Sealand national football team

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Sealand national football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Seals
Association Sealand National Football Association (SNFA)
Confederation N.F.-Board
Head coach Ed Stubbs
Most caps Christian Gunn (5)
Top scorer Ryan Moore (2)
Sam Churchman (2)
Dan Smith (2)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Flag of Åland.svg Åland Islands 2 – 2 Sealand Flag of Sealand.svg
(15 May 2004)
Biggest win
Flag of Sealand.svg Sealand 4 – 2 Chagos Islands 
(23 February 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Occitania 8 – 0 Sealand Flag of Sealand.svg
(5 July 2013)

The Sealand national football team is the team that represents the Principality of Sealand. It is not a member of FIFA or UEFA, but is an associate member of the N.F.-Board, an organisation for teams who are not members of FIFA. They were admitted to the N.F.-Board as a provisional member in 2005 and as an associate member in 2006.[1]

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The Sealand National Football Association (SNFA) was founded in 2003. In 2004, they played their first game against Åland drawing 2–2.[2] All the players on the Sealand team were members of Vestbjerg Vintage Idrætsforening, a veterans side from Aalborg. However, the Danish-based SNFA ended their activities in 2006 and Sealand football took a break.

Recent times[edit]

On 23 December 2009, Scottish author Neil Forsyth was appointed head of the revived SNFA.[3] He stated a goal of participation in the 2010 VIVA World Cup, a dream ultimately ended by a lack of finance.

On 5 May 2012, Sealand took to the field against fellow N.F.-Board members the Chagos Islands at Weycourt in Godalming, Surrey, for the inaugural Godalming International Tournament. The Chagossians won 3–1, with Ryan Moore scoring for Sealand. The team was captained by former Bolton Wanderers defender Simon Charlton and also included actor Ralf Little.[3][4][5]

Sealand played an away game against Alderney on August 25, 2012.[6] After drawing the match by a scoreline of 1–1, Sealand won 5–4 on penalties. Darryl Moore's equalising goal meant Sealand maintained their record of scoring in every international match they have played. On 1 September 2012, Sealand entered the official non-FIFA rankings for the first time, in 55th place.[7] On March 9, 2013 Sealand won their first ever international when they beat Alderney 2–1 in Godalming, with Ryan Moore becoming the principality's record goalscorer in the process.

Sealand competed in the Tynwald Hill International Football Tournament on the Isle of Man in July 2013. The tournament was held at Mullen-e-Cloie, St John's. Following a late 5–3 defeat to Tamil Eelam and an 8–0 demolition at the hands of eventual winners Occitania, Sealand finished bottom of their group and went on to the 5th place playoff where they beat Alderney 2–1.

In February 2014 Sealand recorded their record win as they beat the Chagos Islands 4-2 in Godalming.[8] During the game Dan Smith scored twice to become joint record scorer.

In May 2014 Sealand drew 1-1 with the Chagos Islands at Crawley Town a fortnight before another draw, 2-2 with Somaliland (who were making their non-FIFA debut) in London.

Overall record[edit]

Opponent Pld W D* L GF GA
 Åland Islands 1 0 1 0 2 2
 Alderney 3 2 1 0 5 3
 Chagos Islands 3 1 1 1 6 6
 Somaliland 1 0 1 0 2 2
 Tamil Eelam 1 0 0 1 3 5
 Occitania 1 0 0 1 0 8
Total 9 3 3 3 16 24
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

International results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

12-08-2014 Cap d'Ail, France  Monaco  Sealand -
09-08-2014 Chur, Switzerland  Raetia  Sealand -
17-05-2014 London, England  Somaliland  Sealand 2-2
05-05-2014 Crawley, England  Chagos Islands  Sealand 1-1†
23-02-2014 Godalming, England  Sealand  Chagos Islands 4-2
07-07-2013 St John's, Isle of Man  Sealand  Alderney 2-1
05-07-2013 St John's, Isle of Man  Occitania  Sealand 8-0
04-07-2013 St John's, Isle of Man  Sealand  Tamil Eelam 3-5
08-03-2013 Godalming, England  Sealand  Alderney 2-1
25-08-2012 Alderney  Alderney  Sealand 1-1*
05-05-2012 Godalming, England  Sealand  Chagos Islands 1-3
15-05-2004 Åland  Åland Islands  Sealand 2-2
†Sealand lost this game 4–3 on penalty kicks.
*Sealand won this game 5–4 on penalty kicks.

Coaches[edit]

Manager Nat Spain career G W D L GF GA Win % Honours
Christian Olsen Denmark 2003-2006 1 0 1 0 2 2 0%
Neil Forsyth Scotland 2009-2013 3 1 1 1 4 5 33.33%
Julian Dicks England 2013 3 1 0 2 5 14 33.33%
Ed Stubbs Principality of Sealand 2013-Present 5 3 2 0 15 7 60%

Kit[edit]

Sealand's kit has the same colors as the flag of Sealand. Their original kit consisted of a red shirt with white trim, black shorts and white socks, and was provided by JJB with sponsorship from UK investment firm Property Secrets.[9]

For the Tynwald Tournament, Sealand introduced a new Nike home kit, in red, with a white stripe down the right-hand side. In the 8–0 defeat to Occitania, Sealand debuted their Stanno away kit of a white shirt with pale red shorts.

References[edit]