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 Cruijff. 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 and losing the final of the 2019 UEFA Nations League means the Dutch are now looking towards the Euro 2020 qualifying.
The Dutch national team plays most of its home matches at either Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam or Stadion Feyenoord (De Kuyp) in Rotterdam.
Euro 2020 Qualification group C home international matches:
Netherlands vs Northern Ireland – 10 Oct 2019, 2045 (Stadion Feyenoord, Rotterdam)
Netherlands vs Estonia – 19 Nov 2019, 2045 (Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam)
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 Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam. We are awaiting the fixture list for the 2019/20 season.
Ajax Open Day – Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam hosts an open day for Ajax fans to ring in the new season. Free entry, late Jul 2020.
Johan Cruyff Schaal (Cruijff Shield, winner Eredivisie vs winner KNVB Cup), season opener.
AFC Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven – 27 Jul 2019, 1800 (Johan Cruijff Arena Amsterdam)
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:
14 Jun 2019 / 12 Jul 2019 / 9 Aug 2019 / 13 Sep 2019 / 11 Oct 2019 / 8 Nov 2019 / 13 Dec 2019/10 Jan 2020/14 Feb 2020/13 Mar 2020/10 Apr 2020/8 May 2020
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. 46th edition will be run on Sunday 8 Mar 2020.
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 40th edition will take place on Sunday 2 Apr 2020.
Gaasperplasrun – 1km, 2km, 5km and 10km runs around the Gaasperplaas, a lake in south-east Amsterdam. 26th edition scheduled for Jun 2020.
Ladiesrun Rotterdam – 5km, 7.5km and 10km running event for ladies only, held in Rotterdam. 13th edition due 16 Jun 2019.
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. 26-28 Jul 2019 at Haag Atletiek in Den Haag.
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 35th edition takes place over the weekend of 21-22 Sep 2019. The main 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam is staged on Sunday 22 Sep 2019, with staggered starts at Prins Hendrikkade.
TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 44th edition of Amsterdam’s marathon event will be held on Sunday 20 Oct 2019. The race starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.
Amsterdam City Walk – 11, 18, 27 and 33 km walking events held the day before the Amsterdam marathon taking in the highlights of the city. Saturday 19 Oct 2019, 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 10 Nov 2019.
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 30 Nov 2019.
Netherlands hosts 2 ATP tournaments during the year:
ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event at Ahoy Rotterdam between 10-17 Feb 2020. A strong field of top 20 players is due at the 47th 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 (100th edition) will be held at The International course in Amsterdam on 12-15 Sep 2019.
Jumping Amsterdam – Indoor international equestrian event featuring some of the world’s best show jumping and dressage riders. Amsterdam RAI, 23-26 Jan 2020.
Longines World Breeding Dressage Championships – Equestrian event for young horses at National Hippic Centre in Ermelo over 1-4 Aug 2019.
Amsterdam Sevens – Annual international rugby sevens tournament with over 120 teams to be played at the National Rugby Centre in Amsterdam. Expected early Jun 2020.
Tri Amsterdam – International triathlon event which offers half-distance and full Olympic distance courses around the Amstel river area. 30 Jun 2019.
Premier League – The invitational Premier League of darts event returns to the Netherlands for the 4th time in 2020. See Michael van Gerwen and co at the Ahoy Rotterdam, 2020 dates to be announced.
World Series of Darts Finals – International PDC darts tournament featuring the world’s top players comes to AFAS Live in Amsterdam. 1-3 Nov 2019.
Barney Dome: Farewell to the Legend – An fun evening to celebrate the career of Dutch darts legend Raymond van Barneveld who is retiring from the sport. Special guests will include Phil Taylor, Martin Adams, Booby George and Robin van Persie. At Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 8 Feb 2020.
Formula 1 – The historic circuit at Zandvoort (near Amsterdam) is scheduled to host a Formula 1 motor race in the 2020 season. This will be the first F1 race in the Netherlands since 1985. Dates to be confirmed.
Dutch Moto GP – Popular motorcycle racing event held at the Assen TT circuit. 28-30 Jun 2019.
DTM Race – The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters touring car series comes to Assen circuit over 19-21 Jul 2019.
World Port Tournament Baseball – International baseball event featuring the Netherlands, Curaçao, Japan, Taiwan and USA. 12-21 Jul 2019 at Neptunus Family stadium in Rotterdam.
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. 13th anniversary edition due to be held 7 Nov 2019.
UEC Track Cycling European Championships – The Omnisport in Appeldoorn hosts this year’s European elite track cycling championships. 16-20 Oct 2019.
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. 33rd edition is due 12 Oct 2019.
Amsterdam City Swim – This charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city features up to 3,000 participants. Sunday 8 Sep 2019.
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 held in Apr 2020 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
Invictus Games 2020
The international games founded by Prince Harry for wounded and sick armed service personnel will be held in the Netherlands in 2020. With 500 participants, the program includes 10 sports: athletics, powerlifting, archery, indoor rowing, JLR Driving Challenge, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, cycling, sitting volleyball and swimming. The venue will be around the Zuiderpark in Den Haag (The Hague) over 9-16 May 2020.