Gothia Cup is a youth football tournament and a celebration of the beautiful game involving participants from all over the world. If you’re in Gothenburg during the tournament, you’ll certainly know about it – the buses and trams are often packed with youngsters on their way to and from the games.
The tournament markets itself as a ‘World Youth Cup’, a meeting place for the world’s kids and teenagers regardless of religion, race, culture or nationality, and is open for anybody to enter. Around 1,600 teams from 80 different nations are expected to be involved this year. Teams can be entered into the competition via the tournament’s website.
Designed to be enjoyed by both locals and visitors, the games are generally free to watch and there is plenty of entertainment besides the football – watch out for the colourful opening ceremony inside a packed Gamla Ullevi stadium on Monday 17th July.
Teams who make it to the tournament’s final get to appear on the pitch at Gothenburg’s Gamla Ullevi stadium in front of up to 25,000 fans.