FALKLAND NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM


The Falkland Islands national football team are the official football team of the Falkland Islands.

The team played in the Island Games in 2001, 2005, and 2009.

After two years of no League football it was decided that the Falkland Islands Football League (FIFL) would be completely revamped, a Constitution was drawn up and Committee members were put forward and accepted. After the Constitution was passed by interested players, a new League was organised with four teams, with players being picked by each of the team's captain. On the 9th of November the opening league fixtures were played. Details of the League, its teams and players will be shown once the official FIFL website is finished.

At the same time the Falkland Islands National team went through a process to pick a manager (Jimmy Curtis) who would lead the team to the 2009 Island Games in Åland which are currently underway (June 2009). A large squad of over 23 players was picked and training began in September 2008. 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 prevents the Football team from attending the Island Games more often than every four years. The National Team is known as "Stanley" when playing in the Falkland Islands and so far in the 2008/2009, have made light work of opposition. Due to the remoteness of the islands and the small population, the Stanley team can only play military teams or visiting warships.

During the Island Games 2009 in Åland the team have shown exceptional improvements on prior years' performances with a 2:1 loss against a much stronger Isle of Man team and a great show of football against Gotland where the team dominated especially the first half of the match.