Which sporting events have been cancelled following the Queen’s death?

The Oval Cricket Ground before the match between England and South Africa

Cricket paid his respects to The Queen at the Oval (Image: Clive Rose/Getty)

Numerous sporting events and games have been canceled following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8 September.

The guidance issued by the government said there was “no obligation to cancel or reschedule events and sporting events”, with decisions being made “at the discretion of individual organisations”.

However, sports federations from across the country decided to postpone the action to pay respect to the monarch, who reigned on the throne for over 70 years.

Here are all the sporting events that have been canceled or postponed after Her Majesty’s death.


All Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Super League games have been postponed over the weekend.

The Scottish FA also canceled football north of the border, with the FA of Wales and FA of Northern Ireland following suit.

And controversially, all grassroots football across the country has also been shut down.

The Premier League is believed to have decided to postpone last weekend’s games over concerns the crowd might not approve during Her Majesty’s tributes.

This weekend’s games in London are at risk of being postponed due to the unprecedented strain expected on police, with the capital expecting record-breaking attendances in the run-up to the Queen’s funeral on September 19.

Tribute to the Queen before West Ham United vs FCSB in the Conference League

The London games could be postponed this weekend due to a huge strain on police resources (Image: Visionhaus/Getty)


The second day of the third test match between England and South Africa at the Oval has been canceled on Friday 9 September.

The hope was that the friendly match would continue with day two on Saturday, but the tourists objected, citing logistical and playing problems.

The test match resumed on Saturday as day three of five.


The BMW PGA Championship suspended play on Thursday 8 September and had no play at all on Friday, but the competition resumed as a 54-hole event on Saturday.

horse race

The last day of the St Leger meeting in Doncaster has been postponed to Sunday 11th September.

Britain’s horse racing authorities decided to cancel all meetings on Saturday (September 10), while Sunday’s Musselburgh races were canceled as the Queen’s body lay to rest at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Thursday night’s race at Southwell and Chelmsford was canceled immediately after the announcement.

Jockeys at Doncaster Racecourse

Jockeys took a moment to remember the late Queen at Doncaster Racecourse (Image: Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

rugby union

Friday night’s opening Premiership games were canceled on September 9.

Sale’s home game against Northampton has been pushed back to Sunday, while Bath’s brief trip to Ashton Gate to play Bristol has been pushed back to Saturday.

Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all domestic matches over the weekend and the women’s test match between Scotland and Spain on Sunday 11 September has been abandoned.


The middleweight world title fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields, which was due to take place in London over the weekend, has been postponed to October 15.

To go biking

Friday’s stage of the Tour of Britain was canceled immediately when the news broke and the entire tour was canceled later on Thursday night.

The race was due to end on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, with Gonzalo Serrano declared the winner based on the overall standings.

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