The project

The International Swiss U16 Cup follows a unique tradition. The organizers make a point of giving teenagers from a crisis region a chance to compete with other young football players from the same age. Therefore a Special Guest Team completes the field of participants. In 2004 a team from Kosovo and in 2006 a mixed team of Israelis and Palestinians participated at the U16 Cup. The Special Guest Team from Sudan in 2009 brought African rhythm to Bad Ragaz. Teams from Sierra Leone (2011), Laos (2013) and the indian Slums (2015) were following up.

After the participation of the Special Guest Team at the U16 Cup, different successor projects should expedite the development of the teenagers. Many training camps were organized in crisis regions.

In those trainings, teenagers contacted other teenagers from different, but in particular from made enemies of ethnic groups. They trained and played together and learned to respect each other. Sport broke down all walls. Walls which politicians try to protect with force of arms since decades. The participation of Special Guest Teams at the International Swiss U16 Cup induced that the United Nations wanted to take over the patronage. The former Federal Counsel of Switzerland, Adolf Ogi, personally opened the tournament.