Year by Year
Gothia Cup decides to start an international floorball tournament as a complement to the summer’s football tournament. The Gothia Innebandy Cup is born. 135 teams from 5 nations participate.
The premier club Pixbo IBK becomes co-organizer of the Gothia Innebandy Cup. A succesfull floorball club that will help improve the quality of the participating teams.
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 Innebandy (floorball). Thanks to some generous sponsors the necessary floorball equipment is collected and the team can participate playing a sport they’ve never practiced!
Russian women’s teams experience a time of greatness in this year’s tournament. 3 different Russian clubs participate in the youngest women’s categories and all 3 clubs win their age category.
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.
Poland participates in the tournament for the first time with a women’s team from Gdansk. The same team and club take part the 3 coming years, after that, no other team from Poland has participated.
The referees from Gothenburg are not enough and we have to recruit referees from other districts as well.
The European Cup for clubs takes place parallel to the Gothia Innebandy Cup. Europe’s 16 best men’s and women’s club teams from 7 countries participate.
The interest for Gothia Innebandy Cup is now so high that we have a good basis to increase the boy categories. A category for each age is introduced.
10 year anniversary and also the year we register over 300 teams to the tournament. 348 teams from 6 nations take part. We now use 21 playing fields and we have 4 coach lines to transport players to the different fields.
The Swedish Floorball Association introduces a regulation stating that children aged 11 and younger are not allowed to participate in competitions. Age categories 10 and 11 are mixed together and they only play one round of games.
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 games have to be re-scheduled.
Gothia Innebandy Cup decides to become a pure youth tournament. Men and women categories are therefore removed.
Girl categories increase from 4 to 6 categories and the number of teams also increase by 10 %.
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.
The game between the two premier Swedish teams Pixbo Wallenstam IBK and Helsingborg FC at Scandinavium arena is a success. The new record is now 8 922 spectators.
Färjestadens IBK and Pixbo Wallenstam IBK are the clubs with the most teams playing in the finals. 12 out of 16 years, these clubs have succeeded in making it to the finals with one or more teams. These are also the two clubs that have been participating year after year from the very beginning.
Never in the past 10 years have we had two teams from foreign countries disputing a final at Gothia Innebandy Cup. This time was for the B16 category where 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 days with a lot of snow and -15 °C
This year’s great new happening was the activity area 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 to keep warm while enjoying the show. Record breaking number of Czech teams participated this year and no less than 4 of these went all the way to the finals.
The technology takes another big step forward with our new game schedule software. We now get live reports from every game. It’s also possible to broadcast the matches live through once’s phone or iPad and put on our website. The new app made the availability 100 %. 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 in Scandinavium drew a new attendance record of 10.111 persons.
After more than 1.100 matches, 12 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 20.000 persons that watched our live broadcasts on the website.
A large number of foreign participants from 8 different nations brought color to the tournament this year. The opening ceremony dropped the question “What does the fox say” to 11.132 spectators that tried to respond. The show was followed by a men’s international between Sweden and the Czech Republic. The 433 participating teams together played 1.124 matches and a total of 7842 goals were scored during the tournament.
Typical floorball nations take part this year and several successfully so. We have six foreign teams in the finals and two of them 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 game.
With the new group system of 5 teams there were plenty of more games this year. Exactly 1243 games were played. Our new livestream was a huge success. We had over 300 000 views and 18.902 watching hours, which is more than two years.
Our new arena (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 in to the arena.
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 Holland for the very first time.