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 15th. Kick-off for the group round games is on Monday, July 16th.
|Class||Group Stage/ Play-off B||Play-0ff A|
|B18, B16, B15||2×25 min||2×30 min|
|G18, G16, G15||2×25 min||2×30 min|
|Others||2×20 min||2×25 min|
B18 - Boys born 1/1-00 and later
B16 - Boys born 1/1-02 and later
B15 - Boys born 1/1-03 and later
B14 - Boys born 1/1-04 and later
B13 - Boys born 1/1-05 and later
B12 - Boys born 1/1-06 and later (7-a-side)
B11 - Boys born 1/1-07 and later (7-a-side) *
G18 - Girls born 1/1-00 and later
G16 - Girls born 1/1-02 and later
G15 - Girls born 1/1-03 and later
G14 - Girls born 1/1-04 and later
G13 - Girls born 1/1-05 and later
G12 - Girls born 1/1-06 and later (7-a-side)
G11 - Girls born 1/1-07 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 3 group stages. Please read more in the regulation.
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. 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 all 11- a side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to two players per squad who are maximum one year over aged. Again, This only applies to 11-a-side categories. For 7-a-side, no dispensation will automatically be granted. Dispensations for maximum 1 (one) player in 7-a-side teams can be applied by contacting the Gothia Cup office.
Note that in 11-a-side categories you can't have more than two over aged players on the players list, i.e. you can't switch them between matches. Girls may play in boys teams in all classes as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.
Category A - School accommodation:
July 15-21. Minimum one, maximum four leaders per team may stay in the school. Everyone staying at the school has to pay the accommodation cost. Sleeping bag or mattresses are not included in the price. 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). The Gothia Card is included in the fee. The first meal is dinner on July 15th and the last meal is lunch on July 21nd. NOTE: If your team must arrive before or leave after these dates, you must contact Gothia Cup. Extra night fee 20 USD/person/night. Max. 1150 team in this category.
Category B - Hotel accommodation:
Only for booking through the Gothia Cup. Breakfast and Gothia Card is included in the prices. Contact [email protected] for pricing and availability. Lunch and dinner vouchers for meals at nearby schools can be purchased. Max. 150 teams in this category.
Category C - Own accommodation:
Teams arranging their own accommodation. Maximum 70 teams in this category. All participants in this category need to pay a participant fee that includes the Gothia Card. There is a limited number of teams accepted in this category. The category C is normally fully booked in October.
Each team receives two Team Leader Cards, giving entry to the Gothia Leaders Party, a Gothia Cup Coach polo and entrance to Gothia Leaders Sports Bar. You can purchase extra Gothia Leader Card for 295 SEK each.Read more about the Leader Plus Card
Return transfer between airport/railway station/ferry terminal in Gothenburg and your place of accommodation is included in the accommodation cost. Note that there is only one return transfer per team/group of teams. The transfer is exclusively for teams, thus NOT for accompanying people. Transfer can only be booked for minimum 10 people per group.
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.
Please keep in mind that most of the categories are fully booked very early. To be secured a sport in the tournament - register and pay the entry fee as soon as possible. The time of your registration counts from the day we receive the registration fee. The registration fee must be paid within 30 days of submitting the registration online (though no later than april 10th). Accommodation fee must be paid no later than May 10th 2018. 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.
The age control can be made until 18:00 on Tuesday. The teams can play both Mondays and Tuesdays game without finishing the age control.
The age control van be made on all playing fields used during the Gothia Cup. At the playing fields the age control will be open as long as matches are being played. But no later than 18:00 on Tuesday.
The age control can also be made et Exercishuset at Heden at following times.
Saturday July 14, 12:00-16:00
Sunday July 15, 08:00 - 21:00
Monday July 16, 08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday July 17, 08:00 - 18:00
Make sure you have a completed list of participants with you to the age control. All teams have to complete its participants list digitally on the team’s My Team Info page. The list of participants can then be printed out and from there and taken as a physical copy to the age verification.
Teams in the age categories Boys 11 and Girls 11 do not need to do the age control. Teams in these age categories only needs to submit the list of players. The list of players can be submitted at the same locations as the age control is made.
All players that will participate in the tournament MUST be included on the list of participants at age control.
You may NOT complete the list with new names after the age control.
If a player cannot be present at the age control, the name of the player must be included on the list of participants when age control is made. The player, along with responsible leaders must then come to Heden Exercishuset and do the age control afterwards for only that player. This must be done before the player plays his/her first game. NOTE! The player MUST be included on the list of participants from the beginning. You may NOT add a player who is not on the list. It should ONLY be done if a player gets injured or ill during the tournament. Then you MUST have a medical certificate stating that Player X cannot longer participate in the tournament.
A player may represent the same club/school in VARIOUS age groups, but the player may NOT represent different teams in the SAME age group. If a player represents a club/school in several age classes, the player MUST be included on the list of participants for all teams this player will be playing with. The player MUST also attend and conduct age controls with all team this player will be playing with.