Analysing and understanding the true impact of hosting events
Global Sports Impact (GSI) Report
The Global Sports Impact (GSI) Report is a product of the GSI Project and is published annually. The report aims to analyse and benchmark major events and their impacts using the GSI Project methodology.

Now in its fifth year, the GSI Report 2019 takes an in-depth look specifically at the bidding and hosting of major sporting events from 2018.

The analysis and research featured are taken from Sportcal’s unique GSI Project, which encompasses its GSI Event Studies, and its Event Analysis database.

The report includes the tenth edition of the industry-leading GSI Nations and Cities Index, which features 730 events from 83 sports, across 641 cities and 90 nations.

China has returned to the summit of Sportcal's GSI Nations Index for the first time since 2013, ending USA's three-year reign at the top. As for the GSI Cities Index, Tokyo, Japan retains its title from the 2018 edition.

A total of 84 events from 2018 have been evaluated in the GSI Report 2019, which is headlined by the FIFA World Cup 2018, the leading event from 2018.

All of these events are individually analysed in a standardised format within the Event Analysis chapter, based on an increased spectrum of indicators than in the previous editions of the GSI Report, based on the four core modules of the GSI Project.

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Previous Global Sports Impact (GSI) Reports

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Publish Date: May 2018


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Publish Date: August 2016


Publish Date: September 2015