Four Lincolnshire referees have travelled to the 2023 Iber Cup in Portugal, along with PGMOL Assistant Referee Rob Atkin and Lincolnshire FA Referee Development Manager Michael Brader.
The IberCup is currently one of the most important World Youth Football Tournaments in the world. Every year, between male and female categories, around 50,000 players participate in a super competitive week, with fantastic experiences and a unique opportunity to face teams from all continents.
Previous winners of the competition include Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla FC, Manchester City FC, Arsenal FC, Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Paris St Germain, and Bayern Munich.
Michael has sent us this update after completing the first day of fixtures:
Our referees had a great day yesterday and completed 5 games involving teams from Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and France who are professional academy teams with a high level of football, including clubs like Lyon and Benfica.
All our officials acquitted themselves well with some talking points for the feedback meeting we had last night. Former Premier League referee, Roger East, was on hand to offer advice for a couple of the games. They’re looking forward to the second day of games, to put the learning into practice!
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