18. – 26.06.2016
Heading towards South Tyrol
After the EUROPEADA was organised in 2008 at the Romansh in Grisons, Switzerland, and in 2012 at the Lusatian Sorbs in Germany, the European football championship of the autochthonous, national minorities will take place in South Tyrol in June 2016. In the Pustertal Valley and the Badia Valley, for the first time 24 teams will compete for the title; last time there were 19 teams. The championship will take place at the same time as the EURO 2016 of UEFA.
The organiser of the football tournament is the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN). The local hosts are the Ladins and the German-speaking South Tyroleans, who won the EUROPEADA two times. There is, however, one major difference with the UEFA EURO 2016: for the first time 2016, there will be a women’s tournament too! Like with the male teams, also the female teams consist of persons belonging to minorities, who compete against each other in non-professional football.
At the EUROPEADA the living diversity of autochthonous minorities meets – this makes this European football championship a very special and major sportive event. An integral part of the EUROPEADA is also its Cultural Day, where the different minorities present themselves.