Tournament Information

  • 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 15th. Kick-off for the group round games is on Monday, July 16th.

  • Playing periods

    ClassGroup Stage/ Play-off BPlay-0ff A
    B18, B16, B152×25 min2×30 min
    G18, G16, G152×25 min2×30 min
    Others2×20 min2×25 min
  • Age Categories 2018

    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.

  • Number of players per team/Age control

    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.

    Read more about the age control

  • Dispensations

    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.

  • Number of teams in the tournament

    In recent years we have not been able to accept all teams that wished to join. We can at most receive 1150 teams with accommodation at the school, 150 teams in hotels, 230 local teams and 70 teams arranging own accommodation. A total of 1600 teams. The teams that have registered and paid the registration fee has first priority. Registration counts as the date we receive the registration fee. Keep in mind that most categories tend to be fully booked very early.
  • Categories of participation

    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.

    See Costs, Fees and whats included for each category here.

  • The Gothia Card includes

    • Free travels with buses and trams in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille as well as the commute train Göteborg-Kungsbacka.
    • Free travels with the Gothia Line.
    • Free entry to the Opening Ceremony in Ullevi Stadium on Monday July 16th at 8 pm.
    • Free Entry to all the finals on Friday and Saturday July 20st-21nd
    • Free admittance or discounted admittance to most of Gothenburg's leading tourist attractions

    Read more about the Gothia Card here

  • Leader Plus Card

    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
  • Transfer

    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.

  • Extra nights

    For teams that have travel arrangements that require extra nights before or after the tournament, this can be arranged (maximum 2 nights) in a specific school. When the tournament start the team move to its regular school. 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.

    No meals are served during the extra nights. The cost per night is EURO 15 (USD 20).
  • School accommodation

    We reserve us the right during the tournament to move a team from their school accommodation to be lodged in another school. For teams with school accommodation the team manager as indicated on the Participants list is responsible for the team's behavior at the school. Read more about staying at a school.
  • Prizes

    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:

    • 1st place in the preliminary group 1 point.
    • Victory in an A play-off game 1 point.
    • Victory in an A play-off semi-final or final, 2 points.

    Top three teams per club are only counted.
    By equal points the club with fewer teams taking part wins.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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 15: Arrival day, no matches are played.

    July 16: The matches begin. The Opening Ceremony

    20-21 July: Finals

Age Control

All participants in the Gothia Cup must make an age control to participate in the tournament. This is to make sure that all participants are eligible to participate in the age class they are enrolled in. New for 2018 is that teams with booked accommodation through Gothia Cup does no longer do their age control at their accommodation. Instead the teams make their age control where they are playing their match.

  • Valid Identification

    We accept the following Identifications:

    - Valid Passport

    Each ID MUST have photo of holder. All ID documents MUST be valid, so check now if your players have valid identification.
  • Locations for age control and check in

    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

  • Important considerations

    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.

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