The World

Youth Cup

Gothia Cup Cancún is a part of the Gothia Cup Family. Gothia Cup in Sweden is the world’s largest and most international youth football tournament held in Gothenburg, Sweden. Each year, around 1700 teams from 80 nations take part and they play 4500 matches on 110 pitches. Now we are coming to Cancun, Mexico.

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SINCE 1975

Gothia Cup

It’s the teams and the participants from around the world that make the tournament unique. A meeting place for the world’s youths, irrespective of religion, skin color or nationality, with football as the common denominator. 

Since 1975
Gothia Cup was first held in 1975. The tournament was started by the football clubs BK Häcken and GAIS and a local newspaper. Since the early 80’s the tournament is own entirely and solely by BK Häcken.
The organization
Our organization consists of eight full-time employed staff and during the tournament more than 2500 officials work.
Over one million players
Through the years, over a million players from a total of 149 countries have participated in the tournament.
More than a football tournament
Getting involved in children’s conditions other than on the football pitch and outside of Sweden has always been an important part for Gothia Cup. Our schools in Congo, Gothia Special Olympics Trophy and SKF’s Meet the World are examples of that. 

When it all began, no one could have imagined what the Gothia Cup, a small youth tournament, would become. It was 1975, and the concept of a tournament to which teams from abroad would also be invited was not only unique, it would also prove to be extremely successful.

The old, yellowing piece of paper still exists on which we wrote down our vision for the new Gothia Cup. It states: ”The Gothia Cup shall be a meeting place for the young people of the world, regardless of colour, gender or religion.” This was written in 1981 and remains the guiding principle for the organisation to this day.

With more than one million participants from 149 countries and with a name as the world’s biggest youth event, we can justifiably claim that we have succeeded.

Dennis Andersson
Dennis Andersson
General secretary



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