IberCup Estoril - Estoril, Portugal
The IberCup Estoril is the leading summer edition of the prestigious IberCup youth football tournament series.
Taking place near Lisbon, Portugal, it promises to host an array of elite teams who will compete for first place across a range of age categories.
The IberCup is currently one of the most important youth football tournaments worldwide. 2019 will mark the 10th 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.
All referees over the age of 16 are welcome to apply for the Ibercup Estoril.
Referees accepted for the tournament will receive free accommodation in schools or reduced rates for staying in local hotels (check the accommodation tab for details).
They’ll also receive free transport to/from the airport by means of public transport, and three free meals per day in the local tournament canteens.
Please note – if you are under the age of 18 you will need to travel with a responsible adult.
The Ibercup Estoril is a development tournament 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 tournaments 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 the same treatment as the referees which includes:
– 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.
Referees participating into the tournament can opt between free school accommodation or to pay a reduced price to upgrade to local 4-stars hotels.
For those staying in a school, air mattresses will be provided free of charge. Referees will be required to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow. There are a limited number of free places inside schools based around the area – please specify this when you apply for the tournament.
For those officials opting to upgrade, they’ll be accommodated in local hotels in and around the tournament’s pitches and main tournament office. Referees will be offered heavily subsidised rates in a range of hotels. This will enable officials to fully relax during the tournament and enjoy easy logistical access to the pitches.
Full accommodation details including location and prices will be included in the acceptance email. As a reference, the rates for the 2017 tournament were as follows:
“Room price will be the same as in previous years starting from €43 per person per night (based on quadruple occupancy, €49 for triple occupancy or €55 for double occupancy. Prices refer to 4-stars hotel accommodation”.
The Ibercup requires also a number of qualified assessors who are willing to help us observe and assess the performance of the referees. Appointments during the tournament will be based solely on referees’ performance. In order to properly evaluate each official’s performance we require around 20 assessors.
As an Ibercup assessor you will receive free accommodation (in university residence style accommodation) for the entire duration of the tournament, free pick-up and drop-off from the airport as well as three free meals a day served in the tournament canteens.
Estoril is a small beach town in Portugal in the greater Lisbon area. A former residence of the royal family and pioneer of tourism in Portugal, it is a very charming village. It is also the town that hosts Europe’s biggest casino.
Dominated by the bay and the imposing Cidadela fort, the historic centre is brimming with architectural treasures of a religious, military and civil nature. Likewise, the museums of the Sea, Casa das Histórias de Paula Rego, and the Municipal Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães are also must-see attractions.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, lies only minutes away and offers all the delights you’d expect of Portugal’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are all part of the colourful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets.
The nearest international airport is Lisbon Airport (LIS).
It is the main air hub for TAP Portugal, a Star Alliance member airline that covers an extensive network throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas. There are also several other airlines flying into Lisbon from both European and non-European destinations.
The airport is a short metro+train ride away from where the tournament takes place or, in alternative, only about 20 minutes by car. Referees will be provided with a metro / train ticket or equivalent refund in order to reach Cascais.
“It was a great experience to be able to referee in an elite tournament in Estoril. The tournament gave me so many learning points to take back to my game in England. A truly enjoyable experience. I will certainly be returning for another TA tournament in the future”.
Had an amazing experience at the Ibercup Estoril. Every game challenged me to be on top of my game. I learned so much & it has made me a better referee. TA was very helpful & supportive of the referees. I will certainly attend another tournament in the future.
The tournament as a whole was superbly run and I was pleasantly surprised by that standard and quality of not only the football but also the other match officials. Because of this our referees benefitted greatly and came aware as better referees than when they arrived.