Emirates Team New Zealand will be the defending America's Cup champions ©Getty Images

Dates and the racing area for the next America's Cup in Barcelona have been confirmed, with action set to begin on October 12 in 2024.

Two races are planned on October 12, a Saturday, and two the following day, followed by two rest days.

Race five is set for October 16, followed by a rest day, and there will then by three days for spare races, up to and including October 20.

These may or may not be needed to decide the first-to-seven series.

October 16 is also the date set for the Women's America's Cup finale.

An zone to the south of Barcelona, set along the beachfront, has been agreed as the racing area for the both America's Cup and the Challenger Selection Series.

The 2024 edition of the America's Cup will be the 37th, with Emirates Team New Zealand defending champions.

The race area has been defined for the 2024 America's Cup ©America's Cup
The race area has been defined for the 2024 America's Cup ©America's Cup

A first-ever Women's America's Cup and Youth America's Cup are also on the agenda in Barcelona.

Barcelona saw off competition from fellow Spanish city Málaga and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to be awarded hosting rights.  

"We are excited to confirm the dates determining the match racing period and our huge thanks go to the Capitán Marítimo and the Port of Barcelona authority who have been so pro-active and accommodative throughout the process," America's Cup Events Limited chief executive Grant Dalton said.

"This is a significant event to plan for, with safety concerns at the top of the list for both spectators and competitors. 

"I think the result is going to be something pretty spectacular with racing taking place in front of the beach, along the coast from the main port entrance right along the coast, past the Port Olímpic and out further east, offering a fantastic viewing opportunity for the public to see these remarkable boats at full pace."