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“The pink wall” that supports its club

The German football team Dortmund is supported during their home games by “The Yellow Wall” – a massive stand filled with supporters dressed in yellow. The equivalent in floorball is found at Vara IBK – “The Pink Wall”.

Behind the teams participating in Gothia Innebandy Cup are a whole bunch of committed parents who support their children. The pink team from the city Vara, about eight miles northeast of Gothenburg, was, to say the least, a clear example of that.
As soon as one of the club’s teams played, there was a pink wall of supporters on the side cheering them on. One of the supporters was Anna Thoresson, mother of two boys playing in the club.
“The players think it’s fun. They didn’t hear us the first match, so we raised our voices even more. I think you get extra pumped as a player”, she says.

The parents have made a supporter jersey with the text “Forza di rosa” (“Forza the pink one’s”), in the same pink color as the players’ match jerseys. A color that makes them hard to miss. Vara IBK participated with teams in the age classes B13, B15 and G15. And no matter which team played, “The Pink Wall” was there to support.
“We try and see everyone’s matches during the tournament. It’s a really good atmosphere, you get a completely different contact within the club when you get to know the parents”, says Anna.

She says they encountered more cheering sections during the tournament, but none as big as theirs. And she is convinced what the support from the side means to the players.
“It means lots, the players get pumped up”, she says.

”Gothia is the highlight of the year”

They are not the only team participating frequently in Gothia Innebandy Cup. But Palmstaden IK is one of the few clubs that have participated in almost all tournaments since Gothia Innebandy Cup was founded in 1994, and coach André Håkansson Roxe sees no reason to stop traveling to Gothenburg.
“Gothia is the highlight of the year. The players starts talking about it at the beginning of the season”, he says.

Palmstaden IK was founded in Trelleborg in 1986 and has a built up a big youth organization. The highlight of the year? To visit Gothia Innebandy Cup and compete against both national and international teams at a high level.

“In Skåne, there are not as many teams to compete against, so Gothia Innebandy Cup makes it possible for us to play against teams we are not used to. In addition, we always notice during the matches that the level is higher here in Gothenburg”, says André Håkansson Roxe.

André started playing floorball when he was eleven. At the age of 22, he put the floorball stick on the shelf and began training the younger teams instead. Something he obviously liked a lot – after 19 years as a coach he is still as active.

“I’ve been at Gothia Innebandy Cup for seven or eight years, but the club has always travelled here with as many teams as possible. The basic idea is to let everyone play, so we constantly rotate the squad. It is a fun tournament with well-played matches and good referees. In addition, we get the opportunity to hang out as a team and do things outside the floorball pitch”, he says.

One of the players in Palmstaden IK B15 is Tintin Svemark. In January 2020, he played his third Gothia Innebandy Cup and he is already looking forward to next year’s tournament and the opportunity to hang out with his teammates.

“Hanging out with my teammates is the best. But of course it is also fun that the tournament is so big, it offers good opponents from all over Sweden and also internationally. Playing in a tournament is often more fun than the series game”, he says.

Höllviken IBF has made Gothia Innebandy Cup to an annual tradition

A highlight for the players to look forward to and a community builder for the club. Gothia Innebandy Cup is an annual tradition for Höllviken IBF, from Skåne, Sweden who always travels to Gothenburg with many teams in several different age classes.

Höllviken IBF has always prioritized the social part of the game and has long had the goal that their players, of all ages, have fun and feel joy when they play floorball. Erik Lindkvist is the vice chairman of the club and a loyal participant of Gothia Innebandy Cup. The 2020 tournament was his twelfth in the same number of years and the feeling remains; Gothia Indebandy Cup helps strengthen the community throughout the club.

“We all ride in shared buses and live in the same hotel. When one team does not play, we always try to cheer on the other teams so that everyone gets good support from the stand. So the tournament creates a good community among the teams in the club”, he says.

As a club, Höllviken IBF has grown significantly in recent years. Today it is one of the bigger ones in Skåne and the men’s first team has climbed from division 3 to the Swedish Superligan, something that Erik Lindkvist thinks is associated with the youth academy that has grown. He himself played floorball over 20 years ago, but a lot has happened at that time.

“Then it was a completely different sport than it is today and I see a difference even in Gothia Innebandy Cup. I feel that there are more even matches nowadays and that teams from other countries have developed a lot. The Czech and Slovak teams are very capable, even the Norwegian teams are doing very well”, he says.

For the 2020 tournament, Höllviken IBF came with several teams in different age classes, and although everybody certainly want to lift the trophy, the trip is about so much more. Not least about getting match training against teams outside Skåne and as a spur to do their best.

“Of course it is fun if it goes well in the tournament, then the players come home filled with excitement and eager to perform. But if you lose you will come home with a desire to revenge and think that you will do even better next year. There are very few times I have experienced that the players have come home and been disappointed to the level that they do not want to play anymore. Rather, I feel that we are getting more and more players who want to join the following year”,says Erik Lindkvist.

A lot happens on the spot, but part of the Gothia Innebandy Cup also comes with rested parents home. Something that frames Höllviken IBF’s goal.

“A large part of the players’ parents travels to Gothenburg, which creates a nice community among us. You sit in the evenings and talk through the day and widen your social life very much, which you take home with you”, says Erik Lindkvist.

Registration for next years tournament opens on March 10th

We have barely recovered from this year’s tournament but already we’re looking forward to doing it all again in just under a year. Registration for next year’s tournament opens on March 10th.

When the last final was completed on January 6th, a total of 1476 matches had been played during the four tournament days and that 9601 goals were scored. Tatran Stresovice’s team Red in category B11 was the team that scored the most number of goals. They scored a total of 84 goals during their seven matches. In addition to all goals, we saw lots of great performances, happy children and adolescents and enthusiastic crowds. Next year the tournament will also be played January 3-6 and on March 10th the registration opens.

We look forward to meet again in less than a year!

Thank you all for this years amazing Gothia Innebandy Cup.

A big warm thank you to all 471 teams who participated in this years tournament. Together you played 1476 matches and scored 9601 goals, an average of six and a half goals per game. 

We would also like to take a moment to say thank you to all leaders, volunteers, referees and visitors who made this tournament into a memory that will last a lifetime.

Let’s also give a big round of applause to Växjö IBK who became the best club this year.

We can’t wait to see you again next year!

American team comes to record-breaking Gothia Innebandy Cup

For the third consecutive year, the Gothia Innebandy Cup sets a record number of participating teams. And for the first time, the United States is represented, among the 471 teams from eight countries, that will play in one of the world’s largest floorball tournaments.

The 27th edition of the Gothia Innebandy Cup starts tomorrow and on Monday the finals are played. 10,000 sport-loving young people meet for four intensive days with floorball on 28 playfields around Gothenburg – but the tournament has in recent years grown to the adjacent municipalities Partille and Mölndal, where it this year will be the opening year for games in Åbymässan.

This years it will also be premiere for American participation in the tournament. Orlando Vikings Floorball Club from Florida comes to Gothenburg with two teams participating in B12 and B15. We’ve talked to the team manager Daniel Williamsson.

How did you find out about Gothia Innebandy Cup?

”We created the Y16 team late this year in an effort to grow youth floorball in USA. We looked at what international tournaments we could possibly attend. We also wanted a camp in connection with the tournament. After some research work we decided Gothia with a camp in Jönköping was the best option.”

How come you’re traveling all the way to Sweden to play floorball?

”USA is a young Floorball Nation. We have started a renewed effort to grow youth floorball in the country this year. In order for the kids to become better and be able to better compete internationally, we need to get the experience of playing the best kids in the world. We want to create excitement and give a way for the kids who want to improve beyond their local teams.” 

How many are you that will come here, players, staff, parents?

”We have two small teams coming to Gothia. As you might imagine, it does take quite a commitment. We are a little bit over 30 people coming. ”

Can you tell us a little bit about your club?

”Y16 was created after August this year when we had our Nationals in USA. We are a travel team that will be going to different tournaments nationally and internationally. The kids need to be younger than 16. We have about 50 players interested in the team, but only a few will be able to go each time due to the commitment required.”

Are there other clubs nearby that your team play against during the regular season?

”Since we are a travel team we travel to the tournaments that are available nationally. My local team, Orlando Vikings Floorball Club, practices regularly, but so far there are no other local teams we have been able to play with. We did end up second in Nationals after Dallas, with Utah third.”

What are your expectations coming to Gothenburg and the tournament?

”Our expectation is to learn a lot that we will bring back to U.S. and use for future growth. The kids needs the exposure and see where they need to be at to compete internationally. They will in turn share this with other local kids to eventually create a snow ball affect. We also want the kids to learn some of the Swedish culture.”

Facts: Gothia Innebandy Cup 2020

Edition: 27th tournament, since its inception in 1994.

Teams: 471 teams (the previous record was 465 teams, 2019).

Countries: Eight countries; Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovakia, USA, Russia and the Netherlands (17 countries have participated since its inception in 1994).

Participants: About 10,000, between 11-18 years.

Matches: 1,476 matches.

Playfields: 28

Judge: 120 judges.

Live streaming matches: About 700 matches.

Officials: About 400 officials.

Schools / hotels for accommodation: 14 schools / 8 hotels.

Young goalkeeper star will host the goalkeeper school

Gothia Innebandy Cup’s popular goalkeeping school is back during next year’s tournament. Pixbo’s and Swedens U19 goalkeeper Kalle Lundgren will be in charge of the training sessions.
”The most important thing as a young floorgoalie is to be open to try new things”, says Kalle Lundgren.

It’s the third year in a row that Gothia Innebandy Cup will arrange a goalkeeping school during the tournament, which is now only a month away. The training sessions have been both popular and educational for the young goalkeepers who has participated. Kalle Lundgren played in the under 19 World Championships earlier this year and is a part of Pixbo’s team in Swedish Super League and he will share his knowledge to the young and aspiring keepers.

”I won’t change too much in their games, but mostly give tips and see what’s right for them”, he says.

Already he comes up with a good tip.

”It is important to be open to test new things. I had a different style of play a few years ago, but since I was open minded, I have found a style that suits me and my style of play better”, he says.

Kalle played in the Gothia Innebandy Cup in his younger years. Now he gets the chance to experience the tournament in a different way and at the same time help young players develop.

”It will be very fun, I only have good memories from the Gothia Innebandy Cup and it will be exciting to be a part of the tournament again, now in a differens way”, he says.

The training will take place on Saturday January 4 at the Gothia Valhalla Center, in total there will be three sessions during the day. It’s the teams that books accommodation at school or hotel via Gothia Innebandy Cup that have the opportunity to attend the goalkeeping school. All information about the school will be sent out to these teams.

Livestream from twelve pitches during Gothia Innebandy Cup!

For the fourth consecutive year we will livestream games from Gothia Innebandy Cup, including all the finals.

One game cost 5 EURO and an All Access pass, which gives you access to all the games livestreamed during the tournament, cost 18 EURO. If you buy an All Access pass you will also be able to see a replay of the game/games.

Pitches being livestreamed during Gothia Innebandy Cup 2020:

Åby Arena 1

Åby Arena 2

Lundenhallen

Partille Arena A

Partille Arena B

Prioritet Serneke Arena A

Salming Arena

Gothia Arena

Valhalla A

ÖHK-hallen K

ÖHK: Göteborg Brandservicehallen

ÖHK: Brixlyhallen

Gothia Innebandy Cup is expanding

Gothia Innebandy Cup is expanding and will for the first time play matches in the newly built Åbymässan in Mölndal. In one of the exhibition halls of Åbymässan, two high-quality courts will be built and we will also offer hotel accommodation at the newly built Åby Hotel next door.

Åbymässan is a part of Åby Arena and is located in Mölndal, just outside of Gothenburg. The fair opened as late as January 2019 and in addition to 10,500 square meters of exhibition hall, Åby Arena contains a horse race track, hotel, gym, restaurants and a café. A state-of-the-art facility that will be a perfect addition to the Gothia Innebandy Cup.

­– We are very pleased with working together with Åbymässan, as we see the opportunity to offer high-quality courts in a place that is unique, says Lena Rönnefors, tournament director at Gothia Innebandy Cup.

As said, Åbymässan can offer a 10,500 square meters exhibition hall and has very good facilities for sporting events.

– Our hope is to be able to grow with more courts and eventually build a center where our players can hang out and take part in other fun activities, says Lena Rönnefors.

Next door to the exhibition hall is Åby Hotel, where we offer participants newly built hotel facilities. For more information, please contact hotel@gothiainnebandycup.se.

Also, don’t forget that the registration for next year’s tournament closes on November 10.

Russian team Kosmos won participation in Gothia Innebandy Cup

Russian team Kosmos won the prestigious Unihoc Russia Cup in May. By doing that they also won participation in next years Gothia Innebandy Cup.
”Coming to the tournament in Gothenburg is a great opportunity to enrich our game and competitive experience”, says Evgeniy Snegurenko, mother to one of the players.

One of Russias largest and most prestigious floorball tournaments for children and youth teams are held in the city of Veliky Novgorod every year. A large number of teams participate and makes it almost like a holiday for floorball. This year the winners in each age category were granted a special prize in addition to the cup and medals – they also won participation in Gothia Innebandy Cup 2020. Kosmos were victorious in the age group for boys born in 2008.

”We were able to take the first place after a difficult fight. The teams strengths are cohesion, mutual understanding on the playing field, respect for the opponent, perseverance and the will to win. The team never gives up, they play until the last second”, says Evgeniy Snegurenko.

In January the team will come to Sweden and Gothenburg. But it’s not the first time they travel abroad to play floorball.

”Earlier this year the team took part in the international Helsinki Floorball Cup, which was a good experience. In order to take part in Gothia Innebandy Cup, we need to go three days by different means of transport – train, bus and ferry. We are very happy to take part in the Gothia Innebandy Cup and we look forward to interesting and exciting games. It’s a great opportunity to enrich our game and competitive experience to play against teams from other countries”, says Evgeniy Snegurenko.

Kosmos are based in the small town of Mirny in the Arkhangelsk region, located in the northern part of the country. Since Russia joined the floorball movement in the early 90s, Arkhangelsk has become a region where floorball has a leading position, much thanks to Kosmos coach Tukhbatulin Vinir, who’s been developing the club since 2003.

”Currently the club trains children aged 6 to 16 years. Training takes place all year round – outside in the summer and in the autumn and during winter and spring in the gym or on an ice rink. Not far from us are several other floorball clubs and we constantly meet them at competitions of various levels. Our region holds a leading position in floorball among children’s teams”, says Evgeniy Snegurenko.

We’re looking forward to welcome Kosmos to Gothenburg in January!

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