Gothia Cup 2019
What is Gothia Cup?
The world’s largest youth soccer tournament, drawing over 1,700 teams from over 80 countries. Youth teams from professional academies participate and the general level of play is high. The tournament lasts one week and is held in Gothenburg, Sweden. Teams are guaranteed four games minimum. The tournament runs July 15-21, but our group will arrive in Sweden a week earlier to adjust and spend time in Stockholm.
General Tournament Information: https://www.gothiacup.se/information/
How will teams be formed?
To ensure an independent and unbiased selection process, FC Royale has arranged for an overseas talent scout to evaluate players on two separate tryout dates. Tryouts are open to all players, regardless of club affiliation or location. These teams are specific to Gothia Cup and will not extend beyond this overseas tournament.
While not all FC Royale players may be offered a spot, we encourage all those that are interested to tryout. We want to stress that this program is highly selective given the competitive nature of the teams that participate in this tournament. If your child is not chosen, our hope is that they will continue to work hard, demonstrate a positive soccer attitude, and aim to be selected for the next trip.
What Age Groups Are ELigible?
The age groups of the 3 teams we plan to take will be the following:
09/08 boys team - 7v7 format (13 players max)
07 boys team - 7v7 format (13 players max)
06 boys team - 9v9 format (16 players max)
When are the tryouts?
Tryouts will be held on the following two days, rain or shine.
Tuesday, December 11th, 6-7:30pm, Beach Chalet, Field 1AB
Saturday, December 15th, 9-11am, Beach Chalet, Field 3AB
What will the trip entail?
This trip is not only about opening our players eyes to the global standard of play, but also exposing them to other cultures and experiences. We are planning this trip with the help of a local soccer scout and FC Royale coach, Chris Harris, who played professionally in Sweden. Their familiarity and knowledge of the area will provide our players with a unique experience and a more streamlined process. The group will start in Stockholm, where they will enjoy a variety of local activities like a walking tour, boat ride, museum, and scrimmages with local academy teams before they take a train to Gothenburg for the Gothia Cup. A detailed potential itinerary can be found below.
Do I need to Travel with my child?
No, there will be coaches (Director of Coaching, David Noii; Chris Harris, Jared Windt) and chaperones with the teams. We will have daily updates through facebook and similar for families to follow the fun! If you are interested in being a chaperone, please contact us. If you and/or your family would like fly to Sweden and tag along with the team, you are more than welcome! Family members would need to arrange their own travel, lodging, and meals.
· July 7th- July 21st
· What is included?
o Training sessions in SF prior to the trip
o Roundtrip airfare from Oakland to Stockholm
o Accommodations and food for the entire trip
o Roundtrip train ride from Stockholm to Gothenburg
o 2-3 friendlies with professional academy teams in Stockholm
o Guaranteed 4 Gothia Cup matches
o Ticket to Gothia Cup opening ceremonies
o Full time chaperones 24/7
· Cost: $3100 (paid in installments) OR $2850 paid in full
o Initial deposit of $750 - due within two weeks of roster selection
o The cost of this trip will be partially subsidized by each child’s individual fundraising efforts, which will be guided by the club. Need based scholarships available.
Sample Itinerary(click to open)
Day 1 – Sunday, July 7th
· Depart Oakland airport (5:15pm flight)
Day 2 – Monday, July 8th
· Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden
· Private Bus will transport group to hostel
· Light recovery activity
· Orientation Meeting – overview of the week ahead
Day 3 – Tuesday, July 9th
· Training at local field by guest academy coach
· Viking tour/performance
Day 4 – Wednesday, July 10th
· Play friendly vs academy team
· Stockholm city walking tour
Day 5 – Thursday, July 11th
· Training at local field (possibly w/guest trainer)
· Boat Excursion
Day 6 – Friday, July 12th
· Play friendly vs academy team
· Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
Day 7 – Saturday, July 13th
· Training at local field
· Depart by train to Gothenburg
Day 8 – Sunday, July 14th
· First Gothia Cup match
· Opening Ceremonies at Stadium Ullevi
Day 9 – Monday, July 15th
· Second Match of Gothia Cup
· Visit Liseberg Amusement Park
Day 10 – Tuesday, July 16th
· Third Match of Gothia Cup
· Shopping trip to outdoor mall
Day 11 – Wednesday, July 17th
· Gothia Cup Knockout Rounds begin
Day 12 – Thursday, July 18th
· Gothia Cup Playoffs
· Tour of Gothenburg
Day 13 – Friday, July 19th
· Gothia Cup Finals
· Boat Tour
Day 14 – Saturday, July 20th
· Gothia Cup Finals
· Depart by train to Stockholm
Day 15- Sunday, July 21st
· Fly home
*trip details may change as non-soccer related activities are finalize7
If your player needs special accommodations and you would like to discuss prior to tryouts or if you have any other additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Melissa Wang (FC Royale club president). This page will be updated as information becomes available.