With pre-season training getting underway at football clubs all over Sweden, now may be an ideal time to dust off the boots and get involved with your local outfit.
At the grassroots level, there are well-organized leagues in operation all over the country, offering suitable alternatives for everyone from the fit young goal machine to the paunchy veteran.
Here we provide a small sampling of some of the clubs operating in Sweden’s two largest cities, followed by details on how to get in touch with clubs in your local area.
With three men’s and two women’s teams, Långholmen FC is Stockholm’s largest English-speaking football club.
Established in 2002, the club has taken the Stockholm league by storm, needing just five seasons to make the leap from Division 8 to Division 4.
The first team is supplemented by a Reserves outfit and a third team playing in the less competitive Korpen league.
The club also has a women’s Korpen team and is for the first time preparing to enter a women’s team to the Stockholm league for the 2008 season.
For more information and contact details:
Another English-speaking club doing the business last year was the Tudor Arms FC.
The team affiliated with the oldest English pub in the capital capped a fine season by securing promotion to Division 6.
The Tudor Arms also has a veterans team, which will need to produce some serious samba football if it is to defeat the likes of Sol de America and Bolivia IF when the new season kicks off in April.
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There are a few teams in Gothenberg actively seeking players for the 2008 season.
Competing in Division 7, Grimmeruds BK reformed last year after a lengthy slumber and are now looking for new blood to strengthened their squad.
Guldringen SK in Division 6 are interested in hearing from potential goalkeepers and strikers.
See their ad here:
Mölndal Fotboll are keen to find new players and trainers.
Contact: Mölndal ad
Website: Mölndal Fotbolls Damlag
The Swedish Football Association provides an English-language introduction to the Swedish league system.
Once you have clicked on the “To the Leagues” link, go to the “Kontaktuppgifter och Tävlingar” tab on the next page to find links to every district association and active club in the country.
Over the coming weeks, The Local will add a range of other sports to the Join the Club series. If you would like your club to be mentioned in the guide, please drop us an e-mail at the following address: