Greenland national football team
(The Polar Teddy Bears)
|Head coach||Rene Olsen &
|Home stadium||Nuuk Stadion|
|FIFA code||GRL (not official)|
| Faroe Islands 6–0 Greenland
(Sauðárkrókur, Iceland; 2 July 1980)
The Greenland national football team represents Greenland in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Greenland. Although it has the same status as the Faroe Islands within the Kingdom of Denmark, Greenland is not, like the Faroe Islands national football team, a member of FIFA nor of any continental confederation and therefore is not eligible to enter the World Cup or other sanctioned tournaments. Most of the matches they have played have been against the Faroe Islands and Iceland, but neither of the two consider those games full internationals.
Greenland is a member of the International Island Games Association and has taken part in Football at the Island Games. Since 13 October 2005 it is a provisional member of the N.F.-Board and since 25 March 2006 it is full-member. On 17 October 2009 the team was accepted as a provisional member of the IFU. Greenland also played Tibet, another non-FIFA team, in 2001 at Copenhagen's Vanlose Arena. However, the team was composed of players who were of Tibetan heritage and not from Tibet themselves. The match drew international attention when China threatened to embargo Greenland's shrimp exports because of the Tibet's contested sovereignty. Greenland won the match 4–1.
|2007||Did not enter|
Champion Runners-up 3rd Place
- **Red border color indicates the tournament was held at home.
FIFI Wild Cup participation
Greenland participated in the 2006 FIFI Wild Cup. The team played two games and lost both, the first 0–1 against the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the second 2–4 against Zanzibar. They were eliminated in the First Round.
ELF Cup participation
Future international participation
FIFA's approval of FieldTurf may allow Greenland to create FIFA-standard playing pitches and apply to play full internationals. They would join either UEFA (due to links with Denmark) or CONCACAF (geographically, Greenland is part of North America). The first artificial turf in Greenland was completed and inaugurated in Qaqortoq in September 2009. On 13 September 2010, FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived in Qaqortoq, Greenland and announced FIFA's approval of the new field, which is seen as a major step towards the country being granted FIFA membership.
In 2011, Allan Hansen, chairman of the Danish Football Association stated that he did not believe that Greenland had the opportunity to become a member of FIFA or a confederation immediately. However, in December 2014 the DBU and Greenland's GBU formed a partnership with the aim of having Greenland included as a UEFA and FIFA member by 2020. One of the greatest barriers to admittance at that time was FIFA's strict regulations on stadiums and playing surfaces. The DBU's support of a Greenlandic application to FIFA included financial support which would be used to replace the clay courts of at least one field in each of the country's four municipalities, with artificial turf. Additionally, it was announced in May 2015 the national government had allocated one million dollars to design a plan for the construction of a new covered national stadium in Nuuk. The intentions of the plan were to design a covered and heated facility that would have a capacity of several thousand spectators, with the plan to be presented to the Parliament of Greenland later in the autumn session of 2016. Although unrelated to the stadium proposal, the first artificial pitch was laid in Nuuk, the country's capital, in June 2015.
| Uvdlo Jakobsen
|Isak Nielsen Kleist||1993–1995|
| Lars Olsvig
Jens Jorgen Egede
| Jens Tang Olesen
| Jens Tang Olesen
Hans Frederik Olsen
| Tonnes Berthelsen
| René Olsen
- Source: polar-bamserne.wifeo.com
German Sepp Piontek served two stints as Greenland's manager from 1999–2002 and 2004.
Dane Jens Tang Olesen (center) was Greenland's manager in 2003 and again from 2005–2010.
- Air Greenland
- Arla Foods
- H.A.P's Agentur
- Royal Arctic Line
(Last update: 21 July 2013)
|Isle of Man||1||1||0||0||4||0|
|Isle of Wight||5||1||1||3||6||13|
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- Greenlandic Football
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