Celebrate the Game is a Fair Play project that Gothia Cup runs in association with Länsförsäkringar, to create a better environment for everyone both on and off the pitches. Together – players, leaders, parents, referees and supporters – we create a positive, fair, supportive and kind environment during a match.
During Gothia Cup you will find our "Please remember" signs at all playing fields. It is a sign with short but very important messages: "this is youth football", "the referees are human", "the coaches are volunteers" och "this is only a game". The purpose for the sign is to help us remind each other of what is most important on and off the pitch.
In order to maintain Fair Play, we believe it is important that there are always people on site to observe and report. During Gothia Cup there are Match delegates in place on our playing fields to support and encourage players, coaches, referees and officials to act in the Celebrate the Game spirit.
To help referees to develop, feel safe and motivated, we have referee observers on all match areas. The focus is on young and new referees that together with the observer can evaluate their efforts and continue to develop.
The Fair Play Trophy is awarded during Gothia Cup. The nominated must have shown proof of good behavior during this year's Gothia Cup. Throughout the tournament, the nominated must have acted with exemplary manners against both opponents, referees, and other officials. The team's supporters must also act in a positive way and have contributed to create a good atmosphere around the team and their matches.
You are the ones to decide who to nominate! It can be a team, a player or supporter group. We do have our referees and match delegates who nominate, but we believe that you as visitors and participants witness even more positive events in true Fair Play spirit.
A team can also nominate an opponent after a match.
To nominate, you fill out the form on our website. Describe, through a short explanation, why you believe the team, group, or person is a good Celebrate the Game ambassador. Together we'll find the one who contribute to the Gothia Cup spirit in a way that makes them worthy of being awarded the Fair Play Trophy.
Girls Unite G13 (USA), Boo FF G14B (SWE), Empire FC G16 (UAE) , AIK B17E (SWE)
Fylkir 1, B15 (ISL), Skillingaryds IS B16 (SWE) och Mexico United G16 (MEX)
Hoops (LIB), Eskilsminne IF (SWE), Lyn Fotball (NOR) och Prep School Pumas White (ENG).