The championship held in 1897/98 for the Ruinart Cup is considered to be the first Swiss championship. The winner of the Ruinart Cup championship organized by the Geneva newspaper La Suisse sportive was the Grashopper Club Zürich. At the SFV, this championship is listed as “unofficial”.
In 1898/99 the SFV organized its own championship. This was won by the Anglo-American Club Zurich. The Ruinart Cup was also awarded that season, which Cantonal Lausanne won. The following season, the Ruinart Cup became Serie B and this marked the beginning of the real Swiss tips.
The Swiss champion played in a final round of the regional champions of the groups East, West and since 1901/02 also Central.
In 1930/31 the highest league was called the 1st league, it was played in three groups as before and carried out in a subsequent final round.
The Nationalliga was held for the first time in 1931/32 as the successor to the old Serie A, the background being the introduction of professionalism. In the two transitional championships in 1931/32 and 1932/33, the final round was therefore still used to determine the winner, for which the champion of the second division, at that time still the 1st division, was also qualified. In 1931/32 Lausanne-Sports managed the feat of becoming a champion as a participant in the second division. The first champion in the single-track national league was Servette FC in the 1933/34 season.
In 1944/45 the National League was divided into a National League A and a National League B.
This is the period when Swiss tips appeared on the market.
Over the next few decades, the nature of the Switzerland tip changed because the league changed the number of teams allowed and modes several times. In the years before the 2003 reform, the league was often divided into two groups, finals or Ascension/relegation round called, divided. While the top teams fought for the championship and international places, the weaker clubs played together with the best teams in the second division, the then National League B, for promotion and promotion.
From 1948 to 1957, in addition to the national league of the Swiss Football Association, there was a national football league in the Swiss Workers’ Gymnastics and Sports Association (SATUS). Swiss tips were now official.