Elite NEON Cup - Athens, Greece
The Elite NEON Cup is Greece’s most important youth football event, and one of Europe’s best as well. Every year, professional teams from all over the country as well as other nations in Europe travel to Athens to take part into this elite football competition.
The tournament is divided into two mini events, one for teams in the U11s, U13s and U15s categories which is played at the beginning of May (2nd-5th), and one for the teams in the U12s and U14s age categories, which is played at the end of May (24th-26th).
Past champions and participants include clubs the likes of Olympiakos, AEK Athens, Galatasaray, Manchester City, Partizan and others.
Tournaments Abroad will partner with this important event for the 1st time in 2019 and will be sending 4 and 6 referees to the two events held next spring.
The Elite NEON Cup is, as the name suggests, an elite tournament. As such selection of referees will follow a strict selection process. While all referees are welcome to apply, priority will be given to officials who have already participated (and excelled) at other “Tournaments Abroad” events and are young and promising up-and-coming referees in their home countries. Depending on the number of applicants, further steps and tests may be taken to determine who the selected officials will be.
Only referees that satisfy the requisites above will be considered for this event.
All referees invited to the event will receive free accommodation, food and local transfers in Athens from the day before the start of the tournament, to the day after the finals. No monetary compensantion will be offered.
While the exact name and location of the accommodation offered to referees will be communicated only later during the year, referees are guaranteed full board in a good level hotel in a quiet and safe area of the city of Athens, from where fields will be easily accessible.
Athens is the capital city of Greece with a registered metropolitan population of 3.7 million inhabitants It is in many ways the birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization. The design of the city is marked by Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman civilizations. Today, greater Athens is by far the economic, political and cultural center of modern Greece, with nearly half of the countries population.
The sprawling city is bounded on three sides by Mt Ymettos, Mt Parnitha and Mt Pendeli; whilst inside Athens are twelve hills. These hills provide a refuge from the noise and commotion of the crowded city streets, offering amazing views down to Saronic Gulf, Athens’ boundary with the Aegean Sea on its southern side. The streets of Athens (clearly signposted in Greek and English) now meld imperceptibly into Piraeus, the city’s ancient (and still bustling) port.
Places of interest to travelers can be found within a relatively small area surrounding the city centre at Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos). This epicentre is surrounded by the districts of the Plaka to the south, Monastiraki and Thissio to the west, Kolonaki to the northeast and Omonia to the northwest.
The Acropolis— The ancient “high city” of Athens, crowned by marble temples sacred to the city’s goddess Athena.
Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio— Charming historic districts at the foot of the Acropolis, with restored 19th century neoclassical homes, pedestrianized streets, shops and restaurants, and picturesque ruins from the city’s Roman era.
Exarcheia— Bohemian area and home to Greece’s students, anarchists, artists and intellectuals, as well as the celebrated National Archaeological Museum.
Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos)— Dominated by the old Royal Palace which serves today as the Parliament building, Syntagma Square is the business district of Athens, complete with major hotels, banks, restaurants and airline offices.
Piraeus— The ancient port six miles southwest of Athens, Piraeus is known today as an independent, heavily industrial municipality, whose modern-day port serves almost all of Attica’s ferry connections to Crete and the Aegean Islands.
Athens Riviera— Some call it the *Copacabana of Europe*, the coastline of Athens southern suburbs with lots of nice beaches, sea promenades and marinas, starting from the Tram stop Edem.
Glyfada— Suburb south of Athens connected by tram. Glyfada (Pronounced GLI’FADA) combines shopping with many small cafés and restaurants. Located along the ocean and sports some beaches and beach bars.
The new Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, 27 km (17 miles) east of the city center, near the suburb of Spáta, opened in 2001 as part of the infrastructure improvements in preparation for the Olympics when it became one of the more attractive and efficient major European airports. All major European airlines, as well as many others from around the world, fly into the airport, which is also hub for the main Greek carrier, Aegean.
From the airport you can easily reach the city by Metro (€10, around 1 hour), by suburban railway (same price) or by express bus.
Date(s) - 24/05/2019 - 26/05/2019
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