Due to its growing impact on Europe's economy and society, sport has gained an important place in European strategies and programmes such as Erasmus+. As a consequence, comparable statistics are needed to strengthen evidence-based policies in the field of sport.

However, at EU level, there are no specific collections of data related to this topic. Therefore, sport statistics have to be derived from other EU multi-purpose data collections.

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of sport, the statistics of this area relate to the following dimensions: