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)
Biggest win
Sápmi (area) Sápmi 21–1 Monaco 
(24 November, 2006)
Biggest defeat
Sápmi (area) Sápmi 0–6 East Germany U23 
(July, 1987)
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 hosted the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup and it competed 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]

World Cup record[edit]

Year Position GP W D L GS GA
VIVA World Cup
Occitania 2006 Champion 3 3 0 0 41 −1
Sápmi (area) 2008 Third place 5 2 1 2 9 −8
Padania 2009 Third place 4 1 1 2 12 −12
Gozo 2010 Did not enter
Iraqi Kurdistan 2012
ConIFA World Football Cup
Sápmi (area) 2014 Group Stage 4 1 0 3 6 −11
Abkhazia 2016 Quarter-Finals 5 3 0 2 10 −4
Total Best: Champions 21 10 2 9 78 −36

Selected internationals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Score
30 March, 2012 Toulouse, France  Sápmi  Occitania 2−3
26 June, 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania  Sápmi  Provence 4–4 (5–4 pk)
25 June, 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania  Sápmi  Padania 0–4
24 June, 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania  Sápmi  Gozo 7–2
23 June, 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania  Sápmi  Provence 1–2
13 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Iraqi Kurdistan 3–1
12 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Provence 4–2
11 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Padania 0–2
9 July, 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi  Sápmi  Arameans Suryoye 0–1
7 July, 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 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup in Abkhazia, 28 May - 6 June 2016.[1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alexander Ellingsen (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 20) Norway Alta
13 1GK Andreas Mortensen Norway Skjervøy FK

2 2DF Roy Arild Rasmussen Norway Kautokeino IL
3 2DF Mikkel Ole Eira Norway Kautokeino IL
4 2DF Jon Steinar Eriksen (1984-02-13) 13 February 1984 (age 33) Norway Bossekop UL
5 2DF Svenn Johansen Norway Tromsdalen UIL
6 2DF Raymond Johnsen Norway Grovfjord IL
12 2DF Hans Åge Yndestad (1980-07-24) 24 July 1980 (age 37) Norway Ulfstind IL

9 3MF Lars Iver Strand (1983-05-07) 7 May 1983 (age 34)
10 3MF Pär-Jon Huuva
11 3MF Per-Anders Pokka
14 3MF John Eriksson Sweden IFK Östersund
15 3MF Jirijoonas Kanth (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 30) Finland Someron Voima
16 3MF Simen Kjær Norway SK Hardhaus
17 3MF Ante Smuk (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 29) Norway IL Norild
18 3MF Mads Petter Utsi Norway Porsanger IL
19 3MF Frank Ole Vars Norway Kautokeino IL
20 3MF Per Isak Vars Norway Kautokeino IL

7 4FW Øyvind Garfjell Norway Lyngen/Karnes IL
8 4FW Morten Moldskred (1980-06-13) 13 June 1980 (age 37) Norway Finnsnes IL

References[edit]

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