Football at the Indian Ocean Island Games

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Football at the Indian Ocean Island Games
Founded 1947 (1979 in its current format)
Region Indian Ocean
Number of teams7
Current championsProposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg  Réunion
Most successful club(s)Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg  Réunion (5 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg Football at the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games – Men's tournament

The association football tournament at the Indian Ocean Island Games (French: Jeux des îles de l'océan Indien) which is organised every 4 years for the Islands in the Indian Ocean. (The Maldives have occasionally been invited)

Association football Team field sport

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.

Indian Ocean Island Games

The Indian Ocean Island Games is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean island nations. The Games was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1977 and currently gather the island nations and territories of Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Réunion and the Maldives. The number of athletes who participate has increased over the years, it went from 1000 athletes in 1979 to over 1500 participants in 2003 and 2007 and over 2000 participants in 2019.

Maldives South Asian country in the Indian Ocean.

The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small country in South Asia, located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from the Asian continent. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location.

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From 1947 until 1963 a precursor called Triangulaire was organized between Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion Island. The first official edition of Indian Ocean Island Games was held in 1979.

The Indian Ocean Games Triangulaire was a triangulaire, or tournament between three teams, between Mauritius, Réunion, and Madagascar. It was the predecessor to the Indian Ocean Island Games. The triangulaire was held every year from 1947 until 1958, and then once more in 1963. In 1963, the last game, Mauritius vs Madagascar was abandoned in the 54th minute, which gave Madagascar the win that year. After that, Mauritius did not want to play Madagascar, and the tournament was not held. The Indian Ocean Island Games started in 1979 as a multi-sport event. In the football portion, Mauritius participated along with Réunion, Seychelles, Comoros, and the Maldives. Madagascar did not join until the second Indian Ocean Island Games, which was in Mauritius in 1985. The three triangulaire teams have been to every Indian Ocean Island Games since.

Madagascar Island nation off the coast of Southeast Africa, in the Indian Ocean

Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa. At 592,800 square kilometres (228,900 sq mi) Madagascar is the world's 2nd largest island country. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar and numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from the Indian subcontinent around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island's diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the encroachment of the rapidly growing human population and other environmental threats.

Mauritius Island nation in the Indian Ocean

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, 560 kilometres east of Mauritius, and the outer islands of Agaléga and St. Brandon. The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The area of the country is 2,040 km2. The capital and largest city is Port Louis.

The competition has been won by its host country on seven of the nine occasions it has been held.

Participants

Comoros national football team national association football team

The Comoros national football team represents the Comoros in international football and is controlled by the Comoros Football Federation. It was formed in 1979, joined the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2003, and became a FIFA member in 2005.

Madagascar national football team national association football team

The Madagascar national football team, nicknamed Barea after the island's zebu, is the national team of Madagascar and is controlled by the Malagasy Football Federation. It has never qualified for the finals of the World Cup. It took part in its first Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Among its biggest wins was a 1–0 home victory over Egypt in the qualification rounds of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations until being surpassed by a recent shocking 2–0 win over Nigeria in the group stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Reflecting the official name of the country at the time, the team was known as the Malagasy Republic national football team between 1958 and 1975.

The Maldives national football team represents the Maldives in international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Maldives. A member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), it qualified for the second stage of Asian qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, where it drew with South Korea at home 0–0.

Past results

[1]

YearHostFinalThird Place Match
ChampionScoreSecond PlaceThird PlaceScoreFourth Place
1979
Details
Flag of France.svg  Réunion Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
2–1Flag of Seychelles (1977-1996).svg
Seychelles
Flag of the Comoros (1978-1992).svg
Comoros
1Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
1985
Details
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
4–4
(4–2 pen.)
Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
Flag of the Comoros (1978-1992).svg
Comoros
2Flag of Madagascar.svg
Madagascar
1990
Details
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar Flag of Madagascar.svg
Madagascar
5–1Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
Flag of Seychelles (1977-1996).svg
Seychelles
3–1Flag of the Comoros (1978-1992).svg
Comoros
1993
Details
Flag of Seychelles (1977-1996).svg  Seychelles Flag of Madagascar.svg
Madagascar
1–0Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
6–2Flag of Seychelles (1977-1996).svg
Seychelles
1998
Details
Flag of France.svg  Réunion Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
3–3
(7–6 pen.)
Flag of Madagascar.svg
Madagascar
Flag of the Seychelles.svg
Seychelles
4–3Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
2003
Details
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
2–1Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
Flag of the Seychelles.svg
Seychelles
2–0Flag of the Comoros.svg
Comoros
2007
Details
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
1–1
(7–6 pen.)
Flag of Madagascar.svg
Madagascar
Flag of Mayotte (local).svg
Mayotte
1–1
(4–2 pen.)
Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
2011
Details
Flag of the Seychelles.svg  Seychelles Flag of the Seychelles.svg
Seychelles
1–1
(4–3 pen.)
Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
1–0Flag of Mayotte (local).svg
Mayotte
2015
Details
Flag of France.svg  Réunion Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
3–1Flag of Mayotte (local).svg
Mayotte
Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
3–1Flag of Madagascar.svg
Madagascar
2019
Details
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
1–1
(1-0 pen.)
Flag of Mauritius.svg
Mauritius
Flag of Mayotte (local).svg
Mayotte
3–1Flag of the Seychelles.svg
Seychelles

1 The match was scratched and Comoros were awarded third place as Mauritius were unable to travel to Réunion for the match.

2 The match was scratched and Comoros were awarded third place as Madagascar failed to appear at the stadium for the match.

Final Positions

TeamChampionsRunners-upThird-placeFourth-placeParticipation
Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg  Réunion 5 (1979, 1998, 2007, 2015, 2019)3 (1985, 1993, 2003)1 (2011)8
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius 2 (1985, 2003)3 (1990, 2011, 2019)2 (1993, 2015)3 (1979, 1998, 2007)9
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar 2 (1990, 1993)2 (1998, 2007)2 (1985, 2015)7
Flag of the Seychelles.svg  Seychelles 1 (2011)1 (1979)3 (1990, 1998, 2003)2 (1993, 2019)8
Flag of France.svg  Mayotte 1 (2015)2 (2007, 2019)1 (2011)3
Flag of the Comoros.svg  Comoros 2 (1979, 1985)2 (1990, 2003)8
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 3

Women's tournament

In 2015 a women's tournament was held.

YearWinnerRunner-up3rd place4th place
2015Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg
Réunion
Flag of Madagascar.svg
Madagascar
Flag of France.svg
Mayotte
Flag of the Seychelles.svg
Seychelles

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References

  1. "Jeux des Iles de l'Océan Indien (Indian Ocean Games)". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.