Drenthe Cup International youth football tournament

Drenthe Cup International youth football tournament

Meppel, Netherlands

The Drenthe Cup, the largest international Whitsun youth football tournament in the Netherlands, is an 'old favourite' in the Euro-Sportring programme. In 2013, the tournament will be held for the twenty-fifth time. The Drenthe Cup has earned itself a very strong reputation; the programme runs smoothly, the referees are no pushovers and there is a fine programme on offer. For instance a festive prize-giving at the band stand and a barbeque in the pleasant centre of Meppel. Register quickly to avoid disappointment! 


MSC Antaris Meppel, MVV Alcides & SVN '69

The Drenthe Cup is organised by the Euro Youth Football Meppel Foundation in cooperation with MSC Antaris Meppel, MVV Alcides and SVN '69. These clubs have organised the Drenthe Cup since 1987. This tournament is one of the activities of the Foundation to promote and support football in Meppel.  


The tournament is played at two locations. The first location is sports complex Ezinge in the southern part of Meppel, the home of both MSC Antaris and MVV Alcides. With 10 grass pitches, 3 artificial grass pitches, a main pitch with stand and two nice clubhouses with canteens. The second location is Sports Park Tussenboerselanden is in Nijeveen, a village about 5 kilometres east of Meppel. It has 2 grass pitches, a cosy clubhouse with terrace and a natural swimming pool. Both locations are situated around 7 kilometres from each other.

The program of the international tournament:

Friday: Arrival in Meppel, check-in

Team leaders' meeting in the clubhouse of MVV Alcides 

Disco for participants at the clubhouse of MSC Antaris

Saturday: Tournament: group matches

Free evening programme, optional: boat trip in Giethoorn

Sunday: Tournament: classification matches and finals

Festive prize-giving ceremony and barbecue on the market square in Meppel

Monday: Departure

Participating countries: Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden.


As well as participation at the tournament, Euro-Sportring also arranges the accommodation for the participants. Participants can usually choose between school accommodation, group accommodation (youth accommodation and bungalows) and hotels. The accommodation we offer has been selected with care and must comply to a number of conditions, such as: are they within easy reach of the sports park, do they provide value for money, are they suitable for sports groups, are they safe and is the management  flexible.

Touristic information


Meppel has 55,000 residents and is just under 20 kilometres west of Hoogeveen in the north-east of the Netherlands. The friendly centre has a number of shopping streets, numerous restaurants, cafes and a street market on Saturday mornings. 

Swimming-centre Bad Hesselingen

Bad Hesselingen is a large subtropical indoor swimming paradise near the centre of Meppel. It has various attractions such as 5 slides/shoots including one 50 metre-slide, jet streams and a wild water river. There is also a poolside bar and a small restaurant. 

Boat trip Giethoorn

The village of Giethoorn, 10 kilometres from Meppel, is unique in the Netherlands because of its many bridges, waterways and 'punters' (typical Giethoorn boat) and therefore also called ‘Venice of the north'. The best way to see it all is by boat trip. 


Zwolle is 20 kilometres from Meppel. The old hanseatic City of Zwolle is the capital of the Province of Overijssel and is home to around 110,000 people. The city has many historic facades, wonderful mansion houses, city walls and canals. The centre, with its striking old gothic city hall, is a fine place for shopping and evenings out. There is enough choice. The area also offers lots of natural beauty, such as the food plains along the IJssel River. 

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