Thanks to an initiative of Dr. Jacques Rogge, in 1990 the European Olympic Committees launched the “European Youth Olympic Days” (EYOD), now called “European Youth Olympic Festival” (EYOF) a biennial; multi-sport event for talented young participants from the 48 member countries of the association of European Olympic Committees. The festival has a summer edition, held for the first time in Brussels in 1991, and a winter edition, which began two years later in Aosta.

The nine Olympic sports that are part of the EYOF are: athletics, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, handball, judo, gymnastics, swimming, tennis and volleyball. All these sports are regulated by the rules set by the international sports federation.

Summer Editions:

  • 1991 - brussels Brussels
  • 1993 - Valkenswaard Valkenswaard
  • 1995 - bath Bath
  • 1997 - lisbon Lisbon
  • 1999 - Esbjerg Esbjerg
  • 2001 - Murcia Murcia
  • 2003 - paris Paris
  • 2005 - Lignano Sabbiadoro Lignano Sabbiadoro
  • 2007 - Belgrade Belgrade
  • 2009 - Tampere Tampere
  • 2011 - Trabzon Tabzon
  • 2013 - Utrecht Utrecht

Future Editions:

  • 2015 - Tbilisi Tbilisi
  • 2017 - Győr Győr

Winter Editions:

  • 1993 - Aosta Aosta
  • 1995 - Andorra la Vella Andorra la Vella
  • 1997 - Sundsvall Sundsvall
  • 1999 - Poprad-Tatry Poprad-Tatry
  • 2001 - Vuokatti Vuokatti
  • 2003 - Bled Bled
  • 2005 - Monthey Monthey
  • 2007 - Jaca Jaca
  • 2009 - Upper Silesia  Upper Silesia
  • 2011 - Liberec Liberec
  • 2013 - Braşov  Braşov

Future Editions:

  • 2015 - Vorarlberg Vorarlberg and Vaduz Vaduz
  • 2017 - Sarajevo Sarajevo and Sarajevo East Sarajevo