10 Feb 2020
Madjer Cup to be held in Figuera da Foz
June 2020 will see the return of the youth tournament to the Portuguese coast
Figueira Da Foz, Portugal – February 8th, 2020: Figueira Beach Sports City Project, a world-leading organiser of beach sporting events, in collaboration with Beach Soccer World Wide, has announced the third edition of the Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup.
This three-day, multi-cultural event will be hosted on the beautiful beaches of Buarcos, in Figueira Da Foz, Portugal in June 2020.
Boasting a spectacular Atlantic coastline, a first-class sports arena specifically designed to meet the needs of professional athletes, and having already hosted several major sporting events, Figueira is the perfect venue to showcase the most talented beach soccer youth teams from around the globe.
History was made in June 2018, when 16 teams representing El Salvador, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK and the United States assembled on the golden sands of Portugal to define a new international youth competition and a new beginning for the sport of beach soccer. In that moment, the inaugural Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup was born.
The second edition of the Madjer Cup was held in June of 2019 and was another storming success. It featured more teams, including one from Poland, in addition to the same teams and countries that appeared in the historic first edition. Now, with more momentum than ever, the third edition of the Madjer Cup promises to deliver more excitement, more teams, more countries and more fun.
Eight to 12 teams for each age division (U16 and U18) will feature, and invitations are being sent to multiple locations throughout the world to various clubs, players, and coaches, including, but not limited to: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dubai, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Uruguay, Russia, Venezuela, United States, and several others.
“A competition of this kind, which involves young players and enhances the formative aspect of our sport, is great news! Besides being played in one of the cradles of our sport, like Portugal, with the name of one of the greatest athletes that beach soccer has ever seen, the expectations could not be greater,” says Joan Cusco, CEO of Beach Soccer World Wide.
“We feel it is very important to promote the sport of beach soccer at the youth level in order to achieve long-term, sustainable growth, which would allow it to transition from a niche sport to one day becoming an Olympic sport and a more prevalent professional sport with mass audience appeal,” said Rui Loureiro, Project Manager at Figueira Beach Sports City and Founder & CEO of Doctor Sport. “Having an event such as this gives our youth players something to aspire to and can also serve as a stepping stone for them to reach the professional level.”
Madjer, the legendary beach soccer player who gives his name to the competition, also offered comments on this unique event, stating that, “expectations are undoubtedly very high, considering that it is the most representative international youth tournament held worldwide. And bearing in mind that there is an existing gap in the sport, we expect to see the effects of the event’s success in the future.”
For more information about this and other beach sports events organised by the Figueira Beach Sports City Project, go to figueirabeachsportscity.com.