Meet The World

by SKF

Gothia Cup is a meeting place for young people from all over the world. Together with our main partner, SKF, we want to give underprivileged children, who otherwise cannot afford to travel to Sweden, the chance to come to Gothenburg and be part of the world’s largest youth football tournament.

So, in 2007 we started the Meet the World pre-tournaments. They are arranged each year in over 20 countries where you can find SKF.

Since the start, 220 Meet the World tournaments have been played in 42 countries, with over 27,000 players. We are very proud that we have been able to bring more than 3,500 of them to Gothenburg and Gothia Cup, so they can share their love for football.

Afterwards, they leave Sweden with lifelong memories and friendships, as well as an even better understanding of why teamwork, responsibility, equal opportunetiy and having fun across borders are important.



Here are all the Meet The World teams of this years Gothia Cup

Here are all the Meet The World teams of this years Gothia Cup

The SKF Meet The World tournaments all over the world are all over and now each winner prepares for the journey to Gothenburg. Here are all the teams that will participate in this years Gothia Cup. 

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 “We were like 22 feet in one body”

 “We were like 22 feet in one body”

At the end of May, the Galatasaray High School team from Istanbul won SKF's first Meet the World tournament to be held in Turkey. By winning the local pre-tournament, the Girls U18 school team (not to be confused with the famous Galatasaray football club) will now travel to Gothenburg this summer to play in the Gothia Cup tournament. 

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Celebrate your hero – win football gear for your team!

Celebrate your hero – win football gear for your team!

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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Meet Jana

JK Tabasalu, Estonia

Jana Tuga is 15 years old and is the goalkeeper for JK Tabasalu (Girls U15) from Tallinn. JK Tabasalu won the SKF Meet the World tournament in Estonia.

What’s is like being a goalkeeper?
Sometimes you have to be crazy to be a goalkeeper, but it’s a fantastic feeling to be the leader of the team and to save goals.

What’s your football ambition?
I’d like to play in Spain or Portugal.

What do you think of the Gothia Cup?
It’s very cool and it’s fun. There are many people who are so friendly. It feels like I’m at home. I’ve made new friends from Brazil, Italy, Portugal, England.

What’s the best part of your stay in Sweden?
The opening ceremony. I was very excited. It was beautiful. I liked it very much.

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