International: Greenland


The latest in our Non-Fifa International teams is here and today we are looking at an actual country who aren’t at the present allowed in FIFA or UEFA.

Football is the most popular sport in Greenland with roughly 5,500 players from a population of 55,000, but the game is played in a different way to almost the rest of the globe because of Permafrost. Permafrost as you’ve probably guessed it when the ground/soil remains frozen for at least two years at a time. This means that the majority football in Greenland is played on sand pitches, many towns have indoor halls and the football players play indoor football from October to about April.

The Greenland Football Championship : Credit: CNN


However, similair to the Iceland method, Greenland are beginning to lay more artificial and indoor football pitches and should they meet a number of other requirements, they could end up qualifying to join FIFA and UEFA in the near future.

Despite the battles they face, a football league does occur in Greenland but again it is unusual, The Greenlandic Football Championship last only a week of the year due to the teams being so widespread

On the International stage Greenland at present is a member of ConIFA, they have in the past played international matches against the Faroe Islands and Iceland.

Greenland has also frequently participated in the ‘Island Games’ a competition held between a number of different island nations or regions from around Europe but haven’t at present won the tournament but frequently participate in the later rounds.

From everyone at Climbing The Ladder we’d just like to wish everyone in Greenland all the best in their fight to join FIFA or UEFA in the near future.

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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