Istria Winter Cup 2017.

  • 27JAN
  • ~
  • 05FEB

Umag and Novigrad



Tags: Sport, Football, Umag, Novigrad

Everything is ready for Istria Winter Cup where first-league teams from the region and the European Union will try their strengths against each other in Novigrad and Umag, on January 27th  until February 5th!
In its sixth edition, this football tournament, which made it into the calendars of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), reaffirms the qualities which made it recognizable to top clubs and sports-hungry audience.

Football players will test their current skills in face-off with foreign adversaries, simultaneously preparing for the spring resumption of the championship by taking advantage of the benefits of sports destinations of Umag and Novigrad – superior accommodation and sports fields, excellent food, mild climate and a variety of services created through the cooperation of experienced sports and tourist employees.

As the spectators of the two previous editions have come to know, this sports manifestation is a real treat for football lovers. Join us, enjoy the matches of selected football professionals and celebrate the beauty of sports.

Istria Winter Cup 2016.

Welcome to Istria Winter Cup!

Date: 27.01.-05.02.2017.
Location: Umag and Novigrad

Short history of the tournament

Four teams participated in the first edition of Istria Winter Cup in Novigrad. The winner’s trophy went to FC Rijeka (Croatia), which won the final match against FC Keckemeti (Hungary) with a 2:1 score. The other two participants were FC Novigrad (Croatia) and FC Pomorac (Croatia).

In the 2013, the foundations of this international event were strengthened in Novigrad and Umag, with six participating clubs, including the winning FC Keckemeti (Hungary), which beat FC Ista Pula (Croatia) with 2:1 in an excellent final showdown worthy of the quality of the tournament, FC Pomorac (Croatia), FC Domžale (Slovenia), FC Koper (Slovenia) and FC Žalgiris (Lithuania).

Eight teams participated at the third edition of this international football event held in Novigrad and Umag. The tournament was divided into two groups, in which European and Croatian first and second league teams competed against each other. In the exciting finals, the winner's cup was won by the players of the Austrian first league team, Wolfsberger AC, which scored 2:1 against FC Istra 1961. The feisty players of Pomorac (Croatia) took third place by beating Široki Brijeg (Bosnia-Herzegovina) 2:1.

The fourth Istria Winter Cup ended with the final match between FC Novigrad and the Slovenian club Zavrč. Eight remarkable teams, all European first league clubs (except for the Novigrad host team) which chose Umag, i.e. Novigrad for their training camp, participated in the tourna-ment and competed against their top-notch opponents, first during the play-offs in two groups and then playing for final ranking. The fifth edition of Istria Winter Cup is concluded with the victory of HŠK Zrinjski over the Slovenian team NK Zavrč. The Romanian team CFR Cluj won the third place.

Former winners:
2011 - FC Rijeka (Croatia)
2012 - FC Keckemeti (Hungary)
2013 - Wolfsberger AC (Austria)
2014 - NK Novigrad (Croatia)
2015. - HŠK Zrinjski ( Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Hosts of the tournament

Umag, situated on the west Istrian coast, in the immediate vicinity of Slovenia and Italy, is the westernmost town in Croatia. With its fourteen thousand inhabitants, it is a well-known important sports destination with quality infrastructure, the host of a big ATP tournament and, lately, football and handball centre. It is nearby Umag that the first competitive golf course in Istria was constructed several years ago. Umag is an inevitable destination for winter preparations of football clubs and teams and frequently hosts football tournaments and professional gatherings of the highest rank.

Hotel Sol Garden Istra in Umag is distinguished by its unique combination of contemporary design and authentic Istrian motifs, only a hundred meters from the sea. Its offer includes the Sport Art centre with football, handball and basketball courts, a congress centre, as well as numerous activities for professional and amateur athletes and whole families, from the outdoor water park to its wellness centre.

Novigrad is a town with the population of four thousand people, high standard of living and a well-developed municipal infrastructure, situated 15 km south of Umag. It is distinguished by its unique combination of seaboard beauty and sports spirit, renowned for its fishing tradition and superior gastronomic offer. It is an excellent host to football teams looking for favourable training conditions and general improvement. The development of sports facilities was crowned with the construction of the new contemporary sports hall.

Although the bike-hotel title of the four star Hotel Maestral in Novigrad indicates its readiness to accommodate especially cyclists, it also offers benefits for all other professional and amateur athletes – from the contemporary wellness centre with swimming pool and gym, to the vicinity of the sea, which is only some 50 m away, sports courts and a new hall, doctor's surgery and the centre of picturesque Novigrad.




Teams - Istria Winter Cup 2016

NK Olimpija Ljubljana

HŠK Zrinjski

Gyirmot FC

NK Novigrad

NK Istra 1961

NK Celje



Schedule 2016.


NK Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)   HŠK Zrinjski (BIH)
NK Istra 1961 (Croatia)   NK Novigrad ( Croatia)
Gyirmót FC (Hungary)   NK Celje ( Slovenia)

Sunday, 31.01.

15,00h - "Gradski stadion", Umag NK Istra 1961 - Gyirmót FC

Monday, 01.02.

15,00h - "Gradski stadion", Umag NK Celje – NK Novigrad

Tuesday, 02.02.

15,00h - "Stadion Laco", Novigrad NK Olimpija Ljubljana - Gyirmót FC

Wednesday, 03.02.

15,00h - "Stadion Laco", Novigrad
HŠK Zrinjski - NK Novigrad
Thursday, 04.02. 15,00h - "Gradski stadion", Umag NK Olimpija Ljubljana - NK Istra 1961

Friday, 05.02.

15,00h - "Stadion Laco", Novigrad HŠK Zrinjski - NK Celje

Saturday, 06.02.

15,00h - "Gradski stadion", Umag Match for 5th place
Sunday, 07.02. 12,30h - "Gradski stadion", Umag
15,00h - "Stadion Laco", Novigrad

Match for 3rd place
Match for 1st place

Results 2016.

Sunday, 07.02. (1. place) Gyrmot FC 3:1 NK Novigrad
Sunday, 07.02. (3. place) NK Olimpija Ljubljana 2:1 HŠK Zrinjski
Friday, 05.02. HŠK Zrinjski 1:1 NK Celje
Thursday, 04.02. NK Olimpija Ljubljana 1:0 NK Istra Pula 1961
Wednesday, 03.02. HŠK Zrinjski 0:0 NK Novigrad
Tuesday, 02.02. NK Olimpija Ljubljana 0:1 Gyirmót FC
Monday, 01.02. NK Celje 0:3 Nk Novigrad
Monday, 01.02. NK Istra Pula 1961 0:1 Gyirmót FC

IWC 2016

Istria Winter Cup




Tournament propositions

Six (6) teams divided into two groups – A and B – three (3) teams in each, will participate in the tournament.

Within the groups, every team will play with every other team with the application of the score system.

Scoring within the group (teams):
For a win – 3 points
For a tie – 1 point

In case teams from the same group have the same total score, advantage will be given to the team who performed better in their mutual match. In case that match ended in a tie, the total number of goals will be considered and if the result is still indecisive, lots will be drawn.
After all in-group matches have been played, ranking matches will be held (A1-B1, A2-B2, A3-B3).

In the ranking matches, in case of a tie, penalty shootouts are played immediately after the match, with each team being awarded five (5) kicks. If the score remains a tie after the penalties, a second set of penalty kicks is played with teams alternately playing one (1) kick each until the final winner is obtained. Only players who finished the match on the field may play penalties.

Every team registers eighteen (18) players for each game, provided that all players entered in the game records may play. Any player expelled from the game after a red card or two yellow cards cannot play in the following match.

Every other aspect of the game is regulated in keeping with the rules of football (FIFA).
The referees will be delegated by the Referee Commission of the Croatian Football Federation.
Matches will be played at stadiums “Laco” in Novigrad and “Gradski stadion” in Umag.
In the case of extremely bad weather conditions (rain), the matches will be played on the playground with artificial grass in Umag and Dajla.



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