The national football teams of the four Home Nations of the United Kingdom have played each other more times than any other footballing nations in the world. The world's first international football match was played between Scotland and England in Glasgow in 1872 (a 0–0 draw). From then on, all four teams started playing regular friendlies against each other. In 1883 a formal competition between the UK's teams, the British Home Championship, was introduced, guaranteeing that each team would play the other three at least once a season. The Championship was discontinued in 1984, partly due to problems of crowd trouble, and partly due to the desire of England (and to a lesser extent Scotland) to contest international fixtures against larger and more powerful nations.
While the British Home Championship was being played, the UK teams were also drawn together on a number of occasions during qualification competitions for the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships. Early tournaments simply used the British Championship as a qualifying group, but during qualification for the 1974 World Cup, England and Wales were drawn in the same group. Subsequent to this, three more qualification tournaments saw UK teams drawn together while the British Championship was being played. Since the end of the British Home Championship, the teams have played each other mainly when drawn together in international competitions such as the European Championship or the World Cup, with occasional friendly fixtures.
|1949–10–01||1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Ireland||2–8||Scotland||Windsor Park, Belfast||Also 1950 British Home Championship|
|1949–10–15||1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||1–4||England||Ninian Park, Cardiff||Also 1950 British Home Championship|
|1949–11–09||1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||2–0||Wales||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Also 1950 British Home Championship|
|1949–11–16||1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying||England||9–2||Ireland||Maine Road, Manchester||Also 1950 British Home Championship|
|1950–03–08||1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||0–0||Ireland||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||Also 1950 British Home Championship|
|1950–04–15||1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||0–1||England||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Also 1950 British Home Championship|
|1953–10–03||1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Northern Ireland||1–3||Scotland||Windsor Park, Belfast||Also 1954 British Home Championship|
|1953–10–10||1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||1–4||England||Ninian Park, Cardiff||Also 1954 British Home Championship|
|1953–11–04||1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||3–3||Wales||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Also 1954 British Home Championship|
|1953–11–11||1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying||England||3–1||Northern Ireland||Goodison Park, Liverpool||Also 1954 British Home Championship|
|1954–03–31||1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||1–2||Northern Ireland||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||Also 1954 British Home Championship|
|1954–04–03||1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||2–4||England||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Also 1954 British Home Championship|
|1972–11–15||1974 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||0–1||England||Ninian Park, Cardiff|
|1973–01–24||1974 FIFA World Cup qualifying||England||1–1||Wales||Wembley Stadium (I), London|
|1976–11–17||1978 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||1–0||Wales||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1977–10–12||1978 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||0–2||Scotland||Anfield, Liverpool|
|1981–03–25||1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||1–1||Northern Ireland||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1981–10–14||1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Northern Ireland||0–0||Scotland||Windsor Park, Belfast|
|1985–02–27||1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Northern Ireland||0–1||England||Windsor Park, Belfast|
|1985–03–27||1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||0–1||Wales||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1985–09–10||1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||1–1||Scotland||Ninian Park, Cardiff|
|1985–11–13||1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying||England||0–0||Northern Ireland||Wembley Stadium (I), London|
|2004–09–08||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||2–2||Northern Ireland||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|2004–10–08||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Northern Ireland||2–3||Wales||Windsor Park, Belfast|
|2004–10–09||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying||England||2–0||Wales||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|2005–03–26||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying||England||4–0||Northern Ireland||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|2005–09–03||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||0-1||England||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|2005–09–07||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Northern Ireland||1–0||England||Windsor Park, Belfast|
|2012–10–12||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Wales||2–1||Scotland||Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff|
|2013–03–22||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||1–2||Wales||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|2016–11–11||2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying||England||3–0||Scotland||Wembley Stadium, London|
|2017–06–10||2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Scotland||2–2||England||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1979–02–07||UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying||England||4–0||Northern Ireland||Wembley Stadium (I), London|
|1979–10–17||UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying||Northern Ireland||1–5||England||Windsor Park, Belfast|
|1986–10–15||UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying||England||3–0||Northern Ireland||Wembley Stadium (I), London|
|1987–04–01||UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying||Northern Ireland||0–2||England||Windsor Park, Belfast|
|1996–06–15||UEFA Euro 1996 finals – group stage||Scotland||0–2||England||Wembley Stadium (I), London|
|1999–11–13||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying||Scotland||0–2||England||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1999–11–17||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying||England||0–1||Scotland||Wembley Stadium (I), London|
|2011–03–26||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying||Wales||0–2||England||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|2011–09–06||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying||England||1–0||Wales||Wembley Stadium, London|
|2016–06–16||UEFA Euro 2016 finals – group stage||England||2–1||Wales||Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens|
|2016–06–25||UEFA Euro 2016 finals – round of 16||Wales||1–0||Northern Ireland||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|2021–06–18||UEFA Euro 2020 finals – group stage||England||0–0||Scotland||Wembley Stadium, London|
The British Home Championship (also known as the Home International Championship, the Home Internationals and the British Championship) was an annual football competition contested between the United Kingdom's four national teams: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (the last of whom competed as Ireland for most of the competition's history). Starting during the 1883–84 season, it was the oldest international football tournament and it was contested until the 1983–84 season, when it was abolished after 100 years.
The 1949–50 and 1953–54 championships doubled up as qualifying stages for the 1950 FIFA World Cup and 1954 FIFA World Cup respectively.
|1872–11–30||Scotland||0–0||England||Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow|
|1873–03–08||England||4–2||Scotland||Kennington Oval, London|
|1874–03–07||Scotland||2–1||England||Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow|
|1875–03–06||England||2–2||Scotland||Kennington Oval, London|
|1876–03–04||Scotland||3–0||England||Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow|
|1876–03–25||Scotland||4–0||Wales||Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow|
|1877–03–03||England||1–3||Scotland||Kennington Oval, London|
|1877–03–05||Wales||0–2||Scotland||Acton Park, Wrexham|
|1878–03–02||Scotland||7–2||England||Hampden Park (I), Glasgow|
|1878–03–23||Scotland||9–0||Wales||Hampden Park (I), Glasgow|
|1879–01–18||England||2–1||Wales||Kennington Oval, London|
|1879–04–05||England||5–4||Scotland||Kennington Oval, London|
|1879–04–07||Wales||0–3||Scotland||Acton Park, Wrexham|
|1880–03–13||Scotland||5–4||England||Hampden Park (I), Glasgow|
|1880–03–15||Wales||2–3||England||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham|
|1880–03–27||Scotland||5–1||Wales||Hampden Park (I), Glasgow|
|1881–01–18||England||0–1||Wales||Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn|
|1881–03–12||England||1–6||Scotland||Kennington Oval, London|
|1881–03–14||Wales||1–5||Scotland||Acton Park, Wrexham|
|1882–02–18||Ireland||0–13||England||Knock Ground, Belfast|
|1882–03–11||Scotland||5–1||England||Hampden Park (I), Glasgow|
|1882–03–13||Wales||5–3||England||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham|
|1882–03–25||Scotland||5–0||Wales||Hampden Park (I), Glasgow|
|1883–02–03||England||5–0||Scotland||Kennington Oval, London|
|1883–02–24||England||7–0||Ireland||Aigburth Cricket Ground, Liverpool|
|1883–03–10||England||2–3||Scotland||Bramall Lane, Sheffield|
|1883–03–12||Wales||0–3||Scotland||Acton Park, Wrexham|
|1973–02–14||Scotland||0–5||England||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1976–03–24||Wales||1–2||England||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham|
|1992–02–18||Scotland||1–0||Northern Ireland||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1997–05–27||Scotland||0–1||Wales||Rugby Park, Kilmarnock|
|2004–02–18||Wales||4–0||Scotland||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|2007–02–06||Northern Ireland||0–0||Wales||Windsor Park, Belfast|
|2008–08–20||Scotland||0–0||Northern Ireland||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|2009–11–14||Wales||3–0||Scotland||Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff|
|2013–08–14||England||3–2||Scotland||Wembley Stadium, London|
|2014–11–18||Scotland||1–3||England||Celtic Park, Glasgow|
|2015–03–25||Scotland||1–0||Northern Ireland||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|2016–03–24||Wales||1–1||Northern Ireland||Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff|
|2020–10–08||England||3–0||Wales||Wembley Stadium, London|
|1985–05–25||Rous Cup||Scotland||1–0||England||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1986–04–23||Rous Cup||England||2–1||Scotland||Wembley Stadium (I), London|
|1987–05–23||Rous Cup||Scotland||0–0||England||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|1988–05–21||Rous Cup||England||1–0||Scotland||Wembley Stadium (I), London|
|1989–05–27||Rous Cup||Scotland||0–2||England||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|2011–02–09||2011 Nations Cup||Northern Ireland||0–3||Scotland||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
|2011–05–25||2011 Nations Cup||Wales||1–3||Scotland||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
|2011–05–25||2011 Nations Cup||Wales||2–0||Northern Ireland||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
Seven British overseas territories have a national football team affiliated to FIFA - Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands. All play within the CONCACAF (North American) area, with the exception of Gibraltar. This makes fixtures between the Home Nations and the overseas territories rare, although the North American overseas territories play between each other often.
In 2013, the Gibraltar Football Association became a member of UEFA enabling their national team to play international fixtures. This opened the possibility of Gibraltar playing against a Home Nation during the qualification phase of major international competitions. To date, there have only been two matches between Gibraltar and one of the Home Nations – Scotland played them twice as part of their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification group, beating them on both occasions. These fixtures are the only occasions when a Home Nation and an overseas territory have played each other in an official international match.
|2016–03–29||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Scotland||6–1||Gibraltar||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|2016–10–11||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Gibraltar||0–6||Scotland||Estádio Algarve, Faro|
|10 May 1991||St. Kitts and Nevis||British Virgin Islands - Cayman Islands||1–2|
|2 March 1994||Cayman Islands||British Virgin Islands - Cayman Islands||0–5|
|3 April 1997||Dominica||British Virgin Islands - Anguilla||4–1|
|5 February 1999||British Virgin Islands||British Virgin Islands - Montserrat||3–1|
|7 February 1999||British Virgin Islands||British Virgin Islands - Montserrat||3–0|
|5 March 2000||British Virgin Islands||British Virgin Islands - Bermuda||1–5|
|19 March 2000||Bermuda||British Virgin Islands - Bermuda||0–9|
|4 April 2001||Martinique||British Virgin Islands - Cayman Islands||2–2|
|26 November 2004||St. Vincent and the Grenadines||British Virgin Islands - Cayman Islands||0–1||2005 Caribbean Cup|
|28 November 2004||St. Vincent and the Grenadines||British Virgin Islands - Bermuda||2–0||2005 Caribbean Cup|
|3 June 2014||Aruba||British Virgin Islands - Turks and Caicos Islands||0–2|
|21 March 2019||Anguilla||British Virgin Islands - Turks and Caicos Islands||2–2|
|14 May 1991||Vieux Fort National Stadium, Vieux Fort (N)||Montserrat - Anguilla||1–1||1991 Caribbean Cup Group Stage|
|26 March 1995||Sturge Park, Plymouth (H)||Montserrat - Anguilla||3–2||1995 Caribbean Cup First Qualifying Round|
|2 April 1995||Webster Park, The Valley (A)||Montserrat - Anguilla||1–0|| 1995 Caribbean Cup |
First Qualifying Round
|5 February 1999||Sherly Ground, Road Town (A)||Montserrat - British Virgin Islands||1–3||1999 Caribbean Nations Cup Preliminary Round|
|7 February 1999||Sherly Ground, Road Town (A)||Montserrat - British Virgin Islands||0–3||1999 Caribbean Nations Cup Preliminary Round|
|8 February 2001||Stade Alberic Richards, Marigot (N)||Montserrat - Anguilla||1–4||2001 Caribbean Nations Cup Preliminary Round|
|29 February 2004||Bermuda National Stadium, Devonshire Parish (A)||Montserrat - Bermuda||0–13||2006 FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Round|
|21 March 2004||Blakes Estate Stadium, Plymouth (H)||Montserrat - Bermuda||0–7||2006 FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Round|
|9 September 2012||Stade d'Honneur de Dillon, Fort-de-France (N)||Montserrat - British Virgin Islands||7–0||2012 Caribbean Championship qualification|
|22 March 2019||Ed Bush Stadium, West Bay (A)||Montserrat - Cayman Islands||2–0||2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying|
|10 May 1998||Cayman Islands - Bermuda||2-0||Caribbean Cup|
|07 May 1999||Bermuda - Cayman Islands||4-1||Caribbean Cup|
|24 Nov 2004||Cayman Islands - Bermuda||1-2||Caribbean Cup|
|04 Sep 2006||Cayman Islands - Turks and Caicos Islands||0-2||Caribbean Cup|
|03 Feb 2008||Bermuda - Cayman Islands||1-1||FIFA World Cup|
|30 Mar 2008||Cayman Islands - Bermuda||1-3||FIFA World Cup|
|31 Aug 2008||Cayman Islands - Bermuda||0-0||Caribbean Cup|
|04 Oct 2010||Cayman Islands - Anguilla||4-1||Caribbean Cup|
|22 Mar 2019||Cayman Islands - Montserrat||1-2||CONCACAF Nations League|
|08 Jun 2021||Bermuda - Cayman Islands||1-1||FIFA World Cup|
|09/09/99||.||Bermuda - Cayman Islands||3–1|
|11/09/99||.||Bermuda - Cayman Islands||1-0|
|25 February 2000||British Virgin Islands||British Virgin Islands - Anguilla||3–4|
|27 February 2000||British Virgin Islands||British Virgin Islands - Anguilla||4–0|
|6 July 2002||British Virgin Islands||British Virgin Islands - Anguilla||2–1|
|4 July 2007|| Rhodes |
Football at the 2007 Island Games – Men's tournament
|Gibraltar - Bermuda||2–0|
|18 September 2010||Saint-Martin||British Virgin Islands - Anguilla||2–1|
|7 July 2012||British Virgin Islands||British Virgin Islands - Anguilla||1–0|
|15 July 2013|| Bermuda |
Football at the 2013 Island Games – Men's tournament
|Bermuda - Falkland Islands||8–0|
|Nov 11 2018||Falkland Islands||Falkland Islands - FA England Representative Team||1–3|
The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in men's international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It competes in the three major professional tournaments: the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Nations League and the UEFA European Championship. Scotland, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee, and therefore the national team does not compete in the Olympic Games. The majority of Scotland's home matches are played at the national stadium, Hampden Park.
The Republic of Ireland national football team represents Ireland in men's international football. It is governed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).
The Wales national football team represents Wales in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the governing body for football in Wales and the third-oldest national football association in the world, founded in 1876.
The San Marino national football team represents San Marino in men's international football competitions and it is controlled by the San Marino Football Federation (FSGC). The team represents the smallest population of any UEFA member.
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The Slovakia national football team represents Slovakia in men's international football competition and it is governed by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium from 2019 is the reconstructed Tehelné pole in Bratislava. Their head coach is Štefan Tarkovič. Slovakia is one of the newest national football teams in the world, having split from the Czechoslovakia national team after the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major tournaments since.
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The Wales national football team is the third-oldest side in international association football. The team played their first match in March 1876, four years after Scotland and England had contested the first-ever international match. Wales played annual fixtures against Scotland, England, and later Ireland, and these were eventually organised into the British Home Championship, an annual competition between the Home Nations. Wales did not win their first championship until the 1906–07 tournament and this remained the nation's only triumph before the First World War. Wales improved considerably in the post-war period, and claimed three titles during the 1920s, although the team was often hindered by the reluctance of Football League clubs to release their players for international duty. The situation was so grave that, in the early 1930s, Wales were forced to select a team of lower league and amateur players which became known as "Keenor and the 10 unknowns", a reference to captain Fred Keenor and the relative obscurity of his teammates.