General Information

Tournament:

The IberCup is currently one of the most important World Youth Football Tournaments in the Planet. Since the first edition more than 70 countries have already been represented in our tournaments. Every year about 32,000 players participate in IberCup tournaments for a week of competition, fantastic experiences and extraordinary opportunities to compete with some of the TOP teams in the world. The proximity to the sea area allows everyone to enjoy the beautiful beaches all along the Esbjerg Coast. This amazing city makes the IberCup much more than a football tournament... through football creates the possibility to meetings both outside and on the field with participants from all over the world, being currently one of the most international youth football tournaments throughout the World.

 

Tournament Facts:

Every year, The IberCup Tournaments have the participation of more than 1800 teams from 70 countries. Famous teams like Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, O. Lyon, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus, FC Porto, SL Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal, FC Zenit, Valencia CF, Sevilla FC, Real Betis, Malaga CF, Espanyol Barcelona, Deportivo la Coruña, Chivas Guadalajara, Paris St Germain, CR Vasco da Gama and Olimpique Marseille, already participated in previous editions. The participants are between 9 and 18 years boys and girls, distributed in different age categories.

 

Registrations:

IberCup will be played following FIFA’s football rules. The limit for team’s applications is 32 teams in each age category. If the maximum enrollment of teams is reached before the deadline for registrations, registrations will close before the scheduled date. The first teams that make the registration will have a greater probability of being accepted to participate. Team`s participation only be assured after all payments confirmed. Note that in previouse editions the tournament has not been able to accept all teams that wished to enter.

 

Who May Participate:

All clubs, which are members of their FIFA affiliated national associations, are welcome to participate in the IberCup. The club has to be a member of their FIFA affiliated national association. In countries where football is operated by the schools we also allow teams affiliated by their school football association.

 

Number of Teams in the Tournament:

It is our goal that all teams that wish to take part in the IberCup should be able to do so. But please note that during last couple years the tournament has not been able to accept all teams that wished to enter. There will be a maximum of 250 teams (including 100 local teams). The teams paying their entry fees first will be given priority. The team is officially registered only after this first entry payment. Additionally, most of the hotels will be fully booked before November  so don’t take too long to make your decision as accommodation options close early.  

 

Competition:

The tournament begins with group play. The teams are divided into groups of four or five where all the teams will meet in a round robin series. Classification/ standings will be determined according to points. A victory is 3 points; Draw 1 point; Defeat 0 points. The two best teams in each group will advance to Playoff A. The other teams in the group will play the Playoff B or consolation playoff. The playoff matches are played by direct elimination and in case of draw will be decided by penalties according to FIFA’s regulations. All players must be insured, both for games and leisure time. Arrival for all teams is at least 1 day before the tournament first match.

 

Accommodation categories:

In 2017:

School Accommodation: July 31th to August 5th. Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Lunch and dinner depending on the option, can be in the "Meal center" or at the School. Arrival with dinner included, departure with lunch included at the "Meal Center". Minimum one, maximum four leaders per team may stay in the school. One classroom per team. Everyone staying at the school has to pay the accommodation cost. Sleeping bag or air-mattress are not included in the price. You can rent these extras from us with an additional cost per person per week. The IberCard and accommodation fee is included in the cost.

Bungalows Accommodation: July 31th to August 5th. Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). All the meals at the Bungalow Restaurant. Arrival with dinner included, departure with lunch included at the Bungalows. The IberCard and accommodation fee is included in the cost.

Hostel Accommodation: July 31th to August 5th. Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast at the hostel. Lunch and dinner depends on the option but can be at nearby meal centers or schools or in the chosen accommodation. Arrival with dinner included, departure lunch included. The IberPass and accommodation fee is included in the cost.

Hotel Accommodation: July 31th to August 5th. Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and dinner depends on the option but can be at nearby meal centers or schools or in the chosen accommodation. Arrival with dinner included, departure with lunch included at the Hotel. The IberCard and accommodation fee is included in the cost.

Without Accommodation: Only for local teams (until 60 kilometers from the competition centers). All participants in this category need to pay a participant fee that includes the IberCard. There is a limited number of teams accepted in this category. This category is normally fully booked in November.

 

Important Dates:

  • September 1: Online registration form for next year’s tournament opens. When we receive your deposit fee we confirm your place in IberCup.
  • April 15: Final date for registrations. If the maximum enrollment of teams is reached before that date, registrations will close before the scheduled date.
  • April 30: 50% payment of the total cost must be payed.
  • June 1: Last date for the accommodation fee/participation fee for all participants with or without accommodation. Both leaders and players pay this fee. You can cancel players until June 30th, after that a doctors certificate is required.
  • July 1: Final date to send the players list. After this date we will charge extra 5€ per player.
  • July 1: Final date to send the rooming list. After this date we will charge extra 10€ per person.
  • July 18: Match schedule is posted.
  • July 31: Arrival day, no matches played.
  • August 1: The matches begin, Opening Ceremony.
  • August 3: Leaders Match.
  • August 4: Playoff B Finals and Playoff A Finals - Boys Cat B, Cat C, Cat D and Cat J, and Girls Cat Q and Cat S.
  • August 5: Playoff A Finals - Boys Cat E, Cat F, Cat G and Cat H. Closing ceremony (All participants will receive a souvenir). Return of the participant teams.
    In case of unforeseen circumstances, Ibercup Organization reserves the right to be able to change this dates.
 

IberCup Scandinavia Prizes

​In 2017, the Scandinavian teams can achieve the next IberCup Scandinavia Prizes:

  • The best Scandinavian team in Cat B gets an slot in  IberCup USA 2018  (USA).
  • The best Scandinavian team in Cat C gets an slot in  IberCup USA 2018  (USA).
  • The best Scandinavian team in Cat D gets an slot in IberCup CASCAIS 2018  (Portugal).

Please see the number 26 on the regulation for more information.