Today marks exactly one month left until the highlight of the summer starts for all football lovers: Gothia Cup 2018. 79 nations meet in Gothenburg to participate in the 44th edition of the world’s largest youth tournament, July 15-21.
Sunday July 15th is the big day of arrival, when around 40 000 expectant participants in 1,720 teams will find their place in Gothenburg. This year, for the first time in Gothia Cup history, a team from Jamaica will join the tournament.
Thousands of football games will be played at the 101 football fields from Monday to Saturday in Göteborg, Mölndal, Kungsbacka and the newly added city of Alingsås. Some of the week’s highlights include Gothia Opening Ceremony, Gothia Leaders Party and the virtual football tournament Gothia eCup.
This year Gothia eCup has been brought out to the world, and wherever you live you have had the opportunity to participate in a digital tournament with the game EA SPORTS FIFA18. The qualification rounds took place online during four weeks in May and the finalists are being flown to Gothenburg in time for the week of Gothia Cup. The final finalist will be nominated in Gothenburg the days before the prestigious final, which will be held on Heden on July 19th.
The success of last year’s free live streaming will continue this year. The Gothia Cup, in association with our Main Partner SKF, has made it possible for viewers worldwide to follow about 1,300 matches in the Gothia Cup, even though they are far from Gothenburg.
This year we can also introduce a new name to our popular tournament for young people with intellectual disabilities. The new name is the Gothia Special Olympics Trophy and consolidates the presence of the Special Olympics in the tournament. There is also a new class joining the tournament this year. It is called Unified and the teams of the class unites young people both with and without disabilities.
About 2 500 staff members will help to make Gothia Cup happen. Everything from serving staff, guides, school hosts, drivers and referees, will be available to give our participants a fantastic experience during the week in Gothenburg.
Highlights during the week
Sunday 15th July: The big arrival day. Gothia Heden Center opens.
Monday 16th July: First day of group stage games, kick off time: 8.00 am. The Gothia eCup wild card tournament starts.
8.00 pm: The Gothia Opening Ceremony at Ullevi Stadium. Around 51 000 players, leaders, friends and family members gathers to experience a night full of joy, togetherness and fellowship.
Tuesday 17th 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 18th July: The last day of group stage games. The playoffs begin. The Gothia eCup wild card tournament ends, and the last finalist will be announced.
Thursday 19th July: The final event of Gothia eCup is taking place at Heden Center.
The finals of gothia Special Olympics Trophy will be played at Heden Center.
Friday 20th July: Gothia Cup World Game – the most international football game in the world, with players from different nations in every position on the pitch – will be played at Heden. The Gothia Cup finals start on Friday noon at Gamla Ullevi Stadium.
Saturday 21st July: The Gothia Cup finals continues at Gamla Ullevi Stadium.
Facts about Gothia Cup 2018
Participating teams: 1,720 teams.
Participators (players and coaches): Around 40 000 people.
Participators, including companions: 52 300 people.
Nations: 79 nations.
New nations 2018: Jamaica.
Participants since the start in 1975: 1,121,000 participants.
Nations since the start in 1975: 146 + 1 (this years new nation separately shown).
Pitches: 101 pitches.
New playing fields in 2018: Mjörnvallen, Noltorpsvallen, Alströmervallen (all three in Alingsås).
School accommodations: 51 schools.
Hotels: 25 hotels.
Live streamed games: Around 1,300 games, shown for free.
Boys/girls: 70/30 percent.
Staff members: 2 500 people (of which 430 are referees).
Satisfied participants 2017: 99,2 percent.
Main Partner: SKF.
Official Partners: Catapult, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Turkish Airlines, Liseberg, Volkswagen, Samsung, Umbro, Tipselit.
Visitors Gothia Heden Center 2017: Around 460,000 people.
Visitors Gothia Opening Ceremony 2017: Around 51 000 people.
Visitors gold medal games 2017: Around 23 300 people.