There are few events that provide the excitement — or the need to sup nervously on a beer — of a cup final. The good news for pubs is that the next month or so is packed with them. Here's what's coming your way.

FA Cup Final

When: Saturday May 18, 5.15pm.
Where: Wembley.
Who: Man City vs Watford
On: BBC/BT Sport.
Pub tip: It might not be popular with the purists, but the teatime kick-off gives pubs the potential to get that Saturday evening session going a little earlier.


Champions League Final

When: Saturday June 1, 8pm.
Where: Wando Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid.
Who: Two from Liverpool, Barcelona, Ajax and Spurs
On: BT Sport.
Pub tip: With a Spanish host and the potential for a Spanish finalist it may be worth thinking about some tapas and sangria options for your Saturday night football fans.



Europa League Final

When: Wednesday May 29, 8pm.
Where: Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Who: TBC but the prize is huge. Not only will the club pick up a European pot, but they will also qualify for next season's Champions League. Arsenal and Chelsea are still in the mix.
On: BT Sport.
Pub tip: This fixture comes hot on the heels of a Bank Holiday weekend, so promote heavily to ensure customers are willing to come back for more. And if you know anyone who supplies Azerbaijani beer Xirdalan, now's the time to put that call in.


Heineken Champions Cup

When: Saturday May 11, 5pm.
Where: St James' Park, Newcastle.
Who: Current champs Leinster face the mighty Saracens as two genuine giants slug it out.
On: BT Sport.
Pub tip: Pubs in Newcastle should be rammed, with fans descending on a city more commonly associated with football. The Toon will be busy and pubs across the rest of the UK can capitalise on a sporting weekend that will also include the final Premier League fixtures and potential deciders in the race for the title and the fight against the drop.


European Challenge Cup Final

When: Friday May 10, 7.45pm.
Where: St James' Park, Newcastle.
Who: It's an all-French affair with Clermont Aurvegne taking on La Rochelle
On: BT Sport.
Pub tip: Use this as the starting point to make your pub the place to be for a weekend full of decisive sporting clashes.


EFL Play-Off Finals

When: Saturday May 25 to Monday May 27.
Where: Wembley.
Who: The teams that just missed out on automatic promotion from the Championship, League One and League Two play off in some of the season's most lucrative games.
On: Sky Sports.
Pub tip: These fall on a bank holiday weekend that leads into the European finals. Basically, be prepared for peak football.


Uefa Nations League Finals

When: June 5 to June 9.
Where: Portugal.
Who: England v Holland;Portugal v Switzerland.
On: Sky Sports.
Pub tip: If any bunting or flags survived last summer's Fifa World Cup now's the time to bring them back out. OK, it might not be as exciting as that tournament or the Euros, but England at least have a realistic chance of bringing something home.



Women's World Cup Finals

When: June 7 to July 7.
Where: France.
Who: England and Scotland are among the 20 teams looking for World Cup glory. And they're in the same group too.
On: BBC.
Pub tip: June 9 is definitely a date worth noting in the diary. Not only is it the final of the Uefa Nations League, which could see Gareth Southgate's side gunning for glory, but it is also the date that England and
Scotland women's teams start their World Cup campaigns. Against each other.


Cricket World Cup
When: May 30 to July 14.
Where: England and Wales.
Who: The top 10 teams in the world.
On: Sky Sports.
Pub tip: Despite a slightly humbling recent series in the Caribbean, England hold high hopes of winning the 50-overs One-Day International world title for the first time in their history.