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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.

Twice the challenge for Emilynn

The players in USA Floorball Y16 MNT comes from all over the US. They participate in Gothia Innebandy Cup with two teams in the boys classes. Emilynn Williamsson plays in one of them and loves the sport.

Emilynn Williamsson, 15, is part of the team from the United States playing in class B15. They also have a team that plays in B12.

– It is very fun to be here and tough games, she says.

Unlike many other teams, the players in USA Floorball do not come from the same city. They live all over the country, practice on their own and have just started playing together.

– We have some tournaments in the US, that’s where we get to know each other and can play together, says Emilynn.

The team started their journey in Sweden with a camp in Jönköping. Were they played games against KFUM Jönköping.

– We got shown up, but we got good training, says Emilynn.

It wasn’t until 3-4 years ago that she started playing floorball in a team. She played with her siblings a little here and there before that. The love for the sport comes from her father who is from Sweden.

– My dad loves floorball. When he moved to the United States he thought it was sad that he couldn’t play, so he started an adult league. 3–4 years ago he started a children’s league, Orlando Viking, where we play, she says.

She expects many tough games in the tournament and their first game was a hard lost. But their second game was a win.

– It was a great win and it will be a big boost for the whole team, says Emilynn.

This is the first time they are up against teams from other countries. And being in Gothenburg is a great experience.

– The whole team thinks it is very exciting – especially the younger team, she says with a big smile.

Playing against teams from other countries is not the only challenge for Emilynn. She is one of two girls in the team and plays with and against boys.

– I like the challenge, they expect a lot from me and I like that, she says.

“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.

Win against next door neighbour – now they’re going for gold

Czech FbC Hradec Králové were up against Slovak Snipers Bratislava in a fast paced game on Saturday. The spectators witnessed some really nice goals from both teams. And now the Czechs are going for the gold medal.

It was clearly noticed that this year’s Gothia Innebandy Cup set a record in the number of participating nations during Saturday afternoon. When Slovak Snipers Bratislava were up against Czech FbC Hradec Králové in B16 group 6.

It was a game that offered high tempo and some nice goals. FbC Hradec Králové kicked of the game in the best way and quickly got a 0–3 lead. Even though they had a 1–3 lead in the end of first period, Daniel Kríz was not really satisfied.

– The first period was not so good, the second one were much better. We talked more with each other, did the right things and scored more goals, he says.

And they really scored some more goals.

The first minute of the second period offered three goals. Two goals for FbC Hradec Králové and one for Snipers Bratislava. But the Slovak team never came closer than 2–5.

The Czechs kept on going and was in full control of the game. The final result was 3–8 to FbC Hradec Králové.

– The Slovak team has not been so good previously. But the sport has grown there recently so now it’s tougher games, says Daniel Kríz.

Daniel Kríz, to the right, with teammate Filip Cáp, to the left, after the game against Snipers Bratislava.

The Czech team goes undefeated through the group stage and make their way to the A-finals. There they have a clear goal – to reach the final.

– It will be tough, the Swedish teams are good, but we also have a good team. It is our dream to win the tournament and sometimes dreams do come true, says Daniel Kríz.

The playoffs will kick off tomorrow, Sunday. Next up for FbC Hradec Králové is the round of sixteen.

He’s there when the injury occurs

A long tournament puts players’ bodies to the test and it’s not uncommon for an injury to occur. That’s why, this year, Gothia Innebandy Cup is partnering with company Sportrehab, who provides ambulatory healthcare to help players on site.

There are some hard knocks during the match between the B15-teams Varla IBK and Fredrikshavn Blackhawks in Frölunda Kulturhus. Viktor Fredéus carefully follows the game from the side of the pitch, constantly prepared to jump in and help out with any possible injury. He’s been working at Sportrehab as a physiotherapist for four and a half years and has long experience in youth tournaments.

– A lot of people call an ambulance if a player suffers a knee or joint injury because of the way it looks, which is often quite bad. But usually it looks worse than it is. When we are on site, we can make an extra assessment of whether someone should be sent to a hospital or if the person can be helped on site, he says.

The employees at Sportrehab are specialized in sports injuries and Viktor believes that the work with young people is important. Many lack knowledge on treatment with more.

– It is not always easy to know the consequence of a certain injury and theres a risk that it will get worse by continued play. I would like to be a person who is there and can help, both practically and with guidance, he says.

So far, the day has been relatively calm and Fredrik has only looked over a minor foot injury and answered questions about how to best use sports tape. But in previous tournaments, he has been involved in both leg fractures and shoulder dislocations. A fact that makes his presence both important and positive. However, such serious injuries are more common among the older age groups, not least because the game maintains a higher tempo which places higher demands on the body.

– In the lower ages, it is more common for someone to get a bang that hurts, rather than muscle and joint injuries, he says.

Between Varla IBK and Fredrikshavn Blackhawks, Fredrik does not have to move in and he can instead focus on the next match hall. The ambulatory car is tasked with visiting various halls and schools during the tournament.

She celebrates her birthday with the premier of a new class

Sussi Fensholt plays the Gothia Innebandy Cup for the fourth time – and celebrates her birthday in Gothenburg for the fourth time. This year, the celebration began with the opening game in the new class for seventeen-year-olds.

It was time for Sveiva Innebandy Club, girls 17, to play their first game of this year’s tournament during Friday morning. Sussi Fensholt is part of the team and started the tournament by celebrating her fifteenth birthday.

– I love playing floorball so it’s perfect to celebrate my birthday here, she says.

This is the fourth time Sussi is playing the Gothia Innebandy Cup. Since the tournament is always played on the same date, it has become four birthdays in Gothenburg for her.

– For some years we have been sitting on the bus on our way down, it is a bit more boring. Last year we won all our games when it was my birthday, it was more fun, she says.

Her first game of the year was in the new class for seventeen-year-olds. A close game against FBC Pitbull’s Kolin from the Czech Republic. A game that ended 1–1.

– We were a little slow in the beginning, but we played better in the second period and created good chances, says Sussi.

Sussi Fensholt, to the right, with her teammates Sara Berntzen, to the left, and Rebecka Härnlund, in the middle.

Teammate Sara Berntzen agrees that the team did not get the best start of the game.

– It was difficult to play on the floor. We are not used to parquet floor, so it was a bit slippery, she says.

Unlike Sussi, Sara plays her first Gothia Innebandy Cup. But both agree that the happenings around the games is the most fun.

– The social is the most fun, the games are a bonus, says Sussi.

Sveiva Innebandyklubb comes from Olso in Norway and are participating with six teams in the tournament. They have teams in classes B12, B14, G14, B15, B17, G17. Sussi mainly belongs to their team in G14 and after the game with the seventeen year olds the birthday celebration continued with a win and a goal with the G14 team.

A real nail-biter already in the first game in the new arena

The 27th edition of Gothia Innebandy Cup is up and running, and for  the first time ever games are being played in Åby Arena. The arena has two rinks and will host games throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday – and the Friday crowd didn’t have to wait long for excitement. Already the first match came to be a real shudder.

The game between Zlín Lions from Czech Republic and Warberg IBF from Sweden in the B12-category started with high pace and would prove to be a perfect inauguration of Åby Arena as the new Gothia Innebandy Cup arena. Zlín Lions have traveled a long way and it was clear that they wanted to make an impression in one of the world’s largest floorball tournaments. With strong support from parents and friends, they opened the game strongly.

With a clear three-goal lead, it looked like the Czechs would come out on top, but Warberg refused to give in and after several intense saves from the goalkeeper they found new hope. With a few minutes left of the second period number four, Hugo Blennskog, managed to place the equalizer in the back of the net. The joy was immediate and Blennskog ran straight to the bench to celebrate with his teammates.

– It was fun and felt really good, he says.

During the intermission the situation looked hopeless for Warberg IBF, but according to Blennskog they never lost hope.

– We said that we were going to work hard and pass the ball quicker to create more chances, he says.

The match ended 3-3 and despite Zlín Lions losing the lead, the mood was on top. After the team met with the respective leaders, they took a common team picture and waved diligently with the team flags. A great start to the tournament in the new arena.

The matches will continue to be played on the two rinks in Åby Arena until Sunday evening and offer both group stage and knockout games. The matches are broadcast live, which you can find more information about here:

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.

The game schedule is here

The game schedule for Gothia Innebandy Cup 2020 is here. The first matches will be played at 9.00 on Friday, January 3rd.

The groups for Gothia Innebandy Cup 2020 was released on Tuesday and now the game schedule is also published. In total, 1062 group games will be played before the A and B playoffs begin. The finals of the A playoffs are played in Valhalla A, Gothia Arena and in Partille Arena. Check out the game schedule here and see what times and in which sport centers your team plays.

The groups for the tournament are published

The groups for Gothia Innebandy Cup 2020 are published. A total of 470 teams will be a part of next year’s tournament, that is a new record for number of participating teams.

Finally, the grouping is complete and all teams can now see who they will face in the opening matches of the tournament. With record breaking 470 teams from eight different nations, which is a joint record, the group stage contains lots of interesting matchups. Click on the link below to see which opponents your team will face.

The accommodation for the teams that will be staying in schools is also complete, the information is available on My Team Info.

470 teams have now been placed in groups in the 15 different classes. Like 2008 and 2014, teams from eight different nations are represented. Teams from Denmark, the Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia, Russia, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA will participate. It will be the first time the tournament has teams from the United States.

The groups are found here.

The game schedule will be published on friday.