Only ten days to go until we kick off the 43rd edition of Gothia Cup. A year of preparations comes to an end and we can all look forward to an incredible week in Göteborg.
Sunday 16th of July is the big arrival day for Gothia Cup participants. We will expect around 40 000 participants representing 1 730 teams and 80 different nations. We are glad to present three new Gothia Cup-nations this year: Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam.
The highlights of the week – besides the 4 300 games that will be played on 102 pitches – are the Gothia Opening Ceremony, the Gothia Leaders Party and Gothia eCup.
Gothia eCup is a new tournament, which this first year is played only by Swedish players, with the aim to go international next year. With Gothia eCup, The World Youth Cup enters the digital arena. The finalists will meet in a big event on Thursday 20th July at Lisebergshallen, competing in EA SPORTS FIFA17.
2017 is also the year when we can offer our livestreaming of 1,300 games for free, making Gothia Cup available even for those who don’t have the possibility to come to Gothenburg.
A total number of 2,400 volunteers will serve our participants and guests throughout the week. Without these engaged volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to arrange Gothia Cup.
Highlights during the week
Sunday 16th July: The big arrival day. Gothia Heden Center opens.
Monday 17th July: First day of games (group stage). Kick off time: 8.00 am.
8.00 pm: The Gothia Opening Ceremony at Ullevi Stadium. Around 55 000 players, leaders, friends and family members gathers to experience a night full of joy, togetherness and fellowship.
Tuesday 18th July: 7.00 pm: The Gothia Leaders Party at Scandinavium Arena. Leaders and coaches can enjoy a night of good food and entertainment among a couple of thousands other leaders from all over the world.
Wednesday 19th July: The last day of group stage games. The playoffs begin.
Thursday 20th July: The final event of Gothia eCup is taking place at Lisebergshallen.
The finals of Kim Källström Trophy will be played at Heden Center.
Friday 21st July: 1 pm: Gothia Cup World Game, at Heden 4 – the most international football game in the world, with players from different nations in every position on the pitch. The Gothia Cup finals start on Friday noon at Gamla Ullevi Stadium. Click HERE to see the Gothia Finals schedule.
Saturday 22nd July: The Gothia Cup finals continues at Gamla Ullevi Stadium. Click HERE to see the Gothia Finals schedule.
B-finals are played at Heden Center: kick off time 8.00 am.
Facts about Gothia Cup 2017
Participating teams: 1,730 teams.
Participators (players and coaches): 40,000 people.
Participators, including companions: 52,300 people.
Nations: 80 nations.
New nations 2017: Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam.
Participants since the start in 1975: 1,080,000 participants.
Nations since the start in 1975: 146 nations.
Pitches: 102 pitches.
New playing fields in 2017: Kobbens IP, Apelsinplan and Gröna Vallen.
School accommodations: 60 schools.
Hotels: 34 hotels.
Number of games: Around 4,300 games.
Live streamed games: Around 1,300 games, shown for free.
Boys/girls: 70/30 percent.
Main Partner: SKF.
Official Partners: Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Turkish Airlines, Liseberg, Opel, Umbro, Tipselit.
Visitors Gothia Heden Center 2016: 420,000 people.
Visitors Gothia Kviberg Center 2016: 200,000 people.
Visitors Gothia Opening Ceremony 2016: 51,220 people.
Visitors gold medal games 2016: 37,520 people.