The IberCup Experience - Barcelona - Lloret de Mar, Spain
The IberCup Barcelona is the one of the Spanish editions of the prestigious IberCup youth football tournament series, the first to take place in Catalunya, one the world’s top tourist destinations.
Played near Lloret de Mar, Barcelona in July, the tournament is at its 4th edition and will once again pit together some of the world’s top youth teams across a fantastic week of football and fun.
The IberCup is currently one of the most important youth football tournaments worldwide. 2021 will mark the 11th anniversary of this event 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.
The Ibercup Barcelona 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 Residence-style lodging;
– 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;
– Observers from across Europe and beyond who will give you feedback on how to improve your refereeing;
– Games with assistants and fourth officials, and possibility of using communication headsets;
– 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 Ibercup 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 Ibercup Experience – Barcelona 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.
Every year we require around fifteen 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-star hotel in the city of Lloret de Mar. Rooms are based on triple occupancy.
Upgrades are possible, at a premium, to twin or single rooms. The rates are as follows:
Single room – 80€ per night
Twin room – 43€ person/night
The name of the hotel will be announced only later during the year.
Lloret del Mar is a resort city on the Costa Brava, northeast of Barcelona. Lloret is famed for its “young crowd”, lnightlife, and the beach. It lies approximately 40 minutes away from Catalunya’s capital.
Barcelona is one the world’s top tourist destinations with warm weather, great night life and stunning beaches making it a highly desirable location.
In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry.
This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster.
For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where the new elements work to both preserve and celebrate the ancient.
This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core centre of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella (“Old City”) provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.
The biggest international airport is Barcelona El Prat (BCN) which lies approximately 90 km from the tournament center. This airport is served by most European and non-European international airlines from a variety of different destinations all around the world.
Another easy way to reach Lloret de Mar is to travel directly to the Girona Airport that is approximately only 30 km from the tournament center and is served by many low-cost airlines, most notably Ryanair.
Ibercup Barcelona was a well organised tournament. I liked the teams, the pitches and the other referees. It was a very good opportunity to meet friendly and professional referees from all over the world.
I thoroughly enjoyed my refereeing trip to Barcelona. It was my first ever match away from my home turf and I really didn’t think I would get so much out of it. Looking forward to attending other events in the future.
Ibercup Barcelona was a great opportunity to be involved in a competitive footballing environment alongside some very talented officials across Europe. A great refereeing experience not to be forgotten.
Date(s) - 13/07/2021 - 17/07/2021
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