1898 was an eventful year for the club, they competed in the first ever Italian Football Championship, it was played on 8 May 1898 at Velodromo Umberto I in Turin; Ginnastica Torino lost their semi-final match 2-1 to Genoa. However they also entered the Concorsi Federali di Calcio competition that year and won it for the second time by beating a team from Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna.
The following season, the club adopted Campo Piazza d’Armi as their homeground, it was located near Parco Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto which is in the Santa Rita neighbourhood of Turin. After beating FBC Torinese 2-0 in the elimination match, Ginnastica lost out 2-0 to Internazionale Torino seven days later. After three more unsuccessful seasons in which they went out during the first match (including a 5-0 defeat to Juventus in 1901) the football section of the club stopped competing in 1902.