Gothia Innebandy Cup is one of the world's largest and most international floorball tournaments. Every year, over 470 teams from six to eight nations participates. They play more than 1300 matches at 28 courts.
The match is the key during the Gothia Innebandy Cup. Playing matches against teams from other countries is very developing for youth players. Our goal is that every match should be exciting, challenging and something to remember for the rest of the players’ lives, regardless of result.
After the football tournament, Gothia Cup, had become the world's largest youth tournament the organizers, BK Häcken, decided to invest in an annual floorball tournament. The knowledge, passion and staff were already in place and were three contributing factors to the tournament quickly becoming so popular after the start in 1994.
Now it is one of the worlds largest and most International floorball tournament with thousands of participants each year. Floorball is a young sport with huge potential and it feels extra fun that Gothia Innebandy Cup is part of that development.
After two years with cancelled tournaments due to the Covid pandemic, everyone thinks that it is great to once again be able to compete against both national and international teams. This year, teams from six nations pleased the supporters with great and joyful floorball. Floorball as a sport takes great steps which is shown in the finals this year where 70% of the finals were played between two different nations.
Gothia Master Shooter, our new speed shooting competition was a great success. The girls shoot up to 137 km/h and the boys 184 km/h.
For a second consecutive year Gothia Innebandy Cup is forced to cancel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the first time since 1994 the tournament had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the third consecutive year the total number of teams increased. We also equaled the number of participating nations, with eight nations. For the first time we welcomed two teams from USA. 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.
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, Mikael Hill, held a lecture in leadership for our coaches. Pixbo Wallenstam became the best club.
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 the women's national team 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.
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.
With the new group system of five teams, there were plenty of more matches played this year. Exactly 1243 matches were played. Our new livestream was a huge success. We had over 300000 views and 18902 watching hours, which is more than two years.
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 match.
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 Czech Republic. The 433 participating teams, played 1124 matches and a total of 7842 goals were scored during the tournament.
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.
The technology takes another big step forward with our new match schedule software. We now get live reports from every match. It’s also possible to broadcast the matches live through once’s phone or iPad. 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.
This year’s great new happening was the activity area at 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 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.
Never in the past ten years have we had two foreign teams disputing at a final at Gothia Innebandy Cup. This year, 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.
The match between the two premier Swedish teams Pixbo Wallenstam IBK and Helsingborg FC at Scandinavium Arena is a success. A new record is now set with the 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.
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.
Girls categories increase from four to six and the total number of girl teams increase by 10%.
Gothia Innebandy Cup decides to become a pure youth tournament, men and women categories are therefore removed.
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.
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.
Ten year anniversary, and the year we register over 300 teams to the tournament for the first time. 348 teams from six nations take part. We now use 21 playing courts and we have four coach lines to transport players to the different halls.
The interest for Gothia Innebandy Cup is now so big that we have a good basis to increase the boy categories. A category for each age is introduced.
The European Cup for clubs takes place parallel to Gothia Innebandy Cup. Europe’s 16 best men’s and women’s club teams from seven countries participate.
The referees from Gothenburg are not enough and we have to recruit referees from other districts as well.
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.
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.
Russian girls teams experience a time of greatness in this year’s tournament. Three different Russian clubs participate in the youngest girls categories and all three clubs win their age category.
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 floorball. Thanks to some generous sponsors the necessary floorball equipment is collected and the team can participate playing a sport they’ve never practiced.
The premier club Pixbo IBK becomes co-organizers. A succesfull floorball club that will help improve the quality of the participating teams.
Gothia Cup decides to start an international floorball tournament as a complement to the summer’s football tournament. Gothia Innebandy Cup is born. 135 teams from five nations participate.