Sicily Football Cup - Capo d'Orlando, Italy
The Sicily Football Cup is one of Italy’s biggest youth football tournaments, as well as Southern Italy’s biggest. It takes place in Capo d’Orlando, Brolo and Piraino, three small towns that are among Sicily’s most beautiful.
2019 will mark the 3rd edition of this event, which last year hosted 127 teams from 8 different nations for a total of around 3000 participants. The represented countries were Italy, of course, Belgium, Malta, Sweden, Netherlands, England, Finland and Moldova.
The tournament is played under the auspices of the Italian FA and uses some of the island’s best football surfaces. This year’s will be Tournaments Abroad’s first time at this great event, which has received positive reviews from many football people, Italian and foreign alike.
Tournaments Abroad will send a total of 10 referees to this year’s Sicily Football Cup. Referees for this event must strictly be from countries other than Italy, as Italian referees will be selected by the Italian 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.
One of the busiest resort town on the Sicilian coast, Capo d’Orlando was founded – legend tells us – when one of Charlemagne’s generals, a guy named Orlando, stood on the capo (headland) and declared it a fine place to build a castle. The ruins of this structure are still visible.
Capo d’Orlando’s span of beaches (about 14 km in lenght) are sandy and rocky and draw many holidaymakers. The Aeolian islands emerging from the horizon provide travellers with a magnificent view. For swimming lovers the best option is the east beaches where excelent lodging is also located.
There are many any cultural activities in this town such as going to exhibitions, the theatre, the museum “Villa Piccolo” and blues clubs.
Capo d’ Orlando has a fishing port from where boats travel to/from the Aeolian Islands in the summer. This town is also strategic for it is near the Parco dei Nebrodi, a paradise of nature. In short, this lovely coast town has everything you need to live a real “Sicilian” experience.
The easiest way to arrive to Capo d’Orlando is to fly into Catania International Airport (CTA), Sicily’s busiest with connections to all of Italy and beyond.
All major European airlines fly into Catania: Alitalia, Air France, Air Italy, British Airways, Lufthansa as well as low-cost airlines Ryanair and Easyjet.
The tournament organization offers free pick-ups and drop-offs from Catania airport, at scheduled times to be agreed in advance. At all other times, buses are available.
The other main airport on the island is Palermo International Airport (PMO),a big airport but with fewer connections that Catania. Palermo is a lovely city, rich in history, which is worth a visit however a trip from there to Capo d’Orlando would require an easy train ride.