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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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Lessons for life

It is not just about the football at CF Gothia in Congo-Brazzaville. Even though many of the children have dreams about becoming professional football players they also learn other important things they will carry with them along their journeys through their lives. Here, three of the children share their experiences from the school.

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Feeling like champions in Germany

The first SKF Meet the World pre-tournament in 2018 took place in Germany in February. SG Quelle Fürth (Boys 11) from the city of Fürth (near Nürnberg) won the tournament and can now look forward to an all-expenses-paid trip to Gothenburg this summer to play in the Gothia Cup.

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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.

New Unified class added to Kim Källström Trophy

Since 2011 Kim Källström Trophy has been a part of Gothia Cup. The tournament is included as a Special Olympics class in Gothia Cup and the participants are youths with an intellectual disability.

– Kim Källström Trophy is a natural part of Gothia Cup, and an important component of the tournament. Just like the other classes Kim Källström Trophy contributes to the fellowship of Gothia Cup, says Maja Eklund, Tournament Coordinator.

This year a new class will participate in Kim Källström trophy. Unified Sports is a concept where people with and without intellectual disabilities unites by the practicing of sports. The teams are formed by players of the approximately same ages and abilities.

The idea is to generate social inclusion through football or any other sport. Unified Sports breaks the prejudices from stereotypes by having fun together. And the inspiration for the concept comes from a simple basic idea: to exercise and play together is a fast way to friendship and knowledge.

– To associate by being a team and battling together is a special feeling, all the participants gets a natural and important role in the context. That strengthens their self esteem, says Maja Eklund.

How does it feel to finally have a Unified class in Kim Källström Trophy?

– Special Olympics have for a long time been positive to introducing a Unified class in Kim Källström Trophy. And considering the international spread of the concept, it feels like a natural step to implement the class in Gothia Cup, the worlds largest international youth football tournament.

– It’s exciting and fun that Kim Källström Trophy is the first organizer in Sweden to arrange an international Unified football tournament.

One Swedish and four international teams will participate in the Unified class. Kim Källström Trophy is played Monday-Thursday, with the finals played at the Heden fields on July 19th.

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.

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Girl power in Peru

On June 16, for the first time in 36 years, Peru will return to the men’s World Cup finals when they kick-off against Denmark in Saransk, Russia. A month later, the first girls team from Peru to qualify through the SKF Meet The World tournament will be in Gothenburg, Sweden, to play in the world’s largest youth soccer tournament.

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