There is one class for women and one class for men.
All three individual races are part of the World Cup.
There are no age restrictions. Competitors representing federations of the IOF, defined by the International Olympic Committee as belonging to the European continent, can compete in EOC. Competitors representing other full member federations of the IOF can participate in EOC but will not be eligible for European titles, medals or diplomas.
Competitors who are representing a federation shall have full passport-holding citizenship of the country of that federation. A competitor may represent only one federation during any one calendar year.
There is no limit on the number of runners and officials in a team. In the individual events a federation may enter a maximum of 6 runners in each class. The current European Champion shall be given a wild card to enter the qualification in the next EOC in addition to the ordinary entries from his/her federation (in which case one starting group may have three competitors from that federation). In each individual competition, the competitors placed number 17 and better in each qualification race heat may run in the A-final.
There will be B-final for runners who do not qualify for A-final. Middle and long distance B-final will be held before A-final. Sprint B-final will be after the A-final.
In the relay a federation may enter 2 teams each consisting of 3 competitors, but only the better placed team will count in the prize list. Incomplete teams and teams with runners from more than one federation are not allowed. Under no circumstances may persons other than entered competitors participate in the competition.
Each participating Federation shall appoint a team manager to act as a contact person between the team and the organizer. It is the team manager’s duty to see that the team receives all necessary information.
Competitors participate at their own risk. Insurance against accidents is the responsibility of the Federation or the individual competitor according to national regulations.