Each year, MTA teams travel to Gothenburg, Sweden to compete in Gothia Cup, the world’s largest and most international youth soccer tournament. How large? In 2019 1,686 teams, from 76 nations played 4,324 matches! Gothia Cup was started in 1975 and has only been canceled once – in 2020 – due to Covid-19.
MTA has had great success competing at the international level with a Group stage record of 14-0-1 and a Playoff record of 6-2-2 with two games being lost in shutouts. MTA’s 04G NPL team will compete in Gothia Cup in 2021, coached by Tobbe Thorsell.
2021 Trip dates: July 16-25
The teams fly from the MSP airport to Sweden, and usually have a stopover in Iceland on the way there or back in order to visit the Blue Lagoon.
Once in Sweden, teams are allowed time to train, relax and, weather permitting, enjoy some beach time. . and of course, compete in the tournament. The opening ceremony of the tournament is a 2-hour long show with music, dancing, fireworks, and a presentation of all participating nations in Ullevi Stadium.