A message from the president

Dear friends,

We invite you to participate in the International Youth Football Tournament «MINOAN CUP 2016», taking place in Chania, Crete, from 23 to April 27, 2016.

The tournament is organised with the collaboration of the local authorities (the Region of Crete, the Municipality of Platanias, the Chamber of Commerce  & Industry of Chania and  the Association of Football Clubs of  Chania -Member of HFF)

In one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean, Chania, we all give our best to organise  a memorable tournament to the ones who participate: athletes, coaches, parents and spectators.

We highly pay attention to the athletes' safety, therefore all means of transportation meet the highest international standards of safety. 

There is a doctor present at all times, plus ambulance “On Call” for any emergency situation.

The hotels are HACCP hygiene certificate and ISO certificate for all services.

The idea behind the tournament is that “ What matters is the PARTICIPATION and the FAIR PLAY. Not necessarily the WIN”. We want to spread the word to everyone including athletes, coaches and parents that the International Youth Football Tournament MINOAN CUP is a unique opportunity for children, using football to unite with other youngsters and come close to other cultures. This will give them the opportunity to make new acquaintances and establish new friendships, free from discrimination.

Inside  the stadium , they are all equal! All that counts is the joy of sport and ...  the goals !!!


Football fans and players are welcomed to participate in our tournament; school teams, football academies and football clubs or any football lover!

For 2016 entries from Australia, India and European countries, are already confirmed and we expect the number of athletes to exceed 800.



During the tournament athletes and coaches will visit among others:

• The city of Chania with the Venetian harbor of unparalleled beauty

• The Museum of the National Football Team, with more than 1,100 exhibits (the third most important museum exhibits National Soccer Team in the world).

• The Printing Museum (one of three in Europe) where you will see the evolution of the printing press by Gutenberg to date.


The prize of the tournament is a cup and medals for the champion teams of each category and medals for second and third place in each category .

Participation certifications will be given to all participants. We have also instituted the Top Scorer Cup  for categories BU17 & GU17, and the Ethos Cup, evaluated by the Organisation Committee and pays attention to the behavior of all teams inside and outside of the stadiums.

The members of the Organisation Committee and the Administration Officers are at your disposal to answer any questions you might have. They are also available to create an add on pre or post tournament tour in Greece. Some of our proposals can be found in the website .

Do not hesitate to contact us.

Cretan hospitality is known to all and remains a tradition of the island for thousand of years.

We are waiting for you,


Nicolas Fournarakis

Chairman of the Organizing Committee