Rattenfänger Trophy International youth football tournament

Rattenfänger Trophy International youth football tournament

Hameln Germany

To football fans, this international youth football tournament is probably better known than the Pied Piper of the classical fairytale. No wonder, because the Rattenfanger Trophy has been amongst the best-rated tournaments in Germany for over ten years. Participants get plenty of coverage from the local press. Your goal might even be pictured in the newspaper! One of the tournament’s highlights is the players’ party, but we should not forget the finals themselves, which are played in the Weserbergland Stadium, used in 2006 as a training base by World Cup finalists France! This international youth football tournament is a true fairytale! 


SG Hameln '74

The organiser of this international youth football tournament is SG Hameln’74, founded in 1974 and which now has about 500 members. SG Hameln'74 has 12 football teams of which 8 are youth teams. Apart from football there are also gymnastics, table-tennis, volleyball and badminton sections. A large group of over 60 volunteers have organised this tournament for 7 years already. Also the city of Hameln actively supports the event every year and the local radio 'Radio-Aktiv' and the regional newspaper 'Dewezet' give daily coverage of the event.


The club SG Hameln organises this international youth football tournament at 3 venues located around the historical city centre. The venues are within approx. 6 kilometres of each other. One of the locations is the modestly sized Weserbergland Stadium with 2 grass pitches, stands, changing rooms and stalls for snacks and drinks. The other 2 locations also each have 2 pitches and a local club as hosts. There is a clubhouse with canteen and changing rooms at all locations together with extra facilities for food and drinks.

The program of the international tournament:

Friday: Arrival Hameln Check-in and information from 15:00-18:00 hours

Reception and welcoming party for the team leaders at the clubhouse

Players: free programme: visit to Hameln town centre

Saturday: Tournament - preliminaries

'Pied-Piper Party' in youth centre "Regenbogen"

Sunday: Tournament - classification matches/finals

Prize-giving ceremony after the finals at Weserbergland Stadium

Monday: Departure

Participating countries; Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia.


As well as participation at the international youth football tournament, Euro-Sportring also arranges the accommodation for the participants. The map provides an overview of the tournament location(s) and the accommodation options in the region.

Touristic information


This international youth football tournament takes place in Hameln, the Pied Piper city, which is approximately 40 km south west of Hannover, in northern Germany. This city, which is home to 60,000 people, has been the economic, cultural and tourist hub of Weserbergland for centuries. It has a lively centre with lots of pavement cafés and a pedestrian area, which is ideal for the many tourists who come to admire the wonderfully restored city centre. Hameln is of course also famous thanks to the legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln (1284). In the summer months, the story of the Pied Piper is acted out regularly in the streets. 

Adventure park Rasti-Land

Adventure park Rasti-Land (25 km/30 min. from Hameln) with for example: Rapid River Course, summer-bobsleigh, cable railway, aqua-chutes and giant slide. When the weather is fine, the two outdoor swimming pools in Hameln provide the opportunity for a dip. 

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