The IberCup Experience - Costa del Sol, Spain
The IberCup Costa del Sol is the biggest youth tournament taking place in the renowed holiday destination close to the city of Malaga.
The IberCup Costa del Sol was the first ever Ibercup event organized in Spain and has over the years attracted an array of elite teams from all over Europe, the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool or Juventus. 2021 will mark the 6th edition of this event, which combines football and relaxation to perfection.
If you’re interested in refereeing challenging games across many age categories while enjoying the superb holiday facilities of the area, walk onto the field at Estepona stadium and then go for a dip in the clear waters of the Mediterrenean, or for a night out in Puerto Banus, the IberCup Costa del Sol is the tournament for you!
The Ibercup Costa del Sol 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 lodging;
– Full board across the week;
– Transfers 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 – Costa del Sol 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 ten 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.
Referees participating to the Ibercup Experience – Costa del Sol will be accommodated in a local 4-star hotel. Rooms are based on quadruple occupancy.
Upgrades are possible, at a premium, to triple, twin or single rooms. The rates are as follows:
Single room – 80€ pax per night
Twin room – 43€ person/night
Triple room – 28€ person/night
The name of the hotel will be announced only later during the year. All hotels feature big apartment-like rooms, a state-of-the-art swimming pool and pool-side bar.
Marbella is one of the Mediterranean’s most representative tourist venues and a top favorite for travellers. What was once a small white village of fishermen is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts of Spain. Picturesquely located on the glorious Costa del Sol, where Andalusia meets the Mediterranean Sea, Marbella stands out for its unique combination of adventure, entertainment, spectacular shopping, 5-star dining, and fashionable beach life.
Each year, jet-setters from around the world flock to the swankiest Spanish resort to soak up the sun and get a taste of quintessential Andalusia, but also to experience the ultimate in Mediterranean glitz and glamour at Marbella’s uber chic addresses.
A must visit is the charming Marbella Old Town. The picturesque maze of narrow streets that comprise the city’s Casco Antiguo revolves around a delightful Castilian renaissance square – Plaza de los Naranjos. Here, a number of pavement cafes and restaurants litter the romantic enclosure, serving traditional food and beverages in the shade of fragrant orange trees. This is a wonderful place to indulge in Andalusian delicacies, cool off with a cold drink, and watch the world go by. If you’re lucky, you can also spot an alfresco flamenco show or a bohemian artist playing its rusty Spanish guitar.
Whether you’re a jet-setter or just want to catch a glimpse of how the rich and famous play on the sunny Costa del Sol, Puerto Banus is definitely the best place to go. The most fashionable marina in Spain lies only 6 km southwest of Marbella and offers everything from sandy beaches and high-end shopping to exclusive restaurants and amazing nightlife. Here you’ll find streets nonchalantly lined with big name boutiques such as Gucci, Dior, Chopard, or Dolce & Gabbana; spectacular million-dollar yachts moored in the harbor; a catwalk-like seafront bursting with beautiful people and polished Rolls Royces; as well as a wealth of stylish party venues for both day and night entertainment.
With so many exciting activities on offer, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Marbella is actually a beach destination with all the bells and whistles. The elegant town is blessed with over 16 miles of glorious coastline divided into 24 fine sandy beaches, most of them packed with excellent leisure and watersports facilities. Another interesting feature of Marbella’s shoreline are the glamorous beach clubs dotted around. For the discerning partygoer who fancies dancing in the sun in sophisticated surroundings, the golden beaches that surround Marbella offer a variety of options that range from international names such as Nikki Beach and Puro Beach to local gems like Ocean Club, Sala Beach, or Del Mar.
Malaga “Pablo Picasso” Airport (AGP) is one of Spain’s biggest and can be easily reached by a variety of airlines from all major (and sometimes minor) European cities. Airlines the likes of Iberia, British Airways, KLM, Alitalia but also low-cost carriers such as Easyjet and Ryanair fly into Malaga from many airports scattered around Europe on a daily basis.
Free transport to/from Malaga airport is provided by the organization, at fixed scheduled bus times.
This is definitely the way to go as this area of Spain lacks in train or bus infrastructure. Other than flying the only other option would be to rent a car (available at very cheap prices in Spain, for as low as €10 a day).
British referees may consider also flying into Gibraltar International Airport (GIB) which lies at roughly the same distance as Malaga airport. However flights into Gibraltar are much less frequent, and the border crossing into Spain can include some long waiting times.
The Iber Cup Costa del Sol was an experience which has truly shaped me as a referee and as a person by meeting and learning from referees of all levels from all over the World and refereeing football I wouldn’t referee normally domestically. I suggest this experience to any young referee.
The Ibercup provides one of the best possible opportunities to work together with referees from other nations. Sharing the same passion and experiences was very important for me, I became a better referee. I also made many new friends. The Ibercup memories will stay with me for as long as I live.
I really enjoyed my experience at the Ibercup Costa del Sol. Half of the day you are out there refereeing football matches, the other half you can spend it relaxing by the swimming pool. It’s a refereeing holiday and that’s the biggest reason I like going to tournaments.
Date(s) - 28/06/2021 - 02/07/2021
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