If you can’t escape the feeling that there’s something missing from your calendar this Friday, you’re not alone.
Thanks to FIFA and the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar, the traditional summer bonanza of the World Cup has been scrapped, the tournament rescheduled for the winter months. With current temperatures in the Gulf state hitting 49 degrees celsius, it makes sense.
It does leave a football-shaped hole in the sporting schedule over the coming months, with the usual festival shifted by five months. But that is not to say there is nothing to keep sports fans entertained.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at what is on offer to alleviate the boredom of a World Cup-less summer…
The Qatar World Cup has been moved to the winter, leaving fans without their football fix
While England fans may not be able to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s team this summer, this is another side heading into a major tournament with the famous Three Lions emblazoned on their chests this summer. And it’s a home tournament to boot.
England’s Women are among the favourites as the country hosts the Women’s 2022 European Championship.
Sarina Wiegman’s side kick off the tournament against Austria on July 6 at a sold out Old Trafford, before taking on Northern Ireland and Norway in their other group games.
England Women will enter as one of the favourites when they host Euro 2022 this summer
Having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2019, home advantage will have the Lionesses brimming with confidence as they look to lift their first ever major honour.
There is not just excitement around England, but the tournament as a whole, with the final selling out in under an hour when tickets were released in March.
UEFA announced in November that this will be the highest-attended tournament in history, with the figure of 240,000 that attended Euro 2017 in Holland set to be smashed.
Southgate’s men are still in action too this summer, with two more fixture to fulfil in the Nations League.
Having already travelled to Hungary and Germany, England host Italy at Wembley in a replay of last summer’s Euro 2020 final, before finally ending a long, gruelling season with another home clash with Hungary.
England do also have a spot at the Under-19s European Championship in Slovakia this month, a tournament they last won in 2017 with the likes of current senior stars Aaron Ramsdale and Mason Mount starring. It could provide the platform for more stars of the future to emerge.
England Under-19s will head to Slovakia to take part in the European Championship this month
Outside of football, the usual array of summer sporting tournaments to go ahead, and in most circumstances, with full crowds for the first time since Covid.
The sight of a packed Wimbledon will be a welcome return, though there are question marks over appearances of a few of their star turns.
Rafael Nadal has not confirmed his attendance after his French Open win due to a chronic foot injury, while Emma Raducanu, the undisputed home favourite, is in danger of missing the tournament altogether after picking up an injury during her return to grass at Nottingham on Tuesday.
As well as tennis majors, the golf continues too, amid fresh controversy – with the PGA still reeling from the arrival of the Saudi-backed LIV Series, which kicks off this week.
Wimbledon will be once again full with spectators after last year’s diminished capacity
The Open will take place in St Andrews, from 10-17 July, and should throw up some drama off the course as well as on it, as those who defected to the LIV mingle with their contemporaries who turned down the cash.
A World Cup year also goes hand-in-hand with the Commonwealth Games, with this year’s version taking place in Birmingham.
Kicking off on July 28, the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletics, will take place as the renovated Alexander Stadium, while Edgbaston cricket ground and the Coventry Arena will also host events.
London will also lend a hand, with track cycling taking place at Lee Valley VeloPark.
There is also the small matter of the World Athletics Championships, which take place in the US for the first time. Getting underway on July 15, Oregon will play host to the likes of Dina Asher-Smith as she looks to defender her 200m crown.
Ben Stokes will continue to captain England throughout the summer
Away from individual sports, there are plenty of other opportunities to cheer on England too this summer.
Ben Stokes’s bold new era has got England’s cricket team off to the perfect start after winning the opening Test of their series with New Zealand. The second Test gets underway Friday at Trent Bridge, before the third and final fixture at Headingley begins on June 23.
After that, there is a single clash with India – the final test from their postponed 2021 battle, with England needing a win to avoid a series defeat.
Their Test schedule comes to an end against South Africa, with that duel beginning in August.
After an underwhelming Six Nations, Eddie Jones will be looking for a response from his England side as they head for a tour of Australia.
Three fixtures against the Wallabies will provide a gruelling schedule for a side that has seen some big-name omissions from the original training squad.
Elsewhere, Ireland are set for some mouthwatering clashes with a three-match series in New Zealand, while Wales head to South Africa and Scotland travel to South America for their tour.
Meanwhile, the F1 calendar is set to gather pace, with races in Baku, Canada, Austria, France and Hungary keeping the schedule going throughout June and July.
The big one to look out for though is Silverstone, on Sunday July 3.
Marcus Smith and England will be looking to improve their fortunes Down Under this summer
On the box
If there isn’t enough live sport to keep you satiated, then there are a plethora of documentaries to fill the void.
Amazon Prime are set to launch their Paul Pogba documentary – ‘The Pogmentary‘ – on June 17. The series will focus on the player’s life outside of the game, giving a behind-the-scenes look at his time in Manchester.
There is also the next All or Nothing instalment set to hit our screens. No, not the Arsenal edition quite yet, but Argentina’s journey to Copa America success and Qatar World Cup qualification was all caught on Amazon Prime cameras and Messi and Co will be available to watch from July 10.
Anyone pining for the World Cup can still get their fix through FIFA+ too. The Football governing body launched its own streaming service in April which includes a set of exclusive documentaries, as well as official highlights packages of all previous World Cups, allowing you to transport yourself back to the highs of Russia 2018 and Italia 90.
Paul Pogba is set to release a documentary that will appear on Amazon Prime later this month