The Ibercup Barcelona is the Spanish edition of the prestigious Ibercup youth football tournament series, the first to take place in Catalunya, one the world’s top tourist destinations.
Played near Lloret de Mar, Barcelona in July, the tournament is at its 2nd edition and will once again pit together some of the world’s top youth teams across a fantastic week of football and fun.
The IberCup is currently one of the most important youth football tournaments worldwide. 2018 will mark the 9th anniversary of this event which brings together players and teams from 50 different countries, as well as around 500 referees from 40 different nations. A week of competition, fantastic experiences and extraordinary opportunities in a competition that sees the participation of some of the TOP professional teams in the world.
Famous teams like FC Porto, SL Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, FC Zenit, Liverpool FC, Atletico de Madrid, PSG, Ol. Lyon, Ol. Marseille, Sevilla FC and Chivas Guadalajara have competed over the years.
All referees over the age of 16 are welcome to apply for the Ibercup Barcelona.
Referees accepted for the tournament can opt between two different accommodation options: dormitories near the fields or local 3 or 4 stars hotels. For both options referees will be guaranteed heavily discounted prices, check the “accommodation” tab for details.
Referees also receive free transport to/from Barcelona El Prat airport by means of public transport, and three free meals per day in the local tournament restaurants.
Before the tournament referees are allocated to a category which will dictate what level of games they will be assigned to. During the tournament, depending on their performance on the field and assessors marks, they may be able to move up (or down) along the ladder, thus climbing to higher levels or be downgraded to lower levels.
Accommodation is based in dormitories and or/hotels in and around the tournament’s pitches and main tournament office. Referees will be offered heavily subsidised rates in a range of hotels. This will enable officials to fully relax during the tournament and enjoy easy logistical access to the pitches.
Full accommodation details including location and prices will be included in the acceptance email. As a reference, the rates for the 2017 tournament were as follows:
“Hotel in Lloret de Mar: double room, 35 euros per person per night; single room: 50 euros per person per night.
Hostel next to pitches, shared dormitory: 10 euros per person per night. Both options are full board”.
Lloret del Mar is a resort city on the Costa Brava, northeast of Barcelona. Lloret is famed for its “young crowd”, lnightlife, and the beach. It lies approximately 40 minutes away from Catalunya’s capital.
Barcelona is one the world’s top tourist destinations with warm weather, great night life and stunning beaches making it a highly desirable location.
In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry.
This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster.
For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where the new elements work to both preserve and celebrate the ancient.
This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core centre of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella (“Old City”) provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.
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The biggest international airport is Barcelona El Prat (BCN) which lies approximately 90 km from the tournament center. This airport is served by most European and non-European international airlines from a variety of different destinations all around the world.
Another easy way to reach Lloret de Mar is to travel directly to the Girona Airport that is approximately only 30 km from the tournament center and is served by many low-cost airlines, most notably Ryanair.
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“I enjoyed my experience at Ibercup Barcelona. I learnt a lot from many different officials and tournaments abroad staff. The refereeing was very well organised and I would recommend it to any young referees”.