The Ibercup Cascais is the Easter edition of the prestigious Ibercup youth football tournament series.
Taking place near Lisbon, Portugal, it promises to host an array of elite teams who will compete for first place across a range of age categories.
The IberCup is currently one of the most important youth football tournaments worldwide. 2018 will mark the 9th anniversary of this event (and the 2nd of the Cascais edition) 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 Cascais.
Referees accepted for the tournament will receive free accommodation in schools or reduced rates for staying in local hotels (check the accommodation tab for details).
They’ll also receive free transport to/from the airport by means of public transport, and three free meals per day in the local tournament canteens.
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.
Referees participating into the tournament can opt between free school accommodation or to pay a reduced price to upgrade to local 4-stars hotels.
For those staying in a school, air mattresses will be provided free of charge. Referees will be required to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow. There are a limited number of free places inside schools based around the area – please specify this when you apply for the tournament.
For those officials opting to upgrade, they’ll be accommodated in local 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:
“Room price will be the same as in 2016 starting from €43 per person per night (based on quadruple occupancy, €49 for triple occupancy or €55 for double occupancy. Prices refer to 4-stars hotel accommodation”.
Cascais is a small beach town in Portugal in the greater Lisbon area. A former residence of the royal family and pioneer of tourism in Portugal, it is a very charming village.
Dominated by the bay and the imposing Cidadela fort, the historic centre is brimming with architectural treasures of a religious, military and civil nature. Likewise, the museums of the Sea, Casa das Histórias de Paula Rego, and the Municipal Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães are also must-see attractions.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, lies only minutes away and offers all the delights you’d expect of Portugal’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are all part of the colourful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets.
Read more on Wikitravel.
The nearest international airport is Lisbon Airport (LIS).
It is the main air hub for TAP Portugal, a Star Alliance member airline that covers an extensive network throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas. There are also several other airlines flying into Lisbon from both European and non-European destinations.
The airport is a short metro+train ride away from where the tournament takes place or, in alternative, only about 20 minutes by car. Referees will be provided with a metro / train ticket or equivalent refund in order to reach Cascais.
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The ibercup is a great opportunity to improve your refereeing skills in a different environment. You also meet and learn from other referees coming from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds.
The Iber Cup has given me experiences I would never have had refereeing domestically at my level and it has been one of the highlights of my year.