A judge is to be asked to decide later this year whether bridge is a sport.
The latest stage of a legal battle between the English Bridge Union and Sport England is expected to take place at the High Court in London in September.
Union officials took legal action after Sport England refused to recognise the card game as a sport.
They say their judicial review claim is listed to be heard on September 22.
The dispute hit the headlines in April when a judge ruled that the union had an arguable case and said the claim should proceed to a trial.
Union officials say recognition that bridge is a sport will have "beneficial consequences" for the game.