Gothia Cup China is China’s and Asia’s biggest youth football tournament. It takes place every year in the northern city of Shenyang (China’s 4th biggest city), which is also known as the Chinese “capital of football” thanks to its amazing facilities and tradition.
The tournament will see its 3rd edition played in 2018 and attracts every year players from around 30 different countries in the world, for a total of around 350 teams taking part yearly.
The opening ceremony takes part in the stunning Shenyang Olympic Stadium, with the other games being played in the brand new “Gothia Park”, a sports complez of 40 artificial and natural grass fields, built specifically for the event alongside Shenyang’s main river.
Tournaments Abroad will be working with the tournament for the 1st time in 2018 in a push to increase the number of international referees participating in this great tournament.
What are you waiting for? come and referee in China!
Tournaments Abroad will be responsible for the management of the entire international referees group. The tournament requires every year the participation of around 120 referees. Last year 18 international referees from Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Scotland, Germany, Hungary and Denmark took part. Our objective for 2018 is to increase the number of international officials to 40.
All participating referees will receive free accommodation in a local 3 stars hotel, from one day before the start of the tournament will the day after the finals. They will also receive full board, which means free breakfast, lunch and dinner, all taking place in their hotel. Local transportation to/from the fields will also be provided. Each confirmed referee will receive an official invitation and statement of participation as well as a small monetary compensation which will depend on the number of games they officiate. While small, this compensation should be enough to cover VISA expenses and, possibly, a small part of the travel expenses.
Tournaments Abroad’s President Daniele Curcio will be the International Referees Coordinator for the tournament.
See the tab “accommodation” for more details about the hotel being used.
Please notice you must be 18 or older to take part to this tournament.
All referees will be accommodated, together with observers and the group leaders, in a local “budget hotel” in the city centre of Shenyang, not far from the main railway station. This hotel is known as “business hotel” according to Chinese standards, and equates to a 3 stars hotel in Europe or the USA.
Referees will be accommodated in twin rooms (two referees per room, one bed each). All rooms are en-suite.
The hotel is also where all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be served and from where transport to/from the games will depart/arrive.
Tournaments Abroad representatives have visited the hotel in order to make sure it was of appropriate standards. The photos below have been taken by our staff on site.
Shenyang is the Capital of the Liaoning Province and the largest city in the northeast of China and is a city steeped in history.
Nu’erhachi built his imperial palace and was laid to rest in one of the first two imperial tombs of the Qing Dynasty, Fuling Tomb. His son is buried in Zhaoling tomb, which is the second of the first two imperial tombs. The imperial palace and the two tombs are all listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. It was in Shenyang that the Russian army was defeated by the Japanese in 1905. It was also here, on September 18th, 1931 that the Fengtian incident ignited a war between China and Japan that would see the Japanese occupation of all of Northeast China. This city was also the home to the warlord Zhang Zuolin and his son Zhang Xueliang who ruled over the Northeast during the 1920’s.
The 20th century saw Shenyang develop as a major industrial centre.
Today the city is rapidly losing its older structures with large scale construction throughout the city, like all cities in China. It has gained a reputation for being China’s football and sports capital.
Shenyang can be easily reached by either plane or train.
The most convenient way is to fly into Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE), which is one of China’s busiest and offers a wide range of both national and international connections. The airport is about 20 minutes south of the city. Keep in mind though that, coming from Europe or the USA, reaching Shenyang Airport will most likely involve a layover followed by a domestic flight from either Beijing or Shanghai.
Another option is to reach Shenyang directly by bullet train from Beijing. This option is particularly suggested if, during your visit in China, you’d like to spend a day or more sighstseeing in China’s capital. The bullet train to Shenyang takes around 5 hours, and costs around €35 one way.
If you’re accepted as a referee, you’ll be contacted by our group leader as it might be convenient to organize travel all together.