FAQ - Gothia Cup

Frequently asked questions

  • Which is the last date to register and pay?

    Registrations will be closed when the tournament is fully booked or on April 10th – whichever comes first. Payment deadline for the accommodation fee is May 10th. Please note that teams that have registered and paid their registration fee first will be given priority when we reach the maximum number of teams in a category (categories A, B, C, D). Keep in mind that most categories are fully booked very early.
  • Where do we update our information regarding number of participants, transfer, etc?

    We will e-mail you a password and username (=registration number) along with the payment confirmation when we have received your registration fee. Log in to “My Team Info” here on our website with the assigned username and password. Via My Team Info, you can add and update the necessary information for your participation. You will also find important information about the tournament and follow your payment history.
  • Why is there a limit for number of teams in each category?

    The purpose of Gothia Cup is to create a meeting place for youths - irrespective of religion, skin color or nationality of the participants. The original idea was that everyone would be placed in school accommodation and creating the main meeting place in the schools. The majority still stays in school accommodation but we decided to offer alternatives for a limited number of teams. Clubs that have for example an exchange where they visit another club should be able to do this during Gothia Cup. Furthermore, Gothia Cup aims to be the most international tournament in the world. To maintain this, we have to make sure no individual country significantly dominates. No team should have to meet another team, usually played in the regular season.
  • How do we order tickets for parents who wish to attend the Opening Ceremony?

    Via the team’s own page (My Team Info) on www.gothiacup.se the coach/leader can place an order for additional Gothia Cards for accompanying parents. The Gothia Card includes an opening ceremony ticket. To be seated together with the rest of the team, the accompanying’s cards must be ordered through My Team Info. It is not possible to purchase individual tickets to the Opening Ceremony through Gothia Cup.
  • We are three (3) leaders, can all of us attend the Leaders Party?

    Two (2) Leader Plus Cards are included for each team staying in a school or hotel. If you wish to purchase additional Leader Plus Cards (including e.g. a ticket for the Leaders party and a coach t-shirt), these cost 295 SEK. If you wish to only buy a ticket for the Leaders Party this cost 195 SEK. Leader Plus Cards and individual tickets are bought at the Information at Haden Center.
  • How do we order extra Gothia Cards to the accompanying persons?

    The Gothia Card can be purchased by accompanying people who are not staying in the team’s accommodation. A Gothia Card costs 45 EUR/65 USD, regardless of age. It can be ordered through the team page (My Team Info) by the team leader or coach only. The advantage of ordering the card together with the team booking is that you are guaranteed to sit with the team at the opening ceremony. Gothia Card can also be purchased on site at the Information at Heden Center, but this does not guarantee seats together with the rest of the team at the opening ceremony.
  • How do we make a hotel reservation for the team?

    We can offer hotel accommodation for a maximum of 150 teams. The first 150 teams registered for hotel accommodation and that have paid the registration fee will be prioritized. Make your team registration in category B and Gothia Cup will contact you regarding a possible hotel reservation. A 25 % deposit of the total cost for the room(s) must be paid to Gothia Cup within 30 days after receiving the confirmation. The total payment must be paid before May 10th and a list of names should be sent to Gothia Cup by June 1st. When checking in, the team will receive a welcome package with the Gothia Cards and other tickets/vouchers. All hotel reservations and confirmation of payments are handled and communicated by Gothia Cup. Please contact Gothia Cup for prices and more information.
  • How many adults can stay in the school?

    4 leaders/adults per team are allowed to stay in the school with the team.
  • Our team is staying at a hotel, can we purchase lunch and dinner?

    If you are staying at a hotel you can buy meal cards through Gothia Cup. The meal cards will allow you to have lunch and/or dinner at a designated school located close to the hotel. When ordering meal cards, it is important to inform us whether the team prefers to have the meals at a school in the city center or at a school close to the hotel.
  • When do we find out which school we will be staying at?

    We will send out the last information about your participation and post it on My Team Info in Mid-June, one week before Midsummer. Among other things, you will receive important information about the tournament, rules and regulations, groups, match schedules and details of the school the team will be staying at. You will receive an email if updates have been posted on My Team Info.
  • What is the difference between staying in the central parts of Gothenburg compared to outside the city?

    The schools in the city center are significantly fewer than outside the city, therefore we can’t offer everyone accommodation in the central parts of Gothenburg. If you live in the city center you will be close to Heden, Avenyn and Liseberg, but you have longer trips to the games since there are only a few playing fields in the area. It is common to play games at for example Kviberg or in Kungsbacka. If you live outside the center of Gothenburg, you will be closer to the fields and the surroundings are often quieter.

  • We want to stay at a specific school, is that possible?

    Write your request on your registration form! Although we can never guarantee it, we will try our best to accommodate as many requests as possible.

  • If one of our participants cannot consume pork due to religious reasons, how do we communicate this?

    We have many Muslims who come to the tournament, and have therefore chosen not to serve pork at all. Therefore, this specific requirement does not need be registered.

  • How will age be verified?

    Each team must submit a list of players to the Gothia Cup administration. All players MUST be able to show proof of identity to verify their age.

    The following can be used for identification:
    - A valid passport
    - ID card issued by the bank, post office or national authority
    - Player’s license with photo issued by certain football associations
    - LMA cards for refugees

    Players from countries where a passport is not required when entering Sweden (e.g. Schengen), the minimum requirement is to present a certified birth certificate with a photograph.

    The age control is done at the following locations:

    Teams in categories A or B arriving by flight to Landvetter Airport on Friday (July 13th), Saturday (July 14th) or Sunday (July 16th) will do their age control and check in at the airport upon arrival.

    Teams lodged in schools booked through Gothia Cup will do their age control at the school or at a school nearby.

    Teams lodged in hotels booked through Gothia Cup will do their age control at the hotel.

    Teams without accommodation booked through Gothia Cup will do their age control at Exercishuset at Heden on Saturday and Sunday. This can also be done on Monday at Gothia Kungsbacka Center, Kviberg Center, Slätta Damm or Åby before your first game in the tournament.

    Each player on the list must be present and be able to show proof of identity.

    The age control must be done before Monday at 4:00 pm. Single players can join at a later time on the conditions that they are on the original participant list. Again, they must be able to show proof of identity and at Exercishuset at Heden before he/she plays his/her first game.
  • How many games will we play?

    All teams are divided into groups of 4-5 teams and will therefore play 3-4 games at a minimum. Generally, games are played one per day – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. From each group, the first and second placed teams advance to Playoff A and remaining teams advance to Playoff B. Playoffs start Wednesday afternoon or on Thursday. All playoff games will be determined by the cup system, i.e. by direct elimination. The minimum amount of games you will play is four (4). The average games played per team is, however, 5,8.
  • How many players can we have in the 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. In classes B11, B12, G11 and G12 you can have an unlimited number of players during a single match, but only seven (7) on the playing field simultaneously.
  • What means of transportation do we use to get to the different fields?

    With the Gothia Card you will have free access to city busses and trams within Gothenburg and to Kungsbacka. All the fields are located within the reach of the public transportation system. Gothia Cup’s shuttle service, Gothia Line, run on busy routes between some of our playing fields and schools. Gothia Line is only a complement to the public transportation system.
  • When are the finals played?

    You will find the schedule of the finals under “Week Program” or under “Finals” in the main menu. Finals are played on Friday and Saturday.
  • Where is a certain class playing?

    One age class does not play in just one location. The tournament is played at different fields all over Gothenburg, so one class can play games in different locations.
  • We are not a certified team and want to borrow players from other teams, is that possible?

    Most districts allow players under 15 years old to switch club a couple of times a year. It is possible to change club for unlicensed players at the half turn of the year. You need to sign a paper between the clubs. Be aware that the player will belong to the club he/she played for at the Gothia Cup even during the coming fall season. The player cannot go back to the mother club as easy. For licensed players (15 years of age or older), the regular rules of transition apply. The player must be licensed at the football association in respective country when playing in the Gothia Cup.
  • Which rules of dispensation apply?

    In the 11-a-side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to two players per squad who are no more than one year over the age limit. For 7-a-side, no dispensation will automatically be accepted. You may apply for dispensation for ONE player, no more than one year over the age limit only due to special circumstances. Please note that you cannot use more over aged players by switching them between matches. Girls may play in boys’ classes if the regulations for age categories are followed.
  • Which rules apply to foreign teams?

    Foreign teams must follow the rules that apply in each respective country. Since most countries belong to FIFA, the rules are very similar worldwide. The basic rule, applying to all, is that each player needs to be licensed to play with the club you play for in the Gothia Cup. The club must be registered with the Football Association of its country which in its turn must be a member of FIFA.
  • Which organization stands behind Gothia Cup?

    Gothia Cup is owned and managed by the non-profit sports association BK Häcken.
  • What kind of identification do you approve in the Gothia Cup?

    All players MUST be able to show proof of identity prior to their first game. Accepted proof of identification is (1) a valid passport or (2) card covered in plastic with name, date of birth and a photograph (for example an ID issued by the bank or local authority). We also approve licenses from some football districts: Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Skåne. Players from countries where a passport is not required when entering Sweden (e.g. Schengen), the minimum requirement is to present a certified birth certificate with a photograph.

  • When do we receive a confirmation that we are registered?

    First, we will confirm receipt of your application form. With this initial confirmation, you will be requested to pay the registration fee. Once we have received the registration fee and e-mailed you confirmation of payment, your place in the tournament will be confirmed. Please note that your place in the tournament is not confirmed until the registration fee has been paid and confirmed by Gothia Cup. At the end of January, we will send you the first information about your participation (if the registration fee has been paid). Your payment for the accommodation will be confirmed at the beginning of May. All confirmations will be sent by e-mail if we have your e-mail address, otherwise you will receive confirmations by post.

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