European Football Tournaments

European Football Tournaments & Friendly Matches

One, two or three day football tournaments can be arranged - these are all very well organised with excellent facilities, and which one you choose really depends on your teams requirements. If you are a team that would like to play lots of football, then a two or three day tournament may be the option for you. If however your team would like to combine sightseeing and excursions with football matches then a one day tournament would give you more free time.

Friendly matches are an excellent way to combine meeting foreign opposition in a friendly relaxed atmosphere, but please make no mistake - the games are still very competitive, but with the added bonus of socialising with the team. Exciting tournaments, friendly fixtures the choice is yours and you can even include a combination of the two - it’s really up to you.
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Here is a small selection of some of the European tournaments on offer in 2017

Holland Easter Open - West and South (also suitable for Belgium tours)

Date
Easter Weekend 15th & 16th April 2017
For Boys & Girls All Ages
Entrance Fee Free entry for for one team
The Holland Easter Open is a two-day international youth football tournament, for boys and girls. It has established itself as one of the largest tournaments in Holland and in the last couple of years the event has attracted teams from all over Europe and across the world including Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Austria, Hungary,Russia, Italy, Spain and of course the Netherlands.
Tournament Venues:
Holland Easter Open West - Based at Sassenheim, the event is suitable for clubs staying at Zandvoort, De Eemhof, Amsterdam or Duinrell.

Holland Easter Open South - The football is played on 50 excellent grass pitches at ten different local football clubs in the Limburg area in the south of Holland. Suitable for teams staying at Valkenburg, Schin Op Guel, Molenheide, Ostappen Prinsenmeer, Vennenbos.

Tournament Format: On Saturday the group stage games will be played in groups of 4 teams. The top 2 teams in each group will go on to play in the A Plate finals on Sunday in groups of 4 teams. The Tournament goes to knock out stages after these group games.The bottom two teams from each group on Saturday will play in a B plate competition on Sunday and will follow the same format as the A Plate. It is expected that your team will play at least 6 qualifying group games over the course of the weekend. Please note this format may vary and will depend on number of entries in each age group.
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Holland Easter Cup

Date
Easter Weekend 15th & 16th April 2017
For Boys U9 to U17
Entrance Fee £250 per team
The Holland Easter Classic is regarded as one of Europe’s biggest international Easter soccer tournaments. 2017 marks the 26th annual edition of this prestigious international tournament. Between 160 and 200 teams from 12 countries are expected in 2017. The tournament is open to all teams that are members of their FIFA affiliated national associations
Tournament Venue: The event is held at several soccer clubs in Amsterdam, Haarlem and the surrounding area and will be played on grass and artificial soccer pitches, spread over different locations.
Tournament Format: All teams will play a minimum of 5-6 games spread over Saturday and Sunday. In the first round all teams play in groups of 4 or 5 teams. All teams in 1 group will play each other once on the Saturday. On Sunday the second round starts. All teams that qualify as number 1 or 2 in the 1st round groups will play in the 2nd round -A-. All other teams from the 1st round will play in the 2nd round -B-. Again all teams are placed in groups and play each other once. The 2nd round group winners play the (semi-) finals. The tournament organization reserves the right (if needed) to make adjustments to the above mentioned tournament format.

HSV Escamp - Holland

Date
Easter Weekend 15th & 16th April 2017
For Boys All Ages
Entrance Fee Free entry for for one team
 
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KRSV Vredenburch - Holland

Date
Easter Weekend 15th & 16th April 2017
For Boys & Girls All Ages
Entrance Fee Free entry for for one team
 
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SV Laar - Holland (also suitable for Belgium tours)

Date
Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 27th - 28th May 2017
For Boys U9 - U15
Entrance Fee Free entry for for one team
 
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Parkstad - Limburg Cup - Holland (also suitable for Belgium tours)

Date
Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 27th - 28th May 2017
For Boys U9 - U15
Entrance Fee Free entry for for one team
 
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Amsterdam Cup - Holland

Date
Spring Bank Weekend 27th & 28th May 2017
For Boys U7 to U13
Entrance Fee £250 per team
2017 marks the 19th anniversary of the Amsterdam Cup. A total of 180 teams from 6 different countries took part in this cosmopolitan event in 2016 . The tournament follows the same format as The Holland Easter Cup. Participation in the Amsterdam Cup provides a unique chance to combine a visit to the Amsterdam Arena Ajax Stadium and discover the unique history of one of Europe’s biggest football clubs.
Tournament Venue: The tournament is held at 2 different sports facilities in Amsterdam (D.C.G. - Sportpark Ookmeer and Blauw Wit Amsterdam - Sportpark Sloten) with a total of 24 soccer fields (grass and artificial). It is only a 8 minute drive from the sports facilities to the city center of Amsterdam.
Tournament Format: All teams will play a minimum of 6 games spread over Saturday and Sunday. In the first round all teams play in groups of 4 or 5 teams. All teams in 1 group will play each other once on the Saturday. On Sunday the second round starts. All teams that qualify as number 1 or 2 in the 1st round groups will play in the 2nd round -A-. All other teams from the 1st round will play in the 2nd round -B-. Again all teams are placed in groups and play each other once. The 2nd round group winners play the (semi-) finals. The tournament format may vary according to the number of entries in each age group.

Football Cup Barcelona - Spain

Date
22nd and 23rd April 2017
For Boys U8 U10 U12 U14
Entrance Fee No supplementary Cost
The tournament takes place over 2 days and follows a Champions league style format. Groups of 3/4 teams will play each other once, and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd/4th in each group will play each other in the final round. Groups of 4 teams will play each other once in the next stage and the 1st & 2nd in each group will enter the final knockout stages. This is your chance to take part in an exciting tournament.
Tournament Venue: Football Cup Barcelona Summer Cup is a two-day international youth football tournament, for boys and girls, held in the Salou and Cambrils area in the south of Barcelona. The football is played at a brand new football venue with four high quality natural grass pitches and three latest generation artificial grass fields.

Costa Brava Maresme Cup - Spain

Date
18 to 21 April 2017 - 4 Days
For U10 to U19 Boys - U9 to U17 Girls
Entrance Fee No supplementary Cost
The tournament is organised by the clubs of FC Pineda & CF Santa Susanna, and is supported by the local council.
Tournament Venue: The games are played on artificial pitches in Pineda de Mar, Arenys de Munt, & Santa Susanna. All grounds are equipped with changing rooms and showers. Teams from Denmark, Finland, France and Germany participate, as well as UK and Spanish teams.
Tournament Format: Teams are normally placed into groups of 4, with the top two teams from each group progressing through to a knockout stage.

Mediterranean Trophy - Spain

 
Date
9th to 12th April 2017
For 4 Days
Entrance Fee No supplementary Cost
The Mediterranean Trophy is one of the most prestigious Easter tournaments in Spain. This popular tournament starts with a fantastic opening ceremony in which teams parade through the city and into the stadium where all the National Anthems are played and culminates in a presentation that provides the perfect finale to the 4 days of football. The Mediterranean Trophy attracts teams from all over Europe and over 150 teams took part in 2016. Games are played on artificial pitches in Pineda de Mar, Arenys de Munt, Sant Vicenç de Montalt, S. Susanna, S. Pol, Mataró and Lloret de Mar. All stadia have changing rooms and showers.
Tournament Format: Teams are normally placed in groups of 4 with the top 2 teams progressing through to a knockout stage that usually features a Quarter final, Semi Final and Final.

Copa Santa - Spain

Date
14th to 16th April 2017 - 3 Days
For Under 11 to Under 19 Boys
Entrance Fee No supplementary Cost
The tournament is organised by the clubs of FC Pineda & CF Santa Susanna, and is supported by the local council.
Tournament Venue: The games are played on artificial pitches in Pineda de Mar, Arenys de Munt, & Santa Susanna. All grounds are equipped with changing rooms and showers. Teams from Denmark, Finland, France and Germany participate, as well as UK and Spanish teams.
Tournament Format: Teams are normally placed into groups of 4, with the top two teams from each group progressing through to a knockout stage.

Barcelona Football Festival - Salou - Spain

Date
Spring Bank Weekend 27th & 28th May 2017
For Boys U8 to U15
Entrance Fee No supplementary Cost
The tournament takes place over 2 days and follows a Champions league style format. Groups of 3/4 teams will play each other once, and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd/4th in each group will play each other in the final round. Groups of 4 teams will play each other once in the next stage and the 1st & 2nd in each group will enter the final knockout stages. This is your chance to take part in an exciting tournament.
Tournament Venue: The Barcelona Football Festival is a two-day international youth football tournament, for boys and girls, held in the Salou and Cambrils area in the south of Barcelona. The football is played at a brand new football venue with four high quality natural grass pitches and three latest generation artificial grass fields.

Barcelona Summer Cup - Salou - Spain

Date
June 27th - June 29th 2017 - 3 Days
For Boys & Girls All Ages
Entrance Fee Free entry for for one team
The Barcelona Summer Cup is a three-day international youth football tournament, for boys and girls, held in the Salou and Cambrils area in the south of Barcelona.
Tournament Venue: The football is played at a brand new football venue with four high quality natural grass pitches and three latest generation artificial grass fields.
Tournament Format:  Each team will play at least 5 qualifying group games over the three days. Please note this format may vary and will depend on number of entries in each age group.  Each player receives a tournament medal with the four best teams of each group receiving a tournament trophy.  Best player, Top Scorer, and Best Goalkeeper also get a tournament trophy.

Audruicq Tournament - France

 
Date
Easter 16th & 17th April 2017
For Boys All Ages
Details Located near Calais, the Audruicq tournament is an established 2 day tournament which regularly attracts teams from all over Europe, including Holland, Spain, Germany & the UK.

Teams can expect to play at least 4 or 5 matches over the two days on a great standard of pitches.

 
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Hageland Cup - Belgium

Date
Spring Bank Weekend 27th & 28th May 2017
For Boys U8 to U16
Recommended for teams at Molenheide, Center Parcs de Vossemeren, Prinsenmeer, Valkenburg & Schin op Geul.
One free team registration per club.
Details During the last few years the tournament has attracted teams from Belgium, Holland, Germany, UK & Ireland, France, Luxenbourg, Scandinavia, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain & Italy.

On Saturday each team will play 3 or 4 games in their group.  The best teams from each group will play on Sunday 3 or 4 matches against each other, while the groups who were 2nd 3rd or 4th in thier groups play each other.  Each participating team will receive a memento of the tournament.

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The GW Festival - Germany

Date
Easter Weekend 15th & 16th April 2017
For Boys All ages

 

Entrance Fee: One free team registration per club.
 
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BSC Festival - Germany

Date
Spring Bank Weekend 27th & 28th May 2017
For Boys All ages
Entrance F One free team registration per club.
 
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Club Tournaments & Friendly Fixtures

If you feel participation in a tournament is an essential part of your tour, you must travel at a peak weekend, but if you want the experience of great friendly matches where you can ‘meet the opposition’ (you may even stay for a drink or two afterwards) then you can travel at any time.
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European Age Groups - Excluding Spain.  Players Born on or after Jan 1st each year.
Category Qualifying Birth Dates Possible UK Age Groups Squad Size
A Class Born 98/99 Under 17 & 18 11 a side
B Class Born 00/01 Under 15 & 16 11 a side
C Class Born 02/03 Under 13 & 14 11 a side
D Class Born 04/05 Under 11 & 12 11 a side
(7v7 in Belgium, 8v8 in France)
E Class Born 06/07 Under 9 & 10 7 & 9 a side
F Class Born 08/09 Under 7 & 8 7 a side
(5v5 in Belgium)
European Age Groups - Spain.  Players Born on or after Jan 1st each year.
Qualifying Birth Dates Possible UK Age Groups Squad Size
Born 97/98/99 Under 16, 17 & 18 11 a side
Born 00/01 Under 14 & 15 11 a side
Born 02/03 Under 12 & 13 11 a side
Born 04/05 Under 10 & 11 7 & 9 a side
Born 06/07 Under 7, 8 & 9 7 a side

Age Dispensation

It is possible for Under 9, U11, U13, U15 & U17 teams to play in the lower age group due to the age dispensation rule which allows a maximum of 3 over age players (up to 6 months older) to play in any one game.  There are no dispensation players allowed in Spanish Tournaments.

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