Thousands of children from Cyprus and abroad are ready to wear their football jerseys and enjoy five days full of football and fun with their parents and coaches, as the Ayia Napa Soccer Festival 2018 gets underway on Saturday, March 31st.
More than 5.500 children will compete in this year’s tournament, with 22 teams joining from abroad. Children from the UK, Poland, Jordan, Lebanon and Greece will be taking part in the tournament, which will take place once again in the Ayia Napa Municipality football pitches.
Ayia Napa Soccer Festival takes place for the 18th consecutive year, and over 20.000 people are expected to move around the area between the five days of the tournament.
Ayia Napa Soccer Festival is organized by Soccer World Cyprus and is under the auspices of the Ayia Napa Municipality and the Cyprus Football Federation. The Cyprus Tourism Organization is the Great Sponsor of the tournament while the Cyprus Athletic Organization is the Institutional Supporter. Cytavision is the Television Partner, and will broadcast live the tournament’s finals, as well as the awards ceremony. This year’s tournament is dedicated to Fair Play.
The tournament sposnors are Ocean Basket restaurants, Nurofen, Frezyderm, the Nekki app company and the online football manager 11X11, Petrolina, WaterWorld Waterpark, the Cyprus Organization of Cattle Farmers and the Sport Department of the Pascal School. Official Supporters are the Farmakas Water, the Elite Goalkeeper Academy and the Larnaca Elite Sporting Club.
Categories and awards
children between 6-16 years old as well as women will compete in the largest football academy tournament of the Mediterranean. There is a very important innovation in this year’s tournament, as there will be a 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.
The game results will be announced every day on the tournament’s website as well as on the social media accounts of the tournament.
The Ayia Napa Soccer Festival semi-finals will take place on Tuesay (3/4) and the finals will take place on Wednesday (4/4) and will be broadcasted live on TV at Cytavision Sports 5.
The award ceremony will take place after the finals. The awards include the four top teams of every category, the Fair Play team, the best goalkeeper of every category, the top goal scorer of every category and the MVP of the finals of every category.