Gothia Cup - Tournament Info

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Gothia Cup

Tournament Info

It’s no exaggeration to say that the Gothia Cup is the most appreciated and well known youth soccer tournament in the world. Certainly even the most popular. Throughout the years 800,000 youths from over 127 different countries have par ticipated in the Gothia Cup. More than 1,500 teams partake yearly. Obviously these are staggering numbers, but perhaps we are proud of something more that cannot be expressed in numbers. The fact that we are able to retain and develop the basic principle of the Gothia Cup; the idea that through soccer as a common denominator, we gather the youth of the world to create a meeting ground. A ground that gives hope for a better future. Welcome all!

Who may participate

All clubs, which are members of their FIFA affiliated national associations, are welcome toparticipate in the Gothia Cup. The tournament begins with group play. Teams are divided into groups of four or five, where all teams are playing each other once. The first and second team in the group qualify for “Play-off A”, the other teams in the group for “Play-off B”. The tournament is played under all applicable FIFA or Swedish FA rules. All players must be insured, both for games and leisure time. Arrival for all teams is on Sunday July 18. Kick-off for the preliminary round games is on Monday July 19.

Playing periods

Class Qualifying rounds
and Play-off B
Play-0ff A
B18, B16, B15 2×25 min 2×30 min
G19, G17, G15 2×25 min 2×30 min
Övriga 2×20 min 2×25 min


B18 – Boys born 1/1-92 and later
B16 – Boys born 1/1-94 and later
B15 – Boys born 1/1-95 and later
B14 – Boys born 1/1-96 and later
B13 – Boys born 1/1-97 and later
B12 – Boys born 1/1-98 and later (7-a-side)
B11 – Boys born 1/1-99 and later (7-a-side)

G19 – Girls born 1/1-91 and later
G17 – Girls born 1/1-93 and later
G15 – Girls born 1/1-95 and later
G14 – Girls born 1/1-96 and later
G13 – Girls born 1/1-97 and later
G12 – Girls born 1/1-98 and later (7-a-side)

Number of players per team

There is no limit to the number of players in each team. However only 7 substitutes are allowed in each match (11-a-side) and 5 in 7-a-side). All players must be able to show proof of age and identity.


Dispensations will automatically be given to two players per squad (in 7- a-side classes one player) who are maximum one year over aged. Note that you can not use more players by switching them between matches. In classes B16, G17 and G15 teams from countries that still use the 1st of August limit (mainly USA and England) may also use players 5 months over aged. Girls may play in boys teams in class B11-16.

Categories of Participation

SCHOOL ACCOMMODATION(A):July 18-24. Each team has one room to itself. Minimum one,
maximum four leaders per team may stay in the school. Everyone staying at the school has to pay the accommodation cost. Sleeping bag or beds are not included in the price. The Gothia Card is included in the fee. You can rent beds and bedding from us for an additional cost of EURO 45 (USD 60) per person and week. The first meal is dinner on July 18 and the last meal is lunch on July 24. Maximum of 1220 teams in this category.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION(B): The price range is per person in double room between July 18-24. Please contact for availability and prices. Lunch and dinner at nearby schools can be purchased separately at EURO 84 (USD 114) for 12 meals and EURO 42 (USD 58) for 6 meals. Maximum of 100 teams in this category. The Gothia Card is included in the package.

OTHERS(C): Teams arranging their own accommodation. All participants in this category need to pay a participant fee EURO 37 (USD 53) that includes the Gothia Card. There is a limited number (50) of teams accepted in this category. This category is normally fully booked in October.

The Gothia Card includes

• Free travel within the city on buses and trams and the Gothia Line
• Free admittance or discounted admittance to most of Gothenburg’s leading tourist attractions.
• Free entry to the Opening ceremony and the finals at the Ullevi Stadium.
• Free admittance to the Liseberg Amusement Park.


Return transfer between airport/railway station/ferry terminal in Gothenburg and your place of accommodation is included in the accommodation cost. Note that there is only one return transfer per team/group of teams. The transfer is exclusively for teams thus NOT for accompanying people.

Leader Plus Card

Each team receives two Team Leader Cards, giving entry to the Gothia Leaders’ Party, a Gothia Cup Coach T-shirt and entrance to Gothia Leaders’ Sports Bar.

Extra nights (Maximum two extra nights)

If you want to stay at the school (maximum of two) nights before or after the tournament, please let us know in advance. Price for an extra night/person is € 14 . No meals are served during this period.

Number of teams in the tournament

It is our aim that all teams wishing to take part in the Gothia Cup should be able to do so. But please note that during last years the tournament has not been able to accept all teams that wished to enter. There will be a maximum of 1600 teams (including 230 local teams). The teams paying their entry fees first will be given priority. A club may enter a maximum of two teams in each age class.


All participants must carry their own insurance. Gothia Cup does not carry any group insurance, and is not responsible for, protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage to property.

Entry & Payments

Register via our web page The team fee together with the completed application form must be received by the Gothia Cup no later than April 10, 2010. The accommodation fees must be paid no later than May 2, 2010. Refunds of accommodation fees could only be made when the Gothia Cup receives your withdrawal notice before June 15, 2010. The team fee can not be refunded. All payments need to be done to Gothia Cup bank account:
Payments in EURO:
SEB, Sweden.
IBAN code SE 72-5000-0000-0590-1824-1113.
Payments in USD:
SEB, Sweden.
IBAN code SE 34-5000-0000-0590-1821-9002.
Note that all bank transaction fees has to be paid by the teams. You have to pay in the currency (Euro or USD) that is the most ”natural” currency in your country. Please observe that we do not accept any personal or company cheques!

Important Dates

September 10: (2009): Online registration form for 2010 tournament opens.

April 10: Final date for team fee.
To guarantee your place in the tournament please pay your team fee as soon as possible. When we receive your team fee we confirm your place in Gothia Cup.

May 2: Last date for the accommodation fee/participation fee for all participants who stay in school, hotel or other. Both leaders and players pay this fee. You can cancel players until June 15, after that a doctors certificate is required.

June 15: Final date for payments of extra orders as extra Gothia Cards, extra Leaders Card, special food or Meal Card. Also the deadline to cancel a player, after that a doctors certificate is required.
July 18: Arrival day, no matches played

July 19: The matches begin, Opening Ceremony

23-24 July: Finals at Gamla Ullevi


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