United World Games - Klagenfurt, Austria
The United World Games are a big scale sporting event that takes place every year in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Encompassing 15 different sporting disciplines, from football to basketball, from volleyball to swimming, they are known are “Europe’s youth olympics”. Thousands of young athletes from more than 40 different countries come to Austria every year to participate in this great event, for a total of around 800 teams.
Tournaments Abroad will partner with the UWG for the 1st time in 2019, by sending 10 referees each for football and basketball.
Read more on the official UWG website: https://www.unitedworldgames.com/en/
All referees selected for the United World Games, whether it’s football referees or basketball referees, will receive the following:
– Free accommodation from June 20th to June 23rd in either a youth hostel or a B&B facility in Klagenfurt.
– Free meals for the entire duration of the tournament. It starts with dinner on the day of arrival, and ends with breakfast on the day of departure.
– Free transport from accommodation to the fields and viceversa.
– Free trasporto from/to the local airport, railway station or bus station. Free transport may also be provided from airports further away, if compatible with the tournament’s bus schedule.
Games will start on June 21st and end on June 23rd. Referees can expect some pretty intense days of refereeing. Each referee may be asked to officiate up to 8 games per day, which are shortened to 2×20 minutes halves.
A Tournaments Abroad coordinator will be on site during the tournament offering assistance.
The United World Games will take care of all costs connected to accommodation for the selected referees. While the exact name of the establishment will be known only later during the year, and will be communicated to the officials as soon as it’s officialized, we are guaranteed it will be either a youth hostel or a B&B option.
Extra nights are generally available at a cost of around €40 per night should anybody want to visit the surrounding area, which is one of Austria’s most beautiful (see location for more info). Free extra nights are generally not possible, unless absolutely necessary for reasons of travel. Such reasons will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the tournament leadership.
Klagenfurt has about 90.000 inhabitants and is located close to one of Austria’s natural wonders, Lake Wörthersee.
Klagenfurt itself is rich in history. Some of the most prominent sights to explore include Lindwurm, the town’s landmark. According to a legend, an evil dragon infested the region where Klagenfurt is located today. The duke of Karnburg promised land to those who would catch and kill the dragon. Eventually a group of menials achieved to kill the dragon by a trick. They got the promised land and set up a village at the place where the dragon was killed. This monument was built in the 16th century. The head of the lindworm was shaped after the head of an glacial rhinoceros found in the same century in this region.
Lake Wörthersee is Carinthia’s biggest lake and one of Austria’s top tourist attractions in Summer. The visually stunning setting is reason alone to stop by for a few hours, though the only way to truly experience it is to take a dip.
Many consider it Austria’s best destination for bathing and swimming, for several reasons: a) With water temperatures averaging 21-23 C (often reaching a pleasant 25 C in August), it is one of Austria’s warmest lakes. b) Its water is clear, has a characteristic blue-green colour, and is clean enough to be safe for drinking, at least in early June, before the tens of thousands of swimmers arrive in high season. c) Its location south of the Alps means it gets one of the highest number of sunny days in Austria, and it is also protected from strong winds, making ideal bathing weather in the months of July and August. Ever since Austria’s aristocracy has chosen the Wörthersee as their summer retreat in the 19th century it has been associated with glamour,
The easiest way to get into Klagenfurt is to fly straight into the local airport. Scheduled flights are available from Cologne/Bonn and Hamburg by EuroWings, Vienna by Austrian Airlines and, seasonally, from London Gatwick by Easyjet and Rotterdam by Transavia. It is a very small airport and flights may be limited in capacity or higher in prices. I
If you can’t easily find a flight into Klagenfurt, it’s northing to worry about. The city is in fact very well connected to other major cities in the area. You could for example fly into the much bigger Vienna International Airport (VIE), which lies about 3 hours away by car or train. If you live in continental Europe, you could opt to travel by train, with Klagenfurt boosting a number of international train routes to cities like Milan, Venice, Rome, Slovenia and Germany. Travelling by bus is also an option.
The tournament will provide transportation from your point of arrival in Klagenfurt to your accommodation however, depending on the schedule, they may also offer you a place on their team buses from Vienna, Munich, Ljubljana, Venice and others. Keep in mind though that this is not guaranteed and might requite some hours of waiting on your side. Treat this as a backup option.