IberCup Costa del Sol - Marbella, 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. 2019 will mark the 5th 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!
All referees over the age of 16 are welcome to apply for the Ibercup Costa del Sol.
This tournament is part of the “Ibercup Holidays”package and includes heavily reduced rates for staying in local hotels. No free school accommodation is offered for this event.
Referees selected for the tournament will also receive free transport to/from Malaga airport as well as to/from the pitches. Referees will also receive free meals three times a day at their hotel.
Please note – if you are under the age of 18 you will need to travel with a responsible adult.
Referees participating into this tournament will have access to “referee only” reduced rates to stay in local 4-star hotels.
While the name of the hotel will be announced only later during the year, the hotel that was used for the past few editions was the 4* Pierre Vacances Estepona.
All hotels feature big apartment-like rooms, a state-of-the-art swimming pool and pool-side bar.
Prices start at around £25/€30 per night, full-board included in a restaurant on site with an unlimited western style buffet.
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.