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To hang out with the team is the best thing

FBC Kalmarsund is an experienced club in Gothia Innebandy Cup. This was not least noticeable in their B14 team, where there were both players and coaches who have participated before. They are especially attracted by everything that surrounds the games.

Samuel Axflo, 14, plays in FBC Kalmarsund. This year he played the Gothia Innebandy Cup for the third time. A tournament he associates with hanging out in classrooms.

”The most fun thing about playing Gothia is hanging out with the team. This year we brought a TV to the classroom so we could play Fifa”, he says.

The first time he played the tournament was 2018. But his best memory is from 2019, when they advanced to the quarterfinals.

”The match was decided on penalties. In the final penalty, the opponent’s goalkeeper sat down on the ball and thought he had saved. He got up quickly and started celebrating, but then the ball rolled into the goal and we won the match”, he recalls.

FBC Kalmarsund has their base both in Färjestaden on Öland and in Kalmar. The club has participated in the Gothia Innebandy Cup many times. FBC Kalmarsund started as a collaboration between various clubs in and around Kalmar. One who started play before it became FBC Kalmarsund is Viktor Johansson, 21. He is the coach of the B14 team that participated this year and has been with them for all the three tournaments that the team participated in. When he was twelve years old he himself played Gothia with, of that time, Färjestaden IBK.

”This year we stayed at Katrinelundsskolan, in the same corridor that I stayed in when I was here and played”, he says.

For him, the Gothia Innebandy Cup is much more than just floor ball.

”It’s a special feeling, both me and the guys love the cup. Here we get to meet many teams that we don’t meet otherwise, for example teams from the Czech Republic”, Viktor says.

During this year’s tournament it was obvious that it wasn’t only the players who now are experienced. The team had great support on the stands and the crowd brought with them both pats and drums.

”We hear them well, it’s a better feeling to play here than at home”, Viktor Johansson says.

So in 2019 they reached the quarterfinals in playoff A. Unfortunately this year’s tournament ended in the first game in playoff A. They lost to Partille IBS, a team that went on to win the whole tournament.
But who knows, maybe FBC Kalmarsund will get their revenge next year.

Registration for the Gothia Innebandy Cup is open

At 10 am today, the registration for next year’s tournament, which will be played on January 3-6, opened. Träslövsläge’s B14 team was the first team to register.
”It’s nice to finish first at least once”, team leader Niclas Frejd says with a laugh.

It’s a long way to January, but you can already sign up for next year’s big floorball happening. One team that has secure it’s place is Träslövsläge. Niclas Frejd has been team leader for girl teams in the club and been to several previous editions of the tournament. Now he’s responsible for boys born in 2006 and he wanted to make sure the team got a place in the tournament.

”I had written down in the calendar that the registration open today. I’ve been away three times with a girl team from the club, now it’s the first time I will go with boys, they have not been there before. They have been looking forward to this for a long time and are already pumped. It is also good to already be able to get information out to parents so they think about it in their plans”, he says and continues:

”Gothia is one of the highlights of the year for us, the cup itself with the feeling all around is fantastic. And just with the name of the tournament, there are a lot of expectations in the air”, he says.

This year’s tournament, for the third year in a row, broke a record for participating teams. A total of 471 teams from eight different nations participated. For the first time, teams from USA came to Gothenburg. It remains to be seen if there will be new records as the 2021 tournament begins on January 3rd.

Secure your place in one of the world’s largest and most international floor tournaments. Sign up here.

“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!

Interviews from the finals at Partille Arena

The finals at Partille Arena gave the audience everything from a dramatic penalty shootout to a local derby and a lot of goals. It was some tough battles both on and of the rink. Here are the result and interviews with the winning team

G18: FBC Kalmarsund Ungdom – IBK Lund 4-5 (penalty shootout)
Interview with the MVP of the game Minna Karlsson, IBK Lund.

G17: Åkersberga IBF – Hovslätts IK 1-0
Interview with the MVP of the game Tilda Forsling, Åkersberga IBF.

B18: Lindås Rasta IBK – Pixbo Wallenstam IBF 1-3
Interview with the MVP of the game, Pixbo Wallenstam IBF.

G16: Ivanti Tigers Jizni Mesto – Onsala IBK 4-2
Interview with the MVP of the game Karolina Stujová och team captain Michaela Polácková.

B17: Bohemia North – FBC Kalmarsund 6-3
Interview with the MVP of the game Ondrej Kawulok, Bohemia North.

B16: Tatran Stresovice – FbC Hradec Králové 9-0
Interview with team captain Martin Pretl, Tatran Stresovice.

Interviews from the finals in Valhalla A

It was an intense day during the finals in Valhalla A, with packed stands from start to finish. The crowd got to see four well-played matches, all of them with high tempo and with skilled floorball players. See results and interviews with each of the winning teams’ MVP below.

B15: Tatran Stresovice – Lindås Rasta IBK 6-0

Interview with Hugo Konečný

B14: Partille IBS – IBK Höllviken 6-3

Interview with Liam Aruvald (in Swedish)

G14: IBF Älvstranden – Lindås Rasta IBK 3-2

Interview with Lova Sternvik (in Swedish)

G13: Landvetter IBK Wings – Täby FC 2-0

Interview with Nellie Stavås (in Swedish)

The northern team try their luck in Gothenurg

Röbäcks IF visits Gothia Innebandy Cup for the first time and participates with a team in B14. A team that gets an opportunity to compete against new teams and likes to be in Gothenburg. And the guys agrees on what the best part is.

Two of the players in Röbäcks IF are fourteen-year-olds William Nordin and Alfred Westerlund. The Gothia Innebandy Cup is a chance for them to go up against other teams than they usually do.

– It’s been fun to play against new teams and not the same old team that we play against every weekend, says Alfred Westerlund.

The team comes from Umeå, in the northern parts of Sweden, and has a little more than 800 kilometers to Gothenburg. It means a long journey and some nights away just like for many other teams.

But the players in Röbäcks IF are not too sorry to sleep away. They live at a hotel during the tournament which is popular with players.

– It’s nice to stay in a hotel, says William Nordin.

And Alfred Westerlund agrees that it is not wrong to stay in a hotel.

– It’s new to us, but much nicer than sleeping on mattresses in a school room, he says.

It’s just to hang out at the hotel with the team that has been the best part of the tournament in addition to play floorball. Where they entertain themselves with games in the corridors and some more.

– We usually play loud music, play Fortnite and drinks rehydration, says William Nordin.

William Nordin, to the left, and Alfred Westerlund are happy to be in Gothenburg

Coach Tony Bergström is also pleased with the tournament. He says that they accidentally signed up after winning a sales competition that made it possible for them to go.

– It’s fun to have the opportunity to go down to southern Sweden and measure ourselves against other teams. The whole cup adventure has been good, both the accommodation, the game schedule so we have nothing to complain about, he says.

The goal of the tournament was to play good floorball and get as far as possible. It has been difficult for the coaches to know what awaits the team since they are facing many new teams..

– We have no idea who the opponents is and have googled some of them. So we take one match at a time, says Tony Bergström.

They won their group despite that and the round of sixteen against Sniper’s Bratislava awaits during Sunday night.

– It will be fun to go up against a team from Slovakia, says Tony Bergström.

“I’m not good at sitting still”

He’s been both a healthcare provider and a medical manager during Gothia Innebandy Cup. This year Eric Hemmingsson is one of the area managers at Valhalla and he’s happy with the tasks and for the opportunity.
– It’s amazing to see so many young people unite around a sport, he says.

Gothia Innebandy Cup would never be possible without all the dedicated officials on site everywhere in Gothenburg. Many of them come back year after year, either to learn something new or because they simply think the tournament is fun and inspiring. Eric Hemmingsson is back at Gothia Innebandy Cup for the fourth year in a row and belongs in both categories.

– It’s very cool to be part of the players’ experience here, to see so many gather in the same place is just great, he says.

Floorball has been with him for a long time but in different forms. Eric quit as a player when he was 14 years old and began as a referee instead. But during Gothia Innebandy Cup there’s no time for him to referee any games. He has his hands full.

– No, I simply don’t have the time. Right now I’m doing a little bit of everything, but otherwise I keep track of participant lists and teams. Most of the work is about making sure everything goes according to plan, and we’re a good bunch of people who keep track of the situation, he says.

In previous years he’s been both a health care provider and a medical manager, an assignment he also enjoyed. But maybe it was his desire to do as much as possible that made him become an area manager.

– As a healthcare provider there are usually times when you got nothing to do, and I’m bad at sitting still. So it often led me to run around and help out with other things, says Eric Hemmingsson.

Eric has broad experience as an official during events, as a project and event manager. He enjoys the high tempo and is already looking forward to next year’s tournament.

– I would love to be back next year again. It’s a great and fun community, he says.