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

Guernsey 2023 – Men's
Guernsey 2023 – Women's

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.

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 was not included in the 2019 Island Games as hosts Gibraltar do not have enough pitches. As a replacement the 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament was held in Anglesey, and was not officially 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

Faroe Islands
Round robin
Ynys Môn

Åland
Round robin
Greenland
1991
details
IV Åland
Åland

Faroe Islands
2 – 0
Ynys Môn

Jersey
2 – 0
Åland
1993
details
V Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight

Jersey
5 – 1
Isle of Man

Åland
2 – 1
Greenland
1995
details
VI Gibraltar
Gibraltar

Isle of Wight
1 – 0
Gibraltar

Jersey
6 – 3
Greenland
1997
details
VII Jersey
Jersey

Jersey
1 – 0
Ynys Môn

Isle of Wight
3 – 1
Guernsey
1999
details
VIII Gotland
Gotland

Ynys Môn [3]
1 – 0
Isle of Man

Isle of Wight
2 – 0
Jersey
2001
details
IX Isle of Man
Isle of Man

Guernsey
0 – 0
(p.s.o)

Ynys Môn

Jersey
2 – 0
Isle of Wight
2003
details
X Guernsey
Guernsey

Guernsey
3 – 1
Isle of Man

Jersey
3 – 0
Isle of Wight
2005
details
XI Shetland
Shetland

Shetland
2 – 0
Guernsey

Western Isles
4 – 0
Isle of Man
2007
details
XII Rhodes
Rhodes

Gibraltar
4 – 0
Rhodes

Western Isles
1 – 0
Bermuda
2009
details
XIII Åland
Åland

Jersey
2 – 1
Åland

Guernsey
5 – 0
Isle of Man
2011
details[4]
XIV Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight
4 – 2
Guernsey

Jersey
5 – 1
Åland
2013
details[5]
XV Bermuda
Bermuda

Bermuda
1 – 0
Greenland

Falkland Islands
6 – 0
Frøya
2015
details[6]
XVI Jersey
Jersey

Guernsey
3 – 0
Isle of Man

Menorca
1 – 0
Shetland
2017
details
XVII Gotland
Gotland

Isle of Man
6 – 0
Greenland

Guernsey
1 – 0
Menorca
2019 XVII Gibraltar
Gibraltar
No football tournament held
(see 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament)
2023
details
XIX Guernsey
Guernsey

Medalists

Team Gold Silver Bronze
Guernsey Guernsey 3 ('01, '03, '15) 2 ('05, '11) 2 ('09, '17)
Jersey Jersey 3 ('93, '97, '09) 5 ('91, '95, '01, '03, '11)
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight 2 ('95, '11) 2 ('97, '99)
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2 ('89, '91)
Isle of Man Isle of Man 1 ('17) 4 ('93, '99, '03, '15)
Anglesey Ynys Môn 1 ('99) 4 ('89, '91, '97, '01)
Gibraltar Gibraltar 1 ('07) 1 ('95)
Shetland Shetland 1 ('05)
Bermuda Bermuda 1 ('13)
Greenland Greenland 2 ('13, '17)
Åland Åland 1 ('09) 2 ('89, '93)
Rhodes Rhodes 1 ('07)
Outer Hebrides Western Isles 2 ('05, '07)
Falkland Islands Falkland Islands 1 ('13)
Menorca Minorca 1 ('15)

Performances by team

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
2023
 Åland 3rd 4th 3rd 7th 6th 7th 7th 2nd 4th 9th 7th
 Alderney 11th 14th 16th 15th
 Bermuda 4th 1st
 Falkland Islands 11th 10th 16th 13th 3rd 12th 16th
 Faroe Islands 1st 1st
 Frøya 7th 12th 13th 8th 15th 4th 14th
 Gibraltar 8th 2nd 6th 11th 5th 6th 1st 9th 5th 10th
 Gotland 7th 9th 6th 11th 10th 14th 6th
 Greenland 4th 8th 4th 4th 9th 8th 9th 10th 8th 12th 11th 2nd 5th 2nd
 Guernsey 6th 5th 4th 9th 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd
 Hitra 8th 13th 15th 12th
Isle of Man Isle of Man 2nd 8th 2nd 7th 2nd 4th 4th 8th 2nd 1st
 Isle of Wight 7th 5th 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 10th 1st 6th
 Jersey 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 7th 5th
 Menorca 9th 7th 7th 3rd 4th
 Orkney 12th 8th 9th 9th
 Rhodes 5th 6th DNF 2nd 5th DSQ
 Saare County 14th 10th 12th 6th 10th 14th 6th 13th 13th
 Sark 14th
 Shetland 5th 5th 7th 5th 10th 8th 7th 1st 13th 4th 10th
 Western Isles 3rd 3rd 8th 12th 11th 11th
 Ynys Môn 2nd 2nd 5th 6th 2nd 1st 2nd 5th 5th 11th 6th 9th 8th 8th

Top goalscorers

Year Player Goals
1989 Faroe Islands Bergur Magnussen 11
1991 Faroe Islands Jens Erik Rasmussen 6
1993 Jersey Adam Greig 7
1995 Isle of Wight Adam Barsdell 4
1997 Anglesey Eifion Williams 6
1999 Isle of Man Peter Langridge 9
2001 Isle of Man Chris Higgins
Jersey Daniel Craven
5
2003 Gibraltar Roy Chipolina
Gibraltar Graham Alvez
9
2005 Isle of Man Peter Langridge
Isle of Man Johnny Myers
Saare County Martti Pukk
4
2007 ?
2009 Gibraltar Lee Casciaro
Guernsey Ross Allen
5
2011 Åland Peter Lundberg 5
2013 Greenland Norsaq Lund Mathæussen 5
2015 Guernsey Dominic Heaume
Isle of Man Ashley Webster
Shetland Leighton Flaws
Shetland Shane Jamieson
4
2017 Isle of Man 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
Isle of Man

Faroe Islands
5 – 4
Åland

Jersey
3 – 2
Isle of Man
2003
details
X Guernsey
Guernsey

Faroe Islands
5 – 2
Gotland

Jersey
3 – 2
Guernsey
2005
details
XI Shetland
Shetland

Faroe Islands
Round robin
Åland

Bermuda
Round robin
Isle of Man
2007
details
XII Rhodes
Rhodes

Åland
3 – 0
Prince Edward Island

Bermuda
0 – 0
(p.s.o)

Isle of Man
2009
details
XIII Åland
Åland

Åland
2 – 0
Gotland

Isle of Man
3 – 1
Isle of Wight
2011
details[4]
XIV Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight

Åland
5 – 1
Isle of Man

Greenland
1 – 0
Western Isles
2013
details
XV Bermuda
Bermuda

Bermuda
0 – 0
(p.s.o)

Greenland

Hitra
2015
details[7]
XVI Jersey
Jersey

Jersey [8]
1 – 0

Åland

Gotland
2 – 0
Isle of Man
2017
details
XVII Gotland
Gotland

Gotland
2 – 1
Isle of Man

Jersey
3 – 1
Isle of Wight
2019 XVII Gibraltar
Gibraltar
No football tournament held
(see 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament)
2023
details
XVIII Guernsey
Guernsey

Medalists

Team Gold Silver Bronze
Åland Åland 3 (07', 09', 11') 3 (01', 05', 15')
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3 (01', 03', 05')
Gotland Gotland 1 (17') 2 (03', 09') 1 (15')
Jersey Jersey 1 (15') 3 (01', 03', 17')
Bermuda Bermuda 1 (13') 2 (05', 07')
Isle of Man Isle of Man 2 (11', 17') 1 (09')
Greenland Greenland 1 (13') 1 (11')
Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island 1 (07')
Hitra Hitra 1 (13')

Performances by team

Year
Participants
2001
7
2003
8
2005
6
2007
11
2009
10
2011
10
2013
3
2015
11

2017
11

Åland Åland Islands 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 5th
Bermuda Bermuda 3rd 3rd 1st
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1st 1st 1st
Gibraltar Gibraltar 10th 11th 10th
Gotland Gotland 2nd 6th 2nd 7th 3rd 1st
Greenland Greenland 8th 7th 3rd 2nd 9th 8th
Guernsey Guernsey 6th 4th 5th 7th 8th 8th
Hitra Hitra 9th 9th 3rd 6th 9th
Isle of Man Isle of Man 4th 8th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight 5th 5th 5th 4th 5th 5th 4th
Jersey Jersey 3rd 3rd 11th 6th 8th 1st 3rd
Menorca Menorca 6th
Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island 2nd
Rhodes Rhodes 7th 10th
Saare County Saaremaa 10th 6th
Shetland Shetland 6th
Outer Hebrides Western Isles 9th 5th 4th 7th 7th
Anglesey Ynys Môn 7th 6th 10th 11th

Top goalscorers

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

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ynys Mon prepare to take on UEFA's newest member Gibraltar in the Island Games". dailypost.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Third Island Games Faroe Islands 1989". IIGA.
  3. ^ "Ynys Môn football Champs and Rhodes won the Basketball- the Games are closed". gotland-tv.se. Retrieved 24 Aug 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Isle of Wight 2011 - NatWest Island Games XIV - Isle of Wight 2011" (PDF). IIGA.org. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  5. ^ iiga.org - Football - NatWest Island Games - Bermuda 2013
  6. ^ jersey2015results.com - Football - Men's Football
  7. ^ jersey2015results.com - Football - Women's Football
  8. ^ "Football: Jersey's ladies win historic gold". ITV News.