Fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympics. Based on the traditional skills of swordsmanship, the modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century. The three disciplines in modern fencing are the foil, the épée, and the sabre; winning points are made through the contact with an opponent. Competitive fencing is one of the five activities which have been featured in every modern Olympic Games.


The foil is a light thrusting weapon with a maximum weight of 500 grams. The foil targets the torso, but not the arms or legs.

The foil has a small circular hand guard that serves to protect the hand from direct stabs. As the hand is not a valid target in foil, this is primarily for safety. Touches are scored only with the tip; hits with the side of the blade do not register on the electronic scoring apparatus. Touches that land outside the target area stop the action, but are not scored. Only a single touch can be awarded to either fencer at the end of a phrase. If both fencers land touches within a close enough interval of milliseconds to register two lights on the machine, the referee uses the rules of "right of way" to determine which fencer is awarded the touch, or if an off-target hit has priority over a valid hit, in which case no touch is awarded. If the referee is unable to determine which fencer has right of way, no touch is awarded.


The épée is a thrusting weapon like the foil, but heavier, with a maximum total weight of 770 grams. In épée, the entire body is valid target.

The hand guard on the épée is a large circle that extends towards the pommel, effectively covering the hand, which is a valid target in épée. Like foil, all hits must be with the tip and not the sides of the blade. Hits with the side of the blade do not register on the electronic scoring apparatus (and do not halt the action). As the entire body is legal target, there is no concept of an off-target touch, except if the fencer accidentally strikes the floor, setting off the light and tone on the scoring apparatus. Unlike foil and sabre, épée does not use "right of way", and awards simultaneous touches to both fencers. However, if the score is tied in a match at the last point and a double touch is scored, the point is null and void.


The sabre is a light cutting and thrusting weapon that targets the entire body above the waist, except the weapon hand.

Saber is the newest weapon to be used. Like the foil, the maximum legal weight of a sabre is 500 grams. The hand guard on the sabre extends from hilt to the point at which the blade connects to the pommel. This guard is generally turned outwards during sport to protect the sword arm from touches. Hits with the entire blade or point are valid. As in foil, touches that land outside the target area are not scored. However, unlike foil, these off-target touches do not stop the action, and the fencing continues. In the case of both fencers landing a scoring touch, the referee determines which fencer receives the point for the action, again through the use of "right of way".

The European Championships

We will provide a great and fair environment for athletes in this important competition for their qualification for the Olympic Games 2020 and for our guests to experience fencing on the highest level with all emotions that come with it.



The timetable will be updated as soon as the allocation of disciplines is fixed.

Saturday, June 15th

Delivery of accreditation cards, Start of weapon control

Sunday, June 16th

Delivery of accreditation cards, Weapon control

Monday, June 17th

Individual competitions: Men's foil, Women's sabre, Opening Ceremony

Congress of the European Fencing Confederation

Tuesday, June 18th

Individual competitions: Mens's epee, Women's foil

Wednesday, June 19th

Individual competitions: Women's epee, Men's sabre

Thursday, June 20th

Team competitions: Men's foil, Women's sabre

Friday, June 21st

Team competitions: Mens's epee, Women's foil

Saturday, June 22nd

Team competitions: Women's epee, Men's sabre, Closing Ceremony

Organizing committee

Members of the Board

The members of the board are responsible for the strategic decisions

Claudia Bokel


German Fencing Federation

Dieter Lammer

Vice President International Affairs

German Fencing Federation

Henning von Reden

Vice President Finance

German Fencing Federation

Operations Team

The operations team constists of the "chief of operations", who is in charge of the daily business of the organizing committee, and the heads of the divisions who are working with their respective teams to plan and organise the European Championships.

Philipp Gorray

Chief of Operations

Responsible for the operative management and coordination of the divisions

Stella Kluge

Head of Public Relations


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Sportstadt Düsseldorf

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