About the festival

30 years of tradition

With more than 30 years of tradition, the European Youth Olympic Festival is the largest multi-sport event for young athletes aged 14 to 18.

Young athletes

The Festival, which takes place under the auspices of the European Olympic Committees, gives young athletes the first taste of Olympism and allows them to gain invaluable experience for further competitions on their way to the Olympic Games.

48 countries

The Festival is a biennial event held in one of the European countries. This year, 48 countries from the European continent are participating in EYOF Maribor 2023. The summer edition of the festival attracts approximately 3,600 participants and the winter edition approximately 1,600 participants.

Free entry

Entry to all sports venues and accompanying events is free of charge.

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EYOF - European Youth Olympic Festival

  • Encourages athletes and other participants to follow the principles of fair play, tolerance and friendship in the Olympic spirit.
  • Is the largest multi-sport event for young athletes in Europe.
  • Encourages young people to take part in sport and lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Enables participants from 50 European countries to meet and strengthen European relations.
  • Enables people to gain invaluable work experience as volunteers and to acquire new skills and acquaintances.