International: Chagos Islands

With everything now confirmed for The Atlantic Heritage Cup after two teams withdrawing. We felt it was only fair that we covered the three teams competing for the trophy.

We’ve already covered Yorkshire and The Parishes of Jersey, so the third and final competitor is the Chagos Islands.



Founded in February of 2013, The Chagos Football Association was formed in order to manage Chagos as an international side after previously playing as a club side in the Crawley and District Football League as early as 2004.

The following year in february of 2014, Chagos joined CONIFA in an attempt to find more regular fixtures.

Chagos are a national team with a difference, the inhabitants of Chagos having been displaced by the British Government between 1967 and 1973 in order for the USA to build a US Military base, no longer live on the island and are spread around the globe.

Chagos line up to play against Tuvalu in 2018

The National team was set up by a group of Chagossians living in Crawley in the UK, meaning that Chagos are a national side who have never played in Chagos, instead they play their home fixtures in Crawley.

The team have currently played 19 games since forming, winning 4 and drawing 2 and are set to play a further 3 games in the coming weeks against Cascadia, then in the Atlantic Heritage Cup against Yorkshire and The Parishes of Jersey.

Everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ would just like to wish everyone at Chagos good luck before their appearence at The Atlantic Heritage Cup.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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