Participation in the European Youth Olympic Festival is open to all European young athletes nominated by their National Olympic Committee (NOC) and that is a Member of the EOC, subject to the current EYOF Charter and EOC regulations on age categories and quotas for each EYOF edition. The qualification criteria for athletes/teams are in the remit of the respective NOC/NFs, with the exception of Ice Hockey, Basketball, Handball and Volleyball, where the qualification systems/criteria are set up by the respective IF/EFs.
All competitors at the EYOF must hold citizenship of the country or territory of the NOC that enters them, or be entitled to citizenship of the country when they reach legal adulthood. In any case, the NOC must, as and when requested by the Organising Committee or the EOC, duly prove the nationality, citizenship or right to obtain one or other by the competitor. An NOC that wishes to enter an athlete who does not meet these criteria, must submit a written and detailed request to the EOC EYOF Commission not later than two months before the date of the Opening Ceremony.