In 1998 during the preparations for the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the granting of
municipal status to the town of Altstätten, the idea of complementing the numerous cultural
events with a sporting extravaganza was born. The initiators decided to organize an
international U18 football tournament. Thanks to the support provided by Marcel Staub,
technical manager of the biggest junior tournament in Europe (The FIFA Youth Cup in Zurich),
it was already possible to attract prominent teams to come to Altstätten the very first time the
tournament was held.
As a result of the huge success and extremely positive international feedback, the organizing
committee decided to stage the tournament again in 2000. Bearing in mind the financial
burden, and in order to maintain its exclusivity, it was decided that the event should be held
every two years.
Today the tournament is able to describe itself as the number 3 in Switzerland, behind the
FIFA Youth Cup in Zurich and the Easter Tournament in Bellinzona. As a result of the re-
structuring of the age categories in 2002, the U18 has evolved into a U19 football tournament.
Meanwhile, through our resolute promotional activities, we have progressed to become a
popular partner for international tournament organizers too. This cooperation makes it easier to
attract the participation of top-class teams. Enquiries directed at amalgamation with other
tournaments or closer working arrangements in other areas (e.g. marketing) have thus far
elicited a negative response from us, since we wish to remain independent and continue to
lend the tournament our own very individual note.
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