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Youth Soccer News: Gothia Cup Collaborates with the Japanese Football Association 

Gothia Cup is the world's largest and most international annual youth soccer tournament held in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Gothia Cup was first held in 1975 and today over 35 000 players in 1570 teams from 70 different nations from around the world participates in the tournament.  The USA has participated for 35 years and is second only to Sweden with the most victories.

Gothia Cup - July 15-21, 2012 is the world's largest and most international youth football tournament. Held at the Ullevi Stadium, the Gothia Opening Ceremony had 52,000 spectators last year. More than 4000 games are played at over 100 fields. BU11 and 12 play 7v7.

San Diego Soccer Club (SDSC), Rancho Santa Fe Attack and San Diego Football Academy competed in 2011. 

Gothia Cup has signed a three year agreement with the Japanese Football Association and their highest league, the J. League.

The agreement means that the association receiving the award for best youth club in Japan – Best Academy Club Award – sends its team for boys 16 years to participate in the Gothia Cup.

"It feels good that after years of negotiations we have reached this agreement because it is part of our commitment to have some of the world's best clubs represented in the class B16," says Gothia Cup General Secretary Dennis Anderson.

The Japanese league J. League is one of the world's biggest leagues, this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. The new partnership also means that this year will be the first time that a Japanese team participates in the Gothia Cup. Thus, teams from 136 different nations have taken part in the tournament since the start in 1975.

"We welcome Japan into the large and growing Gothia Cup family. With the new partnership we will have a more international element in the tournament while still increasing the sporting quality of the exciting B16 class to the next level," says Andersson.

Junji Ogura is the president of the Japanese Football Association and pleased that a collaboration now is established between the Gothia Cup and J. League.

"It's a great honour for us to participate in this large and prestigious tournament and we see our participation as a good opportunity to showcase Japanese football on the international arena," says Ogura.

Best youth club in Japan in 2011 was Tokyo Verdy, earning “Best Academy Award" for being the club that produced the highest number of players recruited to the top division. In addition, the club's team for BU18 has won the Japanese youth championships for the past two years.

"Tokyo Verdy is obviously one of the main favorites in the B16 class when Gothia Cup in 2012 is settled on July 15 to 21. But there are several strong opponents. In the B16 class we also find Paris FC from France and the Dallas Texans of the United States. In addition, last year's winners from Brazil – Cruzeiro – is back, so the Japanese can expect tough competition," says Dennis Andersson.

In 2007 Gothia Cup was named by FIFA as The World Youth Cup and in 2010 the tournament was appointed one of the 12 largest Swedish leadership achievements of modern times by the Swedish Centre of Commerce. SKF is the main partner of the Gothia Cup.

In 2010 the following Teams from the USA Competed:

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Alaska Football Club
Boulder County Force
Colorado Rush Nike
Corona United Soccer Club
Fortis FC
Harbor USA
Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club
Marin FC
Premier Missoula FC
Prior Lake Soccer Club
Redlands AYSO
Roanoke Stars
St. Paul Blackhawks
Stars'n Stripes
Team Noga
Team Noga
Texas Longhorns

In 2011

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Asphalt Green Wave SC
Bakersfield Gunners SC
Benson Soccer
Bergens Best SC
Bergens Best SC
Boulder County Force
Carmel Valley Manchester Ac
CC Patriots
Dallas Texans
FC Golden State
Honolulu Bulls SC
Mankato Scarger
Marin FC
New England Cardinals
Newport Avalanche
Palmetto Football Club
Rancho Santa Fe Attack
Redlands AYSO
Roanoke Stars
SA United
Samba Soccer Club
San Diego Football Academy
San Diego Soccer Club
San Francisco Seals/Pyros
St. Paul Blackhawks
Stars'n Stripes
Team Noga
United SC
Upper Township Tornados
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