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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!

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
AIK
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
LB07
AIK
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.

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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Historical first time for Jamaica

For the first time in the history a team from Jamaica will participate in the largest international youth football tournament, the Gothia Cup. Cavalier FC will play in the B17 class, and this is their first trip to Europe.

For many of us, this is a once in a lifetime experience, says Rudolph Speid, Chairman and Technical Director of Cavalier FC.

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News about Gothia Cup Abu Dhabi

As already informed Gothia Cup will expand to Abu Dhabi. It will be a fantastic spot for a fantastic youth tournament.

– We will experience impressive logistics, in arriving to Abu Dhabi as well as getting around in Abu Dhabi. The accommodation will be high standard but at reasonable prices. Beaches, shopping, amusement parks and soccer facilities will be found around the hotels. Everything of world-class quality, says General Manager Dennis Andersson.

The intention was to arrange the tournaments premiere in Januari 2019. After reviewing all plans the decision has been made that the tournament will be postponed.

– This is a great commitment, both to ourselves and to our co-partners, and we want make sure everything is executed as well as possible before we launch. That’s why we want to wait for all prerequisites to be in place and everything prepared completely before the premiere tournament.

– Therefore we decided that the first Gothia Cup Abu Dhabi will take place during the first week of January 2020, says Dennis Andersson.

The exact dates, prices, age-classes and other important information will be presented after this summer.

Last year’s success with a virtual football tournament will be back to Gothia Cup in 2018. During May, the digital competition will be held, ending with a big final during the Gothia Cup week in Gothenburg. And this year we open up for youths from the whole world to participate.

“It will be a digital meeting place that opens up for the whole world,” said Niclas Freiholtz, Gothia eCup Competition Manager.

The tournament was held for the first time in 2017, then with only Swedish participants. The tournament lasted four weeks and nearly 1,200 people participated in the competition.

” Eight people qualified for the final and where invited to Gothenburg to play the last matches. Rasmus Nyström from Stockholm became the winner, or as we remember him – “RalleGnaget”, says Niclas.

This year, the game model is similar, with the big difference that the competition is opened to participants from all over the world.

As long as you have access to an Xbox or Playstation, anyone in the world can compete. The only limitation is that you should be between 12 and 18 years old.

Gothia eCup will be played for four weeks in May, where seven finalists will qualify and win a trip to Gothenburg when it’s time for the final during the Gothia Cup week. The last and eighth finalist will qualify as a wildcard during the Gothia Cup week in Gothenburg, a few days before the big final.

Competition leader Niclas Freiholtz is pleased to be able to present Gothia eCup for the second year, and he is very excited about the major international venture.

“The Gothia Cup shall be a meeting place for the youths of the world, but there are many who do not have the opportunity to go to Gothenburg. Here we create an opportunity for those who may not belong to a team or not be able to play football. They are given the opportunity to participate in a global football tournament in this way instead, says Niclas.

Already now you can enter and create your profile. This is done on the competition platform at gothiaecup.com. During the competition period you will be matched with other players that are logged in at the same time. You will have the opportunity to chat and access each other’s ID so that you can find each other via the game console.

The competition is held on both Playstation and Xbox and the game that is valid this year is FIFA 18.

“There were over 1,200 participants last year, which we see as a huge success considering it was our first year. We hope now with one year’s knowledge and the global platform that even more players will participate this year, “says Niclas Freiholtz.

Signup up for free today at gothiaecup.com

Estos son los equipos suecos en la Gothia Trophy (B17)

Ya están listos los equipos suecos que participarán en la categoría de B17 en la Gothia Trophy. Entre ellos están el IFK Norrköping, el Djurgårdens IF y el IK Sirius, participando por la primera vez.
– Será una gran experiencia para ellos, dice Tomas Andersson, responsable del torneo.

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Casi 850 000 personas estaban viendo los partidos en vivo gratis en las plataformas de la Gothia Cup el año pasado. La inversión se va a repetir este año y la oferta de ver los partidos en vivo gratis durante la semana del torneo volverá.
– Podemos hacer esto gracias a SKF que patrocina el proyecto, dice Niclas Freiholtz, Jefe de competición.

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