International: The Falkland Islands

This article signals the end of our series looking into Non-FIFA International Football, as planning begins for the coming football season.

To wrap up the series we’ve decided to look at The Falkland Islands Official Football Team, the islands aren’t a member of CONMEBOL (The South American Football Confederation) and consequently aren’t a member of FIFA either.

The Falklands aren’t a member of CONMEBOL as the sovereignty of the Islands is disputed between the United Kingdom and Argentina and the majority if not all members of CONMEBOL support Argentina in this claim despite almost all Falklanders being in favour of remaining a UK Overseas Territory.

This therefore has lead to the only International competition that the Falklands have competed in outside of friendly fixtures being the Island Games. A competition that the Islands have competed in on seven different occasions, their record finish of 3rd coming in the 2013 edition of the games.

The Falklands in action at the 2011 Island Games

The long distance needed to travel, the expensive cost to travel on RAF and LAN flights and the need to take between 16–18 players usually prevents the Football team from attending the Island Games more often than every four years dependant on the where the games are being hosted. Due to the remoteness of the islands and the small population, the Stanley team can often only play military teams or visiting warships.

To everyone linked to The Falkland Islands everyone here at Climbing The Ladder would just like to wish you all the best for the future, and we cant wait to see you at the next Island Games you can attend.

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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