Ellan Vannin football team

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Ellan Vannin
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationManx International Football Alliance
ConfederationConIFA[a]
Head coachChris Bass
CaptainFrank Jones
Most capsFrank Jones (28)
Top scorerFrank Jones (17)
Home stadiumThe Bowl
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Ellan Vannin 10–0 Monaco 
(Douglas, Isle of Man; 6 April, 2014)
Biggest win
 Ellan Vannin 14–0 Chagos Islands 
(Douglas, Isle of Man; 13 August, 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Occitania 5–1 Ellan Vannin 
(Toulouse, France; 30 December, 2014)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2014)
Best resultRunners-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.

They competed first at the ConIFA World Football Cup in 2014, where they won their group and became runners-up to the County of Nice.[1]

History[edit]

Ellan Vannin – Felvidék – Debrecen, 2015.06.21

Formation and early games[edit]

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.[2] Ellan Vannin won their first international 10–0.[3]

Entry into ConIFA and 2014 ConIFA World Cup[edit]

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[edit]

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.[4] 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[edit]

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[edit]

Squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the 22 man squad for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup to commence on 31 May 2018.[5] 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 1GK Andy Perry (1982-05-19) 19 May 1982 (age 36) 14 0 Isle of Man St Georges
25 1GK Dean Kearns (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Isle of Man Rushen United

14 2DF Jack McVey (1991-01-13) 13 January 1991 (age 27) 20 3 Isle of Man St Georges
2 2DF Sam Caine (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 30) 17 4 Isle of Man St Georges
4 2DF Sean Quaye (1984-08-19) 19 August 1984 (age 34) 16 3 Isle of Man St Georges
15 2DF Darren Cain (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 30) 2 0 Isle of Man Corinthians
17 2DF Cameron Lee (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Isle of Man Corinthians
7 2DF Tom Callister (1994-03-28) 28 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Isle of Man Corinthians
24 2DF Andrew Burkitt (2000-08-03) 3 August 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Isle of Man Laxey

8 3MF Frank Jones (captain) (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 31) 29 17 Isle of Man St Georges
11 3MF Joey Morling (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 21) 11 3 Isle of Man St Georges
10 3MF Alex Holden (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 22) 6 3 England Bottesford Town
21 3MF Mike Williams (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 24) 6 3 Isle of Man Rushen United
5 3MF Daniel Simpson (1995-07-28) 28 July 1995 (age 23) 6 2 Isle of Man Corinthians
3 3MF Joel Ibañez (2000-10-02) 2 October 2000 (age 18) 4 0 Isle of Man St Georges
6 3MF Joey Quayle (1999-03-04) 4 March 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Isle of Man St Georges
22 3MF Brodie Patience (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Isle of Man Corinthians
12 3MF Ryan Burns (1994-03-18) 18 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Isle of Man Corinthians

9 4FW Ciaran McNultey (1987-07-01) 1 July 1987 (age 31) 13 8 Isle of Man St Georges
16 4FW Stephen Whitley (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 23) 9 5 Isle of Man Corinthians
20 4FW Furo Davies (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 (age 29) 8 6 Isle of Man St Georges
23 4FW Sean Doyle (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 24) 6 3 Isle of Man Corinthians

Recent callups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Séamus Sharkey (1990-05-11) 11 May 1990 (age 28) 9 2 Northern Ireland Glenavon 2018 ConIFA World Football CupWD
DF Julian Ringham (1984-06-03) 3 June 1984 (age 34) 5 0 Isle of Man St Georges 2018 ConIFA World Football CupWD
DF Conor Doyle (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 28) 7 1 United Arab Emirates Elite FC Dubai 2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE
DF Thomas Smith (1997-10-23) 23 October 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Isle of Man Corinthians 2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE
DF Sam Ingham (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Isle of Man St Johns United 2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE

MF Dan Bell (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 32) 9 2 Isle of Man Peel 2018 ConIFA World Football CupWD
MF Lee Gale (1991-08-06) 6 August 1991 (age 27) 4 5 Isle of Man Peel 2018 ConIFA World Football CupWD
MF Stephen Riding (1988-04-30) 30 April 1988 (age 30) 5 0 Isle of Man Rushen United 2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE
MF Rhys Oates (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 23) 4 0 Isle of Man St Johns United 2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE

FW Stephen Priestnal (1984-01-04) 4 January 1984 (age 34) 0 0 Isle of Man St Mary's 2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ellan Vannin". CONIFA. September 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ellan Vannin announce Monaco friendly". Non-FIFA Football Updates. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Ellan Vannin thrash Monaco 10–0 on international debut". BBC News. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Island to host ConIFA Euros". IOM Today. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ WFC 2018 Team Squads CONIFA.
  1. ^ Ellan Vannin have been provisionally expelled from the confederation, pending a final decision in January 2019.

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