Sport is a popular activity in Malta. In 2022 alone, the people of Malta already have an exciting line-up of events, including the Malta Open Water Swimming Competition and the Mdina Grand Prix. These are just some of the fun ways locals can unwind after long weeks of hard work. And while waiting for these events, they will also have the chance to enter the international stage where a series of other sports competitions will be underway. Let’s see which dates you can tick off in advance to make sure you don’t miss what will inevitably be the talk of the town.
1. The FIFA World Cup
It’s no secret that the Maltese love football, with a preference for association football, the region’s most popular sport. And when they’re not flocking to the Ta’ Qali Stadium to support their favorite teams or watch the Maltese Premier League, they also enjoy watching the other teams pitch in. You can expect their eyes to be on the World Cup this year.
Malta were part of the qualifying Group H teams comprising Cyprus, Russia, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia. Croatia eventually claimed victory and qualified for the final, while Malta came fifth with five points. Although their national team may not have made it, you can expect fans to follow every minute of the coveted World Cup. Many fans have already placed bets on major sites like bet365hoping to capitalize on the events of the competition, which runs from November 21 to December 18. Some fans will even travel to Qatar for a front seat in the action-packed stadiums.
The Maltese will not be alone with their eyes fixed on the screen. After all, this event attracts tens of billions of fans who will also support their favorite teams.
Hockey is another popular sport in Malta, a country that has four teams in its national league. Most matches are held at the National Hockey Stadium in Paola, Kordin. And while these games get a lot of attention, this year the focus will be on the FIH Women’s World Cup of Hockey. This competition falls under the International Hockey Federation and has existed since 1924. It takes place every four years and has both men’s and women’s versions. This year, the women’s tournament will take place from July 1-17, with 16 teams from five confederations playing in two host cities.
As with all other hockey games, fans expect to see lots of camaraderie coupled with a great display of team skill. Moreover, with the high level of participation in each match, the fans will be spoiled.
There are so many reasons why people love rugby games. Players love it for its freshness. And the fans? Well they can’t get enough of:
- The Incredible Spirit: Anyone who has attended a rugby match can attest to the electric atmosphere that surrounds rugby matches. You can dance, cheer on your team and make friends in the stadium. A community feel comes from the support of a team, and the whole experience is pretty wholesome.
- The Bond: Although rugby can seem violent on the outside, it’s a great way to bond with loved ones. That’s why teammates often build strong relationships that carry them through life. And fans are taking those lessons and using rugby to interact with each other on a more personal level.
Malta is a region where fans gather to watch the players engage in rugby union, with over 2,500 registered players. Rugby league is also common in the country, a sport that has grown so much that it currently ranks 18th in the world. From September 9-11 this year, the Rugby 7s World Cup will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. It will feature 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams and will surely attract a lot of attention. Although Malta won’t be taking part in the games, watching the qualifying teams take part will be fun.
In summer, most people in Malta head to the beach for a refreshing swim. And in winter, they surf a lot. Swimming is almost like second nature to most residents. So, it makes sense that even if they don’t actively participate in water sports, they watch others do it. And what better way to enjoy it than by watching a swimming competition? Fortunately, they will enjoy it from December 13 to 18 this year. The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will be held in Melbourne, Australia. They were supposed to take place in Kazan, Russia, but that has since changed due to current political events. Fans will be able to see swimmers compete in the following categories:
- Individual mix
- freestyle relay, and
- Mixed relays.
Some of the events will be mixed, adding to the appeal of the competition. It will be worth it.
If you want shooting hoops or generally enjoy watching basketball, you will have the chance to watch other people do it. Where? – The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup will take place from September 22 to October 1 in Sydney, Australia. This event will be interesting with 12 teams competing on two sites! And although Malta won’t take part in any of the games, they have made progress in their basketball trajectory – having hired a female head coach for their men’s Division 1 basketball team!
2022 is turning out to be a great year for sports fans all over the world. And the people of Malta will surely be able to keep up to date with all the events.
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