Guide for Parents attending Gothia Cup

The Gothia World Youth Cup is the World Cup of youth football and offers players and spectators an unforgettable experience both on and off the pitch!

For parents it is also a trip of a lifetime!

Tickets Spectators do not need tickets for the matches, but will need a ticket for the Opening Ceremony which is on the Monday night, after the first matches have been played that day. These can be ordered up to 31st May 2022 by emailing [email protected]

Players do not need tickets for the Opening Ceremony as they will be sitting with their team.

It is strongly recommended that you download the Gothia Cup App, which gives full details about matches, results, goalscorers, where matches are being played and lots more.

Don’t forget to bring your St George’s flags!!

Valid Passports:  A passport must meet two requirements.

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Parents’ Party 2022 – will be on Sunday 17th July. at The Hard Rock Cafe from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Sunday evening  It’s a great way to meet other parents and start the week with some fun! There will be food availabe to buy and the bar will be open. Full details and directions  are available here

The Opening Ceremony (held in the Ullevi Stadium – host to the 2004 UEFA Cup Final and Final of EURO 92) is on the Monday evening. As the event will be watched by a sell-out 52,000 spectator. It is important that parents buy their tickets (Gothia Bracelet) before 31st May  (by emailing [email protected]),  although sometimes last minute tickets can be bought at the Heden Centre in the Centre of Gothenburg.

Gothia Cup Card – Parents are advised to purchase an Opening Ceremony ticket along with the Gothia braclet from World Youth Tournaments ([email protected]) as early as possible but no later than 31st May. The Gothia Cup Card not only gives access to the Gothenburg transport system, discounts to tourist attractions, including the highly recommended Paddan Boat boats trip and discounted entry to the Theme Park.

If you miss the 31st May deadline, parents maybe able to purchase Gothia Cards from the Central Information at Heden Centre. However we strongly recommend pre-ordering your Card from World Youth Tournaments before 31st May. If you book accommodation through World Youth Tournaments, they will include a ticket and braclet for everyone in your party in your package.

Accommodation – It is recommended from our past experience that parents book into City Centre hotels, ideally near Central Station or The Heden Centre. Over 100 pitches are used for the Gothia Cup, but all of them can be reached through various transport means from the City Centre. The tournament has it’s own transport system, and in addition parents can use public trams and buses with their Gothia Cup Braclet. Although some parents prefer the flexibility of a car, in our experience parents do not need a car for attend the Gothia Cup. World Youth Tournaments, who offer accommodation in the City Centre will be pleased to assist and help you find a hotel which suits your needs.

Heden Centre – A must-visit during your trip. This is where to pickup your maps and tournament programme on arrival. Although the “Tournament Centre” you will only see a small number of matches here. You are certain, however,  to see some fantastic games as many of the ‘showcase’ matches are held here, often attracting thousands of spectators. Also at the Heden Centre are various Information Desks, as well as shops and activities. The Heden Centre bus stop is also where many of the bus routes to the pitches will start.

Gothenburg Is the second largest City in Sweden and offers a great deal for parents and families to do away from the football.

The tourist information website is very helpful

and lots of parents with families have previously enjoyed going to the islands. Take tram number 11 west to the end of the line (stop Saltholmen) and there are boats leaving regularly for the islands. You can even use your Gothia Cup Bracelets on the boats to travel without charge. There are lots of islands to choose from but most people go to Fran Styro Bratten which has a small beach, stunning views and a cafe and restaurant.

Here is an article in the Daily Telegraph about the City

Local Time – Gothenburg will be one hour ahead of GMT

Taxi – Gothia Cup recommends that you use one of the following taxi companies:

Taxi Goteborg +46(0)31 65 0000 / VIP Taxi +46(0)31 27 16 11 / Taxi Kurir +46(0)31 27 27 27

Transportation Transportation in Gothenburg is easy with the use of local buses and trams.  They cover the whole city and there is always a stop close by the School and pitches.  All public transportation is included with the Gothia Cup Bracelet.  There are also the Gothia Cup’s own buses – Gothia Line – that run between schools and playing fields as a compliment to the public transportation system.  Schedules for local trams and buses can be found in the schools or on the website

Gothia Cup App provides real time information on matches at the tournament as well as maps and pitch locations.

Getting to Gothenburg

Pre-covid-19 there were plenty of airlines (including BA, SAS and Ryanair)
who fly to Gothenburg and plenty of hotels to suit a range of budgets.

Parents may wish to make their own arrangements or book through ‘World Youth Tournaments’ who are the official travel agent for the tournament. If you book through them, they will include tickets for the Opening Ceremony and a ‘Gothia Card’ (permitting use of the City’s transport system) with your booking.

World Youth Tournaments can be contacted by emailing Jim Hackett at
[email protected]

The tourist guide:

There are several distinct areas of Gothenburg to visit:


The centre of attention. From trendy shops to cool bars, Centrum always grabs the headlines. Trawl for threads on Magasinsgatan, and sip a sneaky glass of bubbly over lunch at Forssén & Öberg. Later in Heaven 23, savour super-size shrimp sandwiches and take in twinkling skyline views. Then try the smorgasbord of cocktails at late-night Lounges.

Things to see and do


From rusty hulls to shiny façades, this area’s had quite the facelift. The iconic Eriksberg Crane hints at a storied shipbuilding past, but the waterfront now bustles with modernity. Stroll amid pram-pushing joggers and Lindholmen Science Park’s lunchtime IT crowd. Then vroom on over to the Volvo Museum and soak up some classic Swedish nostalgia.


City politicos count it as one, but locals make a clear distinction. In dockside Majorna, the vibe is more plaid shirt than blue collar. Riff through vintage vinyl in Bengans, then quaff local brews like Dugges at cosy Ölstugan. Then ramble around leafy Linné’s charming streets and high-end shops, and chow on upscale Med dishes in Spisa.

Things to see and do


There’s more to Örgryte than its sleepy “Svensson-ville” rep. Take the hip Olskroken area, where you can nibble on naan and tuck into tikka masala at Spicy Bollywood. Pop into Tidbloms Pub for stand-up comedy or a friendly sit-down. Then there’s Lake Delsjön, where you can swim, canoe or barbecue amid pretty pinewood panoramas.

If you’ve read this far you deserve to hear about some hidden secrets of Gothenburg!


Utbybergen is a beautiful nature reserve in north-eastern Gothenburg. As well as being a climber’s dream, it also has a 3000-year-old tomb, a small lake for swimming and viewpoints overlooking the city. It’s just a short bus ride from the centre – take line 58 to Hindersmässogatan.

Amundön Island

Just a 20-minute bus ride south of Gothenburg, this peaceful island is home to beaches, cliffs and oak forests. You can fish from the shore or bring a snorkel to explore the underwater wildlife. To get there, take bus 82 to Lillövägen and cross over the bridge to Amundön.


You’ll find a fun mix of shops, restaurants and bars on Magasinsgatan – perfect for an afternoon stroll. Be sure to stop at Da Matteo for a fantastic cup of coffee and a bite to eat, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try the traditional fried Baltic herring at Strömmingsluckan!


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