The Calm Before The Storm

The first matches in the 2016 Norway Cup get underway early on Sunday morning – with final preparations taking place today on Ekeberg to ready the venue for the biggest youth football tournament in the world.

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The finishing touches were being put to the Main Cultural Stage – from where the various music acts will perform at Saturday’s Opening Show, as well as being the main studio for the nightly TV2 Highights Show.

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Pitch 1 – where the senior finals will be played is also nearing completion – with a pitch in excellent condition.

Meanwhile down the road at Holtet, final setup of the accommodation and canteen for the Match Officials was underway.  With their usual venue of Branfjell currently undergoing a major renovation, the Match Referees are staying at either Holtet School or in the KFUM Hall next to Pitch 7.

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The Referee Department told NorwayCup.no that preparations are going well – and that the Referees, who this year are coming from a record 22 different countries will be well looked after.

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Indeed a couple of the English officials had already arrived – including Paul Lowe from Bedfordshire – who, as he normally does each year, has driven all the way over in his van.

Ekebergsletta looks a picture of calm – however come Sunday morning at 0800 – it will be full of players, coaches and referees embarking on their quest for one of the titles to be decided next Saturday.