1 2020 season 3-5 July Austrian GP 3-5 July, again on 10-12 July, Hungary GP 17-19 July
BOXING Joshua vs Pulev TBC 20 June postponed, 25 July reserve date unlikely
Fury vs Wilder III TBC 18 July postponed
General 9 June - TBC Will resume in Las Vegas
GOLF PGA Championship 6-9 Aug Full golf calendar
US Open 17-20 September
Ryder Cup 22-27 September Actual dates of 25-27 Sept
Masters 12-15 Nov
PGA Tour 11-14 June Starts with Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas
European Tour 22-25 July Starts with British Masters in Newcastle
CYCLING Tour de France 29 Aug-20 Sep
World Tour 1 August Returns with rescheduled Strade Bianche
US SPORT NFL 11 September Pre-season games 7 Aug - 4 Sept
NBA July TBC Announcement expected early June
MLB July TBC Salary negotiations mean season is in doubt
NHL June/July TBC Reduced season
HORSE RACING Royal Ascot 16-20 June Set to go ahead as planned behind closed doors, pending gov approval
Epsom Derby Jul/Aug TBC Saturday in July or August, behind closed doors
SNOOKER World Championships 31 July - 16 August
ATHLETICS London Marathon 4 October
Diamond League TBC


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