Donna Cup

April 15-18th 2022

Donna Cup is a women’s soccer tournament for teams aged UNDER 17 with the specific mission of supporting women’s football and the development of international relations between young women.

Donna Cup is the “sister” of Gallini Cup, the largest youth football tournament in Italy, with a top team in every qualification group. During the Easter weekend thousands of young people meet in Pordenone to participate in Donna Cup and Gallini Cup. These events together are a unique melting pot of youth, an experience that will be in the heart of participants forever.

A top team in every qualification group
Every year Donna Cup has several international teams and at least one top team in every qualification group.

In past years teams from the women selections of Juventus, Inter FC, AIK, VV Alkmaar and Ferencvaros have entered, as well as USA Region 1 and other teams from Canada, Romania, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, etc.

Click here to access our guide to Pordenone

Tournament Prgramme and Participating Teams

Tournament Programme
Friday – Teams arrive
Saturday – Morning 1st match: Afternoon 2nd match
Sunday – Morning 3rd match: Afternoon quarter-finals Monday – Morning – semifinals: Afternoon finals

Participating Teams
There will be 32 teams in the tournament. These teams are split into 8 groups of 4 teams.

EVERY group will feature an Elite team (A top team from Champions League, Europa League, Series A, Premier League, etc), one International team, one academy team (a team from a football school or affiliated with a pro club) and one local team from Pordenone).

Accommodation and Meals

ACCOMMODATION                                                             You can choose:
– Hotel 3*** with continental breakfast
                                      – Hotel 4**** with American breakfast                                      In every hotel you can choose single, double or triple rooms.

The organisers use more than 50 Hotels for the Donna and Gallini Cups. The name of your hotel will be confirmed two weeks before arrival. It can’t be done earlier, because group stage matches are played near the Hotels and they are based on many rules (1 top team in each group, at least 2 foreign teams, etc).

Your group can have as many leaders (and parents) as you want. If you wish, parents can be located in a separate hotel, but the booking of the group must be managed as one, by the team’s leader (including the payments).

 

MEALS
Breakfast is in the hotel. Lunch and dinner is served at Pordenone Exhibition Center, for all participants. This is an amazing additional occasion for all teams to enjoy the tournament feel. The location is very fun with game areas, stands, food trucks, etc.

Protein options, good for athletes, are always on the menu. In addition, pasta, bread, rice and vegetables are “all you can eat”, so players are never hungry at Donna Cup. The menu includes lasagne, tortellini, gnocchi, spaghetti and all the most popular Italian dishes.There is never a fixed menu. There are always several options to choose from.

On the back of each ticket meal, that every person must use to a meal, you specify what food to avoid. The menu includes several options every day, paying attention to all needs, tastes and religions.

Tournament Events!

OPENING CEREMONY                                                         Friday Afternoon – 16.00/17.30 pm.
The participants of Donna Cup and Gallini Cup will walk and sing together, crossing the medieval alleys of the old town while the citizens of Pordenone come out from their windows to cheer with them.
An explosion of colours, joy, friendship and youth that will be in the participant’s hearts forever.

At the end of the parade, the teams reach the main square of Pordenone, where a stage is waiting with music and entertainment.
On their arrival in the square everybody gets a set of confetti. The opening ceremony concludes with a countdown that gives the sign to launch the confetti.
Together with the participants of the Gallini Cup this creates the largest confetti show in sport!

 

DONNA CUP PARTY                                                            On Saturday from 8 – 11 pm Free entry for everyone.

A nice moment for players to make new friends outside the pitch and a wonderful occasion for coaches to share experiences and fun with each other. All leaders, coaches, translators and players from both Donna Cup and Gallini Cup come together to celebrate the end of the tournament, the night before the finals.

After so many matches, is very good to finally hit the dance floor and relax. The players are in a very safe and controlled environment, so the leaders can chill and have some fun as well. Alcohol is strictly served just to leaders and parents.

 

AWARDS CEREMONY                                                          

Every team that enters Donna Cup receives a trophy, with dedicated medals to the winners. Individual awards are also a very important showcase to youth talents.

All teams are welcome to participate in the awards ceremony that takes place right after the finals in the main stadium of Pordenone.

About the area and getting there

Pordenone is a town in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, perfectly located between sea and mountains, just one hour from Venice.

Pordenone has many fine Roman-Gothic and Venetian palaces, including the Palazzo Comunale (1291) with its picture gallery. The 13th–14th-century campanile of the 15th-century cathedral is a national monument. Both cathedral and gallery contain paintings by the Renaissance artist II Pordenone, who was born in the city.

Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia have 10 UNESCO sites. New York 1, Paris 1, London 4. There is a list of leisure activities to do in Pordenone and Friuli Venezia Giulia region, that can help to understand why this part of Italy is so special. (See our area guide to find out more)

GETTING THERE

There are several nearby airports that you can fly into, these are shown below including the airlines throughout the UK and Ireland that serve each one.

Whichever airport you arrive at we will provide a shuttle service to Pordenone that can be extended for the duration of the tournament. You can even rent a private bus during all your stay to be more independent. We manage all the transfers during the tournament with private safe buses, without using public transport.

Treviso Airport – 47 miles
Ryanair from Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh and Manchester

Venice Marco Polo Airport – 53 miles
Aer Lingus from Dublin
British Airways from London-City, London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow
Easyjet from Bristol, Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, London-Luton and Manchester
Jet2 from Birmingham and Manchester
Ryanair from London-Stansted
TUI from London-Gatwick and Manchester

Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport – 56 miles
Ryanair from London-Stansted

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport – 135 miles
Aer Lingus from Dublin
British Airways from London-Heathrow
Easyjet from London-Gatwick
Ryanair from Edinburgh, London-Luton, London-Stansted and Manchester

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