Frequently asked questions

  • Which is the last date to register and pay?

    There is no registration deadline. Registrations will be closed when the tournament is fully booked. However, no later than April 10th. Payment deadline for accommodation fee is May 10th. Please note that the teams that have registered and paid their registration fee first will be given priority when we reach the maximum number of teams in a category (categories A, B, C, D). Keep in mind that most of the categories are fully booked very early.
  • Where do we update our information regarding number of participants, transfer, etc?

    We will e-mail you a password and username (registration number) along with the payment confirmation when we have received your registration fee. Using username and password you can log in to “My Team Info” on our website. On My Team Info, you can complete and update the necessary information for your participation. You will also be able to find important information about the tournament and follow your payment history.
  • How do we order tickets for parents who wish to attend the Opening Ceremony?

    On the team’s own page (My Team Info) on www.gothiacup.se the coach/leader can place an order on extra Gothia Cards for accompanying parents. The Gothia Card includes an opening ceremony ticket. In order for the accompanying people to be seated together with the rest of the team the cards must be ordered through My Team Info. It is not possible to purchase individual tickets to the Opening Ceremony through Gothia Cup.
  • We are 3 leaders, can all of us attend the Leaders Party?

    2 Leader Plus Cards are included for each team staying in school or hotel. If you wish to purchase extra Leader Plus Cards that includes a ticket for the Leaders party and a coach t-shirt, these can be bought at Central Information in Heden.
  • How do we order extra Gothia Cards to the accompanying persons?

    The Gothia Card can also be purchased for accompanying people not staying in the team’s accommodation. A Gothia Card costs 45 EUR/65 USD regardless of age. It can be ordered through the team page My Team Info (the team leader or coach will have to make the order). The advantage of ordering the card together with the team booking is that you are guaranteed to sit together with the team at the opening ceremony. Gothia Card can also be purchased at the Central Information in Heden, but buying the card in site does not guarantee seats together with the rest of the team at the opening ceremony.
  • How do we make a hotel reservation for the team?

    We can offer lodging in hotel for maximum 150 teams. The first 150 teams registered for hotel accommodation and that have paid the registration fee will have priority. Make your team registration in category B and Gothia Cup will contact you regarding a possible hotel reservation. A deposit (25 % of the total cost for the room(s)) should be paid to Gothia Cup 30 days after receiving the confirmation. The total payment has to be paid before May 10th and a name list should be sent to Gothia Cup by June 1st. When checking in the team will receive a welcome package with the Gothia Cards and other tickets. Please contact Gothia Cup for price information.
  • How many adults are allowed to stay in the school?

    4 leaders/adults per team are allowed to stay in the school with the team.
  • Our team is staying at a hotel, can we purchase lunch and dinner?

    If you are staying at a hotel you can buy meal cards through Gothia Cup. The meal cards allows to have lunch and/or dinner at a school located close to the hotel. When ordering meal cards it is important to inform us if the team prefers to have the meals in a school in the city center or in a school close to the hotel the team is staying at.
  • When do we get to know in which school we will be staying?

    In the middle of June the last information about your participation is to be found on My Team Info. Among other things you will be able to read about the school the team will be staying at. An e-mail will be sent to you to inform on the news on My Team Info.
  • What kind of identification do you approve in the Gothia Cup?

    All players MUST be able to identify themselves and to certify their age with a valid passport. A valid identification is a card covered in plastic with name, date of birth and a photograph and also a valid passport. We also approve licenses from some districts: Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Skåne. Players from countries where a passport id is not required when entering Sweden, the least requirement is to present attested picture identification.
  • When do we receive a confirmation that we are registered?

    To start with, we will confirm the reception of your registration form. With this first confirmation you will be requested to pay your registration fee. Once we have received the registration fee your place in the tournament will be confirmed. Please note that your place in the tournament is not confirmed until the registration fee has been paid and confirmed by Gothia Cup. In the end of January we will send you the first information about your participation, on the conditions that the registration fee is paid. Your payment for the accommodation will be confirmed in the beginning of May. All the confirmations will be sent by e-mail if we have your e-mail address, otherwise you will receive confirmations by post.
  • What’s the difference to stay in the central parts of Gothenburg compare to outside the city?

    The schools in the city centre are significantly fewer than outside the city center, therefore we can’t offer everyone accommodation in the central parts of Gothenburg. If you live in the centre you will be close to Heden, Avenyn and Liseberg, but you have longer trips to the games since there are only a few playing fields in the centre. It is very common to play games at for example Kviberg or in Kungsbacka. If you live outside the centre you will be closer to the fields and the surroundings are often quieter.
  • We want to stay in a specific school, is that possible?

    Write your request on your registration and we will try our best to accommodate as many requests as possible! Though, we can never guarantee your preferences.
  • How do we do if one of our participants for religious reasons cannot consume pork meat?

    Because we have many Muslims who come to the tournament, we have chosen not to serve pork at all. Therefore, this does not need be notified.
  • How will the age be controlled?

    Each team must submit a list of players to the Gothia Cup administration before its first game in the tournament. All players MUST be able to identify themselves and to certify their age with a valid passport. For players from countries where a passport id is not required for travel to Sweden the least requirement is to present an attested picture identification.

    This will be taken care of as follows:

    Teams in category A or B arriving by flight to Landvetter Airport on Friday (14th juli), Saturday (15th Juli) or Sunday (16th Juli) will do their age controls and check in at the airport upon arrival. All other teams as below.

    For teams lodged in schools or hotels booked through Gothia Cup – When you receive your participant cards.

    For teams without accommodation booked through Gothia Cup – At the Central Information on/at Heden on Sunday and Monday and at Gothia Kungsbacka Center, Kviberg Center, Slättadamm or Åby on Monday before your first game in the tournament.

    At this time each player on the list must be present and show proof of identity and age. This should be done before Monday 4 pm. Single players can join at a later time, provided that they are listed on the first given participant list and that the player shows valid proof of id at the Central Information, Heden before he/she plays his/her first game.

  • How many games will we play?

    You will play 3 or 4 games in the first round, depending on if your group has 4 or 5 teams. From each group the 2 first placed teams advance to Play off A and 3-5 placed teams advance to Play off B, starting Wednesday afternoon or Thursday. All play off games will be decided by the cup system, i.e. by direct elimination.
  • How many players can we have in the team?

    There is no limit to the number of players in each team. However only 7 substitutes are allowed in each match of 11-a-side. In classes B12, B11 and G12 you are allowed to have unlimited number of players during a single match, but only 7 on the playing field simultaneously.
  • What means of transportation do we use to get to the different fields?

    With the Gothia Card you will have free access to city busses and trams within Gothenburg as well as the trains to Kungsbacka. All the fields are located within the reach of the public transportation system. Gothia Line is Gothia Cup’s shuttle service that goes on busy routs between some of our playing fields and schools. Please use the public transportation system in first hand since Gothia Line only is complimentary to the public transportation system.
  • When are the finals played?

    You find the final schedule under “Week Program” in the menu or under “Gothia Finals”.
  • Where is a certain class playing?

    One age class is not playing in just one location. The tournament takes place at different fields all over Gothenburg, and thus one class can play games in different locations.
  • We are not a certified team and want to borrow players from other teams, is that possible?

    Most districts allow players under 15 years old to switch club once a year. It is possible to change club for not licensed players at the half turn of the year. You then have to sign a paper between the clubs. Be attentive that the player will belong to the club he/she played for at the Gothia Cup even during the coming fall season. The player can not go back to the mother club as easy. For licensed players (15 years old and older) the usual rules of transition applies. The player has to be licensed at the football association in respectively country for playing in the Gothia Cup.
  • Which rules of dispensation do you apply?

    In the 11-a-side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to two players per squad who are maximum one year over aged. Note that you can not use more over aged players by switching them between matches. For 7-a- side, no dispensation will automatically be accepted. Dispensation can be applied for, for a maximum of ONE player who already has an dispensation issued by its district associations, or where there are special reasons. Dispensation for over aged players must be applied for no later than July 1st 2017. After this date, no applications for dispensations will be accepted. Girls may play in boys classes as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.
  • What rules applies to foreign teams?

    Foreign teams have to follow the rules that apply for each country. Since most countries belong to FIFA, the rules are very alike around the world. The basic rule that applies everywhere is that each player has to be licensed to play with the team you play for in the Gothia Cup. The club has to be registered by the Football Association of its country that in its turn has to be a member of FIFA.
  • Which organization stands behind Gothia Cup?

    Gothia Cup is owned and managed by the non-profit sports association BK Häcken.
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