Örjans Vall

Last updated
Örjans Vall
Full nameÖrjans Vall
Former namesHalmstads Idrottsplats
(July–August 1922)
Location Halmstad, Sweden
Coordinates 56°41′03″N12°51′59″E / 56.68417°N 12.86639°E / 56.68417; 12.86639 Coordinates: 56°41′03″N12°51′59″E / 56.68417°N 12.86639°E / 56.68417; 12.86639
Owner Halmstad Municipality
OperatorHalmstad Municipality
7,135 [1]
Field size
105 x 68 m
Opened30 July 1922
Halmstads BK
IS Halmia
A game between Gefle IF and Halmstads BK. HBK-Gefle.JPG
A game between Gefle IF and Halmstads BK.

Örjans Vall is a football stadium in Halmstad, Sweden, built in 1922.

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Halmstad Place in Halland, Sweden

Halmstad is a port, university, industrial and recreational city at the mouth of the Nissan river, in the province of Halland on the Swedish west coast. Halmstad is the seat of Halmstad Municipality and the capital of Halland County. The city had a population of 92,797 in 2012, out of a municipal total of over 90,000. Halmstad is Sweden's 20th-largest city by population and located about midway between Gothenburg and Malmö. It is Europe's northernmost city with a lot of timber framing architecture.

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, formal name: the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.



It was finished on 30 July 1922 and was then named Halmstads Idrottsplats (eng: Halmstad's Sports Ground), it was opened by the Crown Prince of Sweden Gustaf Adolf, later king of Sweden, 12,000 people had been allowed entrance to see the opening, several thousands more had gathered outside the fence and on Galgberget. In August 1922 the name of the arena changed to Örjans Vall after a medieval hospital by the name of S:t Örjans that had earlier been on the same location. On 3 September 1922 the first football game was played there. Örjans Vall has been used for many different sports over the years, the football field was surrounded by running tracks, until the 1980s, and was the main site for the local athletic clubs. In the winter of 1956, due to very cold weather, the running tracks were covered with water freezing into a skating rink, Sigvard "Sigge" Ericsson, who had won one gold and one silver medal in the recent 1956 Winter Olympics, participated. In 1972 the present day main-stand and scoreboard was completed, replacing the original wooden constructions from 1922.

Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden King of Sweden, anthropologist, art historian and archaeologist

Gustaf VI Adolf was King of Sweden from 29 October 1950 until his death. He was the eldest son of King Gustaf V and his wife, Victoria of Baden, and had been Crown Prince of Sweden for the preceding 43 years in the reign of his father. Not long before his death at age 90, he approved the constitutional changes which removed the last traces of political power from the Swedish monarch. He was a lifelong amateur archeologist particularly interested in Ancient Italian cultures.

Middle Ages Period of European history from the 5th to the 15th century

In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the three traditional divisions of Western history: classical antiquity, the medieval period, and the modern period. The medieval period is itself subdivided into the Early, High, and Late Middle Ages.

Sigvard Ericsson Swedish speed skater

John Sigvard "Sigge" Ericsson is a retired Swedish speed skater. He competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics and won a silver and a gold medal in 1956.

The record for most spectators during a match is held by IS Halmia, in 1962 when Halmia played a qualification match against Landskrona BoIS, 20,381 spectators turned up to see the match.

IS Halmia

IS Halmia is a football club, located in Halmstad, Sweden.

Landskrona BoIS association football club in Landskrona, Sweden

Landskrona BoIS is a Swedish professional football club located in Landskrona, Scania, which currently plays in Division 1 Södra, the third tier of football in Sweden. The club was formed on 7 February 1915 through the merger of two older Landskrona clubs, IFK Landskrona and Diana.

In 2004 when Gyllene Tider celebrated 25 years, by starting and ending their national tour on Örjans Vall. [2] [3]

Gyllene Tider pop group in Halmstad, Sweden active between 1977-1985

Gyllene Tider are a Swedish pop group fronted by Roxette-singer, guitarist and songwriter Per Gessle. They are one of the best selling Swedish bands ever and are known in Scandinavia for numerous hits, starting with the break-through song "Flickorna på TV2" in 1980. The band has earned a legendary status in Sweden based on their power pop, catchy choruses and lyrics about life in a small town.

International tournaments

Örjans Vall have been used for a number of different international tournaments held in Sweden.

FIFA World Cup

Sweden was selected to host the 1958 FIFA World Cup, among the cities chosen to host the World Cup was Halmstad. Örjans Vall came to host two games of Group 1.

Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg1 0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Cush Soccerball shade.svg 21' Report
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 10,647
Referee: Seipelt (Austria)

Argentina  Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg3 1Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Corbatta Soccerball shade.svg 37' (pen.)
Menéndez Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Avio Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Report McParland Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 14,174
Referee: Ahlner (Sweden)

UEFA Under-21 European Championship

The 2009 U21 European Championship, which was played in Sweden, was originally meant to be played at Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg, Olympia in Helsingborg, Swedbank Stadion in Malmö, and Borås Arena in Borås, however Borås Arena have a Max Hamburgers restaurant on the arena area, which caused legal problem since the tournament is sponsored by McDonald's, [4] for some time it appeared that the Max restaurant would be closed during the tournament, [5] however Max refused later to close its restaurant [6] and the competition was forced to move elsewhere and Örjans Vall in Halmstad was chosen as replacement for Borås. [7]

Gamla Ullevi football stadium in Gothenburg that opened in 2009

Gamla Ullevi is a football stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, that opened on 5 April 2009. The stadium replaced the city's previous main football stadium, also called Gamla Ullevi, and is the home ground of GAIS, IFK Göteborg and Örgryte IS. It is also the national stadium for the Sweden women's national football team. The new stadium was built on the ground of the now-demolished old stadium. The construction of the stadium was surrounded by controversy, regarding the cost of the project, the alleged low standard of the finished stadium, as well as its name.

Gothenburg City in Västergötland and Bohuslän, Sweden

Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden, fifth-largest in the Nordic countries, and capital of the Västra Götaland County. It is situated by Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, and has a population of approximately 570,000 in the city center and about 1 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area.

Helsingborg Place in Scania, Sweden

Helsingborg is a town and the seat of Helsingborg Municipality, Scania, Sweden. It had 108,334 inhabitants in 2017. Helsingborg is the centre of the northern part of western Scania. There is no formal metropolitan area, but the municipality of Helsingborg City and its neighbouring five municipalities had in spring of 2013 a population of 269 489 inhabitants at an area of 1,353 square kilometres, a population density of 200 people/km2. This makes Helsingborg the fourth largest population area in Sweden. The city is also Sweden's closest point to Denmark, with the Danish city Helsingør clearly visible on the other side of the Øresund about 4 km (2 mi) to the west, closer than to the city's own remoter areas. If including all population around the northern part of Øresund, as a Helsingborg-Helsingør metropolitan area, its population increases to 732 450 at an area of 2,802 square kilometres. The busy ferry route known as the HH Ferry route has through history been operated by several shipping lines. As of 2014 more than 70 car ferries departures from each harbour every day.

Örjans Vall was used for 3 games in the tournament in group B.

England  Flag of England.svg2 1Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Cattermole Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Richards Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Report Sparv Soccerball shade.svg 33' (pen.)
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 6,828
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2 0Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Höwedes Soccerball shade.svg 59'
Dejagah Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 6,011
Referee: Peter Rasmussen (Denmark)

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg1 1Flag of England.svg  England
Castro Soccerball shade.svg 5' Report Rodwell Soccerball shade.svg 30'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 7,414
Referee: Peter Rasmussen (Denmark)

UEFA Women's Euro

Örjans Vall was selected as one of seven stadiums to host the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 held in Sweden. The stadium was host to three group stage matches in the Group A and one of the quarter-finals.

Group A

Italy  Flag of Italy.svg0–0Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 3,011

Italy  Flag of Italy.svg2–1Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Gabbiadini Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Mauro Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Report Brogaard Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 2,190
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg3–1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Manieri Soccerball shade.svg 47' (o.g.)
Schelin Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Öqvist Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Report Gabbiadini Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 7,288
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)


Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg 4–0 Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
M. Hammarström Soccerball shade.svg 3'
Öqvist Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Schelin Soccerball shade.svg 19', 59'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 7,468

Demand for a new stadium

In recent years HBK supporters have started to demand a new stadium, as the club have reached international competitions, but are not allowed to play on Örjans Vall due to security restrictions, they have instead been forced to play at Ullevi in Göteborg or Olympia in Helsingborg. [8]

Temporary 2008 chairman Birgitta Johansson stated that a new stadium should be ready at the earliest in 2011–2012. [9]

In September 2008 a decision to build a new stadium was reached by the local authorities, the new stadium would be placed at Sannarp's recreation ground and Örjans Vall will be demolished and replaced by apartments, the new arena is planned to be complete 2012, [10] however on 5 May 2009 it was announced that there would not be a new arena as the Alliance city council announced its budget proposition. [11]

Related Research Articles

Halmstads BK association football club in Halmstad, Sweden

Halmstads Bollklubb, also known simply as Halmstad or HBK or Bollkubben, is a Swedish football club located in Halmstad in the county of Halland. The club, formed 7 February 1914 and approved membership in Riksidrottsförundet on 6 March 1914, competes in the second tier of Swedish football, Superettan, and has won 4 national championship titles and 1 national cup title. HBK is a member controlled club and does not have a single owner.

The 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship began on 15 June 2009, and was the 17th UEFA European Under-21 Championship. This was the first tournament after the competition reverted to a two-year format, following the single-year 2006–07 competition, which allowed the change to odd-numbered years. Sweden hosted the final tournament in June 2009; therefore, their under-21 team qualified automatically. Players born on or after 1 January 1986 were eligible to play in this competition.

Allsvenskan 2004, part of the 2004 Swedish football season, was the 80th Allsvenskan season played. The first match was played 3 April 2004 and the last match was played 30 October 2004. Malmö FF won the league ahead of runners-up Halmstads BK, while AIK and Trelleborgs FF were relegated.

The 2008 season in Swedish football, starting January 2008 and ending December 2008:

Allsvenskan 2008, part of the 2008 Swedish football season, was the 84th Allsvenskan season played. The first match was played on 30 March 2008 and the last matches were played on 9 November 2008.

In 2009 Halmstads BK competed in Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen, the club also had the possibility to play in the newly formed UEFA Europa League due to the team's 4th place in the Swedish fair-play table, Kalmar FF, Helsingborgs IF and IFK Göteborg where already qualified for European cups through the league and national cup, however Norway, Denmark and Scotland came ahead.

Djurgården will in the 2009 season compete in the Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen. Djurgården sacked both managers after the terrible 2008 year, Siggi Jónsson and Paul Lindholm. The new coaches were presented on December 12, 2008, Andreé Jeglertz and former DIF-manager and two times Swedish champion with Djurgården, Zoran Lukic. Djurgården finished at place 14 after winning all the three last games and played Assyriska in qualification for Allsvenskan. Assyriska won the first game at home with 2–0, but Djurgården came back and won 3–0 at home in extra time, which means that Djurgården will play Allsvenskan 2010

The teams competing in Group 6 of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championships qualifying competition were Bulgaria, Israel, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Sweden.

There are several derbies in the Allsvenskan and in the lower divisions of the Swedish football pyramid.

The 2012 season in Swedish football, started in January 2012 and ended in December 2012.

The 2013 season was the 116th season of competitive football in Sweden. The competitive year started with the group stage of Svenska Cupen on 2 March. League competition started in early April with Allsvenskan on 31 March, Superettan on 6 April, Division 1 and lower men's leagues plus the Damallsvenskan on 13 April. Svenska Cupen ended with the final played at the national stadium Friends Arena on 26 May. Allsvenskan ended on 3 November, Superettan one day earlier on 2 November, Division 1 and lower men's leagues on 26 October and Damallsvenskan on 20 October. Qualification play-offs were held after the end of league play with the Allsvenskan play-offs being held on 7 and 10 November and the Superettan play-offs being held on 6 and 9 November. Svenska Supercupen was held on 10 November and was contested by the winner of Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen. Sweden participated in qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sweden also hosted UEFA Women's Euro 2013 between 10 and 28 July.

2012 United States womens national soccer team

The 2012 United States women's national soccer team season was dominated by the 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. The start of the year saw the team compete in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and then in July they participated in the main event itself. The team won both tournaments. In between they also played in Algarve Cup, the Kirin Challenge Cup and the 2012 Sweden Invitational. They also won the latter tournament.

The 2013 Superettan, part of the 2013 Swedish football season, was the 13th season of Sweden's second-tier football league in its current format. The 2013 fixtures were released on 18 December 2012. The season started on 6 April 2013 and ended on 2 November 2013.

Group A of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 consisted of Denmark, Finland, Italy and the host nation Sweden. Matches were staged in Gothenburg and Halmstad from 10–16 July 2013.

The 2014 season was the 117th season of competitive football in Sweden. The competitive started with the group stage of Svenska Cupen on 1 March. League competition started late March and early April with Allsvenskan on 30 March, Superettan on 6 April, Damallsvenskan on 13 April and Division 1 on 20 April. Svenska Cupen ended with the final on 18 May. Damallsvenskan ended on 19 October, Allsvenskan and Division 1 ended on 1 November, Superettan one day later on 2 November and lower men's leagues on the weekend before. Qualification play-offs were held after the end of league play with the Allsvenskan and Superettan play-offs being held on 6 and 9 November. Svenska Supercupen was held on 9 November and was contested by the winner of Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen. Sweden participated in qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016.

The 2016 season was the 119th season of competitive football in Sweden. Sweden was participating in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after UEFA Euro 2016.

UEFA Group 4 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Hungary, and Croatia. The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.


  1. http://www.hallandsposten.se/sport/fotboll/s%C3%A5-h%C3%A4r-kommer-nya-%C3%B6rjans-vall-att-se-ut-1.404487
  2. "Gessle: Jag måste ha en egen loge" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 2004-08-21. Retrieved 2010-09-06.
  3. "Gyllene Tider firar 25 år på Sundsvall Park Arena!" (in Swedish). Sundsvall.nu. Archived from the original on 2004-06-01. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  4. "Uefa vill stänga Max - har McDonald's som sponsor" (in Swedish). svd.se. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  5. "Max viker sig för Uefas krav" (in Swedish). svd.se. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  6. "Hamburgerbråk stoppar U21-EM-spel i Borås" (in Swedish). di.se. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2009-02-08.[ permanent dead link ]
  7. "Halmstad tar U21-EM från Borås" (in Swedish). bt.se. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  8. "Halmstad vill ha ny arena" (in Swedish). Expressen.se. 2006-12-23. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  9. "Ny arena i Halmstad tidigast 2011" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen.se. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  10. "Ett nytt kapitel i arenafrågan" (in Swedish). Svenskafans.com. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  11. "Ingen ny arena i Halmstad" (in Swedish). Svenskafans.com. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-05-31.[ permanent dead link ]