Whitsun tournament 2017 NOT on Whitsun

This has never happened during the entire tournament history of the international U-19 football tournament in Stemwede: for the first time the 2017 tournament will not take place at Whitsun weekend, but one week earlier instead. “Next year the Whitsun date and the sportive schedule of lots of clubs simply don’t match” according to Christian Bäcker, sporting lead of the tournament. In simple words: the Whitsun weekend is the first weekend in June, however, the season of most of the clubs ends in the first half of May already. “Especially the German clubs, but also foreign clubs signalized early enough that they won’t be able to play tournaments in June anymore due to the fact that those are the only weeks this year where they can send their players on leave” according to Bäcker. “Especially for the 40th tournament it would be a pity to forego German and international top teams. This is why we decided to walk down this road and to play the 2017 tournament at the long Ascension Day weekend end of May.” Wolfgang Rosengarten adds, “the new date will challenge us tremendously. Therefore, we’ve had loads of clarification meetings in all directions to ensure the tournament conditions can again be guaranteed. Especially important to us was that all our 40 team leaders were part of this agreement. Without them it would not be possible to handle this project. We are now about to tackle and prepare the upcoming tasks in common.” As a matter of fact, the preliminary matches in 2017 will take place in cooperation with the tournament partners SuS Holzhausen and Viktoria Lavelsloh. The traditional penalty shoot out will also take place as usual. The 40th edition of the international U-19 tournament the “Volksbank-Cup 2017” will start at Ascension Day, continue on Friday and end on Saturday (25th- 27th of May, 2017). During the upcoming weeks details regarding participants, schedule and other actions will be announced.