Falkland Islands official football team

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Falkland Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Stanley / The Warrahs
AssociationFalkland Islands Football League
Head coachIan Betts
First colours
Second colours
First international
Isle of Man Isle of Man 9–0 Falkland Islands Falkland Islands
(8 July 2001)
Biggest win
Falkland Islands Falkland Islands 6–0 Frøya Frøya, Trøndelag
(18 July 2013)
Biggest defeat
Isle of Man Isle of Man 9–0 Falkland Islands Falkland Islands
(8 July 2001)
Isle of Man Isle of Man 9–0 Falkland Islands Falkland Islands
(13 July 2005)

The Falkland Islands official football team is a representative football team of the Falkland Islands, organised by the Falkland Islands Football League. The Falkland Islands Football League does not belong to the CONMEBOL, as its member countries support Argentina in the sovereignty conflict, and therefore neither can be a member of FIFA.[1][2] Thus, the team is not eligible to play in official competitions such as the World Cup and the Copa América. The team has played in the Island Games in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. In 2013 the team enjoyed a record win and a 3rd place medal.

After two years with no League football it was decided that the Falkland Islands Football League (FIFL) would be completely revamped, a Constitution was drawn up and Committee members were put forward and accepted. After the Constitution was passed by interested players, a new league was organised with four teams, with players being picked by each of the team's captains. On 9 November the opening league fixtures were played.

At the same time, the Falkland Islands National team appointed manager Jimmy Curtis to lead the team at the 2009 Island Games in Åland. A squad of over 23 players was picked and training began in September 2008. The long distance needed to travel, the expensive cost to travel on RAF and LAN flights and the need to take between 16–18 players usually prevents the Football team from attending the Island Games more often than every four years. Due to the remoteness of the islands and the small population, the Stanley team can only play military teams or visiting warships.

The Falkland Islands football team most recently competed at the NatWest Island Games in 2017, held between 24 and 30 June in Gotland. This was the seventh time the Falkland Islands have competed in the Island Games. They were drawn in Group D with the Isle of Man, Ynys Môn and Hitra. After losing all 3 group matches they played Alderney in the 15th place play off, losing 0-3.

Selected internationals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Score
Nov 11 2018 Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Falkland Islands EnglandFA England Representative Team[3]
Jun 30 2009 Åland Islands Falkland Islands Falkland Islands  Western Isles 1–7
Jun 29 2009 Åland Islands Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Gotland Gotland 0–2
Jun 28 2009 Åland Islands Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Isle of Man Isle of Man 1–2
Jul 15 2005 Shetland Falkland Islands Falkland Islands  Orkney 0–2
Jul 14 2005 Shetland Falkland Islands Falkland Islands  Åland Islands 1–2
Jul 13 2005 Shetland Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Isle of Man Isle of Man 0–9
Jul 12 2005 Shetland Falkland Islands Falkland Islands  Saare County 2–1
Jul 10 2005 Shetland Falkland Islands Falkland Islands  Shetland 0–4
Jul 13 2001 Isle of Man Falkland Islands Falkland Islands  Orkney 4–1
Jul 12 2001 Isle of Man Falkland Islands Falkland Islands  Greenland 0–4
Jul 9 2001 Isle of Man Falkland Islands Falkland Islands  Guernsey 0–3
Jul 8 2001 Isle of Man Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Isle of Man Isle of Man 0–9

Tournament records[edit]

Island Games record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Isle of Man 2001 11th Place Match 11th 4 1 0 3 4 17
Shetland 2005 9th Place Match 10th 5 1 0 4 3 18
Åland Islands 2009 15th Place Match 16th 4 0 0 4 3 14
Isle of Wight 2011 13th Place Match 13th 4 1 0 3 4 17
Bermuda 2013 3rd Place Match 3rd 4 2 0 2 8 18
Jersey 2015 11th place match 12th 4 0 0 4 3 11
Gotland 2017 15th place match 16th 4 0 0 4 3 13
Total 29 5 0 24 28 108

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2017 Island Games which take place in Gotland from 24 to 30 June 2017. Caps correct as of 18 July 2013.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ben Hoyles 11 0 Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Holidays FC
13 1GK Ross Peters 3 0 Falkland Islands C&R Construction FC
2 2DF Luke Clark 10 0 Falkland Islands C&R Construction FC
3 2DF Shupikaya Chipunza 7 1 Falkland Islands C&R Construction FC
5 2DF Kyle Biggs 13 0 Falkland Islands Malvina House Hotel FC
12 2DF Jean Paul 0 0 Falkland Islands Falkland Island Holidays FC
15 2DF Torin Harte 0 0 United States Crescent Valley Raiders
4 3MF Wayne Clement 0 0 Falkland Islands C&R Construction FC
6 3MF Daniel Biggs 13 0 England Unattached
7 3MF Joshee Peck 13 1 Falkland Islands Malvina House Hotel FC
8 3MF Michael Betts 5 0 Malvina House Hotel FC
11 3MF Sam Toolan 3 0 England Worthing United F.C.U18
17 3MF Jordan Betts 0 0 Falkland Islands Malvina House Hotel FC
18 3MF Andres Balladares 16 0 Falkland Islands Falkland Island Holidays FC
- 3MF Joshua Ennis 0 0 England Sheffield United
9 4FW Rafael Sotomayor Morales (1979-05-30) 30 May 1979 (age 39) 12 3 Falkland Islands Falkland Island Holidays FC
10 4FW Aiden Morris 4 0 Falkland Islands Malvina House Hotel FC
14 4FW Declan Bonner 2 0 Thailand BGC F.C.
16 4FW Ethan Gilson-Clarke 0 0 England Cheltenham Town F.C. Academy
19 4FW Martyn Gilson-Clarke 0 0 Falkland Islands C&R Construction FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When Saturday Comes – Military tactics". Wsc.co.uk. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  2. ^ "When Saturday Comes – The football archipelago". Wsc.co.uk. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  3. ^ "What Liam Ferdinand will be up to on the Falkland Islands". Football In Bracknell. Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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