The Touch Mainland Cup is a biannual tournament where international teams in all grades and divisions from mainland Europe compete.
The Mainland Cup originates from the Greenstone Hook friendly competition between Germany and France, which over the years has been opened up to other mainland European Touch nations. The last Mainland Cup was held in 2009 in Heidelberg, Germany, with Switzerland being the current champions. Link to the photo gallery here and here.
The ethos of the tournament is based around the development of new international players, as well as developing new styles of play and player coaching. The tournament also provides a good opportunity for nuturing the skills of the referees, with ample opportunity for referee coaching. The National Touch Associations as well as the European Panel utilise this event in preparation for the forthcoming European Touch Championships the following year.
This year Touch Austria is proud to host the Mainland Cup 2013 in Schwechat, a satellite city next to Vienna. Teams in various divisions from 8 European mainland nations as well as invitational teams from Guernsey have expressed their interest to participate. With almost 300 players and 30 referees and officials, this will be the biggest international Touch event to take place in Austria so far.