Isles of Scilly Football League

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Isles of Scilly Football League
CountryEngland (Cornwall)
Number of teams2
Domestic cup(s)
  • Wholesalers Cup
  • Foredeck Cup
Current championsWoolpack Wanderers
Most championshipsWoolpack Wanderers

The Isles of Scilly Football League is the official football league for the Isles of Scilly. The football league is the smallest in the world,[1][2] with only two clubs.[3]

The league is affiliated with The Football Association.[1]


In the 1920s, the Lyonnesse Inter-Island Cup, a competition between the islands of St. Mary's, Tresco, St. Martins, Bryher and St. Agnes, was formed. By the 1950s, only two clubs remained—the Rangers and the Rovers. In 1984 the two clubs changed their names to the Garrison Gunners and the Woolpack Wanderers, which are their current names.[1][2]

The League is attempting to get into the Guinness World Records for the smallest league in the world.[1]

In April 2008, Adidas ran an advertisement called "Dream Big", highlighting the league, featuring several well-known football personnel including David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira.[4]

In 2019 the football league tested Fan Assisted Refeering (FAR) in association with Vodafone.[5]

Competition structure[edit]

Game in progress between the two teams—the Garrison Gunners in yellow, and the Woolpack Wanderers in red.

The League competition involves the Woolpack Wanderers and the Garrison Gunners playing each other eighteen times, often on a Sunday. There also exist two Cups: The Wholesalers Cup and the Foredeck Cup, which is played over two legs. An "Old Men versus the Youngsters" match is played on Boxing Day. The season itself starts with the Charity Shield.[1] All the matches are played on the Garrison football field, on the island of St. Mary's.[6]

The league is played during the winter, from mid-November until the end of March.[1][7]

Occasionally, a combined Isles of Scilly team play Newlyn Non Athletico, a team at level 14 of the English football league system. A team from Truro visits annually to play against a combined team.[6]


The Woolpack Wanderers have won the Charity Shield 5 times—in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. In addition, they have won the Lioness Shield twice—in 2006 and 2007.[8]

The Garrison Gunners have won the Lioness Shield once, in 2005.[8]


The Isles of Scilly are struggling to hold on to their young people. There is no sixth form on the Isles so when youngsters turn 16, they go to the mainland. In addition, house prices are expensive, so they tend not to return until much older. As a result, the number of players in the league had been dwindling. In 2008 Howard Cole, a secretary who referees the games, estimated the average age of both teams to be within the mid- to late-30s.[6]

Junior League[edit]

In 2020, a Junior League was formed, also with only 2 teams: The Trenoweth Trailblazers and the Flying Falcons. The current holders of the league are the Falcons.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ a b Booth, Lawrence (12 May 2004). "Is third really a bad omen?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 29 September 2008.
  3. ^ Smith, Rory (21 December 2016). "Welcome to the World's Smallest Soccer League. Both Teams Are Here". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Sweney, Mark (21 April 2008). "Adidas stars visit football's minnows". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 29 September 2008.
  5. ^ Hilton, Beth (5 November 2019). "Scilly's football league tests world-first technology". thisisscillynews. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  6. ^ a b c Morris, Steven (20 November 2008). "The league that can field only two teams for the game of two halves". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 29 September 2008.
  7. ^ "WSL Fixtures". Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
  8. ^ a b "WSL Trophy Room". Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2008.