Sport Calendar in Amsterdam and the Netherlands
This is a full listing of the Dutch sporting calendar with a focus on major sports events in Amsterdam and around the Netherlands.
Football (soccer) is by far the most popular sport in the Netherlands. Taking in a match of the Dutch national team (Nederlands elftal) is perhaps one of the great experiences of world football. Seeing the Dutch fans bedecked in all orange brings back some fleeting memories of the mighty Holland teams from the 1970s and 80s. Johan Cruyff. Total Football. Ruud Gullit. Marco van Basten. Euro 88...
As of late, however, the Dutch team has been in crisis having failed to qualify for the last 2 major tournaments. Missing out on World Cup 2018 in Russia means the Dutch are now looking to the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifying.
The Dutch national team plays most of its home matches at either Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam or Stadion Feyenoord (De Kuyp) in Rotterdam. International matches:
Netherlands vs Peru – 6 Sep 2018, 2045 (Johan Cruyff ArenA) – friendly
Netherlands vs Germany – 13 Oct 2018, 2045 (Johan Cruyff ArenA) – UEFA Nations League
Netherlands vs France – 16 Nov 2018, 2045 (Stadion Feyenoord) – UEFA Nations League
Since winning the Euro2017 tournament on home soil, the Dutch women's team (Nederlands vrouwenelftal) has seen a big leap in popularity.
Dutch league (Eredivisie) matches are played from August to May with a winter's break in early January. AFC Ajax plays its home games at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam and the following fixtures make up its 2018/19 season:
Ajax vs Heracles Almelo – 11 Aug 2018, 1830
Ajax vs FC Emmen – 25 Aug 2018, 1830
Ajax vs FC Groningen – 15 Sep 2018, 2045
Ajax vs AZ – 7 Oct 2018, 1645
Ajax vs Feyenoord – 28 Oct 2018, 1430
Ajax vs Willem II – 3 Nov 2018, 1830
Ajax vs ADO Den Haag – 2 Dec 2018, 1215
Ajax vs De Graafschap – 16 Dec 2018, 1430
Ajax vs SC Heerenveen – 20 Jan 2019, 1645
Ajax vs VVV Venlo – 2 Feb 2019, 1945
Ajax vs NAC Breda – 17 Feb 2019, 1215
Ajax vs PEC Zwolle – 3 Mar 2019, 1430
Ajax vs Fortuna Sittard – 10 Mar 2019, 1645
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven – 31 Mar 2019, 1645
Ajax vs Excelsior – 14 Apr 2019, 1645
Ajax vs Vitesse – 24 Apr 2019, 2045
Ajax vs FC Utrecht – 12 May 2019, 1430
Ajax Open Day – Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam hosts an open day for Ajax fans to ring in the new season. Free entry, Saturday 28 Jul 2018.
Johan Cruyff Schaal (Cruyff Shield, winner Eredivisie vs winner KNVB Cup), season opener PSV Eindhoven vs Feyenoord – 4 Aug 2018, 1800 - Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
Athletics / Running / Walking
Friday Night Run – A free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Runners meet at the Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on the 2nd Friday of each month. Dates:
10 Aug 2018 / 14 Sep 2018 / 12 Oct 2018 / 9 Nov 2018 / 14 Dec 2018 / 11 Jan 2019 / 8 Feb 2019 / 8 Mar 2019 / 12 Apr 2019 / 10 May 2019 / 14 Jun 2019 / 12 Jul 2019
CPC (City-Pier-City) Run – An annual half marathon event in the Hague which is held in mid-March. Starting in the city, the flat course takes in Scheveningen beach before heading back to the centre. 45th edition will be run on Sunday 10 Mar 2019.
NN Rotterdam Marathon – This big marathon event in the Netherlands attracts over 20,000 competitors including a field of world-class athletes. One of the fastest marathon courses in the world, the race begins on Erasmus Bridge with the finish line being on the Coolsingel. Up to a million spectators line the streets of Rotterdam. The 39th edition will take place on Sunday 7 Apr 2019.
Gaasperplasrun – 1km, 2km, 5km and 10km runs around the Gaasperplaas, a lake in south-east Amsterdam. 25th edition scheduled for Jun 2019, date to be confirmed.
Ladiesrun Rotterdam – 5km, 7.5km and 10km running event for ladies only, held in Rotterdam. 13th edition due Jun 2019, date to be confirmed.
Dutch Atheltics Championships (NK) – Annual Dutch Championships meet takes place in summer, with qualification places up for grabs to the 2019 World Athletics Championship in Doha. Venue and dates to be confirmed.
Nijmegen Vierdaagse – International four days marches event around the city of Nijmegen with up to 50,000 participants - walking 30km to 50km per day over all 4 days. 103rd edition will be held over 16-19 Jul 2019.
Dam tot Dam Loop – Very popular fun-run event with tens of thousands of participants - the 34th edition takes place over the weekend of 22-23 Sep 2018. The main 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam is staged on Sunday 23 Sep 2018, with staggered starts at Prins Hendrikkade.
TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 43rd edition of Amsterdam's marathon event will be held on Sunday 21 Oct 2018. The race starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.
Amsterdam City Walk – 11, 18, 26 and 33 km walking events held the day before the Amsterdam marathon taking in the highlights of the city. Saturday 20 Oct 2018, the longer walks start from the Olympic Stadium.
Olympic Stadium Run – The Olympischstadionloop (41st edition) is a 1km/5km/10km running event which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium in the south of Amsterdam. Scheduled for 11 Nov 2018.
Movember Run Amsterdam – 5km charitable (and humorous) run around the Vondelpark in Amsterdam to raise funds for Movember. Also counts as the official Dutch Championship (NK) for running with a moustache. Expected late Nov 2018.
Netherlands hosts 2 ATP tournaments during the year:
ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event at Ahoy Rotterdam between 11-17 Feb 2019. A strong field of top 20 players is due at the 46th edition.
Libéma Open – International grass court tournament (men’s ATP and women’s WTA) at the Autotron Rosmalen near Den Bosch, 1 hour south of Amsterdam. Used as a warm-up to Wimbledon for some players. 30th edition, 10-16 Jun 2019.
KLM Open – European Tour event will be held at The Dutch links course in Spijk (Gorinchem) on 13-16 Sep 2018.
Jumping Amsterdam – Indoor international equestrian event featuring some of the world’s best show jumping and dressage riders. Amsterdam RAI, 24-27 Jan 2019.
Amsterdam Sevens – Annual international rugby sevens tournament with over 120 teams to be played at the National Rugby Centre in Amsterdam, 1-2 Jun 2019.
Tri Amsterdam – International triathlon event which offers half-distance and full Olympic distance courses around the Amstel river area. July 2019 date to be confirmed.
Premier League – The invitational Premier League of darts event returns to the Netherlands for the 3rd time. See Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and co at the Ahoy Rotterdam, April 2019 dates to be confirmed.
Dutch Moto GP – Popular motorcycle racing event held at the Assen TT circuit. June 2019, dates to be confirmed.
Ben Bril Boxing Gala – Ben Bril (1912-2003) was a Jewish Dutch boxer who fought at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and later survived deportation to a German concentration camp. This annual boxing and dinner show at Theater Carré is held in his memory. 12th anniversary edition due to be held 15 October 2018.
Grachtenrace – Up to 140 sloop boats race over a 22km course around Amsterdam's canals. The race starts near Jan Schaeferbrug (bridge) at IJhaven and the route takes in various canals including Herengracht, Leidsegracht and Singelsgracht. The finish is at Oosterdok by the Maritime Museum. 32nd edition is on due Saturday 13 Oct 2018.
Amsterdam City Swim – This charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city features up to 3,000 participants. Sunday 9 Sep 2018.
Friday Night Skate – A 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.
League Finals – Ball sport (kind of netball-basketball cross) invented in the Netherlands. League finals day will be on in Apr 2019 (dates unconfirmed) at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.