In its 46th time, the Helsinki Cup gathered almost a record number of registered teams, although there are still only a handful of foreign teams.
Traditional The Helsinki Cup junior football tournament will be held for the 46th time this year. This summer’s tournament will return in many ways at least a step closer to normal.
The finals will return to the Olympic Stadium this year for the first time since a major stadium renovation. The last time the juniors were allowed to play at the Olympic Stadium was in the summer of 2015.
“Just being able to sit on the same changing benches as the Owls use is an unforgettable experience for many children,” says the CEO of the Helsinki Cup. Kirsi Kavanne in the tournament bulletin.
In total, matches are played in 15 different field areas on different sides of Helsinki. The tournament, which started on Monday, will culminate in Saturday’s final day.
Because the corona pandemic has unfortunately still not disappeared anywhere, health issues are once again playing a big role in race arrangements. No opening ceremony or race disco will be held this time either.
“The most important guideline is not to come to the play areas if you feel a little sore,” Kavanne says.
“There are also plenty of handbags on offer in the field areas and face masks are available in the kiosks for anyone who wants them. Supporters arriving at the venue must adhere to safety margins, although streaming allows games to be watched without arriving. ”
On the health side In addition, the weather forecast for the tournament will bring to Helsinki.
Temperatures will be circulating throughout the week in heat readings, and there will be a need for sunscreen.
“Many times we’ve been on the edge of the fields wearing a raincoat and our partners on our feet, but now the sun seems to be shining almost all week. Therefore, the importance of hydration is emphasized, players and backers must remember to eat and drink well, ”Kavanne reminds.
Foreigners teams has been one of the intricacies of the tournament, but last year the Helsinki Cup only had to be played between domestic teams.
This year, the situation will return to more normal, albeit only slightly. There are four international teams, three from Estonia and one from France.
“On Thursday, we received permits to welcome international teams. Every member of the international team was required to have a certificate of negative corona test, ”Kavanne said.
In total, 1,371 teams have registered for this year’s tournament and its more than 40 series, which, according to Kavante, is only ten teams away from the all-time record. There are a total of about 20,000 players and more than 4,000 matches.
The 2021 Helsinki Cup will be held in different parts of Helsinki from 12 to 17 October. July.