European Olympic Youth Festival
European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF)
The EYOF was held for the first time in Brussels in 1991. It is the top European multi-sport event aimed at young athletes aged 14 to 18. There is a winter and a summer edition, which take place in two-year cycles, in odd-numbered years.
The EYOF belongs to the European Olympic Committees (EOC). The event is held under the Olympics flag and includes many of the Olympic traditions like the burning of the flames and the athletes’ and officials’ oaths. It provides the first step to Olympic greatness for many athletes and experiences to last a lifetime for all those who participate. Around 3600 athletes take part in the summer festivals and 1600 in the winter editions.
2023 Player Eligibility
To be eligible to play in the EYOF, players must comply with the following requirements
- Hold a valid Irish passport
- Be Under 15 or Under 14 on the 31 December of the previous year. Be available for all dates of the European Youth Olympic Festival. Under 13 players are not eligible to play
- Not have represented any other Nation in previous events. Representation does not include:
- Junior Davis Cup or Junior Billie Jean King Cup;
- ATP/WTA Tour or ITF World Tennis Tour nationality
- Be in good standing with Tennis Ireland
- Compete regularly on the Tennis Ireland Junior Tour and/or in ITF Junior/Tennis Europe events
- Adhere to Tennis Ireland’s Anti-Doping Policy and Player Code of Conduct
- Be nominated by the Olympic Federation of Ireland
The number of players travelling and the nomination’s process may change from year to year. Details will be published a few months before the date of the event.