The Alandia Cup represents Åland’s biggest recurring event. Finland’s biggest football tournament for 11-year-olds is taking place 17–21 June 2018 in Åland. Participating junior players, family members and organisers meet up at different football arenas in Åland.
Interest and experience
Many tourists have wonderful memories of Åland either as parents of children playing in the tournament or from the Alandia Cup during their own childhood. This is the 37th year the tournament is being played. There are 114 teams participating, which involves about 4,500−5,000 people travelling in and staying for five days.
The hosts of the Alandia Cup, the Åland football club IFK Mariehamn, are playing their 13th season in Finland’s highest league. The women’s team Åland United also play in the league.
So there is a genuine interest in football and extensive experience of organising tournaments here. This is why the Alandia Cup has developed into one of the most popular tournaments.
The Alandia Cup has both boys’ and girls’ classes. They play seven-a-side and the matches are played on grass and artificial turf pitches. The teams always get to play at least six matches.
Over five intensive days Mariehamn becomes a busy football town. The Cup is booked up as early as September−October. Early accommodation bookings are also recommended.
Tournaments and training camps
There is plenty of good accommodation all year round if you’re coming here to compete, play and train. Distances in Åland are short so accommodation outside Mariehamn seldom involves more than 30 minutes’ drive to the arena.
Fifteen to 20 other football tournaments are being organised in Åland this year across different age groups. The number of teams participating in IFK Mariehamn’s youth tournaments has increased enormously.
“Both the winter tournaments in the Eckeröhallen and those we arranged on the artificial turf at Wiklöf Holding Arenas have been extremely popular. The number of guest teams that have visited Åland has doubled,” says the head of the Association Thomas Fonsell.
Åland is also particularly suited to football training camps. There are a total of six excellent sports halls here, and 20 well-tended grass pitches. When the outdoor season is over, the artificial turf and the full-sized football pitch in the Eckeröhallen are available.
If your team wants opposition in a friendly match during your stay, the local football teams will be delighted to oblige. There are also plenty of secondary activities such as going to the Mariebad swimming pool, sightseeing options and the possibility of barbecue evenings. You can check out all the attractive sports travel packages available via the shipping companies and travel agents in Åland.
Watch a match
If you just want to enjoy the football atmosphere, sit in the stands and watch a professional match in the league involving the home team, you can find the kick-off times of the matches on the events calendar.
IFK Mariehamn was founded in 1919 and the football section in 1935. Several IFK-grown players have made it to top national level. Their nickname is “the Green-and-Whites” after the strip colours. Their home ground is Wiklöf Holding Arena WHA in the Idrottsparken sports centre.