Youth football team celebrating victory at Ilinden Cup

Ilinden Cup

13.09.2024 - 15.09.2024
Ilinden Cup
RSC Anderlecht (BE), VA Beerschot (BE), FK Crvena Zvezda (SB), FK Partizan (SB), FK Sarajevo (BIH), FC CSKA Sofia (BG), FCSB Bucharest (RO), FC Iraklis (GR), Rockdale Ilinden (AUS), FK Vardar (MKD), FC Dinamo Tirana (AB)

Macedonia , Skopje

13.09.2024 - 15.09.2024

Age group
B8 (6vs6) , B9 (6vs6) , B10 (7vs7) , B11 (7vs7) , B12 (7vs7) , B13 (9vs9)  

Ilinden Cup is an international football tournament for children to be held in the municipality of Ilinden near the Macedonian capital Skopje, organised by the Grozdanoski football school. We offer excellent conditions for clubs: stunning pitches with natural grass, modern hotels, warm weather and beautiful nature and landscape.

The tournament was firstly conducted in 2023. It has seen the participation of several strong foreign clubs, including RSC Anderlecht, VA Beerschot, FK Partizan, FK Vojvodina, FK Vardar Skopje and others.

Youth football team celebrates a goal at the Ilinden Cup tournament


In the group stage, everyone plays everyone else. Then, the top two or three places go to the final part of the competition, where the games are played on elimination basis. That is, after a loss, the team finishes participation. In case of a tie in the playoffs, a series of 3 penalty kicks is played. The goalkeeper can throw the ball in with his foot, but only in his own half of the field.

Cups and medals await the winners in each age category. Individual prizes are awarded to the best field players, goalkeepers and goal scorers.

* upon request

The price includes:

  • Water to participants
  • Free accommodation for 1 coach
  • Free entrance to the stadium
  • Free entrance to the opening ceremony and finals

The cost is specified with full board per person for specified number of nights. Applications from the teams are accepted no later than 20 days before the start of the tournament.

The team must pay for accommodation and meals expenses in the following order:

  • 20% are transferred no later than - 5 days after registration.
  • 100% are transferred no later than - 10 days before the tournament starts.

The penalty for cancellation of the team's participation is:

  • later than 10 days before the tournament starts - 100% of the full cost of food and accommodation expenses.

The nearest airports to the venue: Skopje airport.

The organizer provides a full transfer service during the tournament. The approximately cost of a full transfer service during the tournament is 25 per person.
Youth football teams at Ilinden Cup tournament
Registration fee per team
Age categories Guest team , Local team , Own accommodation ,
B8 (6vs6) , B9 (6vs6) 0 100 Is not allowed
B10 (7vs7) , B11 (7vs7) , B12 (7vs7) 0 100 Is not allowed
B13 (9vs9) 0 100 Is not allowed

The price includes :

  • Coaches party entrance for 1-2 persons
  • Tournament participation

Registration fee is not refundable, regardless of the reason for cancellation.

Arrival on the first day of the tournament is not possible
You may not choose your own accommodation

All the most interesting sights are located in the centre of Skopje. The city has had a very long history, passing from the Roman Empire to the Byzantine Empire or being under Ottoman rule. The most beautiful places to visit are Macedonian Square, the Millennium Cross on Mount Vodno, the Matka Canyon, the Central Park, the Zoo, the Stone Bridge, which leads from the Skopje Fortress, which protected the city for centuries, to the Ottoman bazaar of Old Charshija.

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