The extension of the Ayia Napa Soccer Festival 2018 to one more day has been being announced by the committee of the tournament. The kick off for this year will be on the 31st of April and the finals will be played on April 5th. The competition, which is being carried out for the 18th consecutive year, is expected to break the previews records of participation, as this year even more teams from Cyprus and from abroad will be competing.
SoccerWorldCyprus, the tournament’s organizers, have been working on more innovations that will attract many young athletes between 6-16 years old. Ayia Napa Soccer Festival is under the auspices of the Cyprus Football Federation and the Ayia Napa Municipality, which hosts the 16 football pitches with natural grass. The Cyprus Tourism Organization is for once more the great supporter of the tournament.
From Cyprus and abroad
The Ayia Napa Festival 2017 hosted 334 teams from Cyprus, Romania, Great Britain, Poland, Lebanon and Jordan, with more than 5,000 children participating. Approximately 20,000 people have watched the games between the five days that the tournament took place in the Ayia Napa area and around 750 people including athletes, coaches and family members arrived from different countries.
Boys and girls born between 2002 and 2011 will participate in the 2018 tournament, while an open Womens’ category will take place for women of all ages.
Football for all
The most important innovation for this year’s tournament is the division of teams to Lions and Eagles, based on their level. There will be Lion divisions for the 2006 to 2010 age categories. This categorization provides the opportunity for all the children, beside their skill level, to play and enjoy the beautiful game.
In the 2017 tournament, for the first time, a Women’s division was introduced. In this year tournament, the organizers are announcing a Girl’s division, which concerns girls born from 2002 and after. As they did last year, the Women’s groups will be participating in their own division.
One very important aspect about the Ayia Napa Soccer Festival, concerns the very important tourism injection for the area, from Cypriots as well as foreigners. The tournament is taking place in a period when Cyprus is beginning to feel the first warm days that remind summer, and it is also considered to be the beginning of the summer tourism period. The expectations for this year’s participation are even higher, so the Ayia Napa area is expected to receive a very important tourism injection, just before the beginning of the summer tourism season.