Gothia Cup is the world’s largest and most international youth football tournament. Each year, around 1700 teams from 80 nations take part and they play 4500 games on 110 fields.
It’s the teams, and participants from around the world that make the tournament unique. A meeting place for the world’s youth, irrespective of religion, skin color or nationality, with football as the common denominator. Our organization consists of eight full-time employed staff and during the tournament works more than 2 500 people.
Gothia Cup was first held in 1975. The tournament was started by the football associations BK Häcken, GAIS and a local newspaper but has been owned since the early 80’s entirely and solely by BK Häcken. Through the years, almost a million players from a total of 146 countries have participated in the tournament.
Gothia Cup breaks a new record with 80 participating nations. New nations for us was Botswana and Bahrain. “Celebrate the game”, a campaign we ran for fair play both on and off the field in terms of both supporter control and players, turned out pretty well. The fact that the number of red and yellow cards went down 50% is proof of that. We will also remember the wonderful sound and echo of the crowds during the opening ceremony when the Icelandic team shouted out “volcano” at Ullevi. Two new members were elected into the Gothia Cup Hall of Fame. Hans-Walter Eiteljörge, SC Borgfeld E.V Germany and Hugo Petrella, CEF 18 Tucuman, Argentina.
At Heden Center, we have breaking a new record of spectators throughout the week. We have never seen so many visitors in our 43 years of history at Heden Center.
The Opening Ceremony at Ullevi Stadium was an amazing experience for the 50 800 spectators. The Opening Ceremony ended with a spectacular fire work.
During the week, we have provided live streamed games for free on our website. This new concept has been very popular. A total number of 820 000 unique people have been watching the games via our website. The total number of views during the week reach a number of 2 100 000.