Frequently Asked Question
1. How do we get to Helsinki?
Helsinki can be reached easily from anywhere in the world.
By plane: Helsinki Airport serves around two hundred international flights everyday. Finnair’s route network covers over 1000 destinations in 150 countries
worldwide and the airline, together with its partner airlines, operates direct flights from Helsinki to North America and Asia. Finnair also flies to over forty cities
in Europe. The trip from the airport to the city takes only around 30 minutes.
By ferry: There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia and Sweden as well as Germany. All the ferry companies also offer the possibility to take a car
with you. Helsinki can also be reached by ferry from Russia and Poland.
By train: Helsinki can be reached by train from Russia. Allegro-trains operate daily between Helsinki and St. Petersburg.
2. How much is the tournament fee?
The participation fees are for B/G7, B/G8, B/G9 series 335 €. For girls series (G10-G18) 350 €, and for all boys series 385 €.
3. What is the Helsinki Cup tournament package and what does it include?
The Helsinki Cup tournament package is the best way for your group to coordinate all of your tournament arrangements.
The tournament 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
- Helsinki Cup guide services during the tournament week
- matches as close to accommodation as possible
4. What are the tournament hotels and where are they situated?
Helsinki Cup offers quality hotel accommodation through its partner hotels at Scandic and Holiday Inn hotels.
- 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
See more information about the hotels on our accommodation page.
5. When do the matches start and when do they finish?
The tournament starts on Monday morning at 8.30 AM. Last matches are played at 8 PM. We take into account that the matches on each day are near to each other so that the team has free time in the morning or in the evening.
6. Where are the matches played?
Most tournament venues and fields are within a convenient distance from the hotels. The closest fields are within a walking distance and
for the farest field commuting by public transport is easy with the HRT travel cards that are included in the tournament package. On a page “Pitches”
you can find a map of the playing fields.
7. Where is the tournament restaurant and what kind of food do they serve there?
The tournament restaurant is situated in the Helsinki ice hall in Töölö next to the Töölö playing fields. The food is mostly pasta and there is a vegetarian option everyday.
8. What does Helsinki Cup guide services mean?
Helsinki Cup guide services are available for teams that have booked the tournament package.
The guides will assist teams with getting from accommodation to the playing fields and they will also help with any questions that you might have
regarding the tournament. The guides will be located at the hotels and schools from where they will assist the teams during the tournament.
9. What is the Love the Ball Center?
Love the Ball Center is the heart of the tournament; a sort of a market place with partners’ displays and activities. There is also a big Helsinki Cup
Café where you can have a bite in between matches.
10. Is there an Opening Ceremony?
The Helsinki Cup Opening Ceremony is held on Monday evening. Before the opening ceremony there is the opening parade which leads the teams to the Senate Square where the opening ceremony is held. The opening ceremony is held both in Finnish and English.
11. Is there a disco?
The Helsinki Cup disco will be held on Wednesday. More information about the disco on page “Tournament week”.
12. What is the smart Helsinki Cup wristband?
All participants in the Helsinki Cup will receive their own tournament wristband, which can be registered on the Helsinki Cup mobile app or at Helsinki Cup website. Players can put money on their accounts before the tournament even begins and by activating the smart wristband for their own accounts, they can use it to pay for purchases at Helsinki Cup kiosks and sales outlets. Parents can also register themselves on the Helsinki Cup mobile app to keep track of their children’s accounts and purchases, and to load more money onto the wristband if necessary.
The wristband also allows entry into the Helsinki Cup disco and the final matches on Saturday. It also acts as a meal ticket for the teams that have paid for meals in advance.
13. Is it possible to play friendlies?
If the team is arriving earlier than the tournament starts for them (girls) or if they are disqualified earlier than their departure date, Helsinki Cup will try to arrage friendlies with other teams with same situation. The teams have to pay only the referee fee.
14. What is Helsinki Cup Challenge?
The Helsinki Cup Challenge is an engaging contest for players of all ages. With versatile tasks, players challenge themselves, their own team and of course other teams. The Helsinki Cup Challenge is aimed at players, but parents and tournament visitors also have the chance to try out the challenges where the Helsinki Cup partners are strongly involved.
It’s a fun factor but also a competition: The team that earns the highest score in each age group participates enters a draw, with the main prize of something spectacular for the whole team.
Helsinki Cup Tournament App!
Helsinki Cup application gives an access to the tournament benefits. Updated version available soon!