Isle of Man official football team

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Isle of Man
Nickname(s) The Yellows
Association Isle of Man Football Association
Head coach Jon Hallworth, Rick Holden[1]
Most caps Peter Langridge
Top scorer Peter Langridge
Home stadium The Bowl, Douglas
First colours
Second colours
First international
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight 1 – 0 Isle of Man Isle of Man
(Isle of Wight, England; 4 July 1993)
not FIFA regulated
Biggest win
Isle of Man Isle of Man 13 – 0 Hitra Hitra crest flag.png
(Gotland Island, Sweden; 28 June 1999)
not FIFA regulated
Biggest defeat
Jersey Jersey 5 – 1 Isle of Man Isle of Man
(Isle of Wight, England; 9 July 1993)
not FIFA regulated
Greenland Greenland 4 – 0 Isle of Man Isle of Man
(Gibraltar; 18 July 1995)
not FIFA regulated
Western Isles Council Flag.svg Western Isles 4 – 0 Isle of Man Isle of Man
(Shetland Islands, Scotland; 15 July 2005)
not FIFA regulated

The Isle of Man Representative County football team is the IOMFA football team of the Isle of Man and is controlled by the Isle of Man Football Association. The team plays in a yellow and red home kit and an all navy blue away kit.

History[edit]

The Isle of Man are not members of FIFA or UEFA, as the Isle of Man FA are members of The Football Association (The FA), with similar status to an English county. Since they are not a member of either FIFA or UEFA, they are not eligible to enter either the World Cup or European Championship. The Isle of Man therefore is limited to different forms of competition. The main competition the Isle of Man national football team takes part in is the biennial Football at the Island Games tournament. Isle of Man has won three silver medals in 1993, 1999 and 2003.

They play in the International Quadrangular Tournament, a tournament for semi-professional and amateur national teams from the Isle of Man, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. They won the tournament in 2000, beating Scotland 1–0 in the final, despite the Isle of Man possessing the only truly all-amateur set-up as the other teams fielded semi-professional players.

Another regular competition played in is the Steam Packet Football Festival, which usually features the Isle of Man along with lower division teams from The Football League. The Isle of Man's best result to date in the tournament, was beating Burnley F.C. 1–0 in 2000.

In the 2005–06 season, the Isle of Man national team won The FA National League System Cup, a competition for amateur teams representing the leagues at Step 7 of the National League System with a few other leagues permitted by the FA. The Isle of Man beat the Cambridgeshire Football Association County League team 4–0 in the final and represented England in the UEFA Regions' Cup.

In 2014, a new team, Ellan Vannin, was created by the Manx Independent Football Association in order to enter ConIFA and compete at the ConIFA World Football Cup. As opposed to the official Isle of Man team, which is composed only of Isle of Man Football League players, Ellan Vannin will allow only those with Manx ties to play for them, in line with FIFA eligibility rules. Initially, the IoMFA was reluctant to allow MIFA to run the Ellan Vannin side, but the two associations agreed to work together in February 2014 to allow both the IoMFA side and Ellan Vannin to continue.[2]

Tournament records[edit]

Island Games record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Isle of Wight 1993 Final 2nd 4 2 0 2 8 7
Gibraltar 1995 7th Place Match 8th 4 0 0 4 2 12
Gotland 1999 Final 2nd 5 3 1 1 20 6
Isle of Man 2001 7th Place Match 7th 4 1 1 2 12 6
Guernsey 2003 Final 2nd 4 3 0 1 9 5
Shetland 2005 3rd Place Match 4th 5 2 1 2 12 7
Åland Islands 2009 3rd place Match 4th 5 3 0 2 12 10
Isle of Wight 2011 7th Place Match 8th 4 2 1 1 16 9
Jersey 2015 Final 2nd 5 4 0 1 22 5
Total 9/14 40 20 4 16 113 67

Selected Internationals opponents[edit]

(Last update: 10 July 2009)

Opponents Matches Win Draw Loss GF GA
 Åland Islands 4 2 0 2 5 6
 Falkland Islands 3 3 0 0 20 1
 Gibraltar 2 0 0 2 1 3
 Gotland 2 1 1 0 8 6
 Greenland 1 0 0 1 0 4
 Guernsey 3 0 0 3 3 11
 Hitra 1 1 0 0 13 0
 Isle of Wight 2 1 0 1 5 2
 Jersey 3 2 0 1 4 6
 Rhodes 1 0 0 1 1 3
 Saare County 2 1 1 0 6 2
 Shetland 4 2 1 1 9 5
 Ynys Môn 3 1 0 2 1 3
 Western Isles 2 1 0 1 5 4

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