Who may participate?

Gothia Cup China is an open tournament and welcomes all football teams.

The tournament begins with a group play. Teams are divided into groups of four or five, where all teams are playing each other once. The first and second team of the group qualify for Play off A, the other teams of the group for Play off B. The tournament is played under all applicable FIFA or Chinese FA rules. All players must be insured by the teams themselves, both for games and leisure time. Arrival for all teams is on 4th-10th August. Opening ceremony is on 4th August. Kick-off for the group round games is on 5th August.

The slots for Gothia Cup China are limited, first comes,first serves. teams are finally confirmed by the team fee&accommodation.

It is great that your team wants to participate in the Gothia Cup  China 2020!

The registration process includes four steps:

1. Fill out the application form (you will see it once you’ve confirmed the below information)

2. You will receive a confirmation email including a reference number as soon as your details have been registered on our end. This email includes information on the next step – how to pay the registration fee. Remember to mention the assigned reference number with your payment!

3. Pay the registration fee, as instructed in the confirmation email. All applications are processed manually therefore it can take up to 24 hours during weekdays (no emails are sent during weekends/holidays) for you to receive the confirmation email. Please note that registrations and payments are processed in order of receipt. If your payment is registered on a Friday, you will receive a confirmation email the week after.

4. Wait for the payment confirmation email. Once the payment has been confirmed on our end you will receive a confirmation of your registration. Please note that this is done manually and your payment might therefore reach us faster than we are able to confirm it back to you via email.

After these four steps, your registration to the Gothia Cup 2020 is completed!

Playing periods


 All games: 2×35 min.

B18, B16, B15
Group Stage: 2×30 min.
Play off B: 2×30 min.
Play off A: 2×30 min.

B14, B13, B12,  B11, B10, B9,G16,G14, G12
Group Stage: 2×25 min.
Play off B: 2×25 min.
Play off A: 2×30 min.

B12 Elite 

 2×30 min

Age Categories 2020

B25 – Boys born 1/1-95 and later(Boys 25 – 11-a-side)
B18 – Boys born 1/1-02 and later(Boys 18 – 11-a-side)
B16 – Boys born 1/1-04 and later(Boys 16 – 11-a-side)
B15 – Boys born 1/1-05 and later(Boys 15 – 11-a-side)
B14 – Boys born 1/1-06 and later(Boys 14 – 11-a-side)
B13 – Boys born 1/1-07 and later(Boys 13 – 11-a-side)
B12 and B12 Elite– Boys born 1/1-08 and later (Boys 12 – 8-a-side)
B11 – Boys born 1/1-09 and later (Boys 11- 8-a-side)
B10 – Boys born 1/1-10 and later (Boys 10- 8-a-side)
B9 – Boys born 1/1-11 and later (Boys 9- 5-a-side)


G16 – Girls born 1/1-04 and later(Girls 16- 11-a-side)
G14 – Girls born 1/1-05 and later(Girls 14- 11-a-side)
G12 – Girls born 1/1-06 and later (Girls 12- 8-a-side)

G10 – Girls born 1/1-10and later (Girls 10- 8-a-side)

Number of players /coaches per team

Limit to the number of players/coaches registered in each team.

Age categories with 11 aside matches -Max 25 persons (players+coaches+ managers).

Age categories with 8 aside matches -Max 18 persons (players+coaches+ managers).

Age categories with 5 aside matches -Max 12 persons (players+coaches+ managers).

 Only 7 substitutes are allowed in each match of 11-a-side.  5 substitutes are allowed in each match of 8-a-side and 5-a-side. Age classes B12, B11,B10, G12,G10 are 8-a-side. Age class B9 is 5-a-side.All players must be able to show proof of age and identity and in the team list  also the Participant list.

All players use the same shirt number throughout the tournament.


Dispensations will automatically be given to two players per squad who are maximum one year over aged (11 a side).  Dispensations will automatically be given to one player per squad who are maximum one year over aged (8 a side,except Elite Boy 12).  There is no dispensation for Elite 12, B9 (5-a-side)  Note that in 11-a-side categories you can’t have more than two over aged players on the players list, i.e. you can’t switch them between matches.Note that in 8-a-side categories you can’t have more than one over aged players on the players list, i.e. you can’t switch them between matches.In classes B16  teams from countries that still use the 1st of August limit (mainly USA and England) may also use players 5 months over aged.

Girls may play in boys teams in all classes as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.

Categories of participation

Category A- Dormitory Accommodation:
Everyone staying at the dormitories has to pay the accommodation cost.    The first meal is dinner on August 9th and the last meal is lunch on August 10th. NOTE: If your team must arrive before or leave after these dates, you must contact Gothia Cup China. Extra night fee 6 EUR/8 USD/pers/night.

Category B- Hotel Accommodation:
Only for booking through the Gothia Cup China. 21 Meals is included in the prices. Contact for pricing and availability. 

The Participants(Players/Coaches/Leaders) Enjoy 

  • Free travels with the Gothia Line bus to and from the fields for matches(warm-up,friendlies , sightseeing not included).
  • Free admittance or discounted admittance to most of Qingdao’s leading tourist attractions.
  • Free entry to the Opening ceremony.
  •  Gothia Participant name tag is required .


Return transfer between airport/train station in Qingdao and your place of accommodation is included in the accommodation cost. Note that there is only one return transfer per team/group of teams.The transfer is exclusively for teams, thus NOT for accompanying people.Transfer can only be booked for minimum 10 people per group.

Extra nights

For teams that have travel arrangements that require extra nights before or after the tournament, this can be arranged (maximum 3 nights). No meals are included during the extra nights. The cost per night is EURO 6 (USD 8)for University accommodation.

Dormitory accommodation

We reserve us the right during the tournament to move a team from their dormitory accommodation to be lodge in another dormitory.For teams with dormitory accommodation the team manager as indicated on the Participants’ list is responsible for the team´s players behaviour at the dormitory. Please read the Regulations for accommodation in the Official Regulations.

Insurances, responsibility

Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the playing field. The Gothia Cup China does not carry any group insurance protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage to property. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with China must have personal medical insurance.



Each player will receive a diploma. For teams reaching the finals, each player will receive a medal, and the teams the specially designed Gothia Cup trophy. For teams reaching the finals in the B play-off there will be medals and a trophy. The two loosing teams in the A play off semi final will receive a third place trophy and bronze medals during halftime of the final in their class.

for 11 aside, 23 medals for 23 persons max ;for 8 aside, 15medals for 15 persons max; for 5 aside, 12 medals for 12 persons max.

Cancelation of the tournament and Force Majeure

In the event that the tournament can’t be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the tournament organizers (force majeure*) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence or the tournament organizers, the tournament organizers cannot be held liable by the delegations for any damages, costs or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, costs for additional orders, financial losses etc. Under these circumstances, the tournament organizers reserve the right to either retain the entire registration/accommodation fee and to use it for a future tournament, or to reimburse the delegations after deducting costs already incurred for the organization of the tournament and which could not be recovered from third parties.

in case of Force majeure like bad weather ,the referees have the final decision :1) match not started ,re-match should be arranged if it is possible; if it is not possible, the result is decided by penalty shoot out; If penalty shoot is not possible, the result is decided by drawing lots.

2) if the match has started, referees stop the match, waiting for less than 30 minutes,the field is not in the condition to play. A re -match is arranged by starting from when it is left off in the last match. If it is not possible, the result is final. if it a tie in a play-off match, penalty shoot out should be arranged.

*Gothia Cup China is in no way responsible for injury or economic loss which may arise in the case of war, warlike events, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances or because of the actions of the authorities, strikes, lockouts, blockades or similar events.

Entry & Payments

Your registration is confirmed when we receive the registration fee.

30% deposit of The accommodation fee must be paid within 30 days of  registration . the deposit of 30%  Accommodation fee must be paid no later than May 10th  2020. 

Full payment before 30th, Jun 2020. otherwise , team’s registration will be cancelled and the team registration fee and  deposit is non-refundable.

Deadline for Team list is 10th, July, 2020.

Full payment before 10th, May,2020 enjoy 1 coach free of accommodation. 

Otherwise, we can not guarantee your participation. For hotel see your booking confirmation. All payments need to be done to Gothia Cup China bank account.

Please give priority to select the following information.
Payments in EURO:
Account Holder: Shenyang Jucheng Sports Industry Co., Ltd.
IBAN (Account): 21050143000800003024

Payments in USD:
Account Holder: Shenyang Jucheng Sports Industry Co., Ltd.
IBAN (Account): 21050143000800003023

Once we receive the payment of your registration fee we will confirm your registration.

Note that all bank transaction fees have to be paid by the teams in Euro or USD. Please noted that we do not accept any personal or company check. Team registration fee and deposit are non-refundable.

Important dates

Nov: Online registration form for next year’s tournament opens.
June 30: Last date for the accommodation fee/participation fee for all participants who stay in a school, a hotel or other. Both leaders and players pay this fee. You can cancel players until June 12, after that a doctors certificate is required.
July 10: Final date for submitting team list.
August 3 : Arrival day, no matches are played.
August 4: Arrival day, no matches are played;Coach Orientation;The Opening Ceremony.
August 5: Round 1, Group Match, Leader’s Party
August 6: Round 2, Group Match.
August 7: Round 3, Group Match.
August 8: Playoff A & Playoff B. 
August 9: Playoff A & Playoff B, Semi -finals. 
August 10: Finals.
August 11: Departure