The European Fencing Confederation (EFC) was founded on 26th October, 1991 in Vienna, Austria. Formerly established under the name “Union Européenne d’Escrime”, it was renamed into the English name a few years later. In 2009, the EFC passed its articles of confederation.
The international body, charged with the promotion and development of fencing in Europe, consists of 44 member countries and therefore it is the continental confederation with the most active members under the authority of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) . The EFC annually applies for more than 4000 FIE-licences – that’s almost three times more than any other continental confederation.
Every year the EFC organizes the European Championships, on senior, junior and cadet levels. Other goals are to promote and develop fencing in Europe, to facilitate technical collaboration between the different members, to coordinate and improve the teaching of fencing in Europe and to represent fencing to European authorities.
The work in youth and veterans is exemplary. For instance, there is a cadet circuit which is unique in the world, also the EFC established a U23-European Championship to assist talented athletes not to give up the sport. There is also a championship for veterans and much more.
The Executive Committee is based in Gröbenzell near Munich, Germany, where the Secretary General, Mr. Max Geuter, is based.
The Executive Committee elects the members of commissions and councils that deal with specialized areas like competition, veterans, promotion, referees, technical requests, training, athletes, finance, handicapped, medical and women.