Our history

Partille Cup started as early as 1970. Since then thousands of teams and particpants from all over the world has visited the tournament. This is our legacy.
  • Our History


    Partille Cup starts

    The tournament is played for the first time. The venue is Vallhamra in Partille. Already in 1963 IK Savehof started a tournament under the name Junior Cup -63. Unfortunately all the fields were devastated during the event due to the weather consisting of rain, thunder and hail. In 1970 it started up again when many schoolyards, consisting of asphalt, had been equipped with handball lines. The name ”Partille Cup” was introduced and many consider the tournament as the precursor for all similar tournaments in the world. 

    140 teams    8 nations


    The first non-European team participates. The club is called ESAB and comes from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The women’s team was a success thanks to both its exotic look and handball skills. Brazil’s participation was the start of the successful international marketing that the tournament came to do.  

    320 teams    11 nations


    After a few years it felt like the tournament had come to a standstill and fewer Swedish teams participated. Happily, it was then when Partille got completely invaded by men in Kandura suits when Kuwait and their delegation of nearly 100 persons participated for the first time. It was the beginning of a long and faithful tradition where Kuwait participated every year until 2010. More and more teams from Yugoslavia, Poland and the Czech Republic had also found their way to Partille Cup. 

    285 teams    14 nations

    1982 The first official Leaders Party was held in 1982. The main attractions were a quiz walk and canoeing. It was a way to get the international leaders to get to know each other. The Swedish teams also began to return to the tournament because of the large international participation. 

    320 teams    16 nations


    Girls Team Ching-Hising from Taiwan and Korea’s National Team becomes the first non-European teams to win Partille Cup. The teams participated in the 15-year class. Taiwan has since then 34 victories until 2014, making them the fourth best country ever. 

    353 teams    16 nations


    The Opening Ceremony moves outdoors from Partillebohallen to Vallhamra IP. Still the street parade is one of the most important elements. The song “We Are the World” is played by at a dance band at the end and helicopters are used in the show, dropping of handball profiles.

    475 teams    22 nations


    Together with the European Handball Federation, a new tournament, Champions Youth Tournament, with the best club teams in Europe, is arranged. At the same time the Young Referee Project starts with the aim to train referees in an international environment. Through the years, more than 300 referees have completed the course. 

    487 teams    32 nations


    Partille Cup grows exponentially and the municipality Partille starts to become too small. There are not enough schools and fields. Then the idea to use two football fields at Heden in central Gothenburg is born. There are long bus transportation for the participants, but to play in Gothenburg is appreciated and necessary to make room for all the matches.  

    699 teams    41 nations


    The tournament is growing further and Partille Cup moves entirely into Gothenburg. Scandinavium becomes the new arena for the Opening Ceremony and Heden becomes our base. The organization is also investing in  three artificial turf fields that are rolled out on the gravel surface at Heden just before the tournament starts. In total there will be nearly 40 fields at Heden.

    765 teams    32 nations


    Partille Cup starts together with the European Handball Federation a tournament called European Open Championship (EOC), a national team tournament for 24 teams. Every second year it´s being held for men (19 years) and every second year for women (18 years). The first year began with the men´s teams and Germany defeated Russia, 30-28, in a crowded Lisebergshallen that was the arena for the finals. Sweden finished in a admirable 3rd place.  

    785 teams    46 nations


    Partille Cup celebrates 40 years, and a new record of over 900 teams. It consolidates our position as the world’s largest youth handball tournament. At the same time Partille Cup gets the attention of IHF’s President Dr. Hassan Mustafa who visits the event. Afterward, the decision is made that Sweden is allowed to stand as organizer for the Mens World Championship in 2011 and Sweden will play their matches in Gothenburg. The city is expanding at Heden with four full-size football fields of artificial grass and two 7-aside fields.  

    930 teams    45 nations


    The Olympic Development Program is started. A project in which countries with development potential in handball are invited for a week of training camp. Seminars and trainings with games and technique are held. The week concludes with participation in Partille Cup. The idea is that these countries will be so inspired that they continue to develop handball in their home countries. The project is implemented in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Handball Federation (IHF).

    1052 teams    46 nations


    The tournament continues to grow. Therefore Partille Cup extends to Kviberg, a former military area with great training ground which now used as sports fields. Two artificial turf fields are used with a total of 12 handball courts. Heden is still the base with 30 courts, Valhalla IP 6 fields, Överåsvallen 6 fields that gives a total of over 60 fields, including indoors. 

    1086 teams    40 nations


    Wheelchair Handball is growing in the world. Yet, it is very small and is played only in six countries but the EHF has made some efforts to make it grow. In Sweden there are three-four clubs and those was invited to this year’s tournament to face each other. Wheelchair Handball makes its ​​debut in Partille Cup. 

    1107 teams    44 nations


    The 45-year anniversary includes several major news. The Opening Ceremony, which attracted 13,900 spectators to Scandinavium (the second biggest event of all time in the stadium’s history, beaten only by Whitney Houston) are no longer sufficient. The show therefore moved outdoors to Gamla Ullevi. The finals moved to Heden where Partille Cup built a temporary arena for 11,000 spectators. Girl and boy-classes are played simultaneously in a glorious sunny and warm Gothenburg while Partille Cup has become a pure outdoor tournament. 

    1023 teams    41 nations


    Partille Cup goes digital! Everything becomes more digital and this year we launched the app called Team World of Handball. An app where participants collect player cards digitally by scanning the code of the participant bracelet. Our online playing schedule has also been developed and for the first time the program was not printed on paper at all. Taste The World made their first appearance. A food concept where food from selected exotic countries was offered at Heden Center. It was much appreciated to taste food from Mali, Nigeria or the Seychelles. Georgia and Peru participates for the first time. 

    1014 teams    43 nations


    The Opening Festival Ceremony makes its first appearance. The Opening Ceremony at the Scandinavium Arena with a standing crowd in front of the stage offered a fresh and new show. The 3000 standing and 10000 seated people in the audience experienced a giant big screen integrated in a show of song, dance and the highlight of all nations. Our new service with Live Streaming of selected matches was also a success. We filmed over 200 matches from four playing fields including all the finals. Through a subscription at our website viewers from around the world could follow the tournament. The venue where the finals was played had a make over making a better atmosphere and allowing more spectators. This year was the last of the European Open where Sweden won the womens 18 over Denmark. 

    1055 teams    41 nations


    This year’s Partille Cup beat all previous records and the 2017 tournament (the 48th in order) became the most visited of all time. Between July 3-8, 1,169 teams from 42 nations participated, which means around 22,500 participants. The large participation combined with the rebuilding of Scandinavium meant that everyone did not get a seat in the arena at the same time. So we decided to present the Opening Ceremony at two different times during the evening. The stage was moved to the long side and in this way it became a lovely setting and pressure in front of the stage on both shows. The playing fields were expanded and we played for the first time at Härlanda Park with 12 fields. Överåsvallen, which we played on earlier, instead had to become backup fields. Live streaming of the matches was extended and we filmed from 8 fields. In total, over 500 matches were broadcasted live, streaming a total of 53,000 times. The number of viewers was far above expectation and strengthens our efforts to expand this opportunity further in the future.

    1169 teams    42 nations


    This year’s Partille Cup became a lovely, sunny, bustling, eventful and just wonderful handball party in Gothenburg. In total, 3,993 matches was played on 70 playing fields in Heden, Valhalla, Kviberg, Härlanda Park and Priority Serneke Arena. In addition, the European Open Championship, this year for girls born in 2002 or later, has been decided in Lisebergshallen, Valhalla’s indoor halls and Scandinavium. At the Friday night’s final of the EOC, Hungary won against France in a raffling final. This year we reached our participant number 500,000 with Hanna Oriander from OV Helsingborg. The award was presented on the newly built stage at the Heden Center. The stage was also the central location for the Cultural Festival that we arranged throughout the week. About fifty cultural groups from Gothenburg showed everything from poetry to samba dance and capoeira on stage. This year’s other big news was that the Para Handball with two classes, walks and wheelchairs, entered the tournament. All matches were played at Priority Serneke Arena. 

    1116 teams    41 nations


    The anniversary year 2019 was the year when we broke all previous records. And despite a challenging weather with rain and wind, the tournament was once again successful. Participants from 52 countries, 24,000 players, leaders and referees, in more than 1,400 teams during the week not only played handball outside the equally familiar Gothenburg, had fun in the event area at the Heden Center, fascinated by the city’s various attractions and meeting places, shopping in Nordstan and around the Avenue. In addition, the Opening Ceremony at Liseberg was a step on the road to make Partille Cup even more visible and an important part of the event city Gothenburg – because it is true that Partille Cup generates about SEK 250 million in tourist revenue and is one of the most important events during the year for Gothenburg. This year Mini Handball was introduced for the first time. Heden were the place for some 60 teams who, during one day, got feelings about playing and real outdoor tournament. In total, almost 5,000 matches have been played on 76 playing fields at Heden, Valhalla, Kviberg, Härlanda Park and Priority Serneke Arena and Ruddalen (new for 2019) during the week. In addition, the European Open Championship, a national team tournament, this year for boys born in 2002 or later, has been decided in Valhalla’s indoor halls and Scandinavium.
    The Partille Cup and Gothenburg City also hosted the IHF’s congress, which was held at the Swedish Exhibition Center with 350 delegates from 200 nations.

    1407 teams    52 nations

  • All results

    Since 2006, we have saved all results on pdf.  
    You can download them below.

    All results
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    All results 2019


    All results 2018


    All results 2017
    2016 All results 2016
    2015 All results 2015
    2014 All results 2014
    2013 All results 2013
    2012 All results 2012
    2011 All results 2011
    2010 All results 2010
    2009 All results 2009
    2008  All results 2008
    2007  All results 2007


    All results 2006
  • Participating nations

    1. Algeria
    2. Argentina
    3. Armenia
    4. Australia
    5. Austria
    6. Azerbaijan
    7. Bahrain
    8. Bangladesh
    9. Belarus
    10. Belgium
    12. Bosnia Hercegovina
    13. Brazil
    14. Bulgaria
    15. Canada
    16. Chile
    17. China
    18. Colombia
    19. Cook Islands
    20. Croatia
    21. Cyprus
    22. Czech Rep.
    23. Czechoslovakia*
    24. Denmark
    25. East Germany*
    26. Egypt
    27. England
    28. Estonia
    29. Faroe Islands
    30. Finland
    31. France
    32. FYR Macedonia
    33. Gabon
    34. Georgien
    35. Germany
    36. Greece
    37. Greenland
    38. Guatemala
    39. Holland
    40. Hong Kong
    41. Hungary
    42. Iceland
    43. India
    44. Iraq
    45. Ireland
    46. Israel
    47. Italy
    48. Japan
    49. Jordan
    50. Kenya
    51. Kosovo
    52. Kuwait
    53. Latvia
    54. Libya
    55. Liechtenstein
    56. Lithuania
    57. Luxemburg
    58. Malta
    59. Mexico
    60. Moldova
    61. Monaco
    62. Mongolia
    63. Montenegro
    64. Morocco
    65. Nepal
    66. New Zealand
    67. Nigeria
    68. Norway
    69. Peru
    70. Poland
    71. Portugal
    72. Qatar
    73. Romania
    74. Russia
    75. Saudi Arabia
    76. Scotland
    77. Serbia
    78. Singapore
    79. Slovakia
    80. Slovenia
    81. South Africa
    82. South Korea
    83. Soviet Union*
    84. Spain
    85. Sweden
    86. Switzerland
    87. Taiwan
    88. Thailand
    89. Tunisia
    90. Turkey
    91. UAE
    92. Ukraine
    93. USA
    94. West Germany*
    95. Yugoslavia*
    96. Zimbabwe