What is the European Championships?
The European Championships is borne out of the desire to create the grandest of stages upon which to crown the accomplishments of Europe's Champions. The event aims to increase the level of awareness and recognition such achievements deserve by creating a must-watch, must-attend experience that elevates all Champions of Europe.
As an example, we were inspired by the feats of British breaststroke swimmer Adam Peaty. At the 2014 European Aquatics Championships, Peaty won four gold medals and set two world records – yet few knew his name outside of the sport. We aim to change that by delivering a new spectacle for the international sporting calendar positioned among the world’s top sporting events.
The European Championships aspires to reach beyond the dedicated fan to find a much broader audience by creating the most captivating multisport event possible.
A new era in world sport got underway in August 2018 as Glasgow and Berlin hosted the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together a collection of the continent’s leading sports.
To be staged every four years, the European Championships is a new highlight on the global sporting calendar, elevating the status of its competitors and their performances during an 11-day celebration of world-class sport.
Delivered in partnership with several leading European sports federations, 2018 included the existing European Championships for athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon, with a new golf team championships.
More than 3,000 athletes travelled to Scotland, while 1,500 athletes competed in Berlin.
A television audience of more than 1.4 billion watched this memorable first edition on free-to-air channels via EBU Member broadcasters and partners in 44 territories across Europe and worldwide. There were 1.9 billion visits on websites registered and the reach on social media was 745 million.
Across the two host cities, a total of one million people attended a sports session at the likes of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, watched a road race on the cities’ streets, or experienced the festival-like atmospheres in George Square in Glasgow and the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin.
The EC2022 Board announced in November 2019 that Munich will host the 2022 European Championships following unanimous approval of their bid by the participating European Federations.
Munich 2022 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games held in the German city, with the iconic Munich Olympic Park set to be the heart of the second edition of the multi-sport championships.
Six sports that were part of the 2018 edition have already confirmed their participation and the staging of their respective continental championships in the event that will take place Thursday 11th to Sunday 21st August 2022: Athletics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon.
Eurovision Sport, a division of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will again be the media rights partner for the Championships, ensuring extensive free-to-air coverage through EBU Member broadcasters and partners.
The majority of events and activities will take place in and around the Munich Olympic Park in order to create an extraordinary festival atmosphere that allows athletes from different sports to experience the event together and visitors to embrace multiple events.
Following consultation involving the participating European Federations (European Athletics, UEC, FISA, UEG, ETU, ET-LET), the dates for the 2026 European Championships are confirmed as Thursday 30th July to Sunday 9th August 2026.
A look back at Glasgow 2018
A LOOK BACK AT BERLIN 2018
Vision, Mission & Values
- Our Vision
Create a must-watch, must-attend experience that elevates the Champions of Europe.
- Our Mission
United, we celebrate the highest honour in European sport.
- Core Values
- Essence – What Defines Us
The defining moments that create Champions.