The IberCup Experience - Porto Alegre, Brazil
The IberCup comes to South America!
The IberCup Brazil is the winter edition of the prestigious IberCup youth football tournament series, organized in cooperation with Gremio Football Club.
Taking place near Porto Alegre, Brazil, it promises to host an array of elite teams who will compete for first place across a range of age categories (U9-U17). Included is the Elite U17 age category, a very high level tournament within the main event.
The IberCup is currently one of the most important youth football tournaments worldwide. 2021 will mark the 11th anniversary of this event (and the 3rd for tjhe Brazil edition) 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 Juventus, Flamengo, Botafogo, Gremio, Vasco da Gama, River Plate and Boca Juniors will take part to this great event.
Every referee is welcome to apply for the Ibercup Brazil.
Taking place in the vicinity of Porto Alegre, Brazil’s southernmost big city, close to the border with Uruguay, the Ibercup Brazil promises to be a unique refereeing experience for any official involved.
Teams will mostly come from Brazil and other surrounding nations in South America, guaranteeing top levels of football and a very unique and challenging refereeing environment. The age categories for this first edition of the Ibercup Brasil will be U10-11-12 (7-a-side) and U13/14 (11-a-side).
Referees selected for this event will have to fund their own flights to/from Porto Alegre. They will receive free accommodation in a local hotel, as well as full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Local transport to/from the fields will also be provided free of charge.
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.
Finally, should a referee require any assistance during the tournament, he will be able to refer to the referee office.
Referees and observers will be accommodated in a hotel in the vicinity of the sports complex (more info coming soon).
Porto Alegre is the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul and the biggest urban agglomeration of southern Brazil. The perfect blend of Brazilian-Portuguese and River Plate-Spanish cultures, added to a strong European heritage gives the city a unique background within Brazil.
Porto Alegre is also a city that hosted the 2014 World Cup. It is home to two important Brasilian football clubs: Gremio and Internacional. Watching a match at “Arena do Gremio” is certainly an experience. One of Brazil’s most famous stadiums, which also features guided tours. The place would just lit up when there is a soccer match, you will be awed by how the crowd responds to the game
Porto Alegre’s International Airport is Salgado Filho (POA), located 4.3 miles (7km) from downtown. Flights come from and go to cities such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Buenos Aires. A few direct flights are also available, in particular from Lisbon, Portugal but also from the United States.
Referees can also travel from Europe or other international destinations to Sao Paulo airport, Brasil’s biggest, and then catch a domestic flight, train or bus into Porto Alegre. The same can be done with Brazil’s second biggest airport, Rio de Janeiro (GIG).
IberCup Brazil was an awesome and unforgettable experience from start to finish. First time in South America won’t be the last. Made friends for life and officiated professional teams. We were made welcome throughout. I would highly recommend Iber Cup Brazil to referees both young and old.
Refereeing at the Iber Cup Brazil was an Incredible experience. I met many amazing referees and coaches. It allowed me to see a different style of soccer and I learned a lot about the game and refereeing though this tournament. I hope I will be able to repeat this amazing experience soon.
My footballing referee experience at the Ibercup Brasil was so unique! The intensity was high, players had more ability and strong support from parents who were very vocal. I learnt a lot and the camaraderie between the referees was 1st class. I would recommend this tournament to all ages.
Date(s) - 25/01/2021 - 31/01/2021
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