Algarve Challenge Cup Tournament

Algarve Challenge Cup Tournament

Challenge Cup

Algarve Challenge Cup Tournament - Portimao, Algarve, Portugal

  • Holiday Category
  • 22/06/2021 - 27/06/2021
  • U8-U17
  • Hotel
  • Experience Package £/€195
  • Registration Is Open
  • 30/30 Available Places
  • Deadline Date: 01/05/2021

Detailed Information

The Challenge Cup is a tournament designed for players to bring their families. With high competitive standards combined with an opportunity for the players to make new friends, the tournament is ideal for young players who wish to both get a reference on international football and experience other cultures.

In 2019, more than 150 teams participated and in 2021 around 200 teams from all over the world will compete during the Challenge Cup Tournament in the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal.

Launched in 2019 to great acclaim, the tournament has grown considerably in stature and size and is now considered one of the leading events in southern Europe.

The area is surrounded by beach and sights in the city, and many activities off the field at the recreation area, including Slide & Splash (the most popular water park in the Algarve).

More information:

The Algarve Challenge Cup is an experience tournament (read more about the experience). 

By attending this tournament, included in the participation fee, you’ll receive:

– Referee Abroad Membership;
– Accommodation for the entire tournament in hotel – quad rooms;
– Full board across the week;
– Local public transport to and from games;
– a Referee Abroad coin, a Referee Abroad badge for your ref tops, and an exclusive Referee Abroad t-shirt;
– Games with assistants and fourth officials;
– Finals in stadiums / possibility of appearing on live TV;
– A fantastic week of refereeing, friends, and fun!

Flights to/from the experience location are not included. 

All referees over the age of 16 are welcome to apply for the Experience.

Please note – if you are under the age of 18 you will need to travel with a responsible adult or have a full waiver signed by your parents/guardians sent to us before you travel.

The Algarve Challenge Cup is a development experience which aims at supporting up-and-coming referees from all around the world in becoming better match officials. In order to do so we welcome to the tournament referee observers (assessors) interested in aiding these match officials offering them feedback.

We have spaces for around 5 referee observers, as an observer you’ll be entitled to:

– Free accommodation from the day before the tournament starts, to the day after the finals. 

– Free breakfast, lunch and dinner starting with dinner on the day of arrival, finishing with breakfast on the day of departure. 

– Free public transport to/from the hotel and pitches, as well as the airport. 

Read more and apply on our dedicated observers page

The experience package includes accommodation in a 3* hotel in quad rooms (4 pax). Referees will share rooms with other officials.

Arrival day is Tuesday 22 June and departure day is Sunday 27 June.

Extra nights before or after these dates are available at 60 pounds/euros per person per night.

Upgraded accommodation is also available at a premium. The rates are as follows:

Upgrade to 3-star hotel:

Single room – 80€ per night
Twin room – 43€ person/night
Triple or Quadruple room – 33€ person/night

Upgrade to 4-star hotel:

Single room – 90€ per night
Twin room – 50€ person/night
Triple room – 44€ person/night
Quad room 39€ person/night

Portimão is the largest city in the western Algarve, and was traditionally a centre for shipbuilding, sardine fishing and fish processing. Today, most of that industry has been replaced by tourism, leisure, and retail, leaving Portimão as a large and residential city. Most tourists visit Portimão either for the extensive shopping or when using public transport, but there is a surprising amount to be seen within the city.

The city’s old and once bustling fishing docks have been responsibly transformed into a scenic promenade, leading to the quaint and tree-lined plazas of the old town. Further inland are pleasant pedestrian shopping streets, a series of historic buildings, and a varied selection of cafes, bars, and restaurants specialising in freshly cooked seafood.

With the Algarve surrounding the city, it’s a great chance to explore some of the best beaches, food and sights Portugal and indeed southern Europe has to offer.

The family friendly tournament is not only focused on football, and is catered to give the players and their families an experience outside of the sport too, so why not combine the tournament with a family holiday in the beautiful region of Algarve?

The nearest international airport is Faro Airport (FAO).

Tournament offers bus reimbursement (up to 10 euros) and will also organise transfers to and from the airport.

It’s also possible to arrive at Lisbon airport and catch a bus with one of the teams heading down to the tournament: these buses will leave on 23 June. A spot can only be guaranteed by contacting us ahead of time – and before booking – and upon confirmation from the tournament.

Otherwise, there is a direct line from Lisbon to Faro by train – and booking ahead means tickets are often available at just 10 euros.

Date(s) - 22/06/2021 - 27/06/2021
All Day


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