Who may participate?
All clubs, which are members of their FIFA affiliated national associations, are welcome to participate in the Gothia Cup. In countries where football is operated by the schools we also allow teams affiliated by their school football association. The tournament begins with a group play. Teams are divided into groups of four or five, where all teams are playing each other once. The first and second team of the group qualify for “Play-off A”, the other teams of 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 16th . Kick-off for the group round games is on Monday, July 17th.
Play-off B||Play-0ff A|
|B18, B16, B15||2×25 min||2×30 min|
|G18, G16, G15||2×25 min||2×30 min|
|Others||2×20 min||2×25 min|
Age Categories 2017
Boys B18 - Boys born 1/1-99 and later B16 - Boys born 1/1-01 and later B15 - Boys born 1/1-02 and later B14 - Boys born 1/1-03 and later B13 - Boys born 1/1-04 and later B12 - Boys born 1/1-05 and later (7-a-side) B11 - Boys born 1/1-06 and later (7-a-side) Girls G18 - Girls born 1/1-99 and later G16 - Girls born 1/1-01 and later G15 - Girls born 1/1-02 and later G14 - Girls born 1/1-03 and later G13 - Girls born 1/1-04 and later G12 - Girls born 1/1-05 and later (7-a-side) G11 - Girls born 1/1-06 and later (7-a-side)
Number of players per team/Age control
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 B11, B12 and G11, G12 you are allowed to have unlimited number of players during a single match, but only 7 on the playing field simultaneously. All players must be able to show proof of age and identity. We recommend that all players use the same shirt number throughout the tournament.
In all 11- a side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to two players per squad who are maximum one year over aged. Again, This only applies to 11-a-side categories. For 7-a-side, no dispensation will automatically be granted. Dispensations for maximum 1 (one) player in 7-a-side teams can be applied by contacting the Gothia Cup office. Note that in 11-a-side categories you can't have more than two over aged players on the players list, i.e. you can't switch them between matches. Girls may play in boys teams in all classes as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.
Number of teams in the tournament
In recent years we have not been able to accept all teams that wished to join. We can at most receive 1150 teams with accommodation at the school, 150 teams in hotels, 230 local teams and 70 teams arranging own accommodation. A total of 1600 teams. The teams that have registered and paid the registration fee has first priority. Registration counts as the date we receive the registration fee. Keep in mind that most categories tend to be fully booked very early.
Categories of participation
Category A - School accommodation: July 16-22. 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 mattresses are not included in the price. You can rent mattresses and bedding from us for an additional cost. The Gothia Card is included in the fee. The first meal is dinner on July 16th and the last meal is lunch on July 22nd. NOTE: If your team must arrive before or leave after these dates, you must contact Gothia Cup. Extra night fee 20 USD/person/night. Max. 1150 team in this category. Category B - Hotel accommodation: Only for booking through the Gothia Cup. Breakfast and Gothia Card is included in the prices. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability. Lunch and dinner vouchers for meals at nearby schools can be purchased. Max. 150 teams in this category. Category C - Own accommodation: Teams arranging their own accommodation. Maximum 70 teams in this category. All participants in this category need to pay a participant fee that includes the Gothia Card. There is a limited number of teams accepted in this category. The category C is normally fully booked in October.
The Gothia Card includes
- Free travels with buses and trams in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille as well as the commute train Göteborg-Kungsbacka. - Free travels with the Gothia Line. - Free entry to the Opening Ceremony in Ullevi Stadium on Monday July 17th at 8 pm. - Free Entry to all the finals on Friday and Saturday July 21st-22nd - Free admittance or discounted admittance to most of Gothenburg's leading tourist attractions
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. Transfer can only be booked for minimum 10 people per group.
Leader Plus card
Each team receives two Team Leader Cards, giving entry to the Gothia Leaders Party, a Gothia Cup Coach polo and entrance to Gothia Leaders Sports Bar. You can purchase extra Gothia Leader Card for 295 SEK each.