There’s just something about the best soccer tournaments that brings out some of the most passionate fans anywhere. The atmosphere is always incredible, the soccer is top notch and the host cities are fascinating to explore. If you love soccer, here are the five best soccer tournaments you’ll want to experience in your lifetime:
The World Cup is arguably the best soccer tournament in the world. This quadrennial event is preceded by four years of anticipation and doesn’t disappoint. Thirty-two of the most passionate soccer nations are represented and over the course of a month, are dwindled down to two that will play the ultimate match: the World Cup Final. The most prestigious trophy in soccer has been awarded just once every four years since its inception in 1930. Brazil, Germany and Italy have been the big winners so far but plenty of countries are ready to play catch up and it will be anybody’s tournament in 2018.
The 2018 World Cup will play out in Russia, a country that we’re sure will wow its visitors. With modern cities, incredible architecture, incredible culinary experiences, and a love for sport, Russia will make a tremendous host nation. We can’t wait to see how this extraordinary tournament will be complemented by such an intriguing destination. If you’d like to learn more then check out our World Cup Ultimate Guide and our World Cup Facts blog post.
Photo Taken at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by Roadtrips Host
One of the biggest soccer tournaments in the world, the Summer Games tournament is unique in that it features both a men’s and women’s competition. While the tournament dates way back to 1900 for the men, the women’s competition wasn’t introduced until 1996. With both winners decided in just over 2 weeks, it’s an action-packed tournament and lots of fun to watch. It’s also one of few sports at the Summer Games that allows guests to see events outside of the host city. In 2020, soccer matches will be played in 6 Japanese cities, including host city Tokyo.
Our favorite thing about the Summer Games Soccer Tournament is that it affords fans the opportunity to see more than just soccer. At the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, soccer fans will have the opportunity to supplement their experience with 32 other sports. Not only is it an incredible soccer experience, it’s one of the biggest sporting events in the world, hosted in one of the most fascinating countries on the planet.
Another of the world’s best soccer tournaments, the UEFA Champions League sees the top clubs in Europe battle it out to earn the European Champion Clubs’ Cup. As the most watched annual sporting event in the world, it’s incredibly popular not just in Europe but around the globe. With over 60 years of history behind it, it continues to grow in popularity.
The 2018 Champions League Final will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine and there’s never been a better reason to visit this historic city. Spain has dominated this event recently with Real Madrid holding the title of defending champs. Regardless of who wins it all next year, we know this will be one exciting tournament.
4. UEFA European Championship
The UEFA European Championship (also known as the Euros) is another quadrennial event and takes place on the even-numbered years between World Cup years. As one of the best soccer tournaments on the continent, it determines the champion of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). A total of 24 national teams qualify to compete for the elusive title of European Champion.
While the Euros are usually hosted by one or two countries, Euro 2020 is going to be a historic one. To celebrate 60 years of the tournament, Euro 2020 will be played in 13 different countries, something we’re not likely to see again any time soon. Each host country offers something unique to spectators and it promises to be a really fun event to attend.
2015 Women’s World Cup Final after Team USA win
Along with the Summer Games Tournament, this is one of the biggest and best soccer tournaments in the world for women. Like the men’s tournament, it is held every four years and always highly anticipated. Twenty-four of the best women’s national teams compete over the course of a month for bragging rights to the title of World Cup Champion.
The next Women’s World Cup takes place in 2019 and it’s going to be a good one. Why? Well, it always delivers great soccer and this edition will be held in one of the most beautiful countries in the world: France. Nine amazing cities throughout the country will host games, providing a spectacular backdrop to the popular tournament.
If you want to hear more about any of the best soccer tournaments in the world, we’d love to help you out. Our amazing soccer experiences include the best of the best in each host city; from accommodations to match day experiences to transportation, we’ve got everything covered so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful game. Contact us to start creating your ultimate soccer itinerary to your preferred tournament.