About Ayia Napa Youth Soccer Festival


The Ayia Napa Youth Soccer Festival welcomes every year a big number of local and foreign university students studying sports management as volunteer members of the organization and coordination team. Some of these students have over the years assumed some of the most important roles in the administration of the tournament. Others are now close associates helping in the promotion and attraction of many of the teams participating every year. With the support of the international organization of volunteer referees “REFEX”, the games of the tournament are officiated by professional and very experienced referees some of which come every year from many different European countries. This makes our tournament an international event not only in terms of team participation, but also in terms of referees and other volunteer staff and eliminates any possibility of "local advantage".

Last year our tournament hosted a total of nearly 170 teams making us one of the biggest European tournaments of its kind. The success with the number of participants is even more remarkable if one considers that the tournament does not host age groups such as U19, U18, U17, U16 or girls competitive sections as in the case of other European youth tournaments.

Held in an excellent sports center with fifteen training fields close by the main stadium, the Ayia Napa Youth Soccer Festival is a unique youth and grass roots event on international level offering the very best in terms of quality services and tournament games.

The tournament has been recognized & honored in the past as the biggest youth soccer activity in Cyprus.

The aims of the tournament are:

  • To provide a high quality tournament for all players and teams from elite to average standards as well as all kinds of academies and soccer schools, all played on good quality grass pitches and managed to a high professional level
  • To promote international friendships between different countries amongst the young 
  • To promote Ayia Napa as one of the best places in the world for holidays
  • To provide visitors with the opportunity to meet us and learn more about Cyprus, our traditions and the customs of local people.