Vatican City national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Guardia Svizzera Pontificia
(the Pontifical Swiss Guard)
|Association||Federazione Vaticanese Giuoco Calcio|
|Head coach||Giovanni Trapattoni|
|Home stadium||Stadio Pio XII, Albano Laziale, Italy|
Vatican City 0–0 San Marino
Vatican City 0–0 Monaco
(Rome, Italy; 23 November 2002)
Vatican City 9–1 Stz. Carabinieri di Roma
(Rome, Italy; 3 February 2011)
Vatican City 1–9 Palestine
(al-Khader, Palestine; 26 October 2010)
Vatican City 0–2 Monaco
(Cap-d'Ail, France; 22 June 2013)
The Vatican City national football team (Italian: Selezione di calcio della Città del Vaticano) is the football team that represents Vatican City. They are one of only nine fully recognised sovereign states whose national team is not a FIFA member. The others are Monaco, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Marshall Islands (this country has no national football team), Palau and the United Kingdom. The football association of Vatican City was founded in 1972. The current president of the FA is Sergio Valci. The team has been managed by Giovanni Trapattoni in the past.[dead link]
In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II established a Vatican sports department with the aim of "reinvigorating the tradition (of sport) within the Christian community". In the past Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone suggested that the Vatican could field a team of men from catholic seminaries. About the prospect, the cardinal stated, "If we just take the Brazilian students from our Pontifical universities we could have a magnificent squad." The cardinal also noted that in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, there were 42 players in the final round who attended Salesian training centers worldwide.
Vatican City have played only three full international matches, one draw and two defeats to Monaco in 2002, 2011, and 2013 respectively. Additionally, the team has played a friendly match, its first, against the San Marino reserve team in 1994. In 2010, the Vatican organized a team to play a friendly game against Palestine. However, the team was made up of Catholic priests and was not considered the Vatican City national team 
The Vatican City squad consists of the Swiss Guards (voluntary military force drawn from male Swiss citizens) and museum guards (Italian citizens). Since only members of the Swiss Guard can get the citizenship of the Vatican and they cannot be amassed in large numbers for a long time, the national team can play only a few rare international matches, often drawing a fair amount of interested press.
In 2007, the Catholicus Cup was played; this was intended as a "supercup" for representative teams following the Clericus Cup. The four teams included the Vatican national team, a team representing Italian priests and laity (Nazionale Italiana Religiosi), and two religious colleges. The final was contested between the Vatican and the NIR, and saw the Vatican run out 3–0 winners.
The Vatican's stance on football
The first football game played in the Vatican, in the Cortile del Belvedere, was in the presence of Pope Leo X on January 7, 1521. The first Vatican league was created in 1973 and was first won by employees of L'Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Holy See.
The Vatican has typically expressed strong support for football. Former Pope John Paul II was reportedly a goalkeeper as a youth in Poland. The former pope, Pope Benedict XVI, is an ardent supporter of FC Bayern Munich since his youth growing up in Bavaria, Germany. Pope Benedict XVI is quoted as saying, "The sport of football can be a vehicle of education for the values of honesty, solidarity and fraternity, especially for the younger generation." In October 2007, the Pope was presented with a #16 shirt (for Pope Benedict XVI) by A.C. Ancona of the Italian Serie B after Pope Benedict XVI supported their initiative to become a "beacon of morality" by adopting an "innovative, ethical model of practising football". In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican reaffirmed their belief that football should be a beacon of morality by lashing out at Serie A after matches for the upcoming season were scheduled at 12:30pm on Sundays to appease pay-per-view companies wishing to spread out Serie A matches over the weekend. The Vatican previously questioned the league's decision to play matches on Sundays at all, but "I consider this a truly harmful development," Monsignor Carlo Mazza told Tuttosport. "Putting people in front of the television screen at 12.30 CET , when they are having lunch with their families, to me seems like a 'pitch invasion' on life." Additionally, on 18 December 2006, Tarcisio Bertone, Cardinal Secretary of State of the Holy See, stated, but only in jest, that he did not preclude the possibility that the Vatican, in the future, could put together a football team of great value, that could play on the same level as, Roma, Internazionale and Milan or Genoa.
Results list Vatican City's tally first.
|23 November 2002||Stadio Pio XII, Albano Laziale, Italy||Monaco||0–0|||
|7 May 2011||Stadio Pio XII, Albano Laziale, Italy||Monaco||1–2|||
|22 June 2013||Stade des Moneghetti, Cap-d'Ail, France||Monaco||0–2|||
|May 2014||Stadio Pio XII, Albano Laziale, Italy||Monaco||TBD|||
As of 23 June 2013
|1994||San Marino (reserves)||0–0|||
|18 June 2007||Nazionale Italiana Religiosi||3–0|||
|23 October 2010||Guardia di Finanza||0–1|||
|3 February 2011||Stazione Carabinieri di Roma||9–1|||
- Giovanni Trapattoni
- Saverio Di Pofi
- List of football clubs in Vatican City
- Fully sovereign states without FIFA membership
- Index of Vatican City-related articles
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- Federazione Vaticanese Giuoco Calcio (Latin) (Italian)
- CSI – Centro Sportivo Italiano (Italian)
- Clericus Cup (Italian)