The friendship city tournament played after the FOOTCOOP 2012 seminar will gather six teams from Finland, Sweden and Norway. Oulun Palloseura (OPS) from the city of Oulu is the latest team to join the tournament. Other teams beside the hosting team JS Hercules are AC Oulu, BK Bodens, Alta IF and Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS).
The organazers are still looking for a 7th team to join the tournament. With allready 4 teams from Finland, a Swedish or a Norwegian team is on arganizer's wish list. Hopefully good news regarding an other team joining the tournament can be published shortly.
Out of seven participating teams, four play on the second highest level of their countries. RoPS, OPS and AC Oulu will all play in the Finnish 1st division this year. Also Alta IF will look for a good position from Adeccoligaen, the Norwegian 1st division, in season 2012. Bodens BK and JS Hercules play on the 4th highest level of their countries. Bodens BK enjoyed a short run of three seasons in Swedish 1st division (Superettan) just 6 years ago. Last season ended with a relegation from Division 1 Norra to the Division 2 Norrland. JS Hercules played its first year in the Finnish 3rd Division North securing 6th place at the end of the season. Both JS Hercules and Bodens BK are looking for a brighter future and are surely enjoying this opportunity to get some challenging games before the 2012 season.