Instructions for the Helsinki Cup app and the smart wristband
The smart Helsinki Cup wristband brings a totally new dimension to the tournament and is highly practical. All participants in the Helsinki Cup will receive their own tournament wristband, which can be registered on the Helsinki Cup mobile app by
juniors or parents.
smart Helsinki Cup wristband brings a totally new dimension to the tournament and
is highly practical. All participants in the Helsinki Cup will receive their
own tournament wristband, which can be registered on the Helsinki Cup mobile
app by juniors or parents in the MY ACCOUNT section.The mobile application is available on GooglePlay and Apple Store.
Players can put money on their accounts before the tournament even begins and,
by activating the smart wristband for their own accounts, they can use it to
pay for purchases at Helsinki Cup kiosks and sales outlets. There is no need to
carry any cash, and any money left over after the tournament will be refunded.
Parents can also register themselves on the Helsinki Cup mobile app to keep
track of their children's accounts and purchases, and to load more money onto
the wristband if necessary. The wristband also acts as a meal ticket for the
teams that have paid for meals in advance. The wristband also allows entry into
the Helsinki Cup disco and the final matches on Saturday.
All teams who have
booked the Helsinki Cup tournament package will receive a Helsinki Cup
tournament bag which will contain all of the group's Helsinki Cup smart
wristbands (with preloaded tournament meals), HSL travel cards and other useful
information. The bags will be handed out to the person responsible for the
group at the hotels' and schools' reception desks. If you are arriving in
Helsinki by airplane or by boat for, our Helsinki Cup guides can bring your tournament
bag(s) with them to the airport or ferry terminals.
wristbands are designed so that they do not interfere with play. For safety
reasons, players should not remove their wristbands while they are still in the
HELSINKI CUP CHALLENGE
The Helsinki Cup Challenge is an immersive and exciting challenge competition
for players of all ages. A diverse range of tasks enables players to challenge
themselves, their teams, and other teams. What is the best supporters' chant
for your team? Who can clock up the fastest time? The challenge points are
situated in the Love the Ball Centers and in other locations. Every player can
track their own performances on the Helsinki Cup app. The challenges are
registered using the smart wristband and shown on the player's own virtual
card, which shows the challenge locations and results.
that collects the most points in each age group will be entered into a draw,
where the top prize will be a weekend of coaching for their team at the Sami
Hyypiä Academy. What could be more inspiring than to follow in the footsteps of
Sami Hyypiä, one of Finland's most successful footballers?
HOW IT WORKS:
the mobile app and register.
is a Helsinki Cup Challenge section in the app.
Helsinki Cup is live streaming matches also this year. In previous years, the broadcasts gained high popularity among the football fans in Finland and around the globe. The live streams allow fans to watch the matches and feel the atmosphere all around the world.
Helsinki Cup is live streaming matches also this year. In
previous years, the streams gained high popularity among the football fans
in Finland and around the globe. The live streams allow fans to watch the
matches and feel the atmosphere all around the world. Like previous years,
Fanseat will be streaming every day from four different fields and matches can
be watched on www.fanseat.com.
The matches will be streamed through Fanseat.
How to watch Helsinki Cup matches on a mobile device or browser:
Go onto www.fanseat.com and register to
follow the matches, 7.99€/month, including first month free trial!
Fanseat is a sports entertaining service offering wide selection of
national and emerging sports. With Fanseat you can capture and share your
sports moments with fans, friends and family. Fanseat is featuring several
sports eg. football, ice hockey, basketball, and has attracted sports
enthusiasts from more than 100 countries countries. Fanseat offers each year
more than 2,500 live matches and other sporting events available globally - www.fanseat.com.
Helsinki Cup guides at your service during the tournament week
Interview with one of our Helsinki Cup guides, Aime Virkkilä Accorsi:
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us, how many times have you been
working in Helsinki Cup?
My name is Aime Accorsi and I am a Brazilian Helsinki Cup guide. This summer will
be my 3rd tournament.
2. How did you end up being a Helsinki Cup
One of my friends had been working as a
guide in this tournament and when he couldn't come anymore, he recommended this
job to me.
3. What is your work as a Helsinki Cup guide like?
We welcome the groups at the airport upon arrival and guide them to their
accommodation. We spend the whole week with them, from the morning
after breakfast when they start to play, guiding them around the city, to the
places they need to go; until they finish the games/matches. Sometimes we give
some tips if they want to go to some places, for example to shopping, help them
to find some specific things; and in the last day we escort them to the harbor
or back to the airport.
4. What is your
funniest memory as a Helsinki Cup guide?
I'm not sure if this is the funniest, but definitely the cutest: two
years ago, one of the Pequeninos do Jockey teams won their category and they
were celebrating around the field with their "live mascot" (a very young boy,
who was following the team during the tournament).
5. How would you describe Helsinki Cup as a tournament?
A super nice family event - I guess it is the biggest in Finland. There
is a special spirit of a big family working together. It requires a lot of work
behind the scenes but at the same time it's super fun and I can see and feel how
the staff is happy and proud of what they are doing.
6. Why an international team should participate in Helsinki Cup in your
It's a nice and fun way to get to visit the city, to get to know other
people and teams from different parts of the world; to interact, the kids/youth
can learn a lot, playing football, having fun and getting the opportunity to be
spotted by big teams.
7. What are your personal favorite spots in Helsinki where our
international guests should visit?
Oh, I have many, but to mention a few I should say in this order:
2. Café Regatta & Sibelius Park
3. Swimming Stadium in Töölö
The Helsinki Cup guides are hard-working
international youngstersliving in Helsinki. The
guides will assist you with getting from accommodation to the playing fields
and they will also help with any questions that you might have regarding the
tournament. In addition, they know the best spots in Helsinki where you can
visit during your free time.
The capital of
Finland is filled with lively events, like Helsinki Cup, all year around. It’s
our privilege to work in close collaboration with the event organizers, and we
aim to ensure
the very best conditions for the tournament such as first-class football
Helsinki is a unique and diverse city, where interesting history meets contemporary
Scandinavian style - a city whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in
perfect harmony with nature. Archipelago and green forests are only a stone throw away, and can be
easily reached by the public transportation system. Helsinki’s locals are
extremely open and hospitable, and most speak English fluently, so don’t be
afraid to ask us for advice. We’d love to tell you about Helsinki’s greatest
Looking forward to seeing you at the matches, in the city center and
hopefully also at our swimming pools or beaches. More tips and information
about Helsinki can be found from www.visithelsinki.fi and www.myhelsinki.fi. #myhelsinki
registration period for the Helsinki Cup 2017 ended a month ago and the
tournament will reach a new record in terms of the number of participating
teams. Up to the registration deadline there were 1329 registered teams in the
tournament and we are still filling in the last slots.
- Weare happy to hit a back to back record – it tells us something about the
quality of our product, when "old" teams come again and new ones join us.
Especially the growth in terms of international teams for the 2017 tournament
is significant. We have doubled the number of international teams in the
tournament and our international guests represent 18 different nationalities, tournament manager Mikko Haimila says pleased.
still a few slots available in some of the age groups.
- We need to start planning the tournament schedule soon, so we will fill in the
last slots asap. The tournament schedule will be published on 15th of June,
Cup will send all the international teams a Helsinki Cup info leaflet in late
leaders will find all the necessary information about the tasks that have to be
done before heading on their tour to Finland.
- The hotels
(and schools) will need the information of all international and Finnish guests
in advance, so I will be collecting them from the teams shortly, international
sales manager Sebastian Valkama says.
- Upon your arrival in Helsinki your Helsinki Cup
guide will meet and greet you and escort you to your accommodation site.
previous years, Helsinki Cup offers live streams from selected matches this
year as well. The matches will be streamed through Fanseat, which is a sportainment
service for sport communities to capture and share precious sport moments. Match
recordings are available from Fanseat archives for later viewing. In the Helsinki
Cup match schedule there will be a Fanseat icon next to the matches that will
Helsinki Cup is becoming even more international this year
for the Helsinki Cup 2017 are going smoothly. We are especially delighted about
the number of international teams: at the moment, we have got over 50 teams
coming to the tournament from 15 different countries. As the registration
period continues until mid-April, we are expecting ever more international
teams to participate.
are ahead of the numbers from last year and it looks like the number of
international teams in the tournament is going to double, says the tournament
manager Mikko Haimila. -Both the number of the international teams and the countries they are representing, are
many ongoing negotiations and after the registration period ends on 15th
of April, the number of the international teams can reach up to 70.
- We have been working with our
international agents more actively and that collaboration is working well, as we can see. For
the upcoming years, this is what we will be focusing on.
international teams are divided equally between many different age groups,
must mention the B14 category at this point. There are registered teams from Argentina,
Brazil, Estonia, England, Portugal, Sweden and the USA and the competing for the Cup will be tough, Haimila predicts.
Gamla Upsala from Sweden looking for international tournament experience in Helsinki Cup
reasons are behind your decision to participate in Helsinki Cup?
I accidentally saw an ad of
yours and ended up on your web page. This tournament feels like a great alternative
compared to Gothia Cup, for example. We are travelling by ship and staying in a
hotel - the tournament package you offer, is an excellent thing with a
2. You are participating in the G15
category. Tell us something about your team?
We started in 2010 with girls born in 2002. After that, over the years,
we have had both a year younger and a year older girls with us. Now, we have 25
girls in the team and a year ago we started to play 11vs11.
3. Do you have experience of other
Last October we were in Barcelona for a training camp and played a
friendly against a local team. But as a real international tournament, Helsinki
Cup is going to be our first.
4. What is the situation in terms of
girls' football in Sweden?
Girls' football, in general, is a growing trend in the whole world. In
Sweden, on the other hand, the situation has been good for a long time thanks
to the Swedish national team and the good Swedish female players there have
been. Having said that, there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of getting
equal treatment in comparison to the opposite sex. We also struggle with the
dropout phenomenon. Teenage girls quit playing - just at the age that the girls
in our team are.
5. Do you have experience of coaching
boys too? Are there any differences?
No, I do not. I started coaching because of my daughters. Technically and
physically we train the same, but I guess with the girls you pay a bit more
attention to the emotional part. I also think that with girls the atmosphere is
more relaxed because they aren't as result-oriented than boys.
6. You are Spanish - what differences
can you see between your native country and Sweden in terms of coaching?
In Spain, they invest a lot more in football and the overall activity in
clubs is more professional. Due to a lack of resources the smaller clubs in
Sweden can't afford hiring professional coaches. I am a good example of a
parent who coaches. I started by helping at training sessions and suddenly I
spent almost as much time with the team as I do in my day job. Every coach has
his/her own philosophy of the game based on what kind of football they are
accustomed to - in my case, that is Spanish football.
7. What is your opinion about
professional coaches vs. parent coaches?
This is a tricky question. Like I said before, only a few clubs can
afford hiring professional coaches. But there are many examples of parent
coaches who are ambitious, ready to study and who get good results with their
teams. I have also personally done various courses and today I am a licensed
junior football coach. Unfortunately, there are also cases to the contrary.
8. What are your expectations for
First, I wish that the girls have a great time and that they get
life-long memories. After that I hope that we play good football throughout the
tournament. My personal goal as a coach in the long term is to keep these girls
playing as long as possible.
It's great to witness own son's games and at the same time enjoy the atmosphere at a great event with an international flair. From year to year the whole family look forward to the start of Helsinki Cup.