In less than two months more than 5000 children from 6-16 years old will be visiting Ayia Napa to enjoy six days full of football and fun. The festival, which is being carried out for 17 consecutive years and hosts over 20.000 visitors, is being extended for one more day and in addition to that, there will be new categories introduced for boys and girls. The games will take place between 31/3-5/4.
The participants of the Ayia Napa Soccer Festival are football academies from Cyprus and abroad. The tournament is organized be SoccerWorldCyprus and it is under the auspices of the Cyprus Football Federation and the Ayia Napa Municipality. The great sponsor of the event is the Cyprus Tourism Organization.
Ocean Basket, Petrolina, the new phone app developers Nekki and the Sports Division of Pascal School are the sponsors of the tournament. Elite Sports Club Larnaca and Sports Gear are the official supporters.
Mediterranean’s largest tournament
Ayia Napa Soccer Festival is the largest football academy tournament in the Mediterranean, in which football teams from all over the island are participating, as well as a number of teams from abroad. In last year’s tournament 334 football teams took part, including academies from Great Britain, Poland, Romania, Jordan and Lebanon. Approximately 20,000 people have been visiting the area of Ayia Napa during the days of the festival, giving a great kick start for the summer tourism period.
The organizers have decided to proceed with several upgrades and innovations for this year’s tournament. The festival is being extended for one more day, something that equals to more games and more entertainment for the young footballers.
One more innovation is the division of teams to Eagles and Lions, according to their performance capabilities. There will be Lions groups’ categories for the age groups 2006 to 2010. This division gives the opportunity for all the children to enjoy the festival and the game no matter their performance level. Also, for the first time, a girl’s category is being introduced for girls born on 2002 and later.
Registrations are open
For teams planning to participate in Ayia Napa Soccer Festival 2018, the registrations are open in the event’s webpage.
The participants must be children between 6-16 years old and there is also an open women’s’ division.