Founded in 1966 as a adult soccer tournament by and for German-American clubs in the Western States to gather for competition and camaraderie.
The tournament has developed into an annual reunion of like-minded active adults bound by their German heritage and love of the beautiful game.
Member clubs include:
Alemania - Vancouver, Canada
Concordia - San Francisco, California
Conejo 76 SC - Simi Valley, California
DSV Danubia - Buena Park, California
F.C. Phoenix - Anaheim, California
Harmonie S.V.- Palo Alto, California
LASC - Los Angeles, California
Real Marin - San Rafael, California
Sacramento Turn Verein - Sacramento, California
Stockton United - Stockton, California
San Diego GAS Kickers - San Diego, California
Chicago Niedersachsen - Chicago, Illinois
HOST CLUBS & CHAMPIONS
SACRAMENTO TURN VEREIN
Since 1854 the Turn Verein (pronounced “TOORN-fair-ine”) has served as the center for German language and culture in the Sacramento region. This historic club is where locals with German ancestry—and those with an interest in German culture—congregate to socialize, study German language, celebrate, exercise, and carry on revered German customs. This includes Sacramento’s first, best, and biggest annual Oktoberfest celebration.
Originally a gymnastics club (that’s what Turn Verein means, in German), the Sacramento Turn Verein is the oldest still-active institution in the capital city—and continues to uphold the organizations original mantra: Frisch, Fromm, Fröhlich, Frei -
Lively, Pious, Merry, Free.
As one of the most diverse cities in the United States, it’s no secret that Sacramento — a city known for its entrepreneurial spirit and international roots — quickly fell in love with the beautiful game.
Soccer in Sacramento and the Northern California region first kicked off in the latter half of the 19th century, with a the start of various leagues such as the California Foot Ball League and Western League leading to the formation of the California State Football Association in 1902.
In 1976, the Sacramento Gold joined the second reiteration of the American Soccer League, which was active from 1933 to 1983. Through the Gold’s short history (1976-1980), the club made three national championship appearances, winning one title, in addition to also earning one Western Conference championship and one regular season title.
In the early 1990s, Sacramento saw a boom of semi-professional and professional soccer teams with the Sacramento Knights, Sacramento Geckos, Sacramento Scorpions and the Sacramento Senators. Additionally, with the rise of women’s soccer, semi-professional teams such as the Elk Grove Pride and the California Storm also started playing in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Sacramento Republic FC’s won the USL Championship in its founding year of 2014. In a bold move Republic has broken ground on a 22,000 seat, privately-financed, soccer-specific stadium in Sacramento's Railyards with expected completion in 2020 in support of its Major League Soccer (MLS) bid. Sacramento is consider a top contender to receive a MLS franchise in the next round of league expansion.
SACRAMENTO TURN VEREIN
The Soccer Club kicked off in 1957, when a group of players began using the Sacramento Turn Verein’s Turner Hall gymnasium for practice sessions. In 1958, 21 members of the Soccer Club were admitted into the Sacramento Turn Verein. Today, the Soccer Club consists of eleven competitive teams (ten men’s teams and a women’s team) throughout the Sacramento area, who participate in the Sacramento Adult Soccer League (SASL) and Folsom Adult Soccer Leagues. Many of the team members travel throughout the USA and internationally for competitions. The Soccer Club hosts annual social events including Christmas Party, Krieger Cup (inter-club competition and celebration) and crab feed as well as pitching in on "big club" events such as Octoberfest and Bockbierfest
Sacramento Turn Verein’s Soccer Club accolades:
CCSL Champions: 1963/64, 1967/68, 1981/82
City Cup Champions: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1971, 1982, 1983
CSAN Cup Champions: 1969
35 & Over: 1989, 2012
45 & Over: 2009, 2012, 2013, 2018
50 & Over: 2019
55 & Over: 2015