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.
Prestigious Finnish football club FC Kuusysi brings two complete age groups to the Helsinki Cup
The traditional Finnish football club, also well-known for its high-quality
work in terms of junior football, FC Kuusysi, brings to the Helsinki Cup as many as
eight different teams the upcoming summer. FC Kuusysi brings to Helsinki
practically all the teams from B10 and B12 age groups. Not all the boys will be
able to participate because of other vacation plans, but really high per cent
of the players are participating in the tournament.
- We have in B12 age group over 60 players and more than 50 of them are
coming to the Helsinki Cup. I presented the plan of participating in the tournament
first to the parents, and asked who wish to participate, the B12 age group's
head coach Valtteri Anttila says.
Lahti is a prestigious football city and in the Helsinki Cup the focus will
be in the real thing. FC Kuusysi decided to minimize all the extra distractions
and avoid unnecessary travel between Helsinki and Lahti. All the eight teams
took the tournament package and they will stay in the tournament hotels during the
whole tournament week.
- The most important thing is football, we do not need any "circus". But
of course, we will do other stuff as well - everything depends on how the games
go. We want to enjoy the tournament, but also to relax between the matches. And
when the boys want to rest, the hotel is near. The team spirit also builds up by
spending more time together, Anttila knows.
FC Kuusysi boys from these two age groups have not participated in the Helsinki
Cup before. For the coming season, they had to redo their whole calendar to fit
Helsinki Cup in.
- We have had a certain seasonal rhythm, which is the reason we have not
been able to participate in the past. Now we rearranged the whole schedule
based on Helsinki Cup and families' vacations. The aim was to participate in
one big tournament. I do not think the boys just yet fully understand, how big
Helsinki Cup really is, Anttila says.
- I checked last year's participants in the B11 age group and the best
Finnish teams were involved in the elite category. We hope that our first team
gets to the elite category next summer. We are also interested to see how our
other teams manage on the lower categories. It is quite rare that the whole age
group from one club takes part in the same tournament. Our main objective is to
play high-quality matches. We are going to give all that we have and win
matches, without forgetting to respect the opponent, the head coach Anttila
Two B11 teams from Germany have confirmed their participation in the 2017 tournament
Registration for the Helsinki Cup 2017 is underway. The newest international registrations came from Germany this week. Sportfreunde Ippendorf Bonn is taking part in the tournament with two teams in the B11 category.
Two B11 teams from Germany have confirmed their participation in the 2017 tournament
for the Helsinki Cup 2017 is underway. The newest international registrations
came from Germany last week. Sportfreunde Ippendorf Bonn is taking part in the
tournament with two teams in the B11 category.
Stephan Moteka: how did Helsinki Cup convince you?
of our player's dad used to work for the German embassy in Helsinki in the
beginning of 21st century and he suggested that his son's team
should take part and in 2002 they participated in Helsinki Cup. I was with the
team in Helsinki and after having such a great experience of the tournament we
decided to come to Helsinki Cup this year with our B11 teams.
How much experience of international
tournaments do you have so far?
other categories, the teams from our club have visited tournaments in Sweden,
Portugal and the Netherlands but we have only been in tournaments that are here
in Bonn or nearby. Before Helsinki Cup we will take part in a tournament in the
you tell us about these two participating teams?
our club, we have teams in each junior category both for boys and girls and
altogether we have over 200 players. In the U-11 category we have around 30
boys in the practice group so we will come to Helsinki Cup with two teams. We
practice two to three times a week and we normally have matches on Saturdays.
In Germany in general, 5-6-year-old children already play in clubs. We have
kids that have started playing football at the young age of 4.
something specific about German football that you want to point out?
goes without saying that football is the number one sport in Germany. After the
Euro2000, which was a disaster for Germany, the whole concept of junior
football was restructured. We have invested in the education of the junior
coaches so that our children get qualified coaching from early on and now we
are finally getting some expected results.
your expectations for the tournament and Helsinki in general?
are going to get life-long memories, just like the team that participated back in
2002. We are going to have a lot of fun and hopefully we will also get to know
other international teams! Our children get to know a new country and a new city,
which is exciting and the team spirit will grow after this kind of an adventure.
Helsinki Cup, Sportfreunde Ippendorf Bonn!
Love the Ball Center will get a face lift for 2017
Helsinki Cup has a new partner who will plan and implement the whole Love the Ball Center concept. Love the Ball Center is the heart of the tournament: a ‘market place’, where tournament participants can meet each other and hang out between...
Love the Ball Center will get a face lift for 2017
Helsinki Cup has a new partner to plan and implement
the whole Love the Ball Center concept. Love the Ball Center is the heart of
the tournament: a ‘market place’, where tournament participants can meet each
other and hang out between matches. It is also home to the opening ceremony.
- Helsinki Cup wants to freshen up the Love the Ball Center. We are planning to
make it more hip for the kids for example with a special ‘chill out station’.
There you can meet your peers and hopefully make new friends, says the
Chief Operating Officer Jussi Sirén from MagnumLive.
Love the Ball Center is situated in the Töölö area,
which is considered as one of the main areas of the tournament. It is easily
reachable and the tournament restaurant will also be in the near proximity. The
Helsinki Cup sponsors will organize many different activities there during the
tournament week and if you feel hungry or thirsty, the Helsinki Cup Café serves
you snacks and beverages.
- Helsinki Cup has got feedback from
the LTBC visitors from last summer and according to that feedback we are now
planning the new concept. Our vision is to make it the tournament’s living room
and get the children to mingle and get to know each other. After all, Helsinki
Cup is an international tournament and nowadays keeping contact with your
friends worldwide is a lot easier than, let’s say, even a decade ago.
- Helsinki Cup is a football
tournament, but in the bigger picture the event is much more than that. We will
also focus on the overall wellbeing of children when planning the activities,
Jussi Sirén adds and welcomes everyone to visit the Love the Ball Center during
the tournament next summer.
Cup has updated the tournament webpage to better serve the teams. On the
‘Tournament Info' page you will find general information about the tournament
e.g. how to register and what the tournament fees are for 2017.
On the upper
right corner of the page, there is a menu where the main topics are and under
‘Tournament Week' we will update information about the happenings of the tournament
week as we proceed with the preparations.
‘Accommodation' page we have listed all the different options for your stay
during the tournament.
page is probably the fastest way to get the basic information about the
tournament. On the agent page, you will find the contact information of our
international agents. Feel free to contact an agent in your own home country if
you are looking for any help with your tournament participation, travel
arrangements and/or planning your tour to Finland. Or you can always contact
our sales team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Väsby IK from Sweden coming to Helsinki Cup next summer
registration for the 2017 Helsinki Cup is open and one of the first
registrations came from Sweden. Väsby IK is coming to the tournament with their
U13 boys team.
got positive feedback from another Swedish team who participated in Helsinki
Cup last summer, so we thought to register for the 2017 tournament, says the
head coach Per Grandin.
play in many local tournaments around Stockholm but also farther away from
home. We have also travelled to Åland several times where we took part in
tournaments and training camps, but we have never participated in such a big
cup abroad before.
consists of approximately 15 boys and a few of them have been playing together
since they were only 6 years old. However, half of the boys are new to the
team. They have played in the 2nd division series (out of 4) and
according to Grandin, they did very well this season. In Helsinki Cup, they
will play in the 8vs8 category.
Sweden we will play 9vs9 for one more year. We have not played 11vs11 yet and
we will wait with for that until after the summer of next year.
football in Iceland has been in the loop in Europe so we asked Per Grandin
about the situation with the Swedish junior football scene.
are both good and bad examples of Swedish junior football, but what strikes me
is that there is no unified approach for a plan from the Swedish senior levels
to juniors and kids. Each district is deciding on things like 5vs5, 7vs7, 8vs8
and 11vs11 themselves. Also, the sizes of the football pitches and rules vary
from district to district. On a nationwide level, the focus is now on not to
allow any results in tournaments and series up to 13 years of age, which many
think is taking away the main purpose of participating in sports and being
overprotective of our kids.
Helsinki Cup the team hopes to get a positive experience by travelling abroad
and playing against teams they usually do not meet in Stockholm.
is a beautiful city and I am sure we will enjoy our visit!
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.