Guide for Parents attending Gothia Cup

The Gothia World Youth Cup is the World Cup of youth football and offers players and spectators an unforgettable experience both on and off the pitch!

For parents, it is also a trip of a lifetime!


For Gothia Cup 2024, there will be specific hotels for supporters of the Prep Schools teams.

This means parents can stay together, travel to games together and discuss the day’s games in the evening bar.  The hotels for the Prep School parents are perfectly located for travelling to matches across the City.

You can book into the England Supporters Hotels at

Please note that parents who book through Gothia Cup Hotels will be provided with free Opening Ceremony tickets in the England section plus a complimentary Gothia Cup Card which not only gives access to the Gothenburg transport system, discounts to tourist attractions, including the highly recommended Paddan Boat boats trip and discounted entry to the Theme Park.

For those who have booked their own accommodation, Gothia cards and Opening ceremony tickets can be ordered by emailing [email protected] or by visiting: Book tickets.

Although some parents prefer the flexibility of a car, in our experience parents do not need a car for getting around the city.


Spectators do not need tickets for the matches, but will need a ticket for the Opening Ceremony which is on the Monday night, after the first matches have been played that day. These will be provided free to those staying in the Supporters Hotels.

For those arranging their own accommodation tickets can be purchased from World Youth Tournaments prior to the trip or from the Heden Centre in Gothenburg during the event, but please note that these are unlikely to be in the England section.

Players do not need tickets for the Opening Ceremony as they will be sitting with their team.

Match Schedule

It is strongly recommended that you download the Gothia Cup App, which gives full details about matches, results, goal-scorers, where matches are being played and lots more.

Don’t forget to bring your St George’s flags!!

Valid Passports

A passport must meet two requirements.

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Parents’ Party 2024 – will be at 7.30pm on Sunday 14th July  at the Hard Rock Cafe.

It’s a great way to meet other parents and start the week with some fun! There will be food and drinks available to purchase at the bar. Full details and directions are available here.

The Opening Ceremony  is held in the Ullevi Stadium on Monday 15th July at 7.00pm.

As the event will be watched by a sell-out 60,000 spectators, it is important that parents buy their tickets before 31st May (by emailing [email protected]), although sometimes last minute tickets can be bought at the Heden Centre in the Centre of Gothenburg but these are not guaranteed to be in the England section. All bookings with the England Supporters Hotels will include a free ticket and Gothia Card per guest.

Tourism Tips!

Heden Centre – A must-visit during your trip. Although this is the “Tournament Centre”, you will only see a small number of matches here.

You are certain, however,  to see some fantastic games as many of the ‘showcase’ matches are held here, often attracting thousands of spectators. Also at the Heden Centre are various Information Desks, as well as shops and activities. The Heden Centre bus stop is also where many of the bus routes to the pitches will start.

Gothenburg is the second largest City in Sweden and offers a great deal for parents and families to do away from the football.

The tourist information website is very helpful

Lots of parents with families have also previously enjoyed going to the islands. Take tram number 11 west to the end of the line (stop Saltholmen) and there are boats leaving regularly for the islands. You can even use your Gothia Cup Lanyards on the boats to travel without charge. There are lots of islands to choose from but most people go to Fran Styro Bratten which has a small beach, stunning views and a cafe and restaurant.

Here is an article in the Daily Telegraph about the City

Local Time – Gothenburg will be one hour ahead of GMT

Taxi – Gothia Cup recommends that you use one of the following taxi companies:

Taxi Goteborg +46(0)31 65 0000 / VIP Taxi +46(0)31 27 16 11 / Taxi Kurir +46(0)31 27 27 27

Transportation Transportation in Gothenburg is easy with the use of local buses and trams.  They cover the whole city and there is always a stop close by the School and pitches.  All public transportation is included with the Gothia Cup Lanyard.  There are also the Gothia Cup’s own buses – Gothia Line – that run between schools and playing fields as a compliment to the public transportation system.  Schedules for local trams and buses can be found in the schools, on the website or on the Gothia Cup App.

Gothia Cup App provides real time information on matches at the tournament as well as maps and pitch locations.

There are several distinct areas of Gothenburg to visit:


The centre of attention. From trendy shops to cool bars, Centrum always grabs the headlines. Trawl for threads on Magasinsgatan, and sip a sneaky glass of bubbly over lunch at Forssén & Öberg. Later in Heaven 23, savour super-size shrimp sandwiches and take in twinkling skyline views. Then try the smorgasbord of cocktails at late-night Lounges.

Things to see and do


From rusty hulls to shiny façades, this area’s had quite the facelift. The iconic Eriksberg Crane hints at a storied shipbuilding past, but the waterfront now bustles with modernity. Stroll amid pram-pushing joggers and Lindholmen Science Park’s lunchtime IT crowd. Then vroom on over to the Volvo Museum and soak up some classic Swedish nostalgia.


City politicos count it as one, but locals make a clear distinction. In dockside Majorna, the vibe is more plaid shirt than blue collar. Riff through vintage vinyl in Bengans, then quaff local brews like Dugges at cosy Ölstugan. Then ramble around leafy Linné’s charming streets and high-end shops, and chow on upscale Med dishes in Spisa.

Things to see and do


There’s more to Örgryte than its sleepy “Svensson-ville” rep. Take the hip Olskroken area, where you can nibble on naan and tuck into tikka masala at Spicy Bollywood. Pop into Tidbloms Pub for stand-up comedy or a friendly sit-down. Then there’s Lake Delsjön, where you can swim, canoe or barbecue amid pretty pinewood panoramas.

If you’ve read this far you deserve to hear about some hidden secrets of Gothenburg!


Utbybergen is a beautiful nature reserve in north-eastern Gothenburg. As well as being a climber’s dream, it also has a 3000-year-old tomb, a small lake for swimming and viewpoints overlooking the city. It’s just a short bus ride from the centre – take line 58 to Hindersmässogatan.

Amundön Island

Just a 20-minute bus ride south of Gothenburg, this peaceful island is home to beaches, cliffs and oak forests. You can fish from the shore or bring a snorkel to explore the underwater wildlife. To get there, take bus 82 to Lillövägen and cross over the bridge to Amundön.


You’ll find a fun mix of shops, restaurants and bars on Magasinsgatan – perfect for an afternoon stroll. Be sure to stop at Da Matteo for a fantastic cup of coffee and a bite to eat, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try the traditional fried Baltic herring at Strömmingsluckan!

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