The competition began in the summer of 2005 in a bid to bring the international football scene to Ireland. Over 40 teams representing 7 nations participated in the inaugural tournament. Academy teams of such football clubs as Glasgow Celtic F.C., Preston North End F.C., Shelbourne F.C. and Derry City F.C. have competed. The tournament includes age groups from Under-11 to Under-17 and there is a group for a girls' Under-15 tournament.