Helsinki Cup

5-11th July 2020

Helsinki Cup has been organised since 1976 and the tournament has established its place as a significant part of summer in Helsinki. In July 2020 they will celebrate the 44th edition of the tournament!

The basic idea and ideology behind Helsinki Cup has remained the same throughout its history. First of all, Helsinki Cup is a tournament for both genders – both boys and girls are warmly welcome to Helsinki Cup! Secondly, Helsinki Cup is a truely international tournament. In 2019 teams travelled from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxemborg, Mexico, Mongolia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,Thailand and the USA, as well as from all over Finland. In total some 1195 Boys teams and 183 Girls teams took part.

Helsinki Cup is a huge tournament with over 20 000 participants every year. There are around 100 fields being used during the tournament week, spread all around Helsinki. The city comes alive during the tournament, which is held during the Finnish holiday season. All of the children together with their families and relatives guarantee great visibility for the tournament throughout the city.

Click here to access our Helsinki City guide

Accommodation and Love The Ball Center

The Helsinki Cup tournament package is the best way for your group to coordinate all of your tournament arrangements.

The package includes: hotel or school accommodation, meals of your choice throughout the tournament, Helsinki Region Transport (HRT) travel cards with unrestricted access to Helsinki’s public transit system and Helsinki Cup guide services during the tournament week

For teams that purchase the tournament package, the tournament organisers will make their best effort to arrange the matches as close to accommodation as possible

Typical Hotel Room

Hotel Accommodation

Helsinki Cup offers high quality hotel accommodation at the Holiday Inn and Scandic hotels.

All hotels are located close to downtown Helsinki, some in the immediate vicinity of the playing fields and 
they are within easy reach of both the playing fields and the Helsinki city centre.
Family members and other supporters may want to combine the tournament with a leisurely holiday week in Helsinki. All supporters are welcome at all the hotels at the same rates as team members.

Hotel package with full board from Sunday 5th July to Saturday 11th July, inclusive:

Accommodation in quad, triple, double or single rooms including normal hotel service (5.-11.7.)
Three meals daily (starting with dinner on the 5th July and ending with lunch on the 11th July . A wholesome breakfast each morning at the hotel
Lunch and dinner will be served at the tournament restaurant
A HRT travel card valid for all public transport in the Helsinki region for the whole tournament week
Helsinki Cup guide services


Helsinki Cup

School Accommodation

from Sunday 5th July to Saturday 11th July:
– Air mattresses, pillows, blankets and bed sheets are available via the tournament organisers for rent or for purchase.
You can bring your own mattresses, but due to fire safety regulations their maximum allowable width is 80 cm.

* School accommodation is reserved for team players and management only. Classrooms are for 18 persons
* Your team can reserve an entire classroom for accommodation
* Three meals daily (starting with dinner on the 5th July and ending with lunch on the 11th July)
Breakfast served at the school – Lunch and dinner served at the tournament restaurant
* A HRT travel card valid for all public transport in the Helsinki region for the whole tournament week
* Helsinki Cup guide services

There will be a Helsinki Cup kiosk in each school

Love the Ball Center is the place for entertainment and it is located right in middle of the tournament in Käpylä. The center offers a variety of entertainment and a great atmosphere throughout the tournament for players, their parents and other tournament goers.

Love the Ball Center is a great place to relax, prepare for future matches, enjoy the cafe’s refreshing beverages and snacks and explore the many exhibitions of our tournament partners. At the center of the area is a stage with a variety of shows throughout the day. In addition, Love the Ball Center offers first aid and tournament information – you can also do some great football related shopping at the Center for yourself or to take home.

Tournament Schedule
Helsinki Cup Action

Sunday July 5th: Depart UK airport for Helsinki/Tallinn where you will be met by your tour guide and transferred by private coach to your accommodation.
Upon arrival you will check in and after dinner have the remainder of the evening free to relax and prepare for the next days matches.

Monday 6th July: The matches begin today and as the pitches are easily accessible by public transport you won’t have a problem moving around with your travel cards, simply jump on the tram that takes you to where your matches are played.

Your guide will assist you in getting to the match sites and will help with other matters regarding the tournament. The guide will be at the hotel to be of assistance to your team during the tournament. Full board at the hotel.

Opening Ceremony
Helsinki Cup opening ceremony is held on the first day of the tournament on July 6th. Over 40-years of tradition plays an important part in the opening ceremony, where tournament teams walk through the centre of Helsinki, announcing the tournament officially to the whole city.

The opening ceremony is a fun event where the teams compete with each other in their looks and loudness.

Tuesday 7th July: Group matches continue today. Full board at the hotel

Wednesday 8th July: Final group games will be played today with your team progressing to either the A, B or C Finals. Full board at the hotel

Helsinki Cup Summer Party will be held today from 6 pm to 10 pm. at Allas Sea Pool. Free entry with tournament wristband.

Thursday 9th July: The knock out matches begin today. A and B finals will be played until final. In C finals and entry-level groups only one cup tier game will be played. This game will be played between opponents that has same placement in their group. Full board at the hotel

Friday 10th July: Knock out rounds continue. Full board at the hotel

Saturday 11th July: Finals and closing ceremony before your flight home.

Activities In Helsinki
Esplanadi Park

Helsinki offers visitors an endless number of possibilities and exciting things to do. It is a relatively compact city whose activities are easily accessible either on foot or by the city’s brilliant public transport.

The capital of Finland, with about 650,000 inhabitants
One of the fastest growing cities in Europe
Excellent accessibility, either by air or by ferry
Plenty to do: amusement park (Linnanmäki), a zoo (Korkeasaari), museums, shopping, and countless sightseeing
Known for safety, clean air, and nature – sustainability is the goal!

Below are some tips – For Kids, Teenagers and Adults – during your visit to Helsinki.

Linnanmäki Amusement Park

Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species that show the diversity of nature. It is one of the few zoos located on an island. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history.

The zoo was established in 1889 which makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Helsinki Zoo also participates in the work to protect the habitats in the original homes of the various species. Helsinki Zoo´s mission is to work towards preserving biodiversity.

Linnanmäki Amusement Park is the most popular tourist attraction in Finland and the biggest amusement park in the Nordic region in terms of the number of rides. This is the ”must see” place in Helsinki

Welcome to the funnest place in Helsinki!

World Heritage Site Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden.

Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Suomenlinna is a popular visitor attraction and also a home of 800 residents.

Allas Sea Pool is a garden-like oasis in the heart of Helsinki, next to the market square, with a large pool area and magnificent saunas. It is open every day.

In addition to swimming, bathing in the saunas and good food, Allas Sea Pool offers many options for wellness.

Spending a perfect day at Allas means relaxing, lingering and enjoying the experience with all of your senses, refreshing both the body and the mind.


Getting There
Air Baltic to Tallinn

Helsinki has its own International airport and the following airlines fly there from the UK and Ireland.

BA from London-Heathrow.

Finnair from Dublin, Edinburgh, London-Heathrow and Manchester.

Norwegian Air from London-Gatwick.

It’s also possible to fly into Tallinn airport, in Estonia, then catch the ferry to Helsinki which we can arrange. Tallinn is the oldest Capital city in Northern Europe and largest city of Estonia, situated on the northern coast of the country on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.

The ferry port is less than 4 miles from the airport. There are plenty of crossing available each day. The journey takes around 2 hours. Getting to Helsinki this way quite often works out cheaper.

Here are the airlines that fly there:

airBaltic from London-Gatwick

easyJet from London-Gatwick.

Ryanair from Dublin, Edinburgh and London-Stansted.

Wizz Air  from London-Luton



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