Liechtenstein has a long tradition of clubs and societies. There are institutions for everything from sport and culture to volunteering. The first societies created in Liechtenstein were introduced in the middle of the 19th century and focused on culture (music, singing).
In the early 20th century the first theatre societies emerged in Liechtenstein. There were also reading clubs, mostly organised by the church. Today, however, the majority of clubs and societies are related to sport. As early as the 1930s young men in Liechtenstein played football. With very little infrastructure available in the country, they simply found an appropriate area of land and organised games, albeit rarely with a proper leather ball. Winter sports also date back to the 1930s, and Liechtenstein even competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics. This was followed by the creation of luge and cycle clubs, with fans of more modern sports also creating clubs and societies in recent years.
There are almost too many clubs and societies in Liechenstein to count. Pretty much every hobby or area of interest has its own organisation, ranging from sport and culture to volunteering. Whereas clubs and societies used to exist within a community, these days most include people from several villages interested in the same hobby.
The carnival societies ("Fasnachtsvereine") are among the oldest societies in Liechtenstein. They organise carnival parades and write carnival newspapers. In many cases they were created from other clubs and societies.