YOUTH SOCCER TOURNAMENT SINCE 1999
Gallini Cup started as a small local tournament in 1999; now we host over 100 teams every year. Half of the participants come from foreign countries, including USA, Japan, South Africa, Brazil.
In over 20 years we welcomed thousands of teams, regardless religion, culture, or color of the skin, giving a lifetime international experience to young football players.
Gallini Cup takes place in Pordenone, a beautiful medieval town near Venice.
All participants can play with some of the best Italian and European football academies, because every qualification group has a top Club from Champions League, Europa League, Serie A, Premier League, Serie B, etc.
New talents from amateur Clubs have the chance of their life at Gallini Cup, where they can show their skill and take off their career; while players from top Clubs can improve their experience and make a deeper step into the world of professional football.
Gallini Cup is a truly unique experience for coaches and players. A gathering of cultures, united to play football in a safe and vibrant atmosphere. Many well known top players reached the European major leagues after participating at Gallini Cup. Back then, same as now, participants share an important experience that leads to strengthening the values of fair play, brotherhood and inclusion.
One of the missions of Gallini Cup is to educate trough the values of sport, and everybody can enjoy this opportunity, not only the players.
Gallini Cup is organized in order to honor the memory of Franco Gallini, a manager of Pordenone Calcio, that died prematurely in March 2002.
During his life he saw many people suffering for illnesses, and this pain inspired him to create the NGO Via di Natale ONLUS. With the help of many volunteers, he created a Home to assist terminally ill cancer patients and to support their families during this hard period. This Home is still operating in Aviano, near the Oncological Reference Center.
His funeral toke place the same day of the final of a football tournament created a few years earlier by Tiziano Cornacchia.
The political institutions of Pordenone, together with Franco’s family, showed a willingness to dedicate a big event to him.
It was on this occasion that Tiziano Cornacchia, founder of the tournament and friend of Franco’s family since his militancy in Pordenone Calcio, accepted this assignment.
A task that he continues to carry out today, to promote the important values of sport, remembering who spent his life building a better world.