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Every team needs a hero. And who is the person that makes your team work together? Who provides the comforting shoulder? Is it your coach? Or an enthusiastic mother? An assistant trainer? Join the #meetourhero competition and show the world who gives their heart and soul to make your team winners! One lucky winner will get football gear worth €3,000 for the whole team!

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Celebrate The Game has a new face

Our project to create a better environment both on and off the playing fields, Celebrate The Game, is something we are very proud of. With this years tournament we have developed the communication around the project.
– We’re making the campaign even happier, says Niclas Freiholtz, Competition General.

Gothia Cup is all about joy, fellowship, personal development and creating memories. That’s why it’s important that we do everything we can to help the participant experience just that. The project Celebrate The Game is a part of that work.

– It’s a campaign where we’re trying to explain and simplify the message about how to behave on and around the playing field, says Niclas Freiholtz.

The project involves match delegates who help overlook the games and be around if something happens. In addition to the delegates there are referee observers that will see to the referees wellbeing and development.
– This, along with our more informative elements, constitutes a unity that we call Celebrate The Game.

The more informative elements that Niclas Freiholtz is referring to are – among other things – plates and signs with messages and reminders about how to behave against one another.
– This is one of the greatest initiatives we’ve ever taken. The experience has been very positive amongst the participants when we started having delegates at the games. There is always someone to turn to.

– In general we see that with our communication around the project, participants and leaders and parents really experience an eye-opener with the message we want to mediate. It really sticks. So the project has had a very positive effect on the whole tournament.

What’s new this year in the Celebrate The Game-campaign?

– This year we have added even more referee observers. Every referee should be able to receive feedback and a personal evaluation, to help them and strengthen them in their work.
– And then we’re making the campaign even happier. We now have a mascot in the form of a dog that will bring joy, reconnaissance and stand as an ambassador for the project. He will show up in our communication and our mobile sticker pack. It is a great way to put a face on Celebrate The Game and to help more people recognize the campaign.

The Gothia Cup sticker pack is available at App Store, download it here!

New name for popular tournament

Gothia Special Olympics Trophy is the new name for the popular tournament for youth with intellectual disabilities during Gothia Cup. 

“The change of name strengthens the presence of Special Olympics in the tournament”, Dennis Andersson, general of Gothia Cup says. 

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Here are all the teams in Gothia Trophy (B17)

We’ve earlier announced the Swedish teams that will participate in the B17 class in Gothia Trophy elite cup. Here are the teams from abroad that will visit Sweden this summer.

Gothia Trophy is a category which only invited teams get to participate. The invitations for the Swedish teams are based on Swedish Elite Football’s (SEF) certification model and ranking system. In the B17 class, 12 teams are from Sweden and 12 teams are from abroad. The Swedish and international teams are now confirmed, announced and presented below.

Swedish teams
Djurgårdens IF
BK Häcken
IFK Norrköping
IK Sirius
IF Elfsborg
Hammarby IF
IFK Göteborg
Örebro SK
Kalmar FF
GIF Sundsvall
IF Brommapojkarna

Non-Swedish teams
ACBB Paris, France
FK Akademija Pandev, Macedonia
Audax, Brazil
Right To Dream, Ghana
FC Tokyo, Japan
ASEC, Ivory Coast
Leeds United, England
Legia Warzawa SA, Poland
FC Cavalier, Jamaica
TikiTaka Academy, Nigeria
Cantolao, AD, Peru
Deportivo Alaves, Spain

This year FC Cavalier, the first team from Jamaica in the tournament,  will participate. In this article you can read more about the club and their ambitions.

Last year, Right to Dream from Ghana won the final against Nigerian TikiTaka Academy. This year’s edition of Gothia Trophy will take place 15–21 July.

Here are all the teams in Gothia Trophy (Girls 17)

We’ve already presented the Swedish teams that will participate in the G17 class in Gothia Trophy. Here are the rest of the teams that will join us on the Swedish west coast this summer.

Individual teams are invited to Gothia Trophy to participate based on the certification model used by Elitfotboll Dam (“Elite Football Women”, EFD). In the G17 class, 8 teams are from Sweden and 8 teams are from abroad. They are presented below.

Swedish teams

FC Rosengård
Djurgårdens IF FF
Kristianstads DFF
Piteå IF
Umeå IF FF
Växjö DFF

Non-Swedish teams

Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany
CA Osasuna, Spain
CCL Soccer Club, USA
FC Nordsjælland, Denmark
Sant Gabriel, CE, Spain
Stabæk Fotball, Norway
Team Odense Q, Denmark
Tokyo Verdy, Japan

This year will be the first year of participation for the Japanese team Tokyo Verdy. In this article you can read more about their journey towards the world largest youth football tournament.

Last year, the American club NorCal PDP won against the Swedish LB07 in the final with 3-0. This year’s Gothia Trophy will take place 15-21 July.

Volkswagen new Offical Partner of Gothia Cup

One of the worlds biggest car manufacturers takes a central role in the worlds biggest youth tournament in football. Volkswagen has signed as Official Car Partner of Gothia Cup 2018 to 2020.

“We are really proud of getting Volkswagen involved in Gothia Cup. We have the same values and both of us prioritize football”, Thomas Andersson, sales manager of Gothia Cup says.

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Helping to develop kids in India

In line with a shared ambition to promote teamwork, responsibility and equal opportunity, SKF started the Meet the World pre-tournaments in 2007. They give children, who might not otherwise be able to afford to travel to Sweden, the chance to come to Gothenburg and be part of the Gothia Cup.

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