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 14th. Kick-off for the group round games is on Monday, July 15th.

Playing periods

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

Age Categories 2019

B18 – Boys born 1/1-01 and later
B16 – Boys born 1/1-03 and later
B15 – Boys born 1/1-04 and later
B14 – Boys born 1/1-05 and later
B13 – Boys born 1/1-06 and later (9-a-side)
B12 – Boys born 1/1-07 and later (7-a-side)
B11 – Boys born 1/1-08 and later (7-a-side) *

G18 – Girls born 1/1-01 and later
G16 – Girls born 1/1-03 and later
G15 – Girls born 1/1-04 and later
G14 – Girls born 1/1-05 and later
G13 – Girls born 1/1-06 and later (9-a-side)
G12 – Girls born 1/1-07 and later (7-a-side)
G11 – Girls born 1/1-08 and later (7-a-side)*

*) In Girls 11 and Boys 11 no results are published and there is no play off. Instead there will be 2 group stages. Please read more in Gothia Cup’s Official Regulations.

Number of players per 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 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 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 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 wished to participate. The teams that have registered and paid the registration fee has first 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 fee. The fee is inclusive of Gothia Card and 18 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) starting with dinner on July 14 and ending with lunch on July 20. Minimum one, maximum four leaders per team may stay in 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 booking through Gothia Cup. The fee 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 to pay the participant fee. The fee is inclusive of Gothia Card.

The Gothia Card includes


Return transfer between airport/railway station/ferry terminal in Gothenburg and your accommodation is included in the accommodation fee. 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 with Gothia cup and can only be booked for minimum 10 people per group.

Leader Card

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

Extra nights

If a team need to arrive or depart outside the tournament dates (July 14-20) extra nights (maximum 2 nights) can be arranged at a cost.
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 it’s regular school to the specific school for extra nights. The cost per person and extra night is 15 EURO/ 15 USD.
Please observe that no meals are served during the extra nights. All meals has to be arranged by the team and the team´s own expenses.

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.



For teams reaching the finals, each player will receive a medal, and the teams the specially designed Gothia Cup trophy. For teams reaching the finals in the B play-off there will be medals and a 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.

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.

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.

Entry & Payments

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

The registration fee must be paid within 10 days of submitting the registration online Accommodation fee must be paid no later than May 10th 2019. If the cost of accommodation has not been paid for 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/club. For hotel see your booking confirmation.

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

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

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

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

May 10: Last date for the accommodation fee/participation fee for all participants who stay in a school, a hotel or other. Both leaders and players pay this fee. You can cancel players until June 10, after that a doctors certificate is required.

June 10: Final date for payments of extra orders as extra Gothia Cards, extra Leaders Card, special food or meal cards. Also the deadline to cancel a player. After that a doctor’s certificate is required.

July 14: Arrival day, no matches are played.

July 15: The matches begin. The Opening Ceremony.

19-20 July: Finals.