The Surf Cup is one of America’s most important youth soccer tournaments and takes places every year, in different weekends at the end of July and beginning of August in the lovely set-up offered by the city of San Diego, in Southern California.
Attracting over 800 teams every year, it is divided into the “olders” and “youngers” weekends and played in two state-of-the-art sports complexes in the suburbs of Del Mar (boys tournament) and Oceanside (girls tournament).
One of America’s best youth soccer tournaments and internationally respected, Surf Cup is a highly competitive event — and even being accepted to compete is a great compliment. This year, Surf Cup received 1234 applications from youth soccer teams and only 836 were accepted.
Tournaments Abroad first partnered with this prestigious event in 2017 and will be sending referees for the 2nd edition in a row in 2018.
Given the high level of competition, only referees who are level 6 and up (English scale), or of equivalent level in other countries, will be considered.
The Surf Cup is perfect in combination with the Davis Legacy Showcase for those referees interested in making a summer refereeing tour of California.
Referees who are Level 6 or up (on the English scale), or of equivalent level in foreign countries, and who are 18 years of age or over are welcome to apply for the Surf Cup.
Each referee can decide to apply either for the “olders” weekend, the “youngers” weekend or both.
The “olders” weekend (Under 15s and up) will take place in the last weekend of July (Friday to Monday), with the “youngers” weekend running during the first weekend of August (again Friday to Monday).
The tournament offers free accommodation (in twin rooms) during the two weekends (but not for the days in-between), as well as free breakfast (in the hotel) and lunch (on the fields). Free water and Gatorade are offered on the fields.
Referes will instead be responsible for getting to/from the pitches. If a group is organized, renting a car might be the most viable of ways to get there given the lack of public transport in the area.
Referees will also receive a stipend, depending on the number of games they officiate.
Please note – in order to receive money from the tournament, you’ll need to apply for the appropriate VISA (B1/B2). People who travel on the “Esta program” (visa waiver) will not be paid.
All accepted referees will be accommodated free of charge in hotels in close proximity to the fields in either Del Mar or Oceanside.
Referees will be able to check-in on either the Thursday or Friday, and check-out on the Monday for each of the two events.
Referees can expect free accommodation based on double or triple occupancy in the same room. Hotels are of high standard.
San Diego is a large and pleasant coastal city right on the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. It’s home to 1.3 million citizens and the second-largest city in the state with many universities and good swimming beaches. It’s also known for its ideal climate, bio and communications technologies, long history, nightlife, outdoor culture and ethnic diversity.
The city sits just north of the Mexican border, across from Tijuana. Though a large city, San Diego has a somewhat slower paced atmosphere and, when visiting, some may find it provides a soothing break from the typical hustle-bustle of a city of its size.
The San Diego area can be an incredible place to visit almost any time of the year, with its mild Mediterranean climate. With coastal temperatures around 75 degrees (24°C) most of the time, the weather is ideal, with very low humidity.
Read more on Wikitravel.
San Diego International Airport is the closest airport to downtown San Diego and is served by most of America’s main airlines. Direct flights from Europe are also available, albeit at a higher price, and are operated by British Airways (from London Heathrow), Condor (from Frankfurt, seasonal flight) and Lufthansa (also from Frankfurt).
A better (and cheaper) option to reach South California would be to take one of the many direct flights to Los Angeles, and reach San Diego by either bus, train or rental car (with the latter being the best option, if travelling as a group).
Flights are also available from pretty much any major city in the USA and Canada, should you want to look for a trip involving a layover somewhere.
If joining the Tournaments Abroad group on the summer refereeing tour which includes the Davis Legacy Showcase in Northern California, it might be worth looking into an open-jaw flight with arrival into San Francisco and departure from either Los Angeles or San Diego.
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“What an amazing trip this was! Some hard work with lots of games a day rewarded with travel experiences and memories that will last forever!”