Universal Youth Cup - Forte dei Marmi, Italy
Now in its 8th edition, the Universal Youth Cup is Italy’s leading tournament for U11s football. A flagship event known in Italy and all around Europe, it sees the participation of some of the world’s best football clubs on a yearly basis.
Every year teams the likes of Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma, Fiorentina, PSG, Liverpool, Sevilla, Ajax, Benfica, Chelsea, Zenith and Lokomotiv Moscow take part to this great tournament.
The “UYC” tournament takes place in Versilia over four days, during the Easter weekend and over the years it has become one of the key football tournaments in Europe and worldwide for this category. Numbers are testament to this, with over 1,200 kids competing in the name of sport, beyond any language and racial barriers.
Last year around 70 teams from Italy, Europe, Africa, Asia and America took part.
Pierluigi Collina, the world’s most legendary referee, has also participated in the past and supports this tournament, which takes place in its home region of Tuscany.
Tournaments Abroad will send a total of 4 referees to this year’s Universal Youth 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.
All referees will be accommodated free of charge in a hotel close to the football pitches. While the name of the hotel will be confirmed only at a later date, referees can expect a good quality hotel, with breakfast included (other meals will be consumed elsewhere). All referees will be accommodated in twin rooms.
A sunny Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to visit Forte dei Marmi for people who love walking around high-fashion “made in Italy” boutiques. Moreover, Forte dei Marmi is not only shopping but also an enchanting little town of Versilia, along the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most known and trendy seaside resorts in Tuscany and Italy.
Forte dei Marmi takes its name from the fort built in the city center in 1700, as well as from the valuable marble extracted a few miles from the town and famous all over the world for its incredible quality. Only in the late 1800s, Forte dei Marmi became one of the most requested summer holiday destinations by aristocracy, diplomacy, and businessmen. Today it is popular among national and international celebrities, politicians, football stars and rich managers.
Many bathing establishments are available for those who love relaxing at the beach in Forte dei Marmi, from resingt under the shadow of pine trees or under your personal cabana, you only have to choose. There are also excellent restaurants in this lively Tuscan city, where you can taste delicious food and exquisite pizzas, and a lively nightlife on bars and clubs like the famous “La Capannina” di Franceschi that has been entertaining generations of young since 1929.
And don’t forget, Florence, Pisa, Versilia and Chianti are all less than an hour away!
The easiest way to travel to Forte dei Marmi is to fly into Pisa International Airport (PSA), which is the main airport in Tuscany and the 10th in Italy in terms of passengers.
The airport is serviced by most European airlines, and also has some direct flights to North America and Asia by Delta Airlines and Qatar. It is a focus airport for low-cost carrier Ryanair with flights to 50 different destinations in both Italy and Europe. Easyjet also flies to Pisa from Berlin, Bristol, London, Manchester and Paris. Other options include British Airways, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Air France, Transavia, Vueling, Wizzair and others.
Forte dei Marmi is also connected to the rest of Italy by train, so you can also easily visit other areas of this amazing country, before heading to Tuscany for a few days of football.
Other airports in the area include Florence International Airport (FLR) or Bologna Airport (BLQ), all more distant and with less connections than Pisa.