Top of Holland Trophy

Top of Holland Trophy

International youth football tournament Assen Netherlands

This international youth football tournament is well-known in the north of the Netherlands. Since the first edition in 1994, the organising club Achilles 1894 has welcomed more than a thousand teams at its sports park. The over 100-year-old club is one of the biggest in the north of the country and plays at the top level in the region. The secrets of the Top of Holland Trophy? The imposing sports park which always makes a big impression on guests and… the pleasant centre of the provincial capital Assen. Visitors always feel welcome there. 


Achilles 1894 & Asser Boys

The Top of Holland Trophy is organised by Achilles 1894, founded in 1894. Its centennial celebration in 1994 was the start of the Top of Holland Trophy. The club has approx. 800 members, 7 senior teams and 32 youth teams. Achilles organises the Top of Holland Trophy in close cooperation with three other local football clubs: Asser Boys, L.E.O. and L.T.C. The Municipality of Assen also provides cooperation.


This tournament takes place at 2 locations. The main organiser Achilles 1894 has 3 grass pitches, 1 artificial pitch, several training pitches, a modern clubhouse with canteen and a large number of dressing rooms. The main pitch has a stand with a capacity of 2000 spectators. The other sports parks are less comprehensive but also have fine grass and artificial pitches, spacious clubhouses and several dressing rooms.

The program of the international tournament:

Friday: Arrival in Assen, check-in

Team leaders’ reception by the town council with live entertainment 

Disco for U15, U14 and U13 youth or a visit to the fancy fair in Assen centre

Saturday:  for U19 and U17 youth in the sports hall

For U16 and younger: swimming in subtropical swimming pool De Bonte Wever (free of charge)

Sunday: Tournament: group matches, classification matches and finals

Prize-giving ceremony and festive evening in Assen

Monday: Departure

Participating countries; Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Scotland.


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


Assen has 65,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the province of Drenthe. This city is located in a rural area and offers a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. The centre consists of lively shopping streets and cosy places with various restaurants, bars and disco’s. During Easter a fancy fair takes place in the centre until midnight. 

Swimming and recreation centre De Bonte Wever

De Bonte Wever is a large recreation centre near the centre of Assen with an indoor skating rink, several bars and restaurants and a large, indoor subtropical swimming and sauna paradise. Both the indoor and the outdoor swimming pools offer various attractions for especially much water fun. 


Groningen, the capital of the province of that name, is at 25 kilometres distance from Assen. The city is known for its beautiful, centuries’ old centre. Groningen has one of the largest universities of the Netherlands. This university city offers much entertainment, especially around the lively Grote Markt. 

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