The Open Volga - Governors' Cup
Fourth edition of the top-level pre-season tournament in Russia.
Participants in 2011: Chelsea London (winner), Konoplev Academy Tolyatti (runner-up), Vitesse Arnhem, Olympique de Marseille, RCD Espanyol Barcelona, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dukla Prague, Krylia Sovetov Samara.
Participants in 2012: Valencia CF (winner), Samara region (runner-up), Olympique de Marseille, Chelsea London, Shakhtar Donetsk, Besiktas Istanbul, Hamburger SV, Vitesse Arnhem.
Participants in 2013: Olympique de Marseille (winner), Chelsea London (runner-up), Shakhtar Donetsk, Atalanta Bergamo, Valencia CF, KRC Genk, Krylia Sovetov Samara, Hamburger SV.
U15 teams (born on or after 01.01.2000) will participate in 2014.
All the matches are held at Metallurg stadium at Samara, the home of the Premier League team Krylia Sovetov (main and reserve pitches; natural turf).
Tournament schedule: each team plays 5 games, three of them at group stage plus two at semifinals and finals. Match days: Group stage on 19 – 21 August; Semifinals on 23 August; Final on 24 August. The tournament program includes a day-off on 22 August with an entertainment and recovery activities for all teams.
Each team's line-up allows up to 18 players and 4 officials (or 19 players + 3 officials; or 17 + 5). Up to 8 substitutions can be made during the game and each match lasts for 2 x 30 mins, so coaches will have a lot of possibilities to make proper pre-season work with their teams.
All the teams are accomodated at the hotel with recovery and education facilities in 5 min. walk from pitches. Organizer provides 11 twin rooms for the participant.