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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.

Dutch Football

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…

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Netherlands football shirts including Van Basten’s Euro 88 shirt (displayed at the since closed Ajax Experience)

As of late, the fortunes of the Dutch team has been mixed. The Netherlands failed to qualify for both Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018. They were losing finalists in the 2019 UEFA Nations League and reached the last 16 of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament. The Dutch have qualified for World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

The Dutch national team plays most of its home matches at either Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam or Stadion Feyenoord (De Kuyp) in Rotterdam, with the occasional match at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven.

Netherlands home internationals (UEFA Nations League):
Netherlands vs Belgium 25 Sep 2022 (2045) – Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam

Netherlands (Group A) fixtures at FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar:
Senegal vs Netherlands 21 Nov 2022 (1100 CET – Amsterdam time)
Netherlands vs Ecuador 25 Nov 2022 (1700 CET)
Netherlands vs Qatar 29 Nov 2022 (1600 CET)

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 normally 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.

Johan Cruyff Schaal (Cruijff Shield, winner Eredivisie vs winner KNVB Beker), season opener.
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven – expected 30 Jul 2022 (2000)

Ajax home fixtures for the 2022/23 season:

Ajax vs FC Groningen 14 Aug 2022 (1430)
Ajax vs Cambuur 3 Sep 2022 (1630)
Ajax vs SC Heerenveen 10 Sep 2022 (1845)
Ajax vs Go Ahead Eagles 1 Oct 2022 (2000)
Ajax vs Excelsior 15 Oct 2022 (2000)
Ajax vs Vitesse 29 Oct 2022 (tba)
Ajax vs PSV 5 Nov 2022 (tba)
Ajax vs FC Twente 14 Jan 2023 (2000)
Ajax vs Volendam 26 Jan 2023 (2100)
Ajax vs RKC Waalwijk 11 Feb 2023 (tba)
Ajax vs Sparta 18 Feb 2023 (tba)
Ajax vs NEC 4 Mar 2023 (tba)
Ajax vs Feyenoord 18 Mar 2023 (tba)
Ajax vs Fortuna Sittard 8 Apr 2023 (tba)
Ajax vs Emmen 15 Apr 2023 (tba)
Ajax vs AZ 6 May 2023 (tba)
Ajax vs FC Utrecht 21 May 2023 (1430)

If you want to sample some Dutch football at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven it is possible to buy official PSV home matches here (2022-23 season) including the big match PSV vs Ajax

johan cruijff arena amsterdamThe Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium VIP tour (2 hours) takes you around the stadium with a guide. Walk through the tunnel to see the pitch, the dug-outs, the main stand, press room and Ajax Gallery of Fame. Includes a drink in the Skybox with great views.

Athletics / Running / Walking Events in the Netherlands

NN Rotterdam Marathon – This big marathon event in the Netherlands normally 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 42nd edition is scheduled for 16 Apr 2023.

Dutch Athletics Championships (NK) – Annual Dutch Championships outdoor meet takes place each summer. Next event expected June 2023 at SPRINT Breda.

Nijmegen Vierdaagse – International four days marches event around the city of Nijmegen with up to 50,000 participants – walking 30km, 40km or 50km per day over all 4 days. The 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled. The 104th edition is scheduled for 19-22 Jul 2022.

Dam tot Dam Loop – Popular fun-run event which includes the world’s biggest 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam attracting almost 50,000 participants. Due 17-18 Sep 2022, after the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled.

CPC (City-Pier-City) Run – An annual half marathon event in the Hague which is (normally) held in mid-March. Starting in the city, the flat course takes in Scheveningen beach before heading back to the centre. Next edition has been rescheduled for Sunday 25 Sep 2022.

Amsterdam City Walk – 10, 14, 17, 20, 26 and 33 km walking events held the day before the Amsterdam marathon taking in the highlights of the city. Saturday 15 Oct 2022, the longer walks start from the Olympic Stadium.

TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The Amsterdam’s marathon event will be held on Sunday 16 Oct 2022. The race starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.

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Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam

Gaasperplasrun – 1km, 2km, 5km and 10km runs around the Gaasperplaas, a lake in south-east Amsterdam. Now expected on 30 Oct 2022.

Olympic Stadium Run – The Olympischstadionloop is a 5km and 10km running event which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium in the south of Amsterdam. Expected 13 Nov 2022.

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. The 2020 and 2021 events were virtual, could return in November 2022.

Tennis Events in the Netherlands

Netherlands hosts 2 ATP tournaments during the year:

ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event at Ahoy Rotterdam between 11-19 Feb 2023. A strong field of top 20 players is due at the 50th anniversary 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. Expected 10-18 Jun 2023.

Motorsport in the Netherlands

Formula 1 – With the rise of local star Max Verstappen, Formula 1 is seeing record popularity in the Netherlands. F1 has come back to the historic circuit at Zandvoort (near Amsterdam) with the race in 2021 being the first since 1985. The next Dutch Grand Prix F1 race weekend will be over 2-4 Sep 2022 – tickets are all sold out though some official 3 day packages remain – check availability here [or in Dutch here]

Dutch MotoGP – Popular motorcycle racing event held at the Assen TT circuit. Next event is scheduled for 23-25 Jun 2023.

Dutch Cricket

One Day International Super League Series:
Netherlands vs England 17/19/22 Jun 2022 at VRA, Amstelveen
Netherlands vs New Zealand 4/6 Aug 2022 at VCC, Voorburg
Netherlands vs Pakistan 16/18/21 Aug 2022 at V.O.C. Rotterdam

Golf Tournaments in the Netherlands

Dutch Open – European Tour event due at Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt (Den Bosch) over 25-29 May 2023, dates to be confirmed.

Big Green Egg Open – Ladies European Tour event due at Rosendaelsche Golf Club in Arnhem over 14-17 Jul 2022.

Baseball

World Port Tournament Baseball – International biennial baseball event featuring the Netherlands, Curaçao, Japan, Taiwan and USA. Expected to return in 2023 at Neptunus Family stadium in Rotterdam.

Boxing

Ben Bril Boxing Gala – Ben Bril (1912-2003) was a Jewish Dutch boxer who fought aged 16 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. Note, the 2020 and 2021 events have not gone ahead, the future of this event is uncertain.

Cycling

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships – The 2023 world championships will be held at Hoogerheide in the Netherlands on 4-5 Feb 2023.

Darts

Premier League – The invitational Premier League of darts event is expected to return to the Netherlands in spring 2023 at Ahoy Rotterdam.

Equestrian

Jumping Amsterdam – Indoor international equestrian event featuring some of the world’s best show jumping and dressage riders. At RAI Amsterdam on 26-29 Jan 2023, the 2021 and 2022 events were cancelled.

Hockey

FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup – The Women’s World Cup hockey event will be held jointly in Amstelveen, Netherlands (at Wagener Stadium) and Terrassa, Spain. Runs 1-17 Jul 2022.

Inline Skating

Friday Night Skate – A 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.

Korfball

League Finals – Ball sport (kind of netball-basketball cross) invented in the Netherlands. League finals day will be in April 2023, venue to be announced.

Padel

World Padel Tour Amsterdam Open – Racquet sport tournament event will run 28 Sep to 2 Oct 2022 at Plaza Padel and De Centrale Markthal in Amsterdam.

Rowing

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. The 35th edition is scheduled for 8 Oct 2022.

Rugby

Amsterdam Sevens – Annual international rugby sevens tournament with over 120 teams to be played at the National Rugby Centre in Amsterdam. The 50th edition will be held in June 2023, dates to be confirmed.

Swimming

Amsterdam City Swim – This charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city features up to 3,000 participants. Scheduled for 28 Aug 2022.

Triathlon

Tri Amsterdam – International triathlon event which offers half-distance and full Olympic distance courses from Bella Vista park around the Amstel river area. Expected to return June 2023, dates to be confirmed.

Volleyball

FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship 2022 – The Women’s Volleyball World Championships will be jointly held by the Netherlands and Poland. The 3 Dutch host cities will be Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Rotterdam. Runs 23 Sep to 15 Oct 2022.

King of the Court: Utrecht 2022 – Beach volleyball European finals event for men and women will be held at Jaarbeursplein in Utrecht over 6-11 Sep 2022.

World Police & Fire Games 2022

Rotterdam hosts the international games event for active and retired police and fire personnel. 10,000 participants are expected to compete in 63 sports at 40 different venues in and around Rotterdam. The Games will run 22-31 Jul 2022.

Last updated 4 July 2022. This article was first published in 2019 and has been regularly updated.

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