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GIF Sundsvall
GIF Sundsvall logo.svg
Full name Gymnastik- och
Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall
Nickname(s) Giffarna
Norrlandslaget (Northland team)
Short name GIF
Founded 25 August 1903; 119 years ago (1903-08-25)
Ground NP3 Arena, Sundsvall
Ground Capacity 8,000
Head coach Brian Clarhaut
League Superettan
2022 Allsvenskan, 16th Decrease
Third colours

Gymnastik- och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall, more commonly known as GIF Sundsvall (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɡɪfː ˈsɵ̂nː(d)sval]), Giffarna or simply Sundsvall, is a Swedish professional football club based in Sundsvall. The club is affiliated with Medelpads Fotbollförbund and plays its home games at NP3 Arena with a capacity of roughly 8 000 spectators. Formed on 25 August 1903, the club has played 19 seasons in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1965.

GIF Sundsvall is placed twenty-second in the overall Allsvenskan table maratontabellen. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are blue, yellow and white. Nevertheless, white is not articulately present in today's kit it has a strong history within the club.


GIF Sundsvall League Performance
A chart showing the progress of GIF Sundsvall through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.
Norrporten Arena 49
GIF Sundsvall in their traditional blue and white kits during an Allsvenskan game against Malmö FF.

The club was formed on August 25, 1903, at Matilda Anderssons Café. At that time, GIF Sundsvall stood for "Godtemplarnas Idrotts Förening Sundsvall" which mainly was for Teetotallers up until the alcohol demands was lightened in 1920. The initials then came to stand for, to this day still, "Gymnastik och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall" (Gymnastics and sports club Sundsvall).

The club reached the first tier of the domestic football in 1965. The club has since been a "yo-yo team" mainly playing in the second division but with Allsvenskan stints in 1975, 1987–89, 1991, 2000–06, 2008, 2012 and 2015–19.

GIF Sundsvall earlier had women's football, bandy and ice hockey on the program. The bandy team became district champions for Västernorrland in 1921. The hockey team folded in the late 1960s. In 1985 the women's team was transferred to Sundsvalls DFF. This mainly because the women's team was disappointed with the lack of support from the men's team.


Norrporten Arena sett från Norrmalmsgatan
Exterior of Idrottsparken, earlier known as Norrporten Arena.

GIF Sundsvall's home stadium is NP3 Arena, formerly known as Idrottsparken and Norrporten Arena. It is located in the heart of Sundsvall and was inaugurated on August 6, 1903. It was renovated in 2001–2002 and it can now hold a capacity of 8,000, with 5,000 under roof.

Between 2006 – 2016 the name was changed to Norrporten Arena and during 2017 the club expect to present a new sponsor and name of the stadium. The stadium's grass is artificial turf since 2004.

The record attendance was 16,507 against Högadals IS on October 15, 1961.

A panorama of NP3 Arena in Sundsvall.


The official supporter's club of GIF Sundsvall is called Patronerna. Formed in 1999, mostly as a joke by some friends supporting their friend, the club has in a short period of time amassed a strong reputation. The name is mainly a historical reference to the sawmill owners who were very powerful in Sundsvall during the post-industrial-revolution era. In 2005, FP-tifo, the group who designs the club's terrace choreography, won the Swedish tifo awards arranged by Canal+.


  • Superettan:
    • Runners-up (3): 2011, 2014, 2021
  • Division 1 Norra:
    • Winners (2): 1990, 1999
  • Norrländska Mästerskapet:
    • Winners (1): 1942
    • Runners-up (2): 1928, 1951


First-team squad

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Andreas Andersson
3 United States DF Forrest Lasso
4 Sweden DF Alexander Blomqvist
5 Sweden DF Dennis Olsson
6 Australia MF Peter Makrillos
7 Sweden MF Erik Andersson
8 Sweden MF Pontus Silfwer
9 Sweden FW Linus Hallenius
11 Finland FW Saku Ylätupa
12 Haiti FW Ronaldo Damus
14 Sweden MF Paya Pichkah
15 Sweden DF Robert Lundström
No. Position Player
16 Sweden MF Marcus Burman
17 Sweden FW Alexander Larsson
19 Sweden DF Teodor Stenshagen
21 Sweden FW Pontus Engblom
22 Sweden MF Rasmus Lindkvist
23 Sweden MF Ludvig Nåvik
25 Sweden FW Johan Bengtsson
27 Portugal DF Gabriel Castro
30 United States MF Joe Corona (on loan from Houston Dynamo)
34 Sweden GK Gustav Molin
35 Sweden GK Oscar Jonsson

Out on loan

No. Position Player
18 Sweden MF Jesper Carström (at Gefle IF)

Retired numbers

10 – Leif Forsberg, forward (1980–1988, 1990–2001)


  • Sweden Stig Sundqvist (1955–58)
  • England Jimmy Meadows (1976)
  • Sweden Anders Grönhagen (1986–89)
  • Sweden Jan Mattsson (1990–92)
  • Sweden Anders Grönhagen (1999–01)
  • Norway Per Joar Hansen (2002–03)
  • Republic of Ireland Patrick Walker (2002–04)
  • Sweden Rikard Norling (Jan 2004 – Dec 2004)
  • Norway Jan Halvor Halvorsen (Jan 2005 – Aug 2005)
  • Sweden Anders Högman (2005)
  • England David Wilson (July 2005 – July 2006)
  • Finland Mika Sankala (2006–07), (2008–Ass.)
  • Norway Per Joar Hansen (Jan 2008 – Oct 2008)
  • Sweden Sören Åkeby (Oct 2008 – Nov 2012)
  • Sweden Joel Cedergren (Nov 2012 – Aug 2019) & Roger Franzén (Nov 2012 – Sep 2016)
  • Sweden Tony Gustavsson (Aug 2019 – Dec 2019)
  • Sweden Henrik Åhnstrand (Dec 2019–July 2022)
  • United States Brian Clarhaut (July 2022–December 2022)
  • Sweden Douglas Jakobsen (January 2023–)
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