KOMM MIT was founded in 1983 and is cooperation partner of the German Football Association (DFB) in the field of youth football. Since 30 years KOMM MIT organizes international youth-, sports- and cultural encounters especially in Spain, Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands, Greece, Austria and Germany. Meanwhile KOMM MIT is initiating and promoting different projects regarding youth football.
Congratulatory message from the president of DFB (German Football Association)
Dear football friends,
Another exciting football season is over. It was certainly highlighted by the European Championship in Poland and the Ukraine: Those exciting weeks in June saw stirring matches in the stadiums, a thrilling atmosphere on the bleachers as well as among spectators of public viewing events. Throughout the tournament, we all witnessed the great solidarity between national teams and fans as well as between football friends from all over the world. Like all other teams, our country’s national players, many of whom have their roots in different cultures, gave their very best, both as a team and as individuals, for their country and for football. In the same spirit, fans and spectators beyond all nations and borders joined in cheering their teams and celebrating the winners. All of this is living proof that we are more strongly united by what we share than we could ever be divided by differences, something which football has always successfully demonstrated – in terms of both competitive and social aspects.
It is especially this goal that marks the work of the non-profit organisation KOMM MIT from Bonn, whom I would like to congratulate on their thirty years of existence, thanking them for their great enduring commitment to youth football. 30 years ago, KOMM MIT made the peaceful co-operation to their business as well as the sustainable and long-term advancement of intercultural youth encounter on the football field. The international youth football tournaments which are being arranged Europe-wide by KOMM MIT have become a fixed part of the yearly season schedule for many associations in Germany and the world. These tournaments not only support the individual development of the players, but also foster team spirit, not to mention the countless friendships that are formed on and off the football ground!
Certainly, the highlights in these 30 years of KOMM MIT activities included the youth football tournament held in Senegal in 1993, the invitation of youth teams from all UEFA member associations on the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of DFB in Leipzig in 2000 as well as the ALLtogether tournaments in 2008 and 2010, which were held under the patronage of UEFA. The opening ceremonies of this year’s KOMM MIT’s tournament season alone attracted more than 13,000 youth footballers, boys as well as girls, from more than 20 different nations, who met in Spain, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Belgium and Germany - this certainly also owing to the high quality of the KOMM MIT events.
For more than 18 years, KOMM MIT has been the official youth football co-operation partner of DFB, and we are looking forward to maintaining this cooperative partnership. Soon, we will be enjoying this year’s traditional U17 four nations tournament, when teams from the Netherlands, Israel and Italy will be our guests in Lower Saxony to join an event focused equally on sportive development and on international understanding. Lending its name to the tournament, KOMM MIT provides excellent support as the DFB partner.
Throughout and beyond this 30th year of KOMM MIT events, I wish all participants, advisers, organisers and friends very enjoyable, interesting and, most of all, fair competitions - and lots of fun playing and watching football!
(Executive president DFB)