Global Sports Impact Report 2019
Welcome to Sportcal's Global Sports Impact (GSI) Report 2019, which takes an in-depth look at the bidding and hosting of major sporting events across the year of 2018 and their impact for event owners and host cities.

This year's report marks the fifth anniversary of the annual publication, which features analysis and research from Sportcal's unique GSI Project and Event Analysis database. 

A total of 84 events from 2018 are featured in this year's report. These include 77 world championships showcased, as well as six multisport games and one continental championship. They were held held across 104 different cities in 44 nations. 




Each event has been individually analysed in a standardised format, and attributed a GSI Event Rating and a GSI Event Ranking, which allows for comparison across the same criteria with the other events held in 2018.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup, held in Russia, was the highest ranked event from 2018. The Olympic Winter Games and the Commonwealth Games took second and third place, respectively.

The GSI Report 2019 also features analysis on developments in the event bidding and hosting landscape since January 2018, through two other products of the GSI Project:the GSI Bidding Index and the GSI Nations & Cities Index.

The GSI Bidding Index looks at the nations and cities that are most successful in their bidding for major events over a calendar year. The scoring system enables event owners to identify which destinations are active in their bidding strategies and could potentially host events of a similar scale. 


The results of both the GSI Events Index and the GSI Bidding Index form the basis for the the internationally recognised GSI Nations and Cities Index, which identify and assess the nations and cities that successfully bid for and host major sporing events.

Since the inception of the GSI Nations & Cities Index in 2012, the rankings have been used by international sporting institutions and host cities to help evaluate event hosting strategies and demonstrate the value of the events that they host.

Announced in April 2019, the indices feature 641 cities from 90 nations, with 730 events across 158 categories in 83 sports analysed, including summer and winter Olympic sports and Olympic ‘recognised’ sports.

China returned to the top of the GSI Nations Index for the first time since 2013, holding off the challenges of USA and Japan. Tokyo, Japan retained its position at the summit of the GSI Cities Index, ahead of Paris, France and Budapest, Hungary.




The GSI Report 2019 is available for £750 / CHF 1,000 / US$ 1,000. A special offer of £500 is available for subscribers - please contact client services at 


Add to Cart


Our expert team will help you find the right report to match your business requirements.

Get in touch:

+44 (0) 20 8944 8786