Ayia Napa: The International Football Academies Tournament returns dynamically

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The Ayia Napa Academies International Football Tournament returns dynamically on April 16-20, 2022 and is ready to offer new experiences and thrills.

After two years of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ayia Napa Youth Soccer Festival, the largest Youth Football Festival not only in our country but in Europe and in the Eastern Mediterranean, returns dynamically renewed, ready to offer new experiences and emotions.

In a press conference held today, Wednesday 06 April 2022, at the Municipal Palace of Ayia Napa, the Mayor Mr. Christos Zannettou expressed his special joy that after two years of absence it became possible, to be implemented this year in Ayia Napa for the 20th year, the International Tournament Academies, after the superhuman efforts made by the administrative and management team of the SoccerWorldCyprus Association, which he congratulated and thanked warmly.

The Ayia Napa International Football Tournament mentioned not only promotes Ayia Napa internationally but also our country and brings benefits both from the participation of athletes and from the participation of parents, relatives, friends of children who participate and his friends sport they want to watch.

"We will make every effort" he added "to be always ready to host great sporting events because sport is an important part of our social life, which we must support and promote especially to our children and young people as it is a healthy occupation that helps prevent our young people from bad habits ".

"Despite the crisis we have to face due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, Mr. Zannettou noted," the hotel units and businesses of the Municipality have entered into operation, we will soon see our city come to life again where all The people who will visit this tournament in the coming days will be able to be hosted and served to the fullest through the high expectations for service and hospitality ".

He also expressed his warm thanks to all the contributors, the Cyprus Sports Organization (KOA), the Cyprus Football Federation (KOP), which is always by the side of the Municipality of Ayia Napa and supports such events and not only, which, as he stressed, promote it. our place internationally, but at the same time support the local community, sports and our children.

Speaking in detail about the Tournament, the President of the Soccerworldcyprus Association stated that in this year's event which will take place at the sports facilities of the Municipality of Ayia Napa from April 16-20, 5000 children from 328 different football divisions will take part (among them 25 different football divisions). from Middle Eastern countries such as Lebanon and Jordan), who will have the opportunity to compete in 11 different age categories. In addition to the massive participation of teams and children, the tournament, he said, is expected to be watched by more than 20,000 fans, most of whom come from the families of the players.

The tournament noted is a real football celebration and the goal of all "both for us the organizers but also for all those who will attend the event should be the protection of children, who should be given the opportunity away from the pressure and anxiety of victory to enjoy and have fun with their soul ".

Innovation in this year's event, he said, is the special tournament for girls in two age categories K17 and K14, as well as the creation of three separate level categories in the knock out phase, while he characterized the cooperation with the digital channel Digital, which will broadcast live internet links. throughout the event and especially in the finals and awards.

This year 's event added that it will have a charitable character, since during the event there will be a food and clothing collection kiosk in support of the charitable action of the Pancyprian Volunteer Council.
Finally, Mr. Konstantinou thanked the Municipality of Ayia Napa and especially the Mayor Mr. Christos Zannettou for the continuous support but also for the sport of the tournament and all the participants.

The Tournament is under the auspices of the KOP.