Live stream the 2023 European Games in your country

Updated: July 12, 2023

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From boxing and fencing to cycling and karate, the 2023 European Games were an opportunity for the world’s top athletes to shine ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics. Congratulations to Italy for winning the European Games with 100 total medials, well above Germany (63) and France (62). Italy topped the count with 35 gold medals. Roughly 7,000 athletes from 48 different countries went to Kraków and Małopolska, Poland, to compete in 29 different sports, 19 of which will be featured in next summer’s Olympic Games. Although some sports kicked off June 20, the European Games officially began with the opening ceremonies in Henryk Reyman Municipal Stadium in Kraków on June 21, while closing ceremonies occurred on for July 2.

Even if you can’t secure a seat to watch the European Games, it’s easy to get your fix by following the live broadcast online. Read on to learn how to live stream your favorite events securely with a VPN.

How to watch the 2023 European Games from anywhere

The European Games’ official website is streaming every event for free! You can securely catch the action in just a few steps:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a U.K. server location.
  3. Head to
  4. Enjoy the games!

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Where to watch 2023 European Games for free

BBC iPlayer

The BBC holds broadcasting rights for the 2023 European Games in the UK, and you can watch online via BBC iPlayer and the mobile app. Note that you may need a UK postcode (e.g., KT6 4EU, NW5 2HR) to successfully stream the European Games!


Irish free-to-air channel RTÉ is showing the 2023 European Games, and you can securely stream the action by turning on your VPN and using the broadcaster’s free, on-demand streaming service, RTÉ Player. With over 200 hours of Irish shows and international content, viewers can also enjoy everything from kids’ shows to news, football, and other sports live on RTÉ Player.


Germany’s Ard and ZDF are set to offer live and free German-language coverage of the 2023 European Games. Catch the entire tournament at and (be sure to check their schedules before you tune in).


The Austrian service ORF will offer free streams of the 2023 European Games, also in German. ORF is also a reliable source for MotoGP, F1, and several cycling events. 


The Belgian channel RTBF will air the 2023 European Games with French commentary. To stream, just connect to its free online streaming platform, Auvio. RTBF is a fantastic channel for sports fans, as it also offers free live streams of Formula 1, cycling, tennis, and more.


Spanish broadcaster RTVE will broadcast the 2023 European Games. RTVE is free and includes both local and international content.

Where else can I watch the 2023 European Games?


Price: Varies

Channels: Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2

Eurosport provides live streams of select beach volleyball events in several European markets. Just be sure to check the official Eurosport schedule! Eurosport offers a seven-day free trial.

2023 European Games Schedule

Which sport are you most excited to see in the 2023 European Games? Here’s the full list of events, as well as when you’ll see your favorite sports.

AquaticsJune 21-25 (artistic swimming); June 22-28 (diving)
ArcheryJune 23-28
AthleticsJune 20-25 (event competitions begin before opening ceremony)
BadmintonJune 26-July 2
Basketball (3X3)June 21-24
Beach handballJune 20-22 (event competitions begin before opening ceremony)
Beach soccerJune 27-July 1
BoxingJune 23-28; June 30-July 2
BreakdancingJune 25-26
CanoeingJune 21-24 (sprint); June 29-July 2 (slalom)
CyclingJune 21-22 (BMX); June 25 (mountain biking)
FencingJune 25-30
JudoJuly 1
KarateJune 22-23
KickboxingJune 30-July 2
Modern pentathlonJune 25-29; July 1
MuaythaiJune 25-27
PadelJune 21-25
Rugby sevensJune 25-27
ShootingJune 22-July 2
Ski jumpingJune 26-July 1
Sport climbingJune 22-25
Table tennisJune 23-July 1
TaekwondoJune 23-26
TeqballJune 28-July 1
TriathlonJune 27-28; July 1

Where are the 2023 European Games?

The 2023 European Games will be held in Kraków and Małopolska, Poland, marking the first time Poland has hosted the event. Azerbaijan held the inagural European Games in 2015, with Belarus following in 2019. As of June 2023, a host for the 2027 European Games has not yet been announced.

How do you qualify for the 2023 European Games?

The qualifications for competing in the European Games typically depend on the sport. In badminton, for example, players must have participated in a minimum of three tournaments counting towards the World Rankings lists during the European Games qualifying period (March 28, 2022, through Mach 26, 2023) and have been registered in the World Ranking list as of March 28, 2023.

How frequent are the European Games?

Much like the Olympics, the European Games take place every four years. Barring any unexpected schedule changes, the next edition should take place in 2027, though a host nation is still yet to be decided.

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