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Gothia Cup - July 15th-21st, 2019
Gothia Cup is the world’s largest youth soccer tournament and arguably the most international. From July 15-21, 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden, your team can join over 1,700 teams from 80 countries to experience a high standard of play and a level of excitement unsurpassed in youth sports. From the Olympic-style opening ceremony to the 4,500 matches played in front of thousands of fans to Gothia Cup Disco, the Gothia Cup delivers an experience like no other.
Gothia Cup Age Classes
The following player age groups are invited to participate in this year’s Gothia Cup tournament:
Boys and Girls 11v11:
Gothia Cup – B18/G18 – boys and girls born on or after 1/1/00.
Gothia Cup – B17/G17 – boys and girls born on or after 1/1/01.
Gothia Cup – B16/G16 – boys and girls born on or after 1/1/02.
Gothia Cup – B15/G15 – boys and girls born on or after 1/1/03.
Gothia Cup – B14/G14 – boys and girls born on or after 1/1/04.
Gothia Cup – B13/G13 – boys and girls born on or after 1/1/05.
Gothia Cup – B12/G12 – boys and girls born on or after 1/1/06.
Gothia Cup – B11.G11 – boys and girls born on or after 1/1/07.
Gothia Cup: Experience Gothenburg
Pronounced ‘Yot-ta-borry’ to Swedish locals, Gothenburg is one of Sweden’s oldest and most charming cities with plenty see and do. The beautiful city architecture blends well with the cobbled streets, shopping areas, restaurants and cafes. Many teams take a trip to nearby Liseberg, the top amusement park in Northern Europe, when in Gothenburg for the Gothia Cup.
Gothia Cup - Sample Itinerary
Your flight departs from North America (Worldstride Excel Gothia Cup team trips include all airfare, airport taxes, and fuel surcharges.)
Worldstrides Excel Tour Director will meet the team at the airport in Sweden. A private coach will transport team from the airport to the team hotel in Gothenburg, where the team will stay for 7 nights. Tour Director will be available 24/7 for the duration of your trip, from arrival to departure. Once the team has arrived at the hotel and checked in, we will hold a team welcome meeting and orientation. During orientation, all players and coaches will receive a Gothia Card which will allow everyone to take part in Gothia Cup festivities and events for the week. Following orientation, players and coaches will have free time to unpack, settle in, and explore the surrounding area before team dinner at the hotel.
First Round Gothia Cup match against a team of similar age level and skill. Following the team’s first-round match, Worldstride Excel tour director will lead the team on a guided tour of the city of Gothenburg. We will begin at Guldhedens Vattentorn, a 394-foot water tower which is the best way to get our bearings when you set out to see the city and also offers spectacular views of the city. Other highlights will include the cultural center Götaplatsen and the Poseidon Fountain, the local Concert Hall, the municipally-owned theater (the Göteborgs Konstmuseum), and the Ålvsborg Bridge which spans the Göta River, one of the longest suspension bridges in Sweden at almost 2,953 feet. Later that evening, players and coaches will attend the Gothia Cup opening ceremonies. The ceremony takes place in Ullevi Stadium and is a show that takes about two hours. More than 50,000 players, coaches, supporters, and locals create a magical atmosphere at Ullevi Stadium. There are nearly 500 dancers, 10 musicians, and 15 solo artists accompanying this great culture mix
Second first round match of the Gothia Cup, your team will have the chance to explore Gothia Cup facilities, free time in between match and team dinner. Following dinner, your team will have time to experience the Heden Center or take part in any social activities that may be organized by the Gothia Cup, including a youth disco. Evenings are the ideal time to meet fellow soccer lovers from around the globe, and maybe make a global friend
Your team will play either a final first-round match or a Playoff Round Match against an international team. When not playing in a match, players and coaches have the opportunity to explore the Heden Center and other Gothia Cup facilities.
Your team will play a Playoff Round Match against an international team. Your team will take a trip to Liseberg Amusement Park, Scandinavia’s greatest amusement parks. Your team will be provided with the Liseberg Super Ride Pass, which gives you free rides on 41 different rides and attractions.
Today the playoffs continue and the Gothia Cup Finals commence. The various age and gender brackets will compete for the Gothia Cup titles. During our time not playing a match, we will have free time to enjoy the Heden Center, explore Gothenburg, or watch other Gothia Cup matches.
Today the Gothia Cup Finals conclude. The various age and gender brackets will compete for the Gothia Cup titles. During our time not playing a match, we will have free time to enjoy the Heden Center, explore Gothenburg, or watch other Gothia Cup matches.
Return to the United States.
Gothia Cup Team Trips FAQ's
As a parent, what should my child be prepared to bring on his/her trip to the Gothia Cup?
In addition to all normal soccer equipment that they’ll need for the next 9 days, along with street clothes for social activities, toiletries, and cash, all players and coaches should show up to the airport for their flight to Gothenburg with a valid passport. For more information on how to apply for and obtain a passport, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website page on how to obtain a U.S. Passport.
How many actual games will we play on our Gothia Cup trip?
Each team is placed in a group of 4-5 teams during group play. The minimum number of games the team would play is four. However, depending on how they perform, teams advancing to the playoffs after the first three matches could play 5 matches, possibly more. The average number of matches each team plays is 5.8.
What organization hosts the Gothia Cup?
The Gothia Cup is owned and managed by BK Häcken, a non-profit sports association in Sweden.
What do we win if we advances to the Gothia Cup finals?
If your team advances to the Finals, players and coaches receive a medal and the team will also receive a trophy. There will also be a trophy and individual medals for teams who reach the B playoffs, and teams who reach the A playoff semifinals will also receive bronze medals and a team trophy.
It was an absolutely amazing experience for the girls and myself. We had an outstanding time at the Gothia Cup and got to play some of our best soccer. Thank you so much for all your work in organizing this trip for us. I will definitely recommend this tour and Excel Sports to my colleagues and friends. Our tour guide Graham was an asset in London and was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Everyone really enjoyed his expertise and sense of humor. It was a perfect venue for the girls as they got to mingle with other teams from all over the world. I can speak for all the parents and say that we all thoroughly enjoyed every part of this tour.
– Debra Stranaghan, Coach, Kelowna X-treme, Gothia Cup