The city has hosted two Bandy World Championships, in 2005 and 2011, the World Summer Universiade 2013, the World Championship in fencing in 2014, the Aquatics Championship FINA 2015, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2018 FIFA World Cup, and other international competitions of various levels.
Most memorably, the city hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade, officially known as the XXVII Summer Universiade. It was the first Universiade, and even more, the first high-profile multi-sport event in the history of modern Russia.
City officials say that hosting the Universiade — world student games — was a major milestone that considerably boosted the development of sports infrastructure. 64 sports venues, 30 of which are newly constructed, were used during the Games. The biggest objects constructed for the competitions are:
During the XXVII Summer Universiade over 10,400 university athletes from 162 countries participated in 13 mandatory and 14 optional sports. The mission was to gather young athletes from all over the world in the city of unique multiethnic heritage. To continue Russian sport traditions, to become a launch pad for future generations of athletes. To make the life of Kazan citizens more diverse, interesting and convenient. To give Kazan citizens of all ages a possibility to play any kind of sport they like, to live a healthy life.
FINA World Championships were held in Kazan on July 24-August 9, 2015. The event brought together 2,413 athletes (1,152 men and 1,261 women) and 1,495 officials representing up to 190 nations. A record number of medal events (75) were contested across six aquatic disciplines at the World Championships in Kazan.
In June-July 2018 Kazan hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia matches alongside with other 11 host cities. The Kazan Arena Stadium played stage to the matches. It was the first football stadium in Russia constructed in the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
In 2019, Kazan hosted the next stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The organizers attracted the attention of the audience by organizing a show of aerial acrobatics, freestyle motocross and tricks on flyboards and wakeboards.
In the future the city will hold the 2022 Special Olympics World Winter Games.