Fall 2023 begins on September 23, but what are the key events for the sports world during this year’s fall season?
Here comes a look at the main fall season events across the most popular sports on the planet.
Golf fall season events
Solheim Cup: September 22 to September 24
First up is the Solheim Cup, which will be held in Spain this year as the tournament heads back to European shores.
Effectively the women’s Ryder Cup, Europe and the USA go head to head as the top pros from the Ladies Professional Golfers Association will battle for supremacy at the 72-par course in Andalucia.
Ryder Cup: September 29 to October 3
The Ryder Cup returns as Team USA looks to defend its victory in the previous tournament.
The contest will feature some of the biggest American and European names in golf and will be held at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy.
The USA won the previous edition 19-9 to take their first win since 2016 and just their third since the turn of the century.
Cricket fall season events
ODI World Cup: October 5 to November 19
This cricket tournament will determine the world champions in One Day International (ODI) cricket.
The tournament will be hosted in India and will see the biggest countries in cricket face off, with England looking to defend their title.
Rugby fall season events
The Rugby World Cup: September 8 to October 28
The 2023 Rugby World Cup is already up and running in France, with two rounds of the pool stages in the books already.
This is a long tournament as so much rest is needed between games, six days at least, but it’ll finally reach its conclusion with the final on October 28 at the Stade de France, which host nation France will hope to win to become world champions for the first time.
NRL Grand Final: October 1
When it comes to rugby league, Australia is the place to be and that makes the NRL Grand Final one of the biggest events of fall.
It will take place this year on October 1 at Accor Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
Soccer fall season events
MLS Cup Final: December 9
In the USA, we’ll have the MLS playoffs this fall, with Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami hoping to make it despite their terrible start before the Argentine’s arrival.
If they do, then the date they and all teams will be circling in red will be December 9, the date of the MLS Cup Final.
Champions League group stages: September 19 to December 13
When it comes to European soccer, there aren’t many decisive games or finals in the fall season, as those showpiece events are saved for the spring, but there will be a lot of interest on the Champions League group stages.
All the teams will play six games each, with this first round of the tournament starting on September 19 and running till December 13.
Baseball fall season events
The MLB World Series: October 27 to November 4
The end of the 2023 MLB season will come this fall, with the playoffs and then the World Series to crown the best team in the country.
The World Series would start on October 27 and go all the way to November 4 if it goes to a Game Seven.
The World Series hasn’t gone to a Game Seven since 2019, however.
Multi-sports fall season events
Asian Games: September 23 to October 8
The latest Asian Games was supposed to be held in 2022, but had to be delayed due to China’s attempts to control the coronavirus pandemic.
Held in Hangzhou, the city becomes the third different Chinese location to host the Games and will feature aquatics, athletics, ball sports, boxing, fencing, soccer, golf, hockey and combat sports to name a few.
China emerged as the most successful team at the previous games, winning 289 medals (132 gold), some 84 more medals than Japan, who had 75 golds.
World Championships (Artistic Gymnastics): September 30 to October 8
The gymnastics tournament will be held in Belgium in 2023, in the nation’s largest city of Antwerp.
The event returns to the city of its birth for its 120th anniversary and is a qualification event for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris next year.
The USA’s women’s team will compete at the tournament against Great Britain and Belgium, whilst the men’s will not attend.
It’s regarded as the second highest gymnastics tournament after the Olympics.
World Combat Games: October 21 to October 30
The event will be hosted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2023 as the nation continues to host fighting events.
It’s the first edition of the tournament since 2013 as the games for Taiwan and Kazakhstan were both cancelled.
Russia are the most successful nation at the tournament with 132 medals (65 gold) ahead of China and France, who both have 48 medals.
It features fights across various different disciplines such as boxing, judo, karate and wrestling.
Pan American Games: October 20 to November 5
The Pan American Games are going to be hosted by Chile for 2023, with 41 nations and almost 7,000 athletes participating.
There will be 39 sports on show including aquatics, baseball, basketball, fighting sports, gymnastics and rowing.
The United States, Canada and Mexico will compete along with practically every nation in the Americas.
The USA are the most successful team overall, winning 2,064 of the 4,766 gold medals ever awarded.
Gay Games: November 3 to November 11
Cancelled in 2022, the tournament returns in Hong Kong. It aims to promote the acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community but is not exclusive to members of the community meaning anyone can compete.
Sports such as badminton, fencing, soccer, aquatics, motor-racing and tennis will be on display.
The tournament began in San Francisco in 1982 and has grown to include as many as 10000 athletes, a greater number than some of the Olympic Games.
Pacific Games: November 19 to December 1
The event is hosted in the Solomon Islands and is reserved for members of the Oceania region, including Australia and New Zealand.
It’s the first time that the islands will host the tournament, which was delayed as they prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic.