The famous tournament with innovations and upgrades is expected to break all previous participation records
The greatest football academy tournament of Southeast Europe returns in less than four months and the teams who plan to participate in the 20th Ayia Napa Soccer Festival (11-16 April 2020) are getting prepared for six days full of football and fun.
The participation and prevalence in an international tournament is a very important goal for all the young football players, as football is absolutely connected with their personal objectives and dreams. Next to the children, the coaches and the parents are expected to mentor them and drive them into excellence, while at the same time show them the way of fair play and sportsmanship.
This year’s tournament is expected to break all previews participation records, making Cyprus an international multicultural sport hotspot. People from many places of Europe and the Middle East will connect and share their love for the sport.
The 392 teams and the 6000 children who participated in last year’s tournament are a clear indication of the tournament’s success and the young footballers’ thirst to participate in the tournament and make a career as athletes. In many cases, young footballers who participated in the 20 year old tournament, are now professionals in Cyprus and abroad.
The Ayia Napa Municipality pitches are consisted by 16 football pitches with natural grass, which favour the football creativity and skills. It is one of the greatest factors that categorize this tournament as one of the most successful in Europe.
The professionals who evaluate every year the tournament, after several contacts and meetings, have decided to proceed in several changes concerning the tournament’s structure. The addition of an intermediate category after the group stage, in which teams from Eagles and Lions will be participating, is adding interest and motivation for all the participants and it is eliminating the prejudice. The organizers have also decided to give even more emphasis in the Women’s categories, women’s teams are expected to participate in great numbers this year. Boys and girls born from 2004 and later are allowed to participate in the tournament.
Ayia Napa Soccer Festival is organized by SoccerWorldCyprus, supported and is taking place under the auspices of the Ayia Napa Municipality and the Cyprus Football Association. The Cyprus Sports Organization is the Institutional Supporter, and Cytavision will be broadcasting all the finals live.