A European Championship is the top level international sports competition between European athletes or sports teams representing their respective countries or professional sports clubs.

Countries usually participating in European championships. Note the difference to the geographical borders of Europe.

In the plural, the European Championships also refers to a specific combined quadrennial multi-sport event featuring the continental championships for athletics, aquatics, artistic gymnastics, triathlon, rowing, cycling and team golf.

Since European championships are usually open for teams or individual athletes from countries which are members of European sports organisations and some member countries are only partly or not at all situated in the European continent, some non-Europeans also usually take part in these championships. Traditionally, sports teams from Armenia, Georgia, and Israel – all geographically outside Europe – are included in European competitions for cultural and political reasons, while trans-continental countries Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey (which straddle Europe and Asia), and technically Iceland (which sits on a continental fault line in the Atlantic ocean) and Malta (between Europe and Africa in the Mediterranean) also compete in Europe.

A number of countries maintain departments outside the European continent, but which are considered an integral part of their mother country, including France (e.g. Guadeloupe and New Caledonia), Denmark (Greenland), Spain (e.g. the Canaries) and the Netherlands (the former Netherlands Antilles). Athletes and club teams from these regions are typically eligible for European championships. The overseas territories of the United Kingdom, however, are usually not included unless an individual athlete has transferred allegiance completely to the UK.

In addition, in Football, under UEFA, but not in other sports, the Asian country of Kazakhstan also competes in European competition for historical reasons, while South African clubs participate in the top-level club championship in European rugby union, The European Rugby Champions Cup.

Games

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Championships

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Aquatics and water sports
Athletics
Australian rules football
Auto racing
Badminton
Baseball
Bandy
Basketball
Biathlon
Boxing
Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Canoeing
Chess
Cricket
Curling
Cycling
Darts
Dragon Boat

European Dragon Boat Championships

Equestrian
Fencing
Field hockey
Figure skating
Fistball
Football and Beach Soccer
Futsal
Go
Gymnastics
Handball and Beach Handball
Ice hockey
Ice sledge hockey
Indoor hockey
Judo
Karate
Kickboxing
Korfball
Long track speed skating
Minifootball
Multi-Sport
Pétanque
Pitch and putt
Professional Wrestling
Quidditch
Racquetball
Rink hockey
Rowing
Rugby league
Rugby union
Sailing
Savate
Shooting
Snooker
Squash
Softball
Speedway
Ski mountaineering
Sumo
Table tennis
Taekwondo
Triathlon
Volleyball and Beach Volleyball
Weightlifting
Wheelchair rugby
Wrestling

Winter Sports

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  1. European Figure Skating Championships
  2. European Speed Skating Championships
  3. European Short Track Speed Skating Championships
  4. FIL European Luge Championships
  5. Bobsleigh and Skeleton European Championship
  6. Biathlon European Championships
  7. European Championships of Ski Mountaineering
  8. European Ski Orienteering Championships
  9. European Curling Championships
  10. Ice Hockey European Championships
  11. European Snowboard Championships [de]
  12. European Freestyle Skiing Championships [de]
  13. FIS Alpine Ski Europa Cup
  14. European Ski Marathon Championships
  15. European Snow Volleyball Championships (CEV EuroSnowVolley)
  16. European Bandy Championships
  17. European Winter Triathlon Championships
  18. European Ice Climbing Championships
  19. European Snowshoe Championships
  20. European Grass Skiing Championship [de]
  21. European Rollerski Championships
  22. European Snowcross Championship
  23. European Snowmobile Championship - Snowmobile Enduro European Cup

See also

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References

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