Referee in Spain’s Most Famous International Tournament.
Immerse yourself in the heartbeat of youth football at the Donosti Cup, a pinnacle in Spain and Europe’s youth football scene. This annual extravaganza, held in the picturesque city of San Sebastián every July, welcomes young talents aged 10 to 19, both boys and girls, including teams from the USA and renowned European clubs like Atletico Madrid and Reading FC. As a longstanding partner of Referee Abroad for the past 13 years, the Donosti Cup will mark its 32nd edition in 2024. The tournament’s grand finale unfolds in the magnificent stadium of Real Sociedad, offering referees a fitting climax to this spectacular football spectacle.
Forty members from ‘Referee Abroad,’ comprising both referees and coaches, are gearing up for the Donosti Cup. Referees will enjoy complimentary double-occupancy accommodation at a prestigious university residence in San Sebastian and receive free meals throughout the event. To facilitate travel, complimentary rental cars will be provided for exploring the city and commuting to/from match venues. Referee Abroad staff will be on-site to coordinate activities, and referees are expected to officiate 4-5 matches daily, either as referees or assistant referees, each match lasting 25-35 minutes per half.”
Participants at the Donosti Cup will enjoy accommodation in a high-quality university residence known for its comfort and convenience. Each morning, a complimentary breakfast will kickstart the day. Accommodation options include twin or triple occupancy, providing flexibility to suit preferences. Noteworthy residences from past events, such as Manuel Agud and Olarain, exemplify the quality of our chosen accommodations.
While in San Sebastian for the Donosti Cup, selected referees will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant surroundings of this picturesque city. Renowned for its breathtaking beaches, historic architecture, and culinary delights, San Sebastian offers a perfect blend of culture and relaxation. Referees can stroll through the charming Old Town, indulge in world-class cuisine at local pintxos bars, or take in panoramic views from Mount Urgull. Additionally, the city’s cultural attractions, such as the San Telmo Museoa and the Kursaal Congress Centre, provide enriching experiences for those looking to immerse themselves in the local atmosphere.
The nearest international airport to San Sebastian is Bilbao Airport (BIO), around one hour away with convenient bus connections provided by PESA. Bilbao, Northern Spain’s busiest airport, is relatively small but well-served by major European airlines, including Easyjet, Vueling, Iberia, Air Europa, British Airways, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, and others. San Sebastian also has two other airports to consider: San Sebastian Airport (EAS), located approximately 20 km from the city center, serving national flights from Madrid and Barcelona by Iberia and Vueling; and the French airport of Biarritz (BIQ), 50 km away, with bus and train connections. Airlines like Air France, British Airways, and Ryanair operate from Biarritz. San Sebastian is well-connected to the rest of Spain by bus and train, providing flexibility for travel plans. Referees can be picked up from either Bilbao or Biarritz airports, provided their arrival aligns with the tournament bus schedule
Attended several tournaments as an observer. Very competitive games where officials can learn and improve. Recommended.
It was great experience doing referring. Referees from different countries shares their culture, experience and friendship. One of best platform for everyone to learn and explore their skills on the field. I made many new friends and I enjoyed the moment. See you all in next tournaments.
I went with refereeabroad too Bethesda Premier Cup, it was a great experience and Dan took really good care of us referees. Would recommend to all referees to go to one of the tournaments if you are able too. Besides that some really good observers was there helping us to improve.
MARCOS ANTONIO CORDEIRO
Falar dos torneios que participei é falar de Daniel, um amigo de longa data, competente, companheiro um excelente profissional, possibilitando a pessoas comuns uma experiência fantástica, que enriquece o acervo cultural, técnico, emocional e pessoal transformando o homem em um árbitro de ⚽️.
Geweldige ervaring om mee te maken, met een super organisatie en geweldige toernooien!
Een aanrader voor als je in het buitenland wilt fluiten met andere internationale scheidsrechters!