Ellan Vannin football team
|Association||Manx International Football Alliance|
|Head coach||Chris Bass|
|Most caps||Frank Jones (28)|
|Top scorer||Frank Jones (17)|
|Home stadium||The Bowl|
| Ellan Vannin 10–0 Monaco |
(Douglas, Isle of Man; 6 April, 2014)
| Ellan Vannin 14–0 Chagos Islands |
(Douglas, Isle of Man; 13 August, 2017)
| Occitania 5–1 Ellan Vannin |
(Toulouse, France; 30 December, 2014)
|ConIFA World Football Cup|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2014)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2014)|
The Ellan Vannin Football Team is a football team that represents the Isle of Man. It is not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA, and therefore cannot compete for the FIFA World Cup or in the UEFA European Championships.
Formation and early games
Formed in 2013, the Ellan Vannin team was created by the newly-formed Manx International Football Alliance (MIFA) in order to enter ConIFA and compete at the ConIFA World Football Cup. As opposed to the official Isle of Man team (run by the Isle of Man FA), which is composed entirely of Isle of Man Football League players – regardless of nationality, Ellan Vannin will allow only those with Manx ties to play for them, in line with FIFA eligibility rules.
Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the MIFA and Isle of Man FA, intended to set out a working relationship between the two organisations, the MIFA announced that the first international to be played by Ellan Vannin would be a home game against Monaco on 6 April 2014, to be played at The Bowl in Douglas. Ellan Vannin won their first international 10–0.
Entry into ConIFA and 2014 ConIFA World Cup
Ellan Vannin were invited to participate in the first ConIFA World Football Cup in Sápmi, in 2014. Despite being a previously unknown quantity, they reached the final of the inaugural tournament, losing on penalties to County of Nice despite winning 4–2 over them in the Group Stage thanks to a Calum Morrissey hattrick.
2015 ConIFA European Cup and 2016 ConIFA World Cup
While the Isle of Man were originally set to host the 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup in June 2015, logistical problems eventually led to the tournament being moved to Székely Land. Here, despite defeat to Padania in the Group Stage, they still achieved a semi-final place where they were again defeated by County of Nice. A penalty win over Felvidék in the play-off saw them finish third. The next year, Ellan Vannin were set to appear in the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup, but withdrew after being advised by the British Home Office not to travel to Abkhazia, where the tournament was to be held.
2017 European Football Cup, 2018 World Football Cup and Expulsion
The team returned to ConIFA activity in 2017 for the 2017 ConIFA European Football Cup in Northern Cyprus, finishing 6th. However, the team qualified for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup to be held in London (hosted by Barawa). In late 2017 it was announced that they would become the first opponents of the new Yorkshire national football team on January 28, 2018. After Yorkshire's membership to ConIFA was confirmed at the beginning of January, it meant that it would become an officially sanctioned friendly that would provide qualification points for future competitions. In May that year they took part in the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup in London. However, after being knocked out by Barawa in the group stage, the MIFA protested at their opponents' alleged use of an ineligible player. After the other competing clubs voted to reject their appeal, Ellan Vannin withdrew from the tournament, and following a number of accusations made by the MIFA on social media against ConIFA, they were provisionally expelled from the organisation on 7 June 2018.
Fixtures and Results 2018
|28 January 2018 Friendly||Yorkshire||1–1||Ellan Vannin||Fitzwilliam|
|15:30 GMT||Coduri 54'||Davies 48'||Stadium: Yorkshire NuBuilds Stadium|
Referee: Steve Lynch
|29 April 2018 Friendly||Ellan Vannin||2–1||Panjab||Sandbach, England|
|Report||90'||Stadium: Sandbach Community Football Centre|
|31 May 2018 2018 ConIFA WFC Group A||Ellan Vannin||4–1||Cascadia||Sutton|
|12:00 BST||Whitley 15'
|Report||Doughty 18'||Stadium: Gander Green Lane|
|2 June 2018 2018 ConIFA WFC Group A||Ellan Vannin||2–0||Tamil Eelam||Carshalton|
|14:00 BST||Whitley 47'
|Report||Stadium: Colston Avenue|
Referee: Guastafierro Mario
|3 June 2018 2018 ConIFA WFC Group A||Barawa||2–0||Ellan Vannin||Haringey|
|14:00 BST||Bettamer 40'
|Report||Stadium: Coles Park|
The following players were called up to the 22 man squad for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup to commence on 31 May 2018. Caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2018 after the game against Tamil Eelam
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Andy Perry||19 May 1982||14||0||St Georges|
|25||GK||Dean Kearns||17 June 1993||4||0||Rushen United|
|14||DF||Jack McVey||13 January 1991||20||3||St Georges|
|2||DF||Sam Caine||26 May 1988||17||4||St Georges|
|4||DF||Sean Quaye||19 August 1984||16||3||St Georges|
|15||DF||Darren Cain||2 April 1988||2||0||Corinthians|
|17||DF||Cameron Lee||22 August 1993||2||0||Corinthians|
|7||DF||Tom Callister||28 March 1994||0||0||Corinthians|
|24||DF||Andrew Burkitt||3 August 2000||0||0||Laxey|
|8||MF||Frank Jones (captain)||22 October 1987||29||17||St Georges|
|11||MF||Joey Morling||3 January 1997||11||3||St Georges|
|10||MF||Alex Holden||12 January 1996||6||3||Bottesford Town|
|21||MF||Mike Williams||19 August 1994||6||3||Rushen United|
|5||MF||Daniel Simpson||28 July 1995||6||2||Corinthians|
|3||MF||Joel Ibañez||2 October 2000||4||0||St Georges|
|6||MF||Joey Quayle||4 March 1999||4||0||St Georges|
|22||MF||Brodie Patience||7 February 1998||1||0||Corinthians|
|12||MF||Ryan Burns||18 March 1994||0||0||Corinthians|
|9||FW||Ciaran McNultey||1 July 1987||13||8||St Georges|
|16||FW||Stephen Whitley||20 February 1995||9||5||Corinthians|
|20||FW||Furo Davies||21 December 1988||8||6||St Georges|
|23||FW||Sean Doyle||11 July 1994||6||3||Corinthians|
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Séamus Sharkey||11 May 1990||9||2||Glenavon||2018 ConIFA World Football CupWD|
|DF||Julian Ringham||3 June 1984||5||0||St Georges||2018 ConIFA World Football CupWD|
|DF||Conor Doyle||16 February 1990||7||1||Elite FC Dubai||2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE|
|DF||Thomas Smith||23 October 1997||3||0||Corinthians||2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE|
|DF||Sam Ingham||21 August 1991||1||0||St Johns United||2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE|
|MF||Dan Bell||26 January 1986||9||2||Peel||2018 ConIFA World Football CupWD|
|MF||Lee Gale||6 August 1991||4||5||Peel||2018 ConIFA World Football CupWD|
|MF||Stephen Riding||30 April 1988||5||0||Rushen United||2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE|
|MF||Rhys Oates||17 June 1995||4||0||St Johns United||2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE|
|FW||Stephen Priestnal||4 January 1984||0||0||St Mary's||2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE|
- "Ellan Vannin". CONIFA. September 23, 2013.
- "Ellan Vannin announce Monaco friendly". Non-FIFA Football Updates. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- "Ellan Vannin thrash Monaco 10–0 on international debut". BBC News. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
- "Island to host ConIFA Euros". IOM Today. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- WFC 2018 Team Squads CONIFA.
- Ellan Vannin have been provisionally expelled from the confederation, pending a final decision in January 2019.