Sápmi football team

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FA Sápmi
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association FA Sápmi
Confederation ConIFA
Head coach Norway Isak Ole Hætta
First colours
First international
 Åland Islands 4–2 Sápmi Flag of the Sami people (old unofficial).svg
(July 1985)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2006)
Best result Champions 2006

The Sápmi national football team is a national football team representing the Sámi people, who inhabit northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The team is not a member of UEFA or FIFA, and therefore does not participate in their competitions. It is organized by FA Sápmi.

Tournament history[edit]

Sápmi participated in the KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup in 2005 in Northern Cyprus, losing matches against Northern Cyprus and Kosovo and finishing third. In November 2006, Sápmi took part in – and won – the inaugural VIVA World Cup in Occitania, organised by the NF-Board. Sápmi overcame both the host nation and Monaco to win the trophy, scoring an impressive 42 goals in 3 games. They hosted the next finals in 2008, defeating Kurdistan to finish third, before travelling to Padania in 2009 where they again finished third. Sápmi have not participated in a VIVA World Cup since.

FA Sápmi is the host of 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup.it will compete at the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup.

Notable players[edit]

Sápmi footballers who have played for both the Norwegian national side and the Sápmi team include Morten Gamst Pedersen, Sigurd Rushfeldt and Tom Høgli. Steffen Nystrøm, of Tromsø IL has played for the Norway under-21 team, and made his Sápmi debut in the VIVA World Cup.

Tournament records[edit]

VIVA World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Occitania 2006 Champion 1 3 3 0 0 41 1
Sápmi (area) 2008 3rd place match 3 5 2 1 2 9 8
Padania 2009 3rd place match 3 4 1 1 2 12 12
Gozo 2010 Did not enter
Iraqi Kurdistan 2012
Total 3/5 1 Title 12 6 2 4 62 21

Selected internationals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Score
30-03-2012 Toulouse - France  Sápmi  Occitania 2-3
26-06-2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania  Sápmi  Provence 4–4 (5–4 pk)
25-06-2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania  Sápmi  Padania 0–4
24-06-2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania  Sápmi  Gozo 7–2
23-06-2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania  Sápmi  Provence 1–2
13-07-2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Iraqi Kurdistan 3–1
12-07-2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Provence 4–2
11-07-2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Padania 0–2
09-07-2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Arameans Suryoye 0–1
07-07-2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Iraqi Kurdistan 2–2
24 November 2006 2006 VIVA World CupOccitania  Sápmi  Monaco 21–1
23 November 2006 2006 VIVA World CupOccitania  Sápmi  Monaco 14–0
20 November 2006 2006 VIVA World CupOccitania  Sápmi  Occitania 7–0
4 November 2005 KTFF 50th Anniversary CupNorthern Cyprus  Sápmi  Northern Cyprus 2–6
3 November 2005 KTFF 50th Anniversary CupNorthern Cyprus  Sápmi United Nations Kosovo 1–4
28 July 2004 Sápmi  Sápmi  Northern Cyprus 1–1
4 July 2001 Denmark  Sápmi  Greenland 5–1
7 August 1998 Sweden  Sápmi  Estonia 0–0
July 1992 Estonia  Sápmi  Estonia 1–2
June 1991 Sápmi  Sápmi  Estonia 2–1
October 1990 Estonia  Sápmi  Estonia 0–2
June 1987 Åland  Sápmi  Åland Islands 0–1
June 1986 Sápmi  Sápmi  Åland Islands 2–0
June 1985 Åland  Sápmi  Åland Islands 2–4

Current squad[edit]

Sápmi squad at the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup in Östersund, Sweden, 31 May - 8 June 2014.[1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Adrian Mikkelsen Norway Medkila IL
1GK Karl Magnus Ø. Eide Norway FK Sørøy Glimt
2DF Roy Arild Rasmussen Norway Kautokeino IL
2DF Mikkel Ole Eira Norway Kautokeino IL
2DF Jon Steinar Eriksen (1984-02-13) 13 February 1984 (age 31) Norway Bossekop UL
2DF Svenn Johansen Norway Tromsdalen UIL
2DF Raymond Johnsen Norway Grovfjord IL
2DF Torkild Nilsen (1979-04-17) 17 April 1979 (age 36) Norway Medkila IL
3MF Jens Andersson Sweden IK Tord
3MF Sindre Brandsegg Norway Skånland OIF
3MF Øyvind Erichsen Norway Burfjord/Norild IL
3MF John Eriksson Sweden IFK Östersund
3MF Jirijoonas Kanth (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 28) Finland Someron Voima
3MF Simen Kjær Norway SK Hardhaus
3MF Ante Smuk (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 27) Norway IL Norild
3MF Mads Petter Utsi Norway Porsanger IL
3MF Frank Ole Vars Norway Kautokeino IL
3MF Per Isak Vars Norway Kautokeino IL
4FW Steffen Dreyer Norway Lyngen/Karnes IL
4FW Arle Ivar Ring (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 26) Norway Bossekop UL


  1. ^ "TUIL-spiller på landslag" (in Norwegian). Tromso.no. Retrieved 28 May 2014.