Gothia Innebandy Cup

International floorball for youths

Gothia Innebandy Cup is one of the world’s largest and most international floorball events. Each year, more than 450 teams from six to eight nations participate and more than 1300 matches are played on 25 courts. The tournament is played each year over the Swedish holiday “trettonhelgen” in Gothenburg. Over 9000 floorball youths then gather to participate in the biggest floorball event.

The match is the key during the Gothia Innebandy Cup. In total, more than 1300 matches are played. Playing matches against teams from other countries is very stimulating and developing for young players. Our goal is that every match should be exciting, challenging and something to remember for the rest of the players’ lives, regardless of results.

Every match in the Gothia Innebandy Cup is reported live on our website. See when a goal is scored, who scored the goal and who assisted. We also broadcast the matches live from some courts. From these courts you can watch the match live with audio and graphics. During the finals, we also have commentators.

More than just floorball

Fair play is something we promote. To behave good towards both team mates, referees and opponents.

Gothia Innebandy Cup was played for the first time in 1994. The tournament was started and is till organized by the organizers of the Gothia Cup in football that is played every summer in Gothenburg. Over 9000 teams and a total of 17 nations participated over the years.

Our history

1994 - 135 teams

Gothia Cup decides to start an international floorball tournament as a complement to the summer’s football tournament. The Gothia Innebandy Cup is born. 135 teams from five nations participate.

1995 - 202 teams

The premier club Pixbo IBK becomes co-organizer of the Gothia Innebandy Cup. A succesfull floorball club that will help improve the quality of the participating teams. 

1996 - 194 teams

The Russian men’s team General, surprises us all by arriving and thinking they are going to play in a bandy tournament (played on ice) and not innebandy (floorball). Thanks to some generous sponsors the necessary floorball equipment is collected and the team can participate playing a sport they’ve never practiced.

1997 - 188 teams

Russian women’s teams experience a time of greatness in this year’s tournament. Three different Russian clubs participate in the youngest women’s categories and all three clubs win their age category.

1998 - 212 teams

The participants have for the first time the opportunity to witness Sweden’s best men’s teams compete against each other in Gothia Challenge Cup, which was a well appreciated event.

1999 - 195 teams

Poland participates in the tournament for the first time with a women’s team from Gdansk. The same team and club take part the three coming years, after that, no other team from Poland has participated.

2000 - 192 teams

The referees from Gothenburg are not enough and we have to recruit referees from other districts as well.

2001 - 238 teams

The European Cup for clubs takes place parallel to the Gothia Innebandy Cup. Europe’s 16 best men’s and women’s club teams from seven countries participate.

2002 - 238 teams

The interest for Gothia Innebandy Cup is now so high that we have a good basis to increase the boy categories. A category for each age is introduced.

2003 - 287 teams

Ten year anniversary and also the year we register over 300 teams to the tournament. 348 teams from six nations take part. We now use 21 playing fields and we have four coach lines to transport players to the different fields.

2004 - 364 teams

The Swedish Floorball Association introduces a regulation stating that children aged eleven and younger are not allowed to participate in competitions. Age categories 10 and 11 are mixed together and they only play one round of matches.

2005 - 419 teams

Tournament has now over 400 teams. Italy takes part for the first time and is represented by the club UHC Dolo. The storm Gudrun strikes Sweden’s west coast and many matches have to be re-scheduled.

2006 - 436 teams

Gothia Innebandy Cup decides to become a pure youth tournament. Men and women categories are therefore removed.

2007 - 413 teams

Girls categories increase from four to six and the total number of girl teams increase by 10 %.

2008 - 450 teams

35 teams from Norway participate. This signalizes that Norway is on its way of becoming a strong floorball nation. England is represented for the first time.

2009 - 447 teams

The match between the two premier Swedish teams Pixbo Wallenstam IBK and Helsingborg FC at Scandinavium arena is a success. The new record is now 8922 spectators.

Färjestadens IBK and Pixbo Wallenstam IBK are the clubs with the most teams playing in the finals. These are also the two clubs that have been participating year after year from the very beginning. 

2010 - 449 teams

Never in the past ten years have we had two teams from foreign countries disputing a final at Gothia Innebandy Cup. This time in the B16 category Tratan Stresovice from Czech Republic encountered Sveiva IB from Norway. The Czechs won with great skill. Is this perhaps the start of a wave of new foreign teams making it to the final in the future?

Gothenburg offered very cold winter weather with a lot of snow and -15 °C.

2011 - 453 teams

This year’s great new happening was the activity area Gothia Valhalla Center, where visitors were able to enjoy themselves playing Nintendo Wii, Sumo football or recording their own song. We had a wintry opening show outdoors at Götaplatsen where hot chocolate helped the visitors to keep warm while enjoying the show. Record breaking number of Czech teams participated this year and no less than four of these went all the way to the finals.

2012 - 447 teams

The technology takes another big step forward with our new game schedule software. We now get live reports from every game. It’s also possible to broadcast the matches live through once’s phone or iPad and put on our website. We had a 1000 times increase of visitors (compared to the previous year) on our website during the tournament. A snow-free Gothenburg made the transports between the playing courts easy for our 447 team. The show and the match between Pixbo Walltenstam IBK and Linköping IBK at Scandinavium drew a new attendance record of 10111 persons.

2013 - 450 teams

After more than 1100 matches, twelve teams have been named as winners. Congratulations to these teams, but also to all the rest of you that we hope also feel like winners. We have beautiful memories from Liseberg’s arcade halls where most leaders didn’t stand a chance against the youth. There are many people that are interested in following the tournament and the results of “their” team. After the last match, we had a total of 20000 persons that watched our live broadcasts on the website. 

2014 - 450 teams

A large number of foreign participants from eight different nations brought color to the tournament this year. The opening ceremony dropped the question “What does the fox say” to 11132 spectators that tried to respond. The show was followed by a men’s international between Sweden and the Czech Republic. The 433 participating teams together played 1124 matches and a total of 7842 goals were scored during the tournament.

2015 - 423 teams

Typical floorball nations take part this year and several successfully so. We have six foreign teams in the finals and two of the finals are between two Czech teams. We are upgrading our app and now players can not only see the goal scorer but also assists. In the B12 category, we can find a club that makes a total of 9.3 goals per game.

2016 - 410 teams

With the new group system of five teams there were plenty of more games this year. Exactly 1243 games were played. Our new livestream was a huge success. We had over 300000 views and 18902 watching hours, which is more than two years.

2017 - 431 teams

Our new Gothia Arena in Valhalla was much appreciated. During several days we broke new records in the number of spectators. Especially during the day of the finals where we couldn’t even fit everyone. 

We saw a lot of great floorball. Especially in the new boys 17 elite category. In this category there where two teams that really stuck out, Bohemians from the Czech Republic and Wiler Ersigen from Switzerland. But at the end, Bohemians won the first trophy of this new category.

And above all we could welcome a team from the Netherlands for the very first time.

2018 - 457 teams

The 25th tournament brought on a new record of participants with its 457 teams. We were able to offer a new Gothia Super Match in Partille Arena with over 2000 spectators. At Gothia Valhalla Center an exclusive goalie training held by Women National Team’s goalkeeper, Sara Hjorting took place. Czech Republic is the tournament’s largest international nation, which was furthermore celebrated through Tatran Střešovice who was awarded best club 2018.

2019 - 469 teams

For the second consecutive year we broke the record for participating teams. In this year’s tournament 469 teams participated, compared to 457 the year before. Seven nations were represented.

We expanded to Partille and four of the finals were played at the top modern Partille Arena. Goalie Andis Blinds held four exclusive goalkeeper events and the manager for the Swedish national team in floorball, Mikael Hill, held a lecture in leadership for our coaches. Pixbo Wallenstam became the best club.

2020 - 471 teams

For the third consecutive year the total number of teams increased. We also equaled the number of participation nations with eight nations. For the first time we welcomed USA as a participating nation. The number of Czech and Danish teams increased severely.

The tournament expands to Mölndal where two courts are built at the new fair, Åbymässan. Växjö IBK becomes the best club for the first time.