Malta International Cup - La Valletta, Malta
The “Malta International Cup” is the biggest international youth football tournament taking place on the well-known Meditterrenean island.
This tournament saw its inaugural edition played in January 2018, and is coming back for a 2nd edition in May 2019 in what we expect to be the perfect tournament for referees to enjoy the beauty of the island of Malta, while being involved in some good quality football matches.
Tournaments Abroad will send its referees to the “Malta International Cup” for the 1st time.
Tournaments Abroad will send a total of 4 referees to this year’s Malta International Cup. Referees for this event must strictly be from countries other than Malta, as Maltese referees will be selected by Malta FA only.
All Tournaments Abroad referees will receive the following treatment:
– Free accommodation from the day before the games start to the day after the finals.
– Free meals, three times a day, at a restaurant on.site
– Free transport to/from the pitches
– Free transport to/from the local airport, if compatible with the tournament’s bus schedule.
Referees will be asked to officiate up to 3-4 games per day in all age categories between U10s and U16s. All games are with one referee only, except finals.
All referees selected for the tournament will be accommodate, free of charge, for the entire duration of the event.
While the exact name and location of the hotel will be communicated at a later date, all officials are guaranteed to be lodged in high quality establishments in the close vicinity of the tournament’s playing fields.
The organizers, “Tornei Giovanili Sicilia”, partner every year with some of the best holiday villages in the area to ensure all participants a comfortable stay.
Surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, the Maltese Islands (Malta, Gozo, and Comino) have a fascinating heritage. The islands boast an ancient history with ruins of the oldest buildings in existence. Being close to Tunisia, there is a distinct North African influence. The Maltese language is derived from Arabic mixed with Italian. Under the scorching sunshine, Malta’s palm-tree fringed landscape is dotted with picturesque hilltop towns, peaceful seaports, and old fishing villages. The country is fiercely proud of the legendary Knights of Malta, who fought off the Turks and launched the Crusades.
Valletta, the capital, is an ideal base to explore the Island of Malta without a car. This fortified city is the elegant capital of the Republic of Malta. The entire city of Valletta is testimony to the grandeur of the Knights of Malta, the European noblemen who were granted the Maltese Islands by the King of Spain in 1530. The knights created a capital worthy of their aristocratic stature, on par with other great European capitals.
With its sandy shores protected by a mountainous coastline and sloping cliffs, Golden Bay in Northwest Malta is one of the island’s prettiest beaches. Golden Bay Beach is easily accessible by car or bus; the bus stop is only a five-minute walk away from the beach. Unlike other beaches in Malta, Golden Bay Beach is far away from street traffic, which makes it a relaxing seaside escape. The beach has an extremely wide shoreline with soft golden sands. The waters are clean and gentle enough for swimming, with an extensive area roped off for safety. Many visitors spend the day here sunbathing while listening to the soothing sound of waves lapping against the shore.
Pretty much the only way to get into Malta other than on a cruise, is to fly to La Valletta International Airport (MLA).
From here, Malta’s own national carrier, Air Malta, has regular connections to many European, North African and Middle Eastern centres.
Ryanair flies from Aberdeen, Liverpool JLA, Manchester, London Luton, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Dublin, Dusseldorf Weeze, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Madrid, Marseille, Porto, Turin, Trapani, Bristol, Pisa, Riga, Kaunas, Krakow, Stockholm (Skavsta), Malmö, Gothenburg, Seville, Valencia, Venice (Treviso), Milan (Bergamo), Wroclaw,Poznan, Girona, Athens, Budapest, Birmingham, Bari, Billund (Denmark) and Bratislava.
Easyjet flies from Liverpool JLA , Belfast, Newcastle, Rome, Milan Malpensa and London Gatwick. However several of these routes do not fly during late fall / winter.
Wizzair flies from Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Gdansk , Skopje, Sofia, Warsaw and Katowice
Jet2 flies from London Stansted, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle to Malta.
Transfers will be organized according to the tournament’s bus schedule. As an alternative, cheap airport transfers by public bus (€1.50) are available.