2025’s Biggest Events for Sports Travel

We have already finished the half of 2024 and you can find our travel tips for 2024 sporting events separately on the website. But it’s also time to get ready for 2025 to buy the tickets, arrange the travel plan etc. We guarantee is that 2025 will be huge for sports. 

All the usual annual highlights from your favourite sports will be back as usual, of course, with the UEFA Champions League returning with a new format and the F1 season running as efficiently as a Red Bull pit stop.

What makes 2025 especially exciting is that three women’s international tournaments across three different sports are all taking place. The best women in the world will be competing in the One Day International Cricket World Cup, England’s rugby team will want to lift the World Cup on home turf, and in football England’s Lionesses will hope to repeat their EURO22 victory (the most joyous sporting experience of my life) in Switzerland.

If you’re looking to embark on your first international sporting adventure and don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered with our thorough Best Travel Tips for Sports Travelers guide.

Without further ado, here are the highlights of the 2025 sporting calendar:

Super Bowl – Caesars Superdome (New Orleans, LA) USA – Feb 9th

The National Football League’s culminating mega-event is the biggest sports spectacle in the USA. No doubt, many of us who don’t necessarily follow the American Football season (or who wince at it even being called football) will make a special effort to stay up late and watch it on TV with beers, friends, and fried chicken. Famous for its half-time show performances, the Super Bowl is an all-round entertainment extravaganza.

2025’s venue will be the 83,000 capacity Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Home to the New Orleans Saints, not only is the venue an absolute treat for the sports traveler but the location is perfect for anyone interested in the origins of jazz and delicious Creole cuisine. To help choose and organise your accommodation when traveling for sport, check out our Travel in Comfort: Top Accommodation Tips for Sports Fans article.

In the last five seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs have won three championships but the playoff structure of the sport means that there’s not really the sort of stranglehold that teams like Manchester City have on the English Premier League in football (soccer). Having lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2023 & 2024, the Chiefs are going for an unprecedented three-peat in 2025. If they can reach Super Bowl Sunday, this will surely be one to watch for a potential historic hat-trick. 
Tickets are yet to be released but you will find them here.

UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 – Switzerland – 2nd-27th July

Women’s football continues to go from strength to strength, with more and more games being broadcast on television and attendances consistently increasing.

The 2022 competition in England had the whole country caught up in the sport like I’ve not seen before. Of course, the home nation winning really helped! What’s more is that the women’s game is a lot more of a family environment, and having only been to men’s games previously I was pleasantly surprised by just how positive the atmosphere is.

For 2025, the 14th Women’s EUROs will head to Switzerland. Games will be held in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zürich, St. Gallen, Lucerne, Thun, and Sion.

My only personal experience with the country is with Basel but I remember it being a beautiful city that has all the usual hallmarks of a mainland European city. Switzerland itself is famous for the stunning Swiss Alps, vast lakes, and exceptional quality of life. While it can be rather expensive for tourists, everyone who goes says they don’t regret it.

Register for ticket info here.

FIFA Africa Cup Of Nations – Morocco – 20th July-August 16th TBC

The 35th AFCON will be held in 6 host cities in the North African country of Morocco for the second time. The dates are as yet unconfirmed but it’s likely the tournament will be held across late July and early August to avoid clashing with the Club World Cup.

Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Agadir, Marrakesh, and Fez will be holding games and interestingly some stadiums are planning to dramatically increase their capacities to accommodate the hugely popular competition.

Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier will be expanding from 65,000 to 75,000, Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat is increasing from 50,000 to 69,500, and Adrar Stadium in Agadir will grow from 45,480 to 70,000. 

I’ve been to Marrakesh and sadly missed out on their football season by a couple of weeks but what I do know is that the country has truly special cuisine, with lamb dishes and couscous being a personal highlight. It’s a very colourful, vibrant, and hectic city and the souks are a must for anyone who enjoys the hustle and bustle.

It is incredibly touristy though, if you care about that sort of thing. I would recommend getting out into the Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys. I went on an incredibly good value and hospitable tour, which you can book here.

Fez is the only other inland host city and I heard great things about it while I was in Morocco. The coastal areas are meant to be a lot more relaxed and you can make the most of this by going to games in Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, and Agadir.

Stay up to date with all the tournament and ticketing news here.

Women’s Rugby World Cup – England – 22nd August-27th September

The tenth Women’s Rugby World Cup will take place in Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Exeter, London, Manchester, Northampton, Sunderland, and York. It will feature 16 teams fighting it out over 32 matches in five weeks for the title currently held by New Zealand. The Black Ferns have run riot throughout the history of the tournament, clinching 6 World Cups since the competition began in 1991. We already know that hosts England, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and France have qualified, with the remaining spots up for grabs through various comps in 2024.

If you’re planning on going to games in multiple locations, this is a great tournament to help you to explore the U.K. Bristol is a fantastic small city, known for its alternative culture and music scene.

Heading a bit further South West is Exeter, an easygoing riverside city surrounded by the glorious nature of the West Country.

Heading up north, York is a beautiful place that feels similar to Oxford with plenty of impressively old architecture. The Shambles is my favourite place here and feels like you’ve stepped back into the mediaeval period.

Twickenham is a rugby fan’s must-visit, being the home of English rugby. It’s close to the leafy suburbs of Richmond, West London, and is glorious in the summer. 

Register for tickets and get all the latest updates here.

AFL Grand Final – Melbourne, Australia – late September

The Australian Football League is the national competition for Australian rules football. I’m not going to lie when I say I think it’s probably a better sport than soccer! As with the NFL, the AFL has a standard season that then culminates in finals – which are basically the same as playoffs. Mirroring the other football that’s not what most of the world calls football, this means that it’s relatively rare to have a team completely dominating year after year.

The spiritual home of the AFL is the 100,000 cap Melbourne Cricket Ground (yes, it’s played on a cricket oval) and despite having been played in Brisbane and Perth during the Covid-19 pandemic, the grand final is now firmly back at the MCG. 

Tickets will be hard to obtain and it would help if you have any contacts who are members of the Melbourne Cricket Club or support either team that makes the final. This event is pure sports travel and would make the long trip down under even more memorable.

Melbourne itself is known as the cultural and culinary hub of Australia, just not with the same climate as Sydney. Famous for coffee snobbery and South East Asian delicacies such as Banh Mi and Laksa, it’s got plenty to keep foodies happy. It also has the highest number of AFL teams in its region, with nine of the 18 teams in the league being Melbourne based.

For ticket news, visit the AFL site.

Women’s ODI Cricket World Cup – India – TBA

The Women’s ODI World Cup returns to India for the fourth time and there could not be a better nation to host. Cricket is the biggest sport in the world’s most populous country and the passion from the fans is clear to see whenever you watch an India international match or Indian Premier League game.

The IPL has benefitted from the condensed T20 form of the sport to draw some of the biggest names in international cricket to its orders and The Narendra Modi Stadium boasts the world’s largest capacity at 132,000. 

The country itself is right at the top of my travel destination wishlist. Steeped in history with a rich culture and world famous cuisine, it has everything one could wish for if you’re looking to go somewhere not just for the sport itself. Details on the dates and locations for the tournament itself are still TBA but check out our Transportation Tips to Enjoy a Safe and Stress-Free Trip to help you start planning your journey across such a vast country as India.

Since the first Women’s World Cup in 1973, the tournament has been dominated by England and Australia. New Zealand are the only other nation to take home the title in 2000. With this being the final WODI World Cup consisting of 8 teams, can the home team seal victory in front of their fans?

For all the latest news and ticket announcements, check the ICC website.

It’s a small world after all!

Whatever you do and wherever you go, make sure 2025 is a fantastic year. There’s a packed calendar of international tournaments across multiple sports like F1 Grand Prix and there will surely be some big name boxing and UFC fights announced before the end of 2024. 

Happy 2025!