What a season the 2018/19 one has been for all football fans in the UK. As the Premier League is now finally decided, things will start to slow down somewhat as the season nears its end. Of course, things are certainly not over yet for Chelsea fans with a Europa League final to look forward to at the end of May 2019. If that can be won, and there is a decent 3rd place finish in the league, then it can be looked back on as a fine start to life under Maurizio Sarri for the majority of fans.
But what can Chelsea fans and others around the UK do when the season is finally done? Although there are no FIFA World Cup’s or UEFA European Championship’s to enjoy, do not despair. There are in fact some great footballing events happening this summer to get involved with instead. Here is a roundup of some of the best to check out.
Conifa European Cup 2019
To kick off, there is this European Cup tournament run by the Conifa footballing organisation that is taking place in Artsakh in the Southern Caucasus. It has its opening game on the 1st June 2019 and will finish on the 9th June 2019. Twelve teams are due to be involved, from Sardinia to the County of Nice from France. Conifa is an organisation that represents independent footballing nations and teams that are not part of FIFA. As such, this is a refreshing change to the usual big names you see and promises to produce some free-flowing, exciting matches. Of course, many football fans may also choose to bet on the outcome of this tournament to make some extra cash over summer. Top online sports betting site Sportsbet.io could well be the best place to do this as the official sponsor, the Conifa Sportsbet.io partnership, certainly suggests so.
Women’s World Cup
We all know that the women’s game in football has come on in leaps and bounds of late. This can be seen in the Chelsea women’s team progress this season! One big event to help make it even more popular this summer is the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Taking place in France from the 7th June to the 7th of July, it promises to the biggest and best one yet. Even better, England are heavily fancied to do well so it is worth tuning in to cheer the Lionesses on! Live coverage is available on BBC Sport and the red button for all games so it will be easy to keep up with the action.
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Moving over to North/Central America and the Caribbean, we have the CONCACAF Gold Cup to enjoy. This is happening June 18th to July 18th and is the 15th time this cup has been contested. Hosted by the USA, they will fancy their chances of doing well again as will Mexico. The gap in quality has come down a lot in recent years though, so other teams like Panama or Jamaica could well spring a surprise. Expect plenty of goals and drama at this tournament!
African Cup of Nations
Yes, you have read this right – the AFCON will be played over the summer months for the first time ever in 2019! Starting on June 7th and ending on June 30th, the 32nd edition of the cup will be hosted by Cameroon. With 24 of the best African teams involved, it promises to be as exciting, dramatic and unpredictable as ever. With different teams winning the trophy for the last few years, who will finally triumph is anyone’s guess.
Taking place on June 14th to July 7th 2019, this will be the first Copa America seen for a few years. Twelve teams from South America will battle it out to see who is crowned as champions for that region. This tournament is actually the oldest in the world and has some top players involved playing for teams like Brazil and Argentina. Naturally, Messi and Neymar will be the big draws for many fans but there are others who could make a big impact.
Summer 2019 is a football fan’s dream
As you can see, the summer of 2019 is actually packed full of great action for all fans to enjoy. There may even be a few Chelsea players involved in some tournaments to keep an eye on.
Whether you go for the Conifa European Cup, Copa America or any of the others we have looked at, you are sure to have a great time watching. The summer will fly by so quickly that it will soon be time to see if Sarri can push Chelsea onto the Premier League title next year.