LEN (French: Ligue Européenne de Natation, English: European Swimming League) is the European governing body for aquatic sports affiliated to FINA — it is the Continental Association for Europe. It was formally organized in 1927 in Bologna,[1] and since 2015 is headquartered in Nyon.

European Swimming League
Ligue Européenne de Natation
Logo of LEN.png
SportAquatic sports
Membership77 Federations
Founded1927 (1927)
Regional affiliationEurope
PresidentPaolo Barelli

LEN comprises 52 national swimming federations in Europe, and includes Israel which for Olympic-sport purposes is grouped with Europe.[2] LEN is overseen by an elected Bureau (board) composed of Members representing 17 different Federations. LEN oversees aquatic sports in Europe: diving, swimming, open water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo.



LEN organizes one championship (European Aquatics Championships), involving three of the five LEN disciplines (swimming, diving and synchronized swimming).

Discipline championshipsEdit

LEN organizes four more discipline championships (swimming (25m), diving, water polo and open water).

Junior championshipsEdit

LEN also runs various competitions restricted to a younger age:

Masters championshipsEdit

Member federationsEdit

The following national federations are part of LEN (Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials are, however, banned from every FINA event through the end of 2022[3]):

Country Federation Founded Code
  Albania Albanian Swimming Federation (FSHN) 1931 ALB
  Andorra Andorran Swimming Federation (FAN) 1986 AND
  Armenia Armenian Swimming Federation 1993 ARM
  Austria Austrian Swimming Federation (OSV) 1899 AUT
  Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Swimming Federation 1992 AZE
  Belarus Swimming Federation of Belarus (BFP) 1959 BLR
  Belgium Royal Belgian Swimming Federation (KBZB/FRBN) 1902 BEL
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Swimming Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1946/1992 BIH
  Bulgaria Bulgarian Swimming Federation (BFPS) 1931 BUL
  Croatia Croatian Swimming Federation (HPS) 1909 CRO
  Cyprus Cyprus Swimming Federation (KOEK) 1972 CYP
  Czech Republic Czech Swimming Federation (ČSPS) 1919/1993 CZE
  Denmark [4] Danish Swimming Union (SVØM) 1907 DEN
  Estonia Estonian Swimming Federation (EUL) 1910 EST
  Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Swimming Association (SSF) 1980 FAR
  Finland Finnish Swimming Federation (SUiL) 1906 FIN
  France French Swimming Federation (FFN) 1920 FRA
  Georgia Georgian Aquatic Sports National Federation 1991 GEO
  Germany German Swimming Federation (DSV) 1886 GER
  Gibraltar Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association 1946 GIB
  Great Britain British Swimming (BS) 1869 GBR
  Greece Hellenic Swimming Federation (KOE) 1927 GRE
  Hungary Hungarian Swimming Association (MÚSZ) 1907 HUN
  Iceland Icelandic Swimming Association (SSÍ) 1951 ISL
  Ireland Swim Ireland 1893 IRL
  Israel Israel Swimming Association (ISA) 1951 ISR
  Italy Italian Swimming Federation (FIN) 1899 ITA
  Kosovo [5][6] Kosovo Swimming Federation (FNK) 1997 KOS
  Latvia Latvian Swimming Federation (LPF) 1905/1988 LAT
  Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Swimming Association (LSchV) 1981 LIE
  Lithuania Lithuanian Swimming Federation (LPF) 1924/1990 LTU
  Luxembourg Luxembourg Swimming and Life-saving Federation (FLNS) 1924 LUX
  Malta Aquatic Sports Association of Malta (ASA) 1925 MLT
  Moldova Water Kind of Sports Federation of the Republic of Moldova (FISN) 1989 MDA
  Monaco Swimming Federation of Monaco (FMN) 1976 MON
  Montenegro Water Polo and Swimming Federation of Montenegro (VPS) 1949/2006 MNE
  Netherlands Royal Dutch Swimming Federation (KNZB) 1888 NED
  North Macedonia Swimming Federation of Macedonia (PFM) 1947 MKD
  Norway Norwegian Swimming Federation (NSF) 1910 NOR
  Poland Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) 1922 POL
  Portugal Portuguese Swimming Federation (FPN) 1930 POR
  Romania Romanian Swimming Federation (FRNPM) 1930 ROU
  Russia Russian Swimming Federation (VFP) 1991 RUS
  San Marino Swimming Federation of San Marino (FSN) 1980 SMR
  Serbia Serbian Swimming Federation (PSS) 1904 SRB
  Slovakia Slovak Swimming Federation (SPF) 1990 SVK
  Slovenia Slovenian Swimming Association (PZS) 1922 SLO
  Spain Royal Spanish Swimming Federation (RFEN) 1920 ESP
  Sweden Swedish Swimming Federation (SSF) 1904 SWE
   Switzerland Swiss Swimming Federation (SSCHV/FSN) 1918 SUI
  Turkey Turkish Swimming Federation (TYF) 1957 TUR
  Ukraine Ukrainian Swimming Federation (USF) 1990 UKR

LEN European water polo players of the yearEdit

Russian and Belarusian bansEdit

On 3 March 2022, LEN indefinitely banned Russians and Belarusians from competing at any LEN event to show support for Ukraine in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine in addition to banning LEN events from being held in Russia and Belarus.[7][8][9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Founding of LEN page of the LEN website; retrieved 2016-07-07.
  2. ^ member list Archived 2012-02-17 at the Wayback Machine of the European Olympic Committees (EOC); retrieved 2012-03-05.
  3. ^ "PRESS RELEASE | FINA Bureau meets, acknowledges decision to suspend Russian swimmer Evgeny Rylov". FINA - Fédération Internationale De Natation.
  4. ^ (in Danish) Historien Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine "History" page from the Danish Swimming Union's website (www.svoem.dk); retrieved 2012-03-05.
  5. ^ "Kosovo Swimming Federation admitted into FINA". Tanjug. Archived from the original on 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  6. ^ "Nuoto: Kosovo aderisce a Fina".
  7. ^ "LEN agrees not to invite Russian and Belarusian teams and supports Ukrainian athletes". LEN. 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  8. ^ Byrnes, Liz (3 March 2022). "Russia And Belarus Barred From Competing At European Evens: Governing Body LEN". Swimming World. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  9. ^ Sutherland, James (3 March 2022). "LEN Bars Russian & Belarusians From Competing In Its Events". SwimSwam. Retrieved 3 March 2022.

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