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European Championships

The European Championships are the premier table tennis tournament in Europe.
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The European Table Tennis Championships first took place in 1958 in Hungary.

Initially it was a biennial event, but since 2007 it's been held every year.

However, in February 2010 it was decided that, starting in 2011, the team events would only be played in alternate years.

So the individual events are now played every year during September or October and, in odd numbered years, are supplemented by the team events.

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The European Table Tennis Union

European Table Tennis Championships

The European Championships are organised each year by one member Association of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU).

The ETTU is the governing body for table tennis in Europe.

Set up in 1957, they are the only authority recognised by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for governing and developing table tennis in Europe.

According to the latest information, more than 4 million people are playing competition table tennis in the territory controlled by the ETTU. And with its 58 Member Associations, the ETTU is the largest of the 6 Continental Table Tennis Federations recognised by the ITTF.

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Any Association wishing to organise the Championships must send a written application to the General Secretary of the ETTU.

This written application must include all the details of how and where it would be organised, and be followed-up by a presentation to the ETTU Executive Board.

The Executive Board, together with the chairman of the Technical Committee, will then appoint the organising Association, after the evaluation of their presentation.

A contract will the be drawn up between the ETTU and the Host Association which must be signed no later than 18 months before the start of the event.

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History of the ETTU

In 1956, following a decision by the ITTF to hold the World Table Tennis Championships biennially after the 1957 World Championships in Stockholm, the ITTF invited the European Table Tennis Associations to consider the possibility of holding European Table Tennis Championships in the intervening alternate (even) years.

After several meetings between representatives of European Associations, it was on 13th March 1957 that the European Table Tennis Union was set up by the following Associations:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Finland
  • France
  • German Democratic Republic
  • Federal Republic of Germany
  • Hungary
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Soviet Union
  • Wales
  • Yugoslavia

A board of seven people were elected to organise the first European Championships, and the Hungarian Association offered to hold it in Budapest in 1958.

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Where and When

Here's a list of where the European Championships have taken place...

1958 Budapest (Hungary)
1960 Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
1962 Berlin (Federal Republic of Germany)
1964 Malmö (Sweden)
1966 London (England)
1968 Lyon (France)
1970 Moscow (Soviet Union)
1972 Rotterdam (Netherlands)
1974 Novi Sad (Yugoslavia)
1976 Prague (Czechoslovakia)
1978 Duisburg (Federal Republic of Germany)
1980 Bern (Switzerland)
1982 Budapest (Hungary)
1984 Moscow (Soviet Union)
1986 Prague (Czechoslovakia)
1988 Paris (France)
1990 Gothenburg (Sweden)
1992 Stuttgart (Germany)
1994 Birmingham (England)
1996 Bratislava (Slovakia)
1998 Eindhoven (Netherlands)
2000 Bremen (Germany)
2002 Zagreb (Croatia)
2003 Courmayeur (Italy)
2005 Aarhus (Denmark)
2007 Belgrade (Serbia)
2008 St. Petersburg (Russia)
2009 Stuttgart (Germany)
2010 Ostrava (Czech Republic)
2011 Gdansk-Sopot (Poland)
2012 Herning (Denmark)
2013 Schwechat (Austria)
2014 Lisbon (Portugal)
2015 Ekaterinburg (Russia)


The 2016 European Table Tennis Championships will take place from 18-23 October 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.


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Events included

The European Championship events are...


  • Men's Singles
  • Women's Singles

  • Men's Doubles
  • Women's Doubles


  • Men's Team
  • Women's Team

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Format of events

Individual Events...

Individual events are played in groups of not less than 4 players during the qualification stage, followed by a knock-out competition.

Matches in individual events are the best of 7 games, except for the qualification rounds of the singles and doubles events up to the quarter-finals, which are the best of 5 games.

There are a maximum 64 places in the first round proper of the singles events and not more than 32 places in the first round proper of men's and women's doubles events.


Team Events...

In the period between two European Team Championships, a team competition (the European Qualification League) will take place.

The results will be used to allocate teams into the various divisions at the next European Championships and also to determine the seeding positions.

Matches in the team event are on a divisional format.

16 teams make up the Championships Division whilst 16 teams are in the Challenge Division and the remaining teams make up a Standard Division.

Only teams in the Championships Division can win the title of European Champions.

In each Division, the competition is a progressive knock-out, best of five sets.

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An Association can only enter one team in each team event and they can enter up to 5 players in a men's team and up to 5 players in a women's team.

For the individual events the organising Association can enter up to 16 players, consisting of not more than 10 men and not more than 10 women.

Any other Association can enter up to 12 players, consisting of not more than 7 men and not more than 7 women.

Within these limits different players can be entered for the team events and for the singles and doubles.

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Seeding for individual events will be based on the last World Ranking List published before the European Championships.

Seeding for doubles events will be based on a seeding list prepared by the Ranking Committee.

Seeding for team events will be based on the final positions in the European Qualification League.

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Previous Championships Results

Follow the links below for the results from previous European Championships...



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