Helsinki Cup

8-13th July 2019

Helsinki Cup is one of the largest youth tournaments in the World. Every year since it began in 1976 teams have travelled to Finland to take part from all over the World. Now, over 200,000 players attend from about 20 different countries!

Football has always be at the core of the tournament, but as the tournament has grown the organisers have also put a lot of effort into various other events, so that now you can consider a visit to Helsinki Cup as a real experience. In addition to the matches the tournament week includes the opening day parade, the Helsinki Cup Summer Party and the events at the Love the Ball Center.

During the tournament week Helsinki Cup is visible and heard around the City, as players, coaches, family members and supporters arrive and mingle, spreading a message of joy and unity all over Helsinki.

Click here to access our Helsinki City guide


The Helsinki Cup tournament package is the best way for your group to co-ordinate all of your tournament arrangements. The tournament package includes hotel or school accommodation. All the featured packages include full board and they can be tailored to meet your team’s requirements.

School accommodation from Sunday 7th July to Saturday 13th July – Reserved for team players and management only.  Classrooms are for 16-18 person


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• Three meals daily (starting with dinner on the 7th July and ending with lunch on the 13th 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

Air mattresses are available via the tournament organizer for rent or for purchase. You can bring your own mattresses, but due to fire safety regulations their maximum allowable width is 80 cm.

Helsinki Cup does not provide or rent bed linen or pillows.  You can reserve an extra night before and after the tournament.


Quality hotel accommodation through its partner’s at Hotel Cumulus, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza.

All of the hotels are located close to downtown Helsinki, some in the heart of the city and immediate vicinity of the playing fields. In fact, most tournament venues and fields are within a convenient distance from the hotels and commuting by public transport is easy with the HRT travel cards and Helsinki Cup guide services included in the tournament package.

Accommodation is available in rooms for 1 to 4 guests, including amenities.
All of the hotel packages include a full Scandinavian buffet breakfast each morning.

Family members and other fans and followers are just as welcome to stay at Helsinki Cup’s partner hotels at the same tournament rates as the teams!



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  • Accommodation in triple, double or single rooms including normal hotel service (7-13th July)
  • Three meals daily (starting with dinner on the 7th July and ending with lunch on the 13th 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


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Love the Ball Center is the heart of the tournament. It is the tournament’s market place, where are many different partner displays and free-time activities.

At the LTBC the tournament participants can meet each other and hang out in between matches. It is also home to the Opening Ceremony.

During the tournament week many different kind of activities will be organised there. If you feel hungry and need a break, you can sit down and relax and enjoy a little snack or a drink in one of our tournament kiosks before heading to your next match.



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All Helsinki Cup games will be played on high quality football pitches. The pitches will be natural grass or artificial turf.

Dressing rooms, toilets and drinking water taps can be found from every tournament area. Most of the areas have a tournament cafeteria. These will be marked to maps which will be published later.

Pitch sizes will follow the official dimensions recommended by Finnish FA.


Tournament Schedule
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Monday 8th July: The matches begin for all Boys teams except B8 and B9 teams.

The Opening Parade will begin at 7.00 p.m. and takes the teams to the Love the Ball Center, where the actual Opening Ceremony will be held at 8.00 p.m.

Teams will participate in the tournament’s opening ceremony and wear their team’s kit. The most visible and audible team will win an award! The opening ceremony will end at approximately 9:00 pm.

Tuesday 9th July: Matches begin for the B8 teams and continue for all other boys groups.

Wednesday 10th July: Matches begin for all Girls teams as well as the B9 category. The B7 groups finish today, whilst all other age groups continue.

Helsinki Cup Summer Party will be held today from 6 pm to 10 pm. at Allas Sea Pool. On stage will be Nelli Matula, Ilta, Rony Rex.

Free entry with tournament wristband.

Thursday 11th: July: Matches for the B8. B10H, B11H and B13H finish today.

Friday 12th July: The B9 matches finish today as do all of the Girls sections.

Saturday 13 July: The B10 finals are played today as are the B12, B13, B14, B15 and B17. The Elite Girls Final are played today at G10, G11, G12, G13, G14, G15 and G18.


The Area
Esplanadi Park

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea. In 2012 Helsinki was the World Design Capital and celebrated its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland. In 2014 Helsinki was awarded City of Design status as part of the Creative Cities Network established by UNESCO.

In Helsinki you can sense the proximity of the sea everywhere, as the city has over a hundred kilometres of shoreline and around 300 islands in its archipelago. Maritime attractions are a must in the summertime. The majestic shoreline, archipelago, parks, forests… Helsinki is one of the few capital cities in the world where nature is so close, even in the heart of the city!

Being the capital of Finland, it should be no surprise that Helsinki has some great public saunas – both traditional neighbourhood saunas and brand new design saunas. There’s no better way to get to the heart of the Finnish identity!

In addition to the tournament, you can get to know, for example, the bustle of the Market Square, experience the summer days in Esplanadi Park and shop for souvenirs for your loved ones’ back home. In your cultural tour of the city, you should at least include the Ateneum Art Museum, the Helsinki Cathedral and a short ferry ride over to Suomenlinna which lets you flawlessly combine history with an enjoyable picnic lunch.  You can visit places in the city like the Hietaniemi beach, a popular young people’s destination, and the legendary swimming pool at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. With the HSL travel card, you can easily get all around the city.

Helsinki’s locals are extremely open and hospitable, and most speak English fluently. Visiting Helsinki is always a pleasure. There are no great traffic jams, the public transport system is amazing, cycling is easy, and the locals are only too happy to help you make the most of your visit!

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Top 4 sightseeing: Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Korkeasaari Zoo. Forest of Suomenlinna. Market Square.

Beaches and Pools: Hietaniemi Beach. Laajasalo Beach. Mustikkamaa Beach. Aurinkolahti Beach. Helsinki Swimming Stadium. Kumpula outdoor swimming pool.

Shopping centres: Stockmann. Itis. Kamppi. Forum.

Getting There

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 Shuttle from Dublin and 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 Capital and largest city of Estonia, situated on the northern coast of the country on the shore of the Gulf of Finland; Tallinn is the oldest Capital city in Northern Europe. The ferry port, which 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

BA from London-Heathrow.

easyJet from London-Gatwick.

Ryanair from Dublin, Edinburgh and London-Stansted.

Wizz Air From Luton


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