Labour Olympiads 1925-1937

Held on three occasions, for worker-based national football associations. A fourth olympiad was planned for Helsinki 1943 but was cancelled for obvious reasons.


1925 Germany
1931 Austria
1937 Soviet Union


Held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Round 1 [Jul 24]
Germany        6-0 Switzerland
France         1-6 Czechoslovakia
Finland        4-2 Belgium

Consolation Tournament
[Jul 25]
Belgium        2-1 Switzerland
[Jul 26]
Switzerland    3-0 France

Semifinals [Jul 25]
Germany        6-1 Czechoslovakia
Finland        bye

Final [Jul 28; att: 40,000]
Germany        2-0 Finland


Held in Wien, Austria.

1/8 Finals [Jul 23]
Switzerland    3-0 Latvia
Austria        5-1 Finland
Hungary        3-1 Palestine
Germany        8-1 Denmark 
Poland         1-0 Estonia
Norway         4-4 Czechoslovakia [Czechoslovakia qualified on lots]  
Belgium        bye
France         bye

Friendlies [Jul 23]
Belgium        0-3 SC Technische Union Wien 
France        2-10 SK Gaswerk 8 St. Veit Wien 
Palestine      1-0 Columbia 1920 Favoriten

Quarterfinals [Jul 24]
Belgium        5-0 France
Austria        8-1 Switzerland  
Germany        9-0 Hungary  
Poland         3-2 Czechoslovakia

Semifinals [Jul 25]
Austria        6-2 Belgium
Germany        4-1 Poland         [abandoned at 4-1 in 67']  

Final [Jul 26]
Austria        3-2 Germany     

Consolation Tournament  

Quarterfinals [Jul 24]
Palestine      3-2 Denmark
Finland        6-2 Latvia
Norway         5-0 Estonia 
France         bye

Semifinals [Jul 24]
Palestine      1-0 France
Norway         6-3 Finland

Final [Jul 25]
Norway         4-0 Palestine


NB: originally planned for Barcelona 1936, but abandoned shortly
    after the opening due to Spanish civil war; then move to
    Antwerpen, Belgium for 1937; Germany did not enter.

Soviet Union were represented by Spartak Moskva;
Spain was under civil war and were represented by the republican
side which had its stronghold in Catalonia.

Round 1 [Jul 29]
Netherlands    2-5 Czechoslovakia
Switzerland    3-2 Finland        [aet]
France         3-0 England
Spain          2-0 Belgium
Norway         7-1 Palestine      
Soviet Union   8-0 Denmark

Round 2 [Jul 30]
Czechoslovakia w/o Hungary
Spain          w/o Poland
Soviet Union   7-1 France
Norway         5-0 Switzerland

Semifinals [Jul 31]
Norway         3-1 Czechoslovakia
Soviet Union   2-0 Spain

Third Place Match [Aug 1]
Spain          2-1 Czechoslovakia

Final [Aug 1; att: 25,000]
Soviet Union   2-0 Norway

Consolation Tournament  

NB: Belgium and Netherlands eliminated by draw

Semifinals [Jul 30]
Finland        awd Palestine      [awarded 5-0; abandoned at 1-1 when
Denmark        1-2 England         players Palestine attacked referee]

Final [Jul 31]
England        2-1 Finland

NB: in the week following this event, an international tournament was held in Paris
    in which four of the entrants (England, Soviet Union, Spain and Switzerland)

Labour International Matches Index

International Labour Tournaments in Paris 1928-1938

About this document

Thanks to Eduard Nisenboim for additional data 1937

Sources: [Mar 94], wikipedia,

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Author: Hans Schöggl
Last updated: 7 Jan 2021

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