Sport calendar 2016: Major events of the yearBBC Sport picks out the key sporting events of 2016, including Euro 2016 and the Olympics.

* The list will be updated with further fixtures and events as they are announced; dates and venues are subject to change

January

2–6: Cricket — South Africa v England second Test, Cape Town

2–10: Darts — BDO World Championships, Lakeside

3: Darts — PDC World Championships final, Alexandra Palace

5–6: Football — League Cup semi-finals

9–10: Football — FA Cup third round

10–17: Snooker — Masters, Alexandra Palace

14–18: Cricket — South Africa v England third Test, Johannesburg

16–7 Feb: Football — African Nations Championships, Rwanda

18–31: Tennis — Australian Open, Melbourne

22–26: Cricket — South Africa v England fourth Test, Centurion

26–27: Football — League Cup semi-finals

30–31: Football — FA Cup fourth round

February

Ireland defend their Six Nations crown in February and March

2–21: Cricket — England women in South Africa

3: Cricket — South Africa v England first one-day international, Bloemfontein

6: Cricket — South Africa v England second one-day international, Port Elizabeth

6: Rugby Union — Six Nations starts, France v Italy and Scotland v England

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7: Rugby Union — Six Nations, Ireland v Wales

7: American Football — Super Bowl 50, San Francisco

9: Cricket — South Africa v England third one-day international, Centurion

12: Cricket — South Africa v England fourth one-day international, Johannesburg

13: Rugby Union — Six Nations, France v Ireland and Wales v Scotland

14: Cricket — South Africa v England fifth one-day international, Cape Town

14: Rugby Union — Six Nations, Italy v England

16–17: Football — Champions League round of 16 (first leg)

18: Football — Europa League round of 32 (first leg)

19: Cricket — South Africa v England first Twenty20 international, Cape Town

20: Athletics — Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix

20–21: Football — FA Cup fifth round

21: Cricket — South Africa v England second Twenty20 international, Johannesburg

23–24: Football — Champions League round of 16 (first leg)

25: Football — Europa League round of 32 (second leg)

26: Rugby Union — Six Nations, Wales v France

27: Rugby Union — Six Nations, Italy v Scotland, England v Ireland

28: Football — League Cup final, Wembley

March

Sri Lanka will seek to retain the World Twenty20 title in India during March and April

1–4: Formula 1 — Winter testing, Barcelona

2–6: Cycling — World Track Cycling Championships, London

4–6: Tennis — Davis Cup first round, GB v Japan

8–9: Football — Champions League round of 16 (second leg)

8–13: Badminton — All England Championships, Birmingham

10: Football — Europa League round of 16 (first leg)

11–3 April: Cricket — ICC World Twenty20, India

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12: Rugby Union — Six Nations, Ireland v Italy, England v Wales

12: Football — FA Cup sixth round

13: Rugby Union — Six Nations, Scotland v France

15–16: Football — Champions League round of 16 (second leg)

15–18: Formula 1 — Winter testing, Barcelona

15–18: Horse Racing — Cheltenham Festival

17: Football — Europa League round of 16 (second leg)

17–20: Athletics — World Indoor Athletics, Portland, USA

19: Rugby Union — Six Nations final round, Wales v Italy, Ireland v Scotland, France v England

26: Football — Germany v England

27: Rowing — the Boat Races, London

April

Lewis Hamilton hopes to win a fourth Formula 1 World Championship in 2016

1–3: Formula 1 — Opening race of the season, Australian GP, Melbourne

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5–6: Football — Champions League quarter-finals (first leg)

7: Football — Europa League quarter-finals (first leg)

7–10: Golf — The Masters, Augusta

8–10: Formula 1 — Chinese GP, Shanghai

8–10: Rugby Union — European Champions Cup quarter-finals

9: Horse Racing — Grand National, Aintree

12–13: Football — Champions League quarter-finals (second leg)

12–17: Swimming — British Olympic Trials, Glasgow

14: Football — Europa League quarter-finals (second leg)

16-May 2: Snooker — World Championship

22–24: Rugby Union — European Champions Cup semi-finals

22–24: Formula 1 — Bahrain GP

23–24: Football — FA Cup semi-finals, Wembley

24: Athletics — London Marathon

26–27: Football — Champions League semi-finals (first leg)

28: Football — Europa League semi-finals (first leg)

29–1 May: Formula 1 — Russian GP

May

Wembley Stadium hosts the FA Cup final on 21 May

3–4: Football — Champions League semi-finals (second leg)

4–8: Equestrian — Badminton Horse Trials

5: Football — Europa League semi-finals (second leg)

6–8: Rowing — European Championships, Brandenburg, Germany

6–29: Cycling — Giro d’Italia

7–8: Football League season ends

9–22: European Aquatics Championships, London

12–20: Football League play-off semi-finals

13–15: Formula 1 — Spanish GP

13: Rugby Union — European Champions Cup Final, Lyon

15: Football — Premier League season ends

18: Football — Europa League final, Basel, Switzerland

19–23: Cricket — England v Sri Lanka, first Test, Headingley

20–22: Rugby Union — World Rugby Sevens Series, London

21: Football — FA Cup final, Wembley

22–15 June: Tennis — French Open, Roland Garros

22–29: Modern Pentathlon — World Championships, Moscow

25–29: Gymnastics — Men’s European Championships, Bern, Switzerland

27–31: Cricket — England v Sri Lanka, second Test, Chester-le-Street

28: Football — Champions League final, Milan

28: Rugby Union — Premiership final, Twickenham

29: Rugby Union — England v Wales

28–30: Football League play-off finals, Wembley

27–29: Formula 1 — Monaco GP

June

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are all playing at Euro 2016

1–5: Gymnastics — Women’s European Championships, Bern, Switzerland

4: Athletics — Diamond League, Birmingham

4: Horse Racing — Derby Day, Epsom

4–12: Hockey — Men’s Champions Trophy, Argentina

9–13: Cricket — England v Sri Lanka, third Test, Lord’s

10 (until 10 July): Football — Euro 2016, France

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11: Rugby Union — summer series get under way — Australia v England, New Zealand v Wales, South Africa v Ireland, Japan v Scotland

11–12: Triathlon — World Triathlon Series, Leeds

10–12: Formula 1 — Canadian GP

13–19: Tennis — Queen’s Club, London

15–19: Horse Racing — Royal Ascot

16–19: Golf — US Open, Oakmont CC, Pennsylvania

18: Rugby Union — Australia v England, New Zealand v Wales, South Africa v Ireland, Japan v Scotland

18–26: Hockey — Women’s Champions Trophy, London

24–26: Athletics, British Athletics Championships, Birmingham

25: Rugby Union — Australia v England, New Zealand v Wales, South Africa v Ireland

24–26: Formula 1 — British GP, Silverstone

27–10 July: Tennis — Wimbledon

July

Will Zach Johnson successfully defend the Open golf title in July?

1–3: Formula 1 — Austrian GP

2–24: Cycling — Tour de France

6–10: Athletics — European Athletics Championships, Amsterdam

10: Football — Euro 2016 final, Paris

14–17: Golf — Open Championship, Troon

14–18: Cricket — England v Pakistan, first Test, Lord’s

15–17: Tennis — Davis Cup quarter-finals

15–17: Formula 1, Azerbaijan GP

22–24: Athletics — London Anniversary Games, Olympic Stadium

22–26: Cricket, England v Pakistan, second Test, Old Trafford

28–31: Golf — US PGA Championship, New Jersey

28–31: Golf — Women’s British Open, Woburn

29–31: Formula 1, German GP

August

3–7: Cricket — England v Pakistan, third Test, Edgbaston

5–21: Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

5–7: Formula 1 — Hungary

11–15: Cricket — England Pakistan, fourth Test, The Oval

20: Cricket — T20 Blast Finals Day, Edgbaston

21–28: Rowing — World Rowing Championships, Rotterdam

26–28: Formula 1 — Belgian GP

27: Rugby League — Challenge Cup final, Wembley

29–11 Sep: Tennis — US Open, New York

September

Britain’s Paralympic stars shone brightly at London 2012 and will be chasing more glory in Rio

2–4: Formula 1 — Italian GP

4: Football — World Cup Qualifying begins

7–18: Paralympic Games — Rio de Janeiro

9: Athletics — final Diamond League meeting of the season, Brussels

11: Athletics — Great North Run, Gateshead

16–18: Tennis — Davis Cup semi-finals

16–18: Formula 1 — Singapore GP

17: Cricket — One-Day Cup final, Lord’s

20: Cricket — County Championship final day

23–25: Formula 1 — Malaysian GP

30–2 Oct: Golf — Ryder Cup, Minnesota, US

October

7–9: Formula 1 — Japanese GP

9–16: Cycling — Road World Cycling Championships, Doha

21–23: Formula 1 — USA GP

28–30: Formula 1 — Mexican GP

November

5: Rugby Union — Wales v Australia, Cardiff

11–13: Formula 1 — Brazilian GP

12: Rugby Union — Wales v Argentina, England v South Africa, Ireland v Canada

19: Rugby Union — Wales v TBC, England v Fiji, Ireland v New Zealand

26: Rugby Union — Wales v South Africa, England v Argentina, Ireland v Australia

14–20: Tennis — ATP World Tour Finals, London

25–27: Tennis — Davis Cup Final

25–27: Formula 1 — final race of the season, Abu Dhabi

December

3: Rugby Union — England v Australia

6–11: Swimming — World Short Course Championships, Windsor, Canada

26: Horse racing — King George VI Chase, Kempton


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