The Donosti Cup is the biggest international grassroots football tournament in Spain, and one of the most prestigious in the world, with more than 800 teams from 20 countries participating in each edition.
Immerse yourself in a unique experience with the Donosti Cup
The Donosti Cup is much more than a sporting event: it is an experience that unites people from all over the world around the passion for football, creating memories and friendships that last forever. Join us and be part of this incomparable football adventure!
With a participation of more than 10,000 teams and 150,000 players from 70 different countries, we have held more than 20,000 football matches. Since its foundation in 1992 by Iñigo Olaizola, director of Donosti Eventos, our commitment has been to organise a unique experience for all participants.
During the year, our team is made up of five people, but during the tournament, that family grows to more than 500 employees. In addition to the Donosti Cup, we manage other events: the Donosti Masters Cup, a tournament for veterans, the Carrera de Empresas, the Clásica 15k and the San Sebastián Marathon. We have also organised numerous events for public and private entities.
The founder and CEO of Donosti Eventos, Iñigo Olaizola, a sports enthusiast since his youth, has managed renowned events such as the European and World Veterans Athletics Championships, as well as the Centenary of the Real Sociedad.
To facilitate the integral development of young people through football, instilling values that transcend the playing field and contribute to a fairer society.
To be recognised as a leading international tournament in the development of sporting talent and individuals committed to sportsmanship, healthy habits, equality, inclusion, solidarity and sustainability.
- Sportsmanship: We promote sportsmanship, fair play and camaraderie.
- Healthy habits: We promote active and healthy lifestyles among participants and the community.
- Gender equality: We work to ensure equal rights and opportunities in all dimensions of the tournament.
- Social inclusion: We create an inclusive space for all, regardless of abilities or characteristics.
- Solidarity: We support projects that use football as an engine of change to improve lives in vulnerable situations.
- Sustainability: We are committed to promoting environmentally friendly practices and raising awareness among young people about their role in global sustainability.
Letter from the director
In the first edition we were expecting more than 100 teams from half the world but we only had 32 teams and most of them were from San Sebastian. That small "failure" taught me that houses should not be started from the roof. The Donosti Cup became at that moment a personal challenge and during all these years it has been like a son that I have seen grow up, with its good and not so good moments, with a lot of difficult situations, but above all with a lot of satisfactions.
It is an honour to preside over the Donosti Cup and I trust and hope that for many years to come we will continue to make the dreams of so many young boys and girls who have participated and who will participate in our tournament come true. Our main signs of identity are the effort, the demand, the close treatment and above all, the passion for football.
If you have not participated in the Donosti Cup, I certainly encourage you to do so. It can be an experience of a lifetime.
We are waiting for you!
Iñigo Olaizola, Founder and CEO
From its modest beginnings in August 1992 with 32 teams, the Donosti Cup has evolved to become the biggest grassroots football tournament in Spain and one of the most prestigious in the world.
The first edition, held between 11 and 15 August 1992, featured 32 teams from Spain, France and Italy, marking the first steps of a tournament destined to grow. Founded by Iñigo Olaizola, director of Donosti Eventos, the tournament became a personal challenge that has endured over the years.
As the Donosti Cup matured, so did its international relevance. In 1994, the women's category was introduced and the borders were extended with the participation of American and Asian teams. In its fifth edition, the tournament hosted 100 teams, marking a milestone in its evolution.
The social commitment of the Donosti Cup was consolidated with the UNICEF National Sports Award in 2008. The foundation of the tournament has allowed more than 50 teams without resources to participate, covering all their expenses. In 2009, Iñigo Olaizola received the Golden Drum on behalf of the Donosti Cup for his contribution to the promotion of tourism in San Sebastian.
In recent decades, the Donosti Cup has broken participation records, attracting teams from all over the world. With more than 865 teams registered and the participation of 150,000 players from 70 countries, the tournament celebrates diversity and passion for football.