Football at the Island Games

Football has been a regular event since 1989 at the Island Games,[1][2] the biennial multi-sports event for island nations, territories and dependencies. A 5-a-side competition for under-16s was held at the inaugural event on the Isle of Man, and the success this minor competition brought to the games meant senior men's football was included on the itinerary for the first time in the Faroe Islands, in 1989. Women's football was included on the games' schedule for the first time in 2001.

Football at the Island Games
Founded1989
RegionInternational
Current championsMen
Isle of Man
(1st title)
Women
 Gotland
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)Men
 Guernsey
 Jersey
(3 titles)
Women -
 Åland Islands
 Faroe Islands
(3 titles)

Gotland 2017 – Men's
Gotland 2017 – Women's

Over the years, the competition has grown in stature, becoming one of the most important competitions for 'national' teams in non-FIFA football, and has grown from a five-team round robin competition to a 16-team tournament. Football will not be included in the 2019 Island Games as hosts Gibraltar do not have enough pitches. As a replacement the 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament will be held in Anglesey, although it will not officially be part of the games.

Men's Tournament

Results

Year Games Host Final Third Place
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1989
details
III
Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands Group Stage Ynys Môn Åland Group Stage Greenland
1991
details
IV
Åland
Faroe Islands 2 – 0 Ynys Môn Jersey 2 – 0 Åland
1993
details
V
Isle of Wight
Jersey 5 – 1 Isle of Man Åland 2 – 1 Greenland
1995
details
VI
Gibraltar
Isle of Wight 1 – 0 Gibraltar Jersey 6 – 3 Greenland
1997
details
VII
Jersey
Jersey 1 – 0 Ynys Môn Isle of Wight 3 – 1 Guernsey
1999
details
VIII
Gotland
Ynys Môn [3] 1 – 0 Isle of Man Isle of Wight 2 – 0 Jersey
2001
details
IX
Isle of Man
Guernsey 0 – 0
(p.s.o)
Ynys Môn Jersey 2 – 0 Isle of Wight
2003
details
X
Guernsey
Guernsey 3 – 1 Isle of Man Jersey 3 – 0 Isle of Wight
2005
details
XI
Shetland
Shetland 2 – 0 Guernsey Western Isles 4 – 0 Isle of Man
2007
details
XII
Rhodes
Gibraltar 4 – 0 Rhodes Western Isles 1 – 0 Bermuda
2009
details
XIII
Åland
Jersey 2 – 1 Åland Guernsey 5 – 0 Isle of Man
2011
details[4]
XIV
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight 4 – 2 Guernsey Jersey 5 – 1 Åland
2013
details[5]
XV
Bermuda
Bermuda  1 – 0  Greenland Falkland Islands  6 – 0  Frøya
2015
details[6]
XVI
Jersey
Guernsey  3 – 0 Isle of Man Menorca  1 – 0 Shetland
2017
details
XVII
Gotland
Isle of Man 6 – 0  Greenland Guernsey  1 – 0  Menorca
2019 XVII
Gibraltar
No football tournament held
(see 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament)
2021
details
XVIII
Guernsey

Medalists

Team Gold Silver Bronze
Guernsey3 ('01, '03, '15)2 ('05, '11)1 ('09, '17)
Jersey3 ('93, '97, '09)5 ('91, '95, '01, '03, '11)
Isle of Wight2 ('95, '11)2 ('97, '99)
Faroe Islands2 ('89, '91)
Isle of Man1 ('17)4 ('93, '99, '03, '15)
Ynys Môn1 ('99)4 ('89, '91, '97, '01)
Gibraltar1 ('07)1 ('95)
Shetland1 ('05)
Bermuda1 ('13)
Greenland2 ('13, '17)
Åland1 ('09)2 ('89, '93)
Rhodes1 ('07)
Western Isles2 ('05, '07)
Falkland Islands1 ('13)
Minorca1 ('15)

Performances by team

  • Blue square indicates host
Year
Participants
1989
5
1991
8
1993
8
1995
8
1997
9
1999
14
2001
12
2003
15
2005
10
2007
11
2009
16
2011
15
2013
4
2015
16
2017
16
2019
0
2021
 Åland Islands 3rd4th3rd7th6th7th7th2nd4th9th7th
 Alderney 11th14th16th15th
 Bermuda 4th1st
 Falkland Islands 11th10th16th13th3rd12th16th
 Faroe Islands 1st1st
 Frøya 7th12th13th8th15th4th14th
 Gibraltar 8th2nd6th11th5th6th1st9th5th10th
 Gotland 7th9th6th11th10th14th6th
 Greenland 4th8th4th4th9th8th9th10th8th12th11th2nd5th2nd
 Guernsey 6th5th4th9th1st1st2nd3rd2nd1st3rd
 Hitra 8th13th15th12th
Isle of Man 2nd8th2nd7th2nd4th4th8th2nd1st
 Isle of Wight 7th5th1st3rd3rd4th4th10th1st6th
 Jersey 3rd1st3rd1st4th3rd3rd5th1st3rd7th5th
 Menorca 9th7th7th3rd4th
 Orkney 12th8th9th9th
 Rhodes 5th6thDNF2nd5thDSQ
 Saare County 14th10th12th6th10th14th6th13th13th
 Sark 14th
 Shetland 5th5th7th5th10th8th7th1st13th4th10th
 Western Isles 3rd3rd8th12th11th11th
 Ynys Môn 2nd2nd5th6th2nd1st2nd5th5th11th6th9th8th8th

Top goalscorers

Year Player Goals
1989 Bergur Magnussen 11
1991 Jens Erik Rasmussen 6
1993 Adam Greig 7
1995 Adam Barsdell 4
1997 Eifion Williams 6
1999 Peter Langridge 9
2001 Chris Higgins
Daniel Craven
5
2003 Roy Chipolina
Graham Alvez
9
2005 Peter Langridge
Johnny Myers
Martti Pukk
4
2007 ?
2009 Lee Casciaro
Ross Allen
5
2011 Peter Lundberg 5
2013 Zeiko Lewis
Rai Simons
John-Ludvig Broberg
Norsaq Lund Mathæussen
Lejuan Simmons
Angelo Simmons
3
2015 Dominic Heaume
Ashley Webster
Leighton Flaws
Shane Jamieson
4
2017 Calum Morrissey 8

Women's Tournament

Results

Year Games Host Final Third Place
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
2001
details
IX
Isle of Man
Faroe Islands 5 – 4 Åland Islands Jersey 3 – 2 Isle of Man
2003
details
X
Guernsey
Faroe Islands 5 – 2 Gotland Jersey 3 – 2 Guernsey
2005
details
XI
Shetland
Faroe Islands Group stage Åland Islands Bermuda Group stage Isle of Man
2007
details
XII
Rhodes
Åland Islands 3 – 0 Prince Edward Island Bermuda 0 – 0
(p.s.o)
Isle of Man
2009
details
XIII
Åland
Åland Islands 2 – 0 Gotland Isle of Man 3 – 1 Isle of Wight
2011
details[4]
XIV
Isle of Wight
Åland Islands 5 – 1 Isle of Man Greenland 1 – 0 Western Isles
2013
details
XV
Bermuda
Bermuda 0 – 0
(p.s.o)
Greenland Hitra Lost semi-final
2015
details[7]
XVI
Jersey
Jersey [8] 1 – 0
Åland Islands Gotland 2 – 0 Isle of Man
2017
details
XVII
Gotland
Gotland 2 – 1 Isle of Man Jersey 3 – 1 Isle of Wight
2019 XVII
Gibraltar
No football tournament held
(see 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament)
2021
details
XVIII
Guernsey

Medalists

Team Gold Silver Bronze
Åland3 (07', 09', 11')3 (01', 05', 15')
Faroe Islands3 (01', 03', 05')
Gotland1 (17')2 (03', 09')1 (15')
Jersey1 (15')3 (01', 03', 17')
Bermuda1 (13')2 (05', 07')
Isle of Man2 (11', 17')1 (09')
Greenland1 (13')1 (11')
Prince Edward Island1 (07')
Hitra1 (13')

Performances by team

  • Blue square indicates host
Year
Participants
2001
7
2003
8
2005
6
2007
11
2009
10
2011
10
2013
3
2015
11

2017
11

Åland Islands 2nd2nd1st1st1st2nd5th
Bermuda 3rd3rd1st
Faroe Islands 1st1st1st
Gibraltar 10th11th10th
Gotland 2nd6th2nd7th3rd1st
Greenland 8th7th3rd2nd9th8th
Guernsey 6th4th5th7th8th8th
Hitra 9th9th3rd6th9th
Isle of Man 4th8th4th4th3rd2nd4th2nd
Isle of Wight 5th5th5th4th5th5th4th
Jersey 3rd3rd11th6th8th1st3rd
Menorca6th
Prince Edward Island 2nd
Rhodes 7th10th
Saaremaa 10th6th
Shetland 6th
Western Isles 9th5th4th7th7th
Ynys Môn 7th6th10th11th

Top goalscorers

Year Player Goals
2001 ?
2003 ?
2005 Rannvá B. Andreasen 7
2007 ?
2009 Donna Shimmin 8
2011 Adelina Engman
Jade Burden
Eleanor Gawne
5
2013 Tschana Wade
Laila Platoú
3
2015 ?
2017 Gemma Woodford 6

See also

References

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