After a successful 3rd edition in 2017, the Paris World Games are back for a 4th consecutive one which will be held, as always, in the French Capital, this time from July 7th to July 13th 2018.
With around 400 teams from 35 different nations, at first, the Paris World Cup was a dream between volunteers on football fields for many years with a club in the heart of the French capital, Pitray-Olier Paris. Meanwhile, Christophe and François Claret de Fleurieu participated every year to the biggest world youth football cup in Sweden, the Gothia Cup. Agents for various events, they also organized a tournament famous for its high level in football and for its good organization, the PO Paris Tournament.
Referee Abroad are the exclusive providers of referees and our very own Daniele Curcio is Referee Director at the tournament. 2015 was the first year of the Paris World Cup and they were extremely impressed with our officials, 2016 and 2017 built on such trust and 2018 will be the biggest year yet. Be ready for a week of refereeing like no other !
All referees over the age of 15 are welcome to apply for the Paris World Games.
Referees accepted for the tournaments will get free accommodation in local hostels. Free accommodation starts on July 7th and ends on July 13th. Three free meals per day will also be provided, with breakfast served at the hostel and the other meals served either on the fields or in university restaurants scattered around the city.
Referees will also receive a free transport pass that will allow them unlimited travel on all public transport within the city of Paris. The pass is not limited to travel to/from the games, and can be used at anytime until 23.59 of July 13th. It does not cover travel to/from the airports, which are outside the city boundaries. The same pass is also valid for free or discounted entrance in some of the city’s museums.
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.
Each referee can expect up to 2 or 3 assignments per day. All games will be referees in teams of 3 or 4.
The Paris World Cup requires also a number of qualified assessors who are willing to help us observe and assess the performance of the referees. Appointments during the tournament will be based solely on referees’ performance. In order to properly evaluate each official’s performance we require around 30 assessors.
As a Paris World Cup assessor you will receive free hotel accommodation (2 stars) for the entire duration of the tournament, free local transport as well as three free meals a day served in the tournament canteens, just like for the referees.
Referees will be accommodated free of charge in hostels in close proximity to the pitches and to Paris city. For those willing to upgrade, reduced rates will be offered for hotels belonging to the “Accor Hotels” chain such as Formule 1, Ibis Budget, Ibis or Novotel.
Prices for upgrades will be available later in 2018. They’ll start at around €15 per night.
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The hostel that was used during the two previous years is the “Auberge de jeunesse Hi Paris Le d’Artagnan”.
During the tournament each referee competes for the prestigious “Paris World Games Awards”, the winners will be selected (based on performance) by the referees commitee at the end of the tournament.
Best Referee – awarded to a referee, of any age, who has particularly shone during the tournament and whose performance, in all matches, really “set the bar” for all the other officials.
Best Assistant Referee – awarded to a referee, of any age, who has particularly shone during the tournament and whose performance, in all matches, really “set the bar” for all the other officials.
Best Referee Talent – awarded to the young referee (under the age of 21) who has impressed the referee committee throughout the event showing his “talent” and “potential” to become a top class referee in the future.
Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, has the well deserved reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world’s finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Clarins, etc. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world’s most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, and Lido, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.
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Paris, being one of the most important cities in the world , can be reached by various transport methods: flights, trains, buses and much more.
For flights, three airports are available: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris Orly (ORY) and Paris Beauvais (BVA). The closest one to the tournament headquarters being ORY, with CDG a short distance away. Direct train connections from the airports into the city centre take between 45 minutes and 1 hour and cost €10 for a one-way trip.
Paris Beuvais, although cheaper being a low-cost airport (most notably Ryanair’s airport in Paris), also involves a long and costly bus journey into the city (2 hours, €20 one-way), followed by another long trip by metro to reach the tournament area.
If arriving by train is an option, it should be preferred, as most international lines stop at Paris Gare du Nord or Paris Gare de l’Est, both railway stations (as well as others) are in the city centre, and just a couple of metro stops away from the tournament area. Finally, you may also reach Paris by bus (www.megabus.com).
Referees will have to pay for the cost of transport to/from the tournament area.
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The Paris World Cup 2016 was a big pleasure. Very well organised, professional assessors giving their developing feedback, high-skilled teams, wonderful location and new friendships from all around the world. A perfect tournament for every referee.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Paris. I benefited from officiating games with officials and teams from various different countries. I would highly recommend this tournament to any level of referee