The British sporting calendar has seen many changes this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.


With the nation entering a period of National Mourning, many sporting bodies have decided to postpone matches that were previously set to take place this weekend – with football perhaps the most affected.

Manchester United and West Ham played their Europa League football matches just an hour or so after the announcement from Buckingham Palace due to the late notice of the Queen's passing.

However, several sporting events were postponed on Friday, and many more have now been cancelled on Saturday and Sunday as well.

Underpinning all of the decisions made about sport is a statement from the government which reads: "There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations.

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"As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations." brings you a round-up of sporting events and their status this weekend following the death of Her Royal Highness.

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All Premier League and English Football League matches have been postponed on 9th-12th September.

The Premier League said: "At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

"To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game."

The EFL said: "Further to discussions on Friday morning it has been determined that all EFL fixtures from 9-10th September will be postponed as a mark of respect by the National Sport to the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

"This is aligned with the approach that the Premier League and the FA will take with their competitions this weekend.

"Further information, in respect of how football, clubs and their supporters will commemorate Her Majesty’s reign will be confirmed at an appropriate point.

"Details regarding rearranged games will be announced in due course."


England v South Africa was postponed on Friday, but has resumed over the weekend. The third Test match of the series was due to start at The Oval on Thursday but play was postponed due to rain. The second day was called off following the announcement but there has been confirmation of play on Saturday.

Great North Run

The Great North 5k has been cancelled, but the main Great North Run has not been cancelled and will go ahead. More than 60,000 runners will descend on Tyneside for the event, with millions of pounds due to be raised for charity. Officials have made the call to formally continue with the event.


The BMW PGA Championship was postponed after the first day of the competition at Wentworth. Play was stopped at the announcement, and continued to be held on pause on Friday. However play resumed on Saturday.


The Tour of Britain has been fully cancelled despite the event being set to conclude in the Isle of Wight on Sunday. This was one of the very first events to be postponed, and it appears that a conclusion will not be reached at all.

Rugby Union

The new Premiership Rugby 2022/23 season was due to begin on Friday with a clash between Bristol and Bath– but this match will now take place on Saturday ay 5:30pm.


Savannah Marshall's hotly-anticipated showdown with Claressa Shields has been postponed until a provisional date of 15th October. The pair were due to meet at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.

"I’m sad about the fight being postponed but I’m a big girl and I understand!" Shields tweeted.

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