Event Bidding

Event Bidding
European Athletics

Event bidding is the first stage in realising the ambition of bringing one of European Athletics’ events to a city in any of our 51 Member Federation countries.

It is a complex process of communication and cooperation between European Athletics and the relevant Member Federation and the city/cities interested.

To summarise our process, we ask our Member Federations to submit an annual questionnaire where they summarise the interest they have from their cities in any of our events, both sporting and non-sporting, over a period of 8 years.

There are then a series of deadlines (each event varies) to formally confirm the candidatures and submit the bidding documents. The evaluation is next where European Athletics gives the chance for each interested city to explain their bid before presenting the final documents and making presentations to the European Athletics Council who decide on the venues.

We currently have an event programme of 16 sporting events and 3 non-sporting events that our Member Federations can bid for. The map below shows which countries are hosting, bidding for or have the intention to bid for a European Athletics event.

For more information on the bidding process, please contact Celia Mendes at celia.mendes@european-athletics.org.

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The flagship event of European Athletics is organised every two years.

The championships run over six days with over 1,500 athletes from 50 Member Federation countries. The first European Athletics Championships was held in Turin, Italy, in 1934.

The championships have a more compact five-day format when they are held in an Olympic year and no race walking events should be organised and a half marathon replaces the marathon.

The biennial championships are the biggest indoor event organised by European Athletics.

More than the 600 athletes from the 50 European Athletics Member Federations countries participate in the three-day event.

The European Athletics Team Championships are a revolutionary concept that pits joint men's and women's teams against the best on the continent.

The top level consists of the 12 best teams in Europe and is named the European Athletics Team Championships Super League.

The 1st League consists of the next 12 teams in Europe, the 2nd League the next 12 teams and the 3rd League consists of all the remaining teams.

The exciting format of these championships puts more emphasis on the country and team as opposed to individual athletes.

The European Athletics Team Championships are not organised in the years when the European Athletics Championships are held.

The most important cross country event on the European calendar attracts the best cross country talents from across the continent in junior, under-23 and senior men and women categories.

The first edition of the championships was held in Antrim, Great Britain, in 1994.

The European Athletics U23 Championships is a biennial outdoor athletics competition for European athletes in the age group 20-23.

The European Athletics U20 Championships is a biennial outdoor athletics competition for European athletes under the age of 20.

The European Athletics U18 Championships is a biennial outdoor athletics competition for European athletes under the age of 18.

The European Athletics Team Championships Combined Events is a track and field competition for European combined events specialists, with contests in men's decathlon and women's heptathlon.

It is an international team event, where the points of each nation's top three performers are tallied to form an overall team score.

The joint scores of men and women are used to determine the final teams rankings.

TheEuropean Athletics Team Championships Combined Events takes place in three separate divisions – the Super, First, and Second Leagues – and nations gain promotion and relegation between the leagues depending upon their performance.

The three-league contest takes place over the same two-day period held at different European locations.

The European Athletics Team Championships Combined Events are not organised in the years when the European Athletics Championships are held.

An event dedicated to race walking organised on a biennial basis.

The two-day event, established in 1996, includes a 50km and 20km walk for senior men and a 20km race for senior women.

10km races for men and women are organised in the junior category.

The team scores are calculated by aggregating the positions of the first three finishers (senior) or two finishers (juniors).

The team with the lowest aggregate of points will be judged the winner.

The event marks the beginning of the outdoor season for European throwers.

Throwing events such as discus, javelin, hammer and shot put have traditionally been European strongholds and this annual event gives an early indication of what to expect in the year.

The points earned by athletes are accumulated to determine the final ranking of participant teams.

The European Mountain Running Championships is an annual international mountain running race. Inaugurated in 2002, the championships was a seniors-only event until 2009.

The competition now features separate senior and junior (under 20s) races for both men and women.

Medals are awarded on an individual and national team basis.

For the team competition, the finishing positions of each country's top three runners are combined, and the team with the smallest cumulative total wins the medals.

An annual day-long event aimed at improving the level of middle and long-distance running on the continent. Started in 1997, the event has witnessed memorable performances from the likes of Paula Radcliffe, Fernanda Ribeiro, Paulo Guerra and Mo Farah among others.

The European Champion Clubs Cup is an annual athletics competition between the European athletics clubs that are the reigning champions at national level.

The track and field event is organised for seniors and juniors in groups.

The groups are based on promotion and relegation methods.

A separate cross country event for clubs is organised on the first weekend of February.