Football at the Island Games

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Football at the Island Games
Founded1989
RegionInternational
Current championsMen
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man
(1st title)
Women
Flag of Gotland.svg  Gotland
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)Men
Flag of Guernsey.svg  Guernsey
Flag of Jersey.svg  Jersey
(3 titles)
Women -
Flag of Aland.svg  Åland Islands
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands
(3 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg
Gotland 2017 – Men's
Gotland 2017 – Women's

Football has been a regular event since 1989 at the Island Games , [1] [2] the biennial multi-sports event for island nations, territories and dependencies. A 5-a-side competition for under-16s was held at the inaugural event on the Isle of Man, and the success this minor competition brought to the games meant senior men's football was included on the itinerary for the first time in the Faroe Islands, in 1989. Women's football was included on the games' schedule for the first time in 2001.

Island Games international multi-sports event

The Island Games are an international multi-sports event organised by the International Island Games Association (IIGA). Competitor teams each represent different island communities which are IIGA members. Currently all competitor teams represent non-sovereign territories of European nations - some within European waters and some further overseas.

Isle of Man British Crown dependency

The Isle of Man, sometimes referred to simply as Mann, is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann and is represented by a lieutenant governor. Defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom.

Faroe Islands Autonomus constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark

The Faroe Islands, or the Faeroe Islands—a North Atlantic archipelago located 200 miles (320 km) north-northwest of the United Kingdom and about halfway between Norway and Iceland—are an autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark. Total area is about 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi) with a population of 50,322 in October 2017.

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Over the years, the competition has grown in stature, becoming one of the most important competitions for 'national' teams in non-FIFA football, and has grown from a five-team round robin competition to a 16-team tournament. Football will not be included in the 2019 Island Games as hosts Gibraltar do not have enough pitches. As a replacement the 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament will be held in Anglesey, although it will not officially be part of the games.

The XVIII Island Games will be held in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar between 6 and 12 July 2019. This will be the second time that the nation has hosted the games, the first being in 1995.

Gibraltar British Overseas Territory

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi) and is bordered to the north by Spain. The landscape is dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar at the foot of which is a densely populated town area, home to over 30,000 people, primarily Gibraltarians. It shares a maritime border with Morocco.

The 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament is an association football tournament to be held between 15 and 22 June 2019 in Anglesey, Wales. It is being organised due to the hosts of the 2019 Island Games, Gibraltar being unable to run a tournament due to lack of pitches. As football is one of the most popular sports at the games it was decided to hold the matches elsewhere, albeit with the results not officially part of the Island Games history.

Men's Tournament

Results

YearGamesHostFinalThird Place
Gold Score Silver Bronze ScoreFourth place
1989
details
III Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg
Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Group Stage Flag of Anglesey.svg Ynys Môn Åland Flag of Aland.svg Group Stage Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland
1991
details
IV Flag of Aland.svg
Åland
Faroe Islands Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg 2 – 0 Flag of Anglesey.svg Ynys Môn Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 2 – 0 Flag of Aland.svg Åland
1993
details
V Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg
Isle of Wight
Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 5 – 1 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man Åland Flag of Aland.svg 2 – 1 Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland
1995
details
VI Flag of Gibraltar.svg
Gibraltar
Isle of Wight Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg 1 – 0 Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 6 – 3 Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland
1997
details
VII Flag of Jersey.svg
Jersey
Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 1 – 0 Flag of Anglesey.svg Ynys Môn Isle of Wight Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg 3 – 1 Flag of Guernsey.svg Guernsey
1999
details
VIII Flag of Gotland.svg
Gotland
Ynys Môn Flag of Anglesey.svg [3] 1 – 0 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man Isle of Wight Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg 2 – 0 Flag of Jersey.svg Jersey
2001
details
IX Flag of the Isle of Man.svg
Isle of Man
Guernsey Flag of Guernsey.svg 0 – 0
(p.s.o)
Flag of Anglesey.svg Ynys Môn Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 2 – 0 Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg Isle of Wight
2003
details
X Flag of Guernsey.svg
Guernsey
Guernsey Flag of Guernsey.svg 3 – 1 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 3 – 0 Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg Isle of Wight
2005
details
XI Flag of Shetland.svg
Shetland
Shetland Flag of Shetland.svg 2 – 0 Flag of Guernsey.svg Guernsey Western Isles Western Isles Council Flag.svg 4 – 0 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man
2007
details
XII Flag of Greece.svg
Rhodes
Gibraltar Flag of Gibraltar.svg 4 – 0 Flag of Greece.svg Rhodes Western Isles Western Isles Council Flag.svg 1 – 0 Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda
2009
details
XIII Flag of Aland.svg
Åland
Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 2 – 1 Flag of Aland.svg Åland Guernsey Flag of Guernsey.svg 5 – 0 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man
2011
details [4]
XIV Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg 4 – 2 Flag of Guernsey.svg Guernsey Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 5 – 1 Flag of Aland.svg Åland
2013
details [5]
XV Flag of Bermuda.svg
Bermuda
Bermuda  Flag of Bermuda.svg1 – 0Flag of Greenland.svg  Greenland Falkland Islands  Flag of the Falkland Islands.svg6 – 0Flag of Froya.svg  Frøya
2015
details [6]
XVI Flag of Jersey.svg
Jersey
Guernsey  Flag of Guernsey.svg3 – 0 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man Menorca  Bandera de Menorca.svg1 – 0 Flag of Shetland.svg Shetland
2017
details
XVII Flag of Gotland.svg
Gotland
Isle of Man Flag of the Isle of Man.svg 6 – 0Flag of Greenland.svg  Greenland Guernsey  Flag of Guernsey.svg1 – 0Bandera de Menorca.svg  Menorca

Medalists

Team Gold Silver Bronze
Flag of Guernsey.svg Guernsey 3 ('01, '03, '15)2 ('05, '11)1 ('09, '17)
Flag of Jersey.svg Jersey 3 ('93, '97, '09)5 ('91, '95, '01, '03, '11)
Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg Isle of Wight 2 ('95, '11)2 ('97, '99)
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands 2 ('89, '91)
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man 1 ('17)4 ('93, '99, '03, '15)
Flag of Anglesey.svg Ynys Môn 1 ('99)4 ('89, '91, '97, '01)
Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar 1 ('07)1 ('95)
Flag of Shetland.svg Shetland 1 ('05)
Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda 1 ('13)
Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland 2 ('13, '17)
Flag of Aland.svg Åland 1 ('09)2 ('89, '93)
Flag of Greece.svg Rhodes 1 ('07)
Western Isles Council Flag.svg Western Isles 2 ('05, '07)
Flag of the Falkland Islands.svg Falkland Islands 1 ('13)
Bandera de Menorca.svg Minorca 1 ('15)

Performances by team

Year
Participants
1989
5
1991
8
1993
8
1995
8
1997
9
1999
14
2001
12
2003
15
2005
10
2007
11
2009
16
2011
15
2013
4
2015
16
2017
16
Flag of Aland.svg  Åland Islands 3rd4th3rd7th6th7th7th2nd4th9th7th
Flag of Alderney.svg  Alderney 11th14th16th15th
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 4th1st
Flag of the Falkland Islands.svg  Falkland Islands 11th10th16th13th3rd12th16th
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 1st1st
Flag of Froya.svg  Frøya 7th12th13th8th15th4th14th
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 8th2nd6th11th5th6th1st9th5th10th
Flag of Gotland.svg  Gotland 7th9th6th11th10th14th6th
Flag of Greenland.svg  Greenland 4th8th4th4th9th8th9th10th8th12th11th2nd5th2nd
Flag of Guernsey.svg  Guernsey 6th5th4th9th1st1st2nd3rd2nd1st3rd
Hitra crest flag.svg  Hitra 8th13th15th12th
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man 2nd8th2nd7th2nd4th4th8th2nd1st
Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg  Isle of Wight 7th5th=1st3rd3rd4th4th10th1st6th
Flag of Jersey.svg  Jersey 3rd1st3rd1st4th3rd3rd5th1st3rd7th5th
Bandera de Menorca.svg  Menorca 9th7th7th3rd4th
2007 Flag of Orkney.svg  Orkney 12th8th9th9th
Flag of Greece.svg  Rhodes 5th6thDNF2nd5thDSQ
Saaremaa lipp.svg  Saare County 14th10th12th6th10th14th6th13th13th
Flag of Sark.svg  Sark 14th
Flag of Shetland.svg  Shetland 5th5th7th5th10th8th7th1st13th4th10th
Western Isles Council Flag.svg  Western Isles 3rd3rd8th12th11th11th
Flag of Anglesey.svg  Ynys Môn 2nd2nd5th=6th2nd1st2nd5th5th11th6th9th8th8th

Top goalscorers

YearPlayerGoals
1989 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Bergur Magnussen11
1991 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Jens Erik Rasmussen6
1993 Flag of Jersey.svg Adam Greig7
1995 Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg Adam Barsdell4
1997 Flag of Anglesey.svg Eifion Williams 6
1999 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Peter Langridge9
2001 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Chris Higgins
Flag of Jersey.svg Daniel Craven
5
2003 Flag of Gibraltar.svg Roy Chipolina
Flag of Gibraltar.svg Graham Alvez
9
2005 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Peter Langridge
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Johnny Myers
Saaremaa lipp.svg Martti Pukk
4
2007?
2009 Flag of Gibraltar.svg Lee Casciaro
Flag of Guernsey.svg Ross Allen
5
2011 Flag of Aland.svg Peter Lundberg5
2013 Flag of Bermuda.svg Zeko Lewis
Flag of Bermuda.svg Rai Simons
Flag of Greenland.svg John-Ludvig Broberg
Flag of Greenland.svg Norsaq Lund Mathæussen
Flag of Bermuda.svg Lejuan Simmons
Flag of Bermuda.svg Angelo Simmons
3
2015 Flag of Guernsey.svg Dominic Heaume
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Ashley Webster
Flag of Shetland.svg Leighton Flaws
Flag of Shetland.svg Shane Jamieson
4
2017 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Calum Morrissey8

Women's Tournament

Results

YearGamesHostFinalThird Place
Gold Score Silver Bronze ScoreFourth place
2001
details
IX Flag of the Isle of Man.svg
Isle of Man
Faroe Islands Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg 5 – 4 Flag of Aland.svg Åland Islands Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 3 – 2 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man
2003
details
X Flag of Guernsey.svg
Guernsey
Faroe Islands Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg 5 – 2 Flag of Gotland.svg Gotland Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 3 – 2 Flag of Guernsey.svg Guernsey
2005
details
XI Flag of Shetland.svg
Shetland
Faroe Islands Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Group stage Flag of Aland.svg Åland Islands Bermuda Flag of Bermuda.svg Group stage Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man
2007
details
XII Flag of Greece.svg
Rhodes
Åland Islands Flag of Aland.svg 3 – 0 Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Prince Edward Island Bermuda Flag of Bermuda.svg 0 – 0
(p.s.o)
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man
2009
details
XIII Flag of Aland.svg
Åland
Åland Islands Flag of Aland.svg 2 – 0 Flag of Gotland.svg Gotland Isle of Man Flag of the Isle of Man.svg 3 – 1 Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg Isle of Wight
2011
details [4]
XIV Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg
Isle of Wight
Åland Islands Flag of Aland.svg 5 – 1 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man Greenland Flag of Greenland.svg 1 – 0 Western Isles Council Flag.svg Western Isles
2013
details
XV Flag of Bermuda.svg
Bermuda
Bermuda Flag of Bermuda.svg 0 – 0
(p.s.o)
Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland Hitra Hitra crest flag.svg Lost semi-final
2015
details [7]
XVI Flag of Jersey.svg
Jersey
Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg [8] 1 – 0
Flag of Aland.svg Åland Islands Gotland Flag of Gotland.svg 2 – 0 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man
2017
details
XVII Flag of Gotland.svg
Gotland
Gotland Flag of Gotland.svg 2 – 1 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man Jersey Flag of Jersey.svg 3 – 1 Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg Isle of Wight

Medalists

Team Gold Silver Bronze
Flag of Aland.svg Åland 3 (07', 09', 11')3 (01', 05', 15')
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands 3 (01', 03', 05')
Flag of Gotland.svg Gotland 1 (17')2 (03', 09')1 (15')
Flag of Jersey.svg Jersey 1 (15')3 (01', 03', 17')
Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda 1 (13')2 (05', 07')
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man 2 (11', 17')1 (09')
Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland 1 (13')1 (11')
Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Prince Edward Island 1 (07')
Hitra crest flag.svg Hitra 1 (13')

Performances by team

Year
Participants
2001
7
2003
8
2005
6
2007
11
2009
10
2011
10
2013
3
2015
11

2017
11

Flag of Aland.svg Åland Islands 2nd2nd1st1st1st2nd5th
Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda 3rd3rd1st
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands 1st1st1st
Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar 10th11th10th
Flag of Gotland.svg Gotland 2nd6th2nd7th3rd1st
Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland 8th7th3rd2nd9th8th
Flag of Guernsey.svg Guernsey 6th4th5th7th8th8th
Hitra crest flag.svg Hitra 9th9th3rd6th9th
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man 4th8th4th4th3rd2nd4th2nd
Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg Isle of Wight 5th5th5th4th5th5th4th
Flag of Jersey.svg Jersey 3rd3rd11th6th8th1st3rd
Bandera de Menorca.svg Menorca 6th
Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Prince Edward Island 2nd
Flag of Greece.svg Rhodes 7th10th
Saaremaa lipp.svg Saaremaa 10th6th
Flag of Shetland.svg Shetland 6th
Western Isles Council Flag.svg Western Isles 9th5th4th7th7th
Flag of Anglesey.svg Ynys Môn 7th6th10th11th

Top goalscorers

YearPlayerGoals
2001?
2003?
2005 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Rannvá B. Andreasen 7
2007?
2009 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Donna Shimmin8
2011 Flag of Aland.svg Adelina Engman
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Jade Burden
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Eleanor Gawne
5
2013 Flag of Bermuda.svg Tschana Wade
Flag of Greenland.svg Laila Platoú
3
2015?
2017 Flag of the Isle of Wight.svg Gemma Woodford6

See also

N.F.-Board

The N.F.-Board was a federation of football associations established on 12 December 2003 and defunct since January 2013 It was made up of teams that represent nations, dependencies, unrecognized states, minorities, stateless peoples, regions and micronations not affiliated to FIFA. One of the founders was Luc Misson, a lawyer who represented Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman in a case that led to the Bosman ruling.

Related Research Articles

International Island Games Association organizer of the Island Games

The International Island Games Association (IIGA) is an organisation the sole purpose of which is to organise the Island Games, a friendly biennial multi-sport competition between teams from several European islands and other small territories. The IIGA liaises with the member island associations and with sponsors of the games. It investigates whether islands wanting to join fit the membership criteria.

Gibraltar national football team mens national association football team representing Gibraltar

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FIFA is the international governing body of association football, charged with overseeing football globally and with running international representative matches. However, some international football takes place outside its ratification. This often consists of matches involving sub-national entities such as islands, colonies or autonomous regions. Representative matches also occur involving states with limited international recognition who are unable to qualify for FIFA membership. There are also a limited number of states whose representative teams are not affiliated to FIFA. Historically, a number of competitions occurred outside FIFA's auspices.

Falkland Islands official football team Falkland Islands official association football team

The Falkland Islands official football team is a representative football team of the Falkland Islands, organised by the Falkland Islands Football League. The Falkland Islands Football League does not belong to the CONMEBOL, as its member countries support Argentina in the sovereignty conflict, and therefore neither can be a member of FIFA. Thus, the team is not eligible to play in official competitions such as the World Cup and the Copa América. The team has played in the Island Games in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. In 2013 the team enjoyed a record win and a 3rd place medal.

The 1989 Island Games in the Faroe Islands was the 1st edition in which a men's football (soccer) tournament was played at the multi-games competition. It was contested by 5 teams.

Ynys Môn football team mens association football team representing Ynys Môn

The Ynys Môn football team represents the island of Anglesey at the biannual Island Games. Ynys Môn is not a member of FIFA or UEFA, it is an island county within Wales and plays under the auspices of the Football Association of Wales, the governing body for football in Wales.

2009 Island Games

The XIII Island Games were held in Åland, Finland, June 27-July 4, 2009. For the 13th edition of the Games, 25 teams competed in 14 different sports.

2011 Island Games

The XIV Island Games was a major international multi-sport event held from 25 June to 1 July 2011, in the Isle of Wight, England. A total of 2,306 athletes from 24 islands competed in 15 sports and 190 events. The 2011 Island Games was the second Island Games to be hosted by the Isle of Wight. Previously, the Isle of Wight hosted the 1993 Island Games.

2013 Island Games multi-sport event held in Bermuda

The XV Island Games were held in Bermuda from 13 to 19 July 2013. Bermuda was selected to host the Games by default after Prince Edward Island withdrew from the International Island Games Association.

The 2015 Island Games in Jersey was the fourteenth edition in which an association football tournament was played at the multi-games competition.

2015 Island Games sporting event

The XVI Island Games was held in Jersey, Channel Islands, from 27 June to 3 July 2015. This was the second time that the island has hosted the games, the first being in 1997.

2017 Island Games

The XVII Island Games was held in Gotland, Sweden, from 24 June to 30 June 2017. This was the second time that the island has hosted the games, the first being in 1999.

Triathlon is an event at the Island Games, the biennial multi-sports event for island nations, territories and dependencies. Men's and Women's triathlon was included on the itinerary for the first time in the Isle of Man, in 2001. Not every games has included a triathlon competition.

Tennis is an event at the Island Games, the biennial multi-sports event for island nations, territories and dependencies.

Gymnastics is an event at the Island Games, the biennial multi-sports event for island nations, territories and dependencies.

Sailing is an event at the Island Games, the biennial multi-sports event for island nations, territories and dependencies.

Swimming is an event at the Island Games, the biennial multi-sports event for island nations, territories and dependencies.

The XIX Island Games will be held in Guernsey, Channel Islands in summer 2021. This will be the third time that the island has hosted the games, the first being in 1987, the second in 2003.

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