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DATE:
9/1/22, 3:00 PM

SA UNITED ARE HEADING TO THE GOTHIA CUP IN 2023

We are so excited to participate, once again, in the Gothia Cup.

Having first experienced the largest world youth tournament in 2014, our senior boys and girls teams created their fondest memories of club soccer, competing against some of the best teams in the world.


It has been a while since we participated in the tournament, mainly due to club constraints and the pandemic, but now we are heading back and are competing in the 2023 Gothia Cup. Further information from the club will follow. The Gothia Cup was first held in 1975. The tournament was started by the football clubs BK Häcken and GAIS and a local newspaper, since the early 80’s the tournament is owned entirely and solely by BK Häcken. The organization consists of eight full-time employed staff and during the tournament more than 2500 people work.

When it all began, no one could have imagined what the Gothia Cup, a small youth tournament, would become. It was 1975, and the concept of a tournament to which teams from abroad would also be invited was not only unique, it would also prove to be extremely successful. The old, yellowing piece of paper still exists on which we wrote down our vision for the new Gothia Cup. It states: ”The Gothia Cup shall be a meeting place for the young people of the world, regardless of color, gender or religion.” This was written in 1981 and remains the guiding principle for the organization to this day. With more than one million participants from 149 countries and with a name as the world’s biggest youth event, we can justifiably claim that we have succeeded. It’s the teams, and participants from around the world that make the tournament unique. A meeting place for the world’s youth, irrespective of religion, skin color or nationality, with football as the common denominator. General Secretary, Dennis Andersson

Through the years, over a million players from a total of 149 countries have participated in the tournament. It's more than just a tournament. Getting involved in children’s conditions other than on the football pitch and outside of Sweden, has always been an important part of the Gothia Cup. Our schools in Congo, Gothia Special Olympics Trophy and SKF’s Meet the World are an example of that.

Having first experienced the largest world youth tournament in 2014, our senior boys and girls teams created their fondest memories of club soccer, competing against some of the best teams in the world.

It has been a while since we participated in the tournament, mainly due to club constraints and the pandemic, but now we are heading back and are competing in the 2023 Gothia Cup. Further information from the club will follow. The Gothia Cup was first held in 1975. The tournament was started by the football clubs BK Häcken and GAIS and a local newspaper, since the early 80’s the tournament is owned entirely and solely by BK Häcken. The organization consists of eight full-time employed staff and during the tournament more than 2500 people work.
When it all began, no one could have imagined what the Gothia Cup, a small youth tournament, would become. It was 1975, and the concept of a tournament to which teams from abroad would also be invited was not only unique, it would also prove to be extremely successful. The old, yellowing piece of paper still exists on which we wrote down our vision for the new Gothia Cup. It states: ”The Gothia Cup shall be a meeting place for the young people of the world, regardless of color, gender or religion.” This was written in 1981 and remains the guiding principle for the organization to this day. With more than one million participants from 149 countries and with a name as the world’s biggest youth event, we can justifiably claim that we have succeeded. It’s the teams, and participants from around the world that make the tournament unique. A meeting place for the world’s youth, irrespective of religion, skin color or nationality, with football as the common denominator. General Secretary, Dennis Andersson
Through the years, over a million players from a total of 149 countries have participated in the tournament. It's more than just a tournament. Getting involved in children’s conditions other than on the football pitch and outside of Sweden, has always been an important part of the Gothia Cup. Our schools in Congo, Gothia Special Olympics Trophy and SKF’s Meet the World are an example of that.
TOURNAMENTS
3V3 BLARNEY BLAST
UNITED FOR HOPE
5V5 SUMMER SHOOTOUT
SUMMER GOLF CLASSIC
CAMPS AND CLINICS
MLK JR. DAY PRE-SEASON CAMP
WINTER TECHNICAL CAMP
THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMP
OTHER PROGRAMS
PRIVATE TRAINING
TRYOUTS / POE'S
REFEREE DEVELOPMENT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. Does your club hold any charity tournaments?

A. We have held our annual charity tournament, United for Hope, every year for the past 9 years, with all proceeds going to a chosen charity.

TOURNAMENTS
3V3 BLARNEY BLAST
UNITED FOR HOPE
5V5 SUMMER SHOOTOUT
SUMMER GOLF CLASSIC
CAMPS AND CLINICS
MLK JR. DAY PRE-SEASON CAMP
WINTER TECHNICAL CAMP
THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMP
OTHER PROGRAMS
PRIVATE TRAINING
TRYOUTS / POE'S
REFEREE DEVELOPMENT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. Does your club hold any charity tournaments?

A. We have held our annual charity tournament, United for Hope, every year for the past 9 years, with all proceeds going to a chosen charity.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Our Academy program is a fantastic place for young athletes to continue their soccer education, while constantly challenging and developing their mind and body.

PROGRAM CONTACT POINTS
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. Can we come out to the Sportsplex and see what the environment is like before registering?

A. Of course, we can arrange a free POE for your child and your family to experience our club.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Our Junior program focuses on our athletes learning to compete as a team, developing as an individual, enjoying the pursuit of excellence in a challenging environment.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. Entering into the competitive phase of soccer, what can we expect from the program?

A. We offer multiple levels of competitive play, with a club focus and philosophy on developing intelligent, skillful athletes.

CLUB CONTACT POINTS
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TECHNICAL DIR:
ACADEMY DIR:
JUNIOR DIR:
CLUB ADMIN:
RS & ACAD ADMIN:
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. Do you have your own soccer fields and where do your teams train?

A. All of our teams train at our own dedicated GVTC Sportsplex and it is located on Bulverde Road, San Antonio.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Players moving into the Senior program begin to learn about our competition phase, while we develop them for successful high-school and college careers in sport and study.

PROGRAM CONTACT POINTS
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ADMIN:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. How do you help players with their college aspirations and recruitment?

A. With a dedicated program director, we provide each athlete with a guide and athlete profile, outlining a timeline to organize their goals and support them in the recruiting process.

RECREATIONAL PROGRAM CONTENTS
PROGRAM SCHEDULE
PROGRAM PACK
ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Our Recreational program offers a low-cost, fun, creative and non-stressful environment, to not only develop soccer players, but for every player to participate on a team, regardless of their interest or ability.

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ADMIN:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. If my child really enjoys the program, are there any options for movement into the other club programs? 

A. Yes of course. We actually have players who have excelled in the program and then progressed into our Academy and Junior programs to further their development.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
U5-U7 BOYS AND GIRLS

Developing the very fundamentals of soccer, at the earliest time of a child's development, is crucial in their soccer education. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. What does your program offer my young child and why play so early?

A. Our program has a set curriculum based on ball mastery, and a fun challenging environment to instill a passion and love for the game.

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CLUB LEADERSHIP
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TECHNICAL DIR:
ACADEMY DIR:
JUNIOR DIR:
RISING STARS DIR:
GOALKEEPING DIR:
TBA
CLUB ADMIN
CLUB ADMIN:
RS & ACAD ADMIN:
DEVELOPMENTAL STAFF
COACHES:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. Do you employ the most qualified staff and coaches in the city?

A. Over the past 17 years we have formed an unparalleled team of  high level full and part-time staff in San Antonio.

TOURNAMENTS
3V3 BLARNEY BLAST
5V5 SUMMER SHOOTOUT
SUMMER GOLF CLASSIC
CAMPS AND CLINICS
MLK JR. DAY CLINIC
PRESIDENTS DAY SOCCER CLINIC
SPRING BREAK SOCCER CLINIC
CLUB EVENTS
REFEREE DEVELOPMENT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q. Does your club hold any charity tournaments?

A. We have held our annual charity tournament, United for Hope, every year for the past 9 years, with all proceeds going to a chosen charity.

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