Information

Who may participate?

All clubs, which are members of their FIFA affiliated national association, 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 teams, where all teams are playing each other once. The first and second team of the group qualify for “play-off A”, other teams in the group qualify for “play-off B”. The tournament is played under all applicable FIFA or Swedish FA rules.

All players must be insured, both on and off the pitch.

Arrival day is on Sunday July 12th. Kick-off for the group round games is on Monday, July 13th.


Playing periods

ClassGroup Stage/
Play-off B
Play-0ff A
B18, B17, B16, B152×25 min2×30 min
G18, G17, G16, G152×25 min2×30 min
Others2×20 min2×25 min

Age Categories 2020

Boys
B18 – Boys born 1/1-02 or later (11-a-side)
B17 – Boys born 1/1-03 or later (11-a-side)
B16 – Boys born 1/1-04 or later (11-a-side)
B15 – Boys born 1/1-05 or later (11-a-side)
B14 – Boys born 1/1-06 or later (11-a-side)
B13 – Boys born 1/1-07 or later (9-a-side)
B12 – Boys born 1/1-08 or later (7-a-side)*
B11 – Boys born 1/1-09 or later (7-a-side)*

Girls
G18 – Girls born 1/1-02 or later (11-a-side)
G17 – Girls born 1/1-03 or later (11-a-side)
G16 – Girls born 1/1-04 or later (11-a-side)
G15 – Girls born 1/1-05 or later (11-a-side)
G14 – Girls born 1/1-06 or later (11-a-side)
G13 – Girls born 1/1-07 or later (9-a-side)
G12 – Girls born 1/1-08 or later (7-a-side)*
G11 – Girls born 1/1-09 or later (7-a-side)*

* In girls and boys 11 and 12 no results are published and there is no play off. Instead there will be a second group stage. Please read more under tournament regulations.


Number of players per team

There is no limit to the number of players in each team. However only seven (7) substitutes are allowed in each match of 11-a-side and 9-a-side. In classes B11, B12 and G11, G12 you are allowed to have unlimited number of players during a single match, but only seven (7) on the pitch.

All players must be able to show proof of age and identity, the exception of girls and boys 11 and 12 who do not carry out the age control.


Dispensations

In the 11-a-side categories, two (2) dispensations is by default given for one overaged player, who can be atmost one year over the age limit. In 9-a-side (G13, B13), one (1) dispensation is by default given for one overaged player, who can be atmost one year over the age limit.

For 7-a-side (B12, B11, G12, G11) no dispensation will automatically be accepted. Dispensations must be applied for prior to July 1st. Dispensations may be applied for a maximum of ONE player who already has a dispensation issued by its regional association or where there are special reasons.

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 wish to participate. The teams that have registered and paid the registration fee has priority. Registration counts as the date we receive the registration fee.


Categories of participation

Category A – School accommodation:
Everyone staying at the school, players and leaders, has to pay the accommodation cost. This cost is inclusive of Gothia Card and 18 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) starting with dinner on July 12th and ending with lunch on July 18th. Minimum one, maximum four leaders per team may stay at the school. You can rent mattresses and bedding from us for an additional cost (if you bring your own mattress it can not be wider that 75 cm).

Category B – Hotel accommodation:
Hotel booked through Gothia Cup. The cost is inclusive of Gothia Card and breakfast. Contact [email protected] for pricing and availability. Lunch and dinner vouchers for meals at nearby schools can be purchased.

Category C – Own accommodation:
Teams arranging their own accommodation. All participants, players and leaders, has to pay the participant fee. The fee is inclusive of Gothia Card.


The Gothia Card includes


Prizes

For teams reaching the finals, each player will receive a medal, and the teams the specially designed Gothia Cup trophy. The two loosing teams in the A play-off semi final will receive a third place trophy and bronze medals during halftime of the final in their class. For teams reaching the finals in the B play-off there will be medals and a trophy.

A trophy is awarded the best club. Points are awarded as follows:

Top three teams per club are only counted.
By equal points the club with fewer teams taking part wins.


My Team Info

All registered teams have their own My Team Info login. This is your team portal where important information about the tournament is updated regularly.

Please note that each team is responsible for deadlines of when information, orders and similar are to be submitted.

Via My Team Info you will update your registration, place orders, fill out the list of participants, make payments and see your outstanding balance.


Transfer

Return transfer between the airport, train station or ferry terminal in Gothenburg and your accommodation is included in the accommodation cost. Note that there is only one return transfer per team/group included. The transfer is exclusively for teams, and NOT for accompanying people. Transfer must be booked in advance at My Team Info and can only be booked for minimum ten (10) people per group.


Extra nights for teams with school accommodation

If a team need to arrive or depart outside the tournament dates (July 12th-18th) extra nights (maximum two (2) nights) can be arranged at a cost of 15 EUR/20 USD per person and extra night. Please observe that no meals are served during the extra nights. All meals has to be arranged by the team and at the team’s own expenses.

Only one school is open before and after the tournament. The team will be moved to its regular school when the tournament start. If the extra night is after the tournament the team will be moved from its regular school to the specific school for extra nights.


Special food

For people with special food needs or allergies we are able to arrange this. If you wish to order vegetarian food the cost is 10 EUR/15 USD per person. Please note that we don’t serve any dishes that contains nuts or pork. For those who have ordered special food you will receive a personal voucher that you print when you do your check in online. This voucher should be presented at every meal.


Leader Card

Each team that have booked accommodation through Gothia Cup receives two Leader Cards, giving entry to the Gothia Leaders Party, a Gothia Cup coach polo and entrance to Gothia Leaders Lounge at Heden. If you have more than two leaders you can purchase extra Gothia Leader Card  at My Team Info for 35 EUR/45 USD each.



Accommodation booked through Gothia Cup

We reserve us the right during the tournament when needed to move a team from their accommodation to be lodged in another accommodation and the right to dismiss a participant from Gothia Cup accommodation if the participant commits criminal offense or at repeated occasions violates our rules.

For teams with booked accommodation through Gothia Cup the team manager as indicated on the Participants list is responsible for the team’s behavior.


Insurances, responsibility

Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the playing field. The Gothia Cup does not carry any group insurance protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage to property. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Sweden must have personal medical insurance.

PLEASE DO NOT KEEP ANY MONEY OR VALUABLES IN YOUR SCHOOL ROOM.


Check in online

All teams have to check in online before their arrival to the tournament. This is done on My Team Info. The online check in can be done by the earliest on July 1st and by the latest on July 11th.

If there is any requested information missing on My Team Info you will not be able to check in online. When you have checked in you have to print your booking confirmation.

Please observe, that you must bring your booking confirmation and possible vouchers that you have printed to the tournament to collect your orders.


Payments

All payments need to be made to the Gothia Cup bank account:

The registration fee must be paid within ten (10) days of submitting the registration online. The accommodation cost must be paid no later than May 10th 2020. If the accommodation cost has not been paid for five (5) days after its due date the Gothia Cup has the right to cancel your registration without any right to a refund or compensation for the registered team or club. For hotel accommodation see your booking confirmation.

All payments need to be made to the Gothia Cup bank account, or with credit card via our website.

Payments in EURO:
SEB, Sweden 
IBAN code: SE 72-5000-0000-0590-1824-1113 
SWIFT: ESSESESS

Payments in USD:
SEB, Sweden 
IBAN code. SE 34-5000-0000-0590-1821-9002 
SWIFT: ESSESESS

Once we receive the payment of your registration fee we will confirm your registration. Note that all bank transaction fees have to be paid for by the teams. You have to pay in the currency (Euro or USD) that is the most ”natural” currency in your country. Please observe that we do not accept any personal or company cheques.


Important dates

April 10th: Registration closes

May 10th: Due date for the accommodation cost/participation fee for all participants who stay in a school, a hotel or have booked their own accommodation. Both leaders and players pay this cost/fee.

June 10th: Due date for payments of extra orders such as extra Gothia Cards, extra Leaders Card, special food or meal cards. Also the deadline to cancel players, after this date a doctor’s certificate is required for refund of the accommodation cost.

July 12th: Arrival day, no matches are played.
July 13th: The matches begin. Opening ceremony
July 18th: Finals and departure day


Insurances and responsibility

Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the pitch. Gothia Cup does not carry any group insurance protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage to property. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Sweden must have personal medical insurance.

PLEASE DO NOT KEEP ANY MONEY OR VALUABLES IN YOUR CLASS ROOM.


Accommodation booked through Gothia Cup

We reserve us the right during the tournament when needed to move a team from their accommodation to be lodged in another accommodation and the right to dismiss a participant from Gothia Cup accommodation if the participant commits criminal offense or at repeated occasions violates our rules.

For teams with booked accommodation through Gothia Cup the team manager as indicated on the participants list is responsible for the team’s behavior.


Cancelation of the tournament and Force Majeure

In the event that the tournament can’t be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the tournament organizers (force majeure*) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence or the tournament organizers, the tournament organizers cannot be held liable by the delegations for any damages, costs or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, costs for additional orders, financial losses etc. Under these circumstances, the tournament organizers reserve the right to either retain the entire registration/accommodation fee and to use it for a future tournament, or to reimburse the delegations after deducting costs already incurred for the organization of the tournament and which could not be recovered from third parties. *The Gothia Cup is in no way responsible for injury or economic loss which may arise in the case of war, warlike events, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances or because of the actions of the authorities, strikes, lockouts, blockades or similar events.