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Faroe Islands National Football Team
Faroe Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Landsliðið (The National Team)
AssociationFótbóltssamband Føroya
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachHåkan Ericson
CaptainHallur Hansson
Most capsFróði Benjaminsen (94)
Top scorerRógvi Jacobsen (10)
Home stadiumTórsvøllur
FIFA codeFRO
FIFA ranking
Current 107 Steady(18 February 2021)[1]
Highest74 (July 2015, October 2016)
Lowest198 (September 2008)
First international
 Iceland 1-0 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Akranes, Iceland; 24 August 1988)
Biggest win
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3-0 San Marino 
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 25 May 1995)
 Gibraltar 1-4 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Gibraltar; 1 March 2014)
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3-0 Liechtenstein 
(Marbella, Spain; 25 March 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Yugoslavia 7-0 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 16 May 1991)
 Romania 7-0 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Bucharest, Romania; 6 May 1992)
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 0-7 Norway 
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 11 August 1993)
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1-8 FR Yugoslavia 
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 6 October 1996)
Faroe Islands national football team in March 2013
Faroe Islands playing against Italy on 2 September 2011. The match ended in a 1-0 defeat.

The Faroe Islands national football team (Faroese: Føroyska fótbóltsmanslandsliðið), represents the Faroe Islands in association football and is controlled by the Faroe Islands Football Association. The Faroe Islands became a member of FIFA in 1988 and UEFA in 1990 and is the fourth smallest UEFA country by population.[3]

Faroe Islands have never advanced to the finals of the FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. They took part in the Island Games in 1989 and 1991 and won both tournaments. They also took part in the Nordic Football Championship for the first time in 2000-01, the last time the competition was played. In the Faroe Islands the team is known as the landsliðið. Home matches are played at Tórsvøllur.

History

Early years (1930-1988)

From 1930 to 1988, before international membership, the Faroe Islands only played national friendly matches against Iceland, Shetland, Orkney Islands, Greenland and Denmark U-21. None of these fixtures were considered official either by FIFA, nor the Faroe Islands Football Association.[4]

The Faroe Islands and Iceland) were the most successful teams at the friendly tournament known as the Greenland Cup, with two cup victories in 1983 and 1984.[5][6]

International membership and the miracle of Landskrona (1988-1993)

The Faroe Islands gained membership of FIFA on 2 July 1988 and joined UEFA on 18 April 1990.[7] The first official victory was a 1-0 win, in a friendly against Canada in 1989. Faroe Islands participated in two Island Games, winning both tournaments in 1989 and 1991. They never entered the tournament again, as the opponent teams were considered too weak a match for the Faroese side.

Faroe Islands pulled one of the biggest upsets in footballing history when they beat Austria 1-0 in their first ever competitive international on 12 September 1990.[8] The game, a Euro 92 qualifier, that was played in Landskrona, Sweden, because there were no grass pitches on the Islands. Torkil Nielsen, a salesman for his local builders company scored the goal.[9] 32 year old national coach Páll Guðlaugsson became a folk hero overnight, and is today remembered by his players as a fearless character, who always believed that the Faroe Islands could get a result against the bigger nations. In his self-biography, national goalkeeper Jens Martin Knudsen revealed that Guðlaugsson held a stunning pre-match speech, that boosted the players confidence prior to the match against the Austrians. Guðlaugsson pre-match speech goes; "Think of the Faroese flag. Your flag. Take it with you on that field. Throw yourself into the tackles against those arrogant Austrians with one mission - to win the game for your nation. Tonight you pay back your childhood home. You have the opportunity now and it is an irreparable blow if you don't seize it!"[10] The win was against all odds and to this day, this is the story about Faroese football - and the story about sports in the Faroe Islands. American sports magazine Soccerphile rated the Faroese victory number 10 of all-time football greatest upsets.[11]

One month later the Faroe Islands lost 4-1 to Denmark at Parken, Copenhagen. The same team got another good result in the qualifying tournament, when they drew 1-1 against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on 1 May 1991. The Faroe Islands lost the remaining five matches of the tournament.

The Allan Simonsen years (1994-2001)

Since Landskrona, Faroese football stepped up to the challenge, regularly getting good results against better teams. However, it was a surprise to many around Europe when Allan Simonsen in 1994 was appointed the new coach for the Faroese national team. Having had a playing career in Borussia Mönchengladbach and F.C. Barcelona, many thought that the European footballer of the year in 1977, was too big a name for such a small nation. Allan Simonsen was in charge of the Faroese team for seven years, and is still today considered as the coach who lifted the Faroese amateurs to a more professional level. Among other things he asked the Football Association to lengthen the season, and also asked the clubs for fitter players. Of which both were granted, and are today considered an essential part if the Faroese national team is to compete at the highest level.

Under the guidance of Allan Simonsen, the Faroe Islands won two Euro 1996 qualifiers matches against San Marino; 3-0 and 3-1, and two 1998 World Cup Qualifying matches against Malta; both ended 2-1, and two 2002 World Cup Qualifying matches against Luxembourg; 2-0 and 1-0. They played three draws against Lithuania; 0-0, Scotland; 1-1 and Bosnia; 2-2, all in the Euro 2000 qualifiers, and also draw against Slovenia; 2-2 in the 2002 World Cup Qualifying, which turned out to be their most successful World Cup qualifying until 2018.[10]

The Henrik Larsen years (2002-2005)

In 2002, former Danish international Henrik Larsen, succeeded his countryman, Allan Simonsen, as head coach of the Faroe Islands national team. It was important for the Football Association to get a well known and respected name in Europe, and got what they wanted in Larsen, who won the UEFA Euro 1992 with Denmark as a player.

On 7 September 2002, in their first match together, an experienced Faroese team played Scotland at home in a Euro 2004 qualifier. The game ended 2-2, after the Faroe Islands had been leading 2-0 at halftime.

In the same qualifying tournament, Faroe Islands almost caused a big upset against Germany in HDI-Arena in Hannover on 16 October 2002. Unfortunately for the Faroes, the post denied them a draw in the dying seconds of the match, the game ended 2-1 to the German side. However, they managed one more draw against Cyprus on 9 October 2004 in the 2006 World Cup Qualifying.[10]

The Jógvan Martin Olsen years (2006-2008)

In 2006, the Faroe Islands got their first Faroese coach. Jógvan Martin Olsen from Toftir had been the assistant coach for the Faroese national team for nine years upon appointment. Many experienced players who had been regulars in the national squad for years, quit the national team at the same time. Olsen main task was to build a new team with a new generation of players. This affected the results, and the Faroe Islands got zero points in the Euro 2008 qualifier, their first qualification under Olsen as coach. However, On 2 June 2007, against Italy, the Faroes surprisingly took the sluggish world champions to the limit after netting a 77th-minute goal in a 2-1 loss. Overall, their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign was disastrous, as they conceded 43 goals and scored only four (all of which were scored by the same player, Rógvi Jacobsen), and half of which were against Italy en route to losing all twelve matches, of which three of them were 6-0 defeats.

During the summer of 2008, the Faroese side played two friendlies. First they lost 4-3 to Estonia on 1 June 2008, and this match has been credited as the only official international in which the Faroe Islands scored 3 goals and lost. Later they lost 5-0 to Portugal.

Olsen remained as coach for the first four qualification matches in the 2010 World Cup Qualifying and after announcing the squad against the Austrian national team, Olsen announced that he was to step down after three years in charge. On 11 October 2008 he managed to get a big result, which was against Austria. The game ended 1-1, giving the Faroe Islands their first qualifying point in four years.

The Brian Kerr years and the new generation (2009-2011)

On 22 March 2009, the Faroese people got a glimpse of their future national team, a new generation of more technical and peaceful players beat the Icelandic national team 2-1 in a friendly match, their first ever victory over Iceland. Caretaker Heðin Askham managed the Faroese side in this match.

On 5 April 2009, former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr was appointed new manager of the team.[12] With his charisma and Irish humour, he soon became a favourite among the Faroese football fans.

On 9 September 2009, the Faroe Islands recorded their first competitive win since the 2002 World Cup qualification stage after beating Lithuania 2-1.[13]

On 11 August 2010, the Faroe Islands came close to an away win in Estonia during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers. The Faroes took the lead in the first half with a goal by Jóan Símun Edmundsson. The score was still 1-0 after 90 minutes played, but Estonia scored twice during stoppage time and Faroe Islands lost the match 2-1.

Two months later, on 12 October 2010, the Faroe Islands drew 1-1 with the higher ranked Northern Ireland at the Svangaskarð Stadion, Toftir. Striker Christian Holst scored for the Faroes in the 60th minute, before Kyle Lafferty equalised 16 minutes later for the visiting side, earning a point for both teams.

On 7 June 2011, the Faroe Islands defeated Estonia 2-0 at Svangaskarð. Captain Fróði Benjaminsen opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute, before Arnbjørn Hansen then secured the win with a follow up after another Benjaminsen penalty. It was the Faroe Islands' first UEFA Euro qualification win since 1995.

Faroe Islands were drawn against Kerr's former employers, the Republic of Ireland, in Group C for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying. The other teams in the group were Germany, Sweden, Austria, and Kazakhstan.

On 26 October 2011, Brian Kerr stepped down as coach of the Faroe Islands national team, after the Faroe Islands Football Association (FSF) announced that "it was not possible to agree a new contract with Brian Kerr".[14] The players liked the Irishman and they described him as a very motivating figure. His pre-match speeches were full of passion and gave the players confidence to go out and play against the very best in Europe.[10]

The Lars Olsen years and the double Greek victory (2011-2019)

Faroe Islands defeated Greece 2-1 on 13 June 2015.

On 8 November 2011, the Faroese Football Association announced that an agreement had been reached with the 50-year-old former Denmark captain and European Champion from 1992, Lars Olsen, to become the next coach of the Faroe Islands. Lars Olsen is the third Dane to coach the Faroe Islands after Allan Simonsen and Henrik Larsen.[15]

On 1 March 2014, for the first time in the Faroe Islands' history, they scored four goals in a match. In what was only Gibraltar's second match as an official UEFA member, the hosts lost their first ever home match by the score of 1-4. Faroe midfielder Christian Holst scored twice. On 11 October 2013, Olsen got his first point in a 1-1 draw against Kazakhstan.

On 14 November 2014, the Faroe Islands caused a major international football upset by defeating hosts Greece 0-1 during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.[16][17]The Guardian reckoned the win as the biggest upset ever in terms of FIFA Rankings; Greece were ranked 18th, the Faroe Islands 187th, a 169-place difference.[18]

On 13 June 2015, the Faroe Islands stunned the world yet again by defeating the same Greek side in their second meeting of the Euro 2016 qualifying tournament by a score of 2-1.[19][20] These two wins saw the national team moving from 187th place to 74th place in the FIFA rankings. The team eventually finished fifth in their group with six points, without conceding more than three goals in a match.

On 29 March 2016, the Faroe Islands beat Liechtenstein 3-2 in a friendly match in Marbella, Spain. The opposition scored two late goals in stoppage time, but this was the Faroe Islands' fourth victory over Liechtenstein since 2000.[21]

On 6 September 2016, the Faroe Islands draw 0-0 against Hungary in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying match at Tórsvøllur.

On 10 October 2016, the Faroe Islands defeated Latvia 2-0 in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying match.[22]

On 3 September 2017, the Faroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying match on home soil, beating their own record which was 7 points in a Euro or World Cup qualification; after the victory over Andorra the Faroe Islands reached a record nine points in all competitions.[23]

On 18 November 2019, Lars Olsen led his team to a 0-3 loss against Sweden, in his last international match as the manager for the Faroe Islands. He's regarded as the most successful manager in the nations 29-year history, as members of UEFA and FIFA. In the same match, captain Atli Gregersen retired from international duties as well, after winning 59 caps for the national team.[24][25]

The Håkan Ericson years (2019-)

On 16 December 2019, the Faroe Islands Football Association announced they had signed a four-year deal with Swedish coach Håkan Ericson.[26]

On 3 September 2020, in what would be his first match in charge, Håkan Ericson's side won 3-2 against Malta[27] in a 2020-21 UEFA Nations League match. Only three days later, in what would be the 200th competitive match for Faroe Islands since joining FIFA and UEFA back in 1988, they recorded their second win in a row with a 1-0 win over Andorra,[28] their first double victory since a 2-1 win against Malta on 8 June 1997.[29]

On 17th of November 2020, Ericson's side won their first ever competitive tournament, after a 1-1 draw against Malta secured them the top spot and promotion from the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League D, followed by a new record of 12 points in all competitions, beating the previous 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) record at 9 points. [30]

As of 18 November 2020, the Faroese national team has twelve full-time professionals playing in German, Spanish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Icelandic leagues, compared to the 1990 team who won the Austria game in Landskrona, which was entirely made up of amateurs.

Stadiums

Tórsvøllur, completed in 2020

Between 1999 and 2011, the Faroe Islands played its home matches on two different stadiums, rotation wise on Tórsvøllur and Svangaskarð. Their latest match on Svangaskarð was a 2-0 victory in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match over Estonia on 7 June 2011.[31] Since then a comprehensive renovation has taken place in between matches on Tórsvøllur, which has transformed the stadium in to a multifunctional venue for concerts and sports in general. Although, international football being the primarily one. Flood lights were introduced in 2011, and 6,000 new seats under roof have been installed, the surface has been replaced with artificial grass and the stadium now meets all UEFA and FIFA demands.[32]

Tórsvøllur was completed in 2020.

Supporters

Skansin, Faroese football supporters at the Faroe Islands vs Greece match at Tórsvøllur 2015.

Faroe Islands have a main stand for their supporters at Tórsvøllur, which is known as "Skansin", meaning fort in English. Skansin was formed in 2014, following their 1-0 away victory against Greece in Pireaus and the opening of their newly renovated stadium. As of April 2016, Skansin has 400 members domestically, and stand tickets are sold out every home match. Following Northern Ireland's 3-1 victory against Faroe Islands during the Euro 2016 qualifiers on 4 September 2015, Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty stated that he was particularly impressed with the Faroese supporters, as they cheered for their players throughout the entire match, even when the Faroes threw away a likely 1-1 result. Drums and trumpets are an essential part of their support.[33]

Current competitions

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Denmark Austria Scotland Israel Faroe Islands Moldova
1  Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 12 Oct 1 Sep 7 Sep 12 Nov 28 Mar
2  Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to second round 31 Mar 7 Sep 12 Nov 28 Mar 15 Nov
3  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov 25 Mar 9 Oct 31 Mar 4 Sep
4  Israel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 Mar 4 Sep 28 Mar 15 Nov 12 Oct
5  Faroe Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Sep 9 Oct 12 Oct 1 Sep 7 Sep
6  Moldova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Oct 1 Sep 12 Nov 31 Mar 25 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 25 March 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Results and fixtures

2020

30 March 2020 Friendly Andorra  v  Faroe Islands Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:00 UTC+2 Stadium: Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella
Note: The match was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 June 2020 Friendly Iceland  v  Faroe Islands Reykjavík, Iceland
19:00 UTC±0 Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
Note: The match was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 September 2020 Nations League Faroe Islands  3-2  Malta Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Ádám Farkas (Hungary)
6 September 2020 Nations League Andorra  0-1  Faroe Islands Andorra la Vella, Andorra
15:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
7 October 2020 Friendly Denmark  4-0  Faroe Islands Herning, Denmark
18:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: MCH Arena
Attendance: 207
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
Note: Match originally scheduled for 27 March 2020, but postponed due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
10 October 2020 Nations League Faroe Islands  1-1  Latvia Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 447[36]
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (Bulgaria)
13 October 2020 Nations League Faroe Islands  2-0  Andorra Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referee: Antti Munukka (Finland)
11 November 2020 Friendly Lithuania  2-1  Faroe Islands Vilnius, Lithuania
19:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)
14 November 2020 Nations League Latvia  1-1  Faroe Islands Riga, Latvia
19:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Daugava Stadium
Referee: Nikola Dabanovi? (Montenegro)
17 November 2020 Nations League Malta  1-1  Faroe Islands Ta' Qali, Malta
20:45 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)

2021

4 June 2021 Friendly Faroe Islands  v  Iceland TBD
--:-- UTC±0

Coaches

Source:[37]Updated as of 17 November 2020 after the game against Malta.

  • Friendly matches included.
Manager Note Year(s) G W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iceland Páll Guðlaugsson 1988-93 25 2 3 20 9 76 -67 7
Faroe Islands Johan Nielsen & Jógvan Norðbúð caretakers 1993 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0
Denmark Allan Simonsen 1994-2001 52 8 7 37 37 119 -82 31
Denmark Henrik Larsen 2002-05 26 5 2 19 24 62 -38 17
Faroe Islands Jógvan Martin Olsen 2006-08 20 0 1 19 8 64 -56 1
Faroe Islands Heðin Askham caretaker 2009 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Republic of Ireland Brian Kerr 2009-11 19 2 3 14 10 46 -36 9
Denmark Lars Olsen 2011-19 56 9 7 40 37 114 -77 34
Sweden Håkan Ericson 2019- 8 3 3 2 10 11 -1 12

Current technical staff

Source:[38]

Position Name
Head coach Sweden Håkan Ericson
Assistant coach Faroe Islands Eli Hentze
Goalkeeping coach Hungary Andras Gango
Team Doctor / Team Doctor Coordinator Faroe Islands Elmar Ósá
Team Doctor Croatia Pero ?ore
Fitness Coach / Physio / Physio Coordinator Faroe Islands Álvur Hansen
Physio Faroe Islands Øssur Steinhólm
Kit Manager Faroe Islands Bárður Lava Olsen

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Lithuania on 11 November, and also the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League matches against Latvia on 14 November and Malta on 17 November.[39]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gunnar Nielsen (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 34) 59 0 Iceland FH
12 1GK Teitur Gestsson (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 28) 12 0 Faroe Islands HB
23 1GK Kristian Joensen (1992-12-22) 22 December 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Faroe Islands

3 2DF Viljormur Davidsen (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 29) 46 1 Denmark Vejle
5 2DF Sonni Nattestad (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 26) 31 2 Republic of Ireland Dundalk
13 2DF Rógvi Baldvinsson (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 31) 48 4 Norway Bryne
15 2DF Odmar Færø (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 31) 34 1 Faroe Islands
19 2DF Ári Mohr Jónsson (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 26) 7 1 Norway Sandnes Ulf
2DF Bartal Wardum (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Faroe Islands HB

2 3MF Jóannes Danielsen (1997-09-10) 10 September 1997 (age 23) 7 0 Faroe Islands
6 3MF Hallur Hansson (captain) (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 28) 54 5 Denmark Horsens
7 3MF Jóannes Bjartalíð (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 24) 13 0 Faroe Islands
8 3MF Brandur Hendriksson Olsen (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 25) 39 4 Sweden Helsingborg
9 3MF Gilli Rólantsson Sørensen (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 28) 42 1 Norway Odds
10 3MF Sølvi Vatnhamar (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 34) 44 1 Faroe Islands Víkingur
3MF Magnus Jacobsen (2000-05-23) 23 May 2000 (age 20) 1 0 Faroe Islands B36
16 3MF Gunnar Vatnhamar (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 25) 9 2 Faroe Islands Víkingur
18 3MF Meinhard Olsen (1997-04-10) 10 April 1997 (age 23) 8 0 Sweden GAIS
20 3MF Dan í Soylu (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 24) 3 0 Faroe Islands HB
21 3MF Heðin Hansen (1993-07-30) July 30, 1993 (age 27) 4 0 Faroe Islands HB
7 3MF Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 29) 27 1 Iceland Valur

11 4FW Klæmint Olsen (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 30) 34 5 Faroe Islands NSÍ
22 4FW Hilmar Leon Jakobsen (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Faroe Islands HB
4FW Adrian Justinussen (1998-07-21) 21 July 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Faroe Islands HB

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.[40][41]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tórður Thomsen (PRE) (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 34) 1 0 Faroe Islands NSÍ

DF Heini Vatnsdal (PRE) (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 29) 21 0 Faroe Islands

MF Patrik Johannesen (PRE) (1995-09-07) 7 September 1995 (age 25) 10 0 Norway EIK
MF René Shaki Joensen (INJ) (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 28) 26 3 Faroe Islands HB
MF Jákup Andreasen (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Faroe Islands

FW Jóan Símun Edmundsson (WD) (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 29) 61 7 Germany Arminia Bielefeld
FW Andreas Olsen (PRE) (1987-10-09) 9 October 1987 (age 33) 15 2 Faroe Islands Víkingur
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • RET = Retired from the national team
  • WD = Withdrew due to covid 19 travel restrictions

Records

As of 17 November 2020[42]
Players in bold are still active with Faroe Islands.

Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 10 0 0 10 1 38
France 1998 10 2 0 8 10 31
South Korea Japan 2002 10 2 1 7 6 23
Germany 2006 10 0 1 9 4 27
South Africa 2010 10 1 1 8 5 20
Brazil 2014 10 0 1 9 4 29
Russia 2018 10 2 3 5 5 16
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/23 70 7 7 56 35 184

European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992 Did not qualify 8 1 1 6 3 26
England 1996 10 2 0 8 10 35
Belgium Netherlands 2000 10 0 3 7 4 17
Portugal 2004 8 0 1 7 7 18
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 0 0 12 4 43
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 1 1 8 6 26
France 2016 10 2 0 8 6 17
2020 10 1 0 9 4 26
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total 0/17 78 7 6 65 44 208

Nations League record

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2018-19 D 3 6 1 2 3 5 10 Same position 50th
2020-21 D 1 6 3 3 0 9 5 Rise 50th
2022-23 C TBA To be determined
Total 12 4 5 3 14 15 50th

Island Games Record

Island Games record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Faroe Islands 1989 Final 1st 4 4 0 0 20 1
Åland Islands 1991 Final 1st 4 4 0 0 13 5
Isle of Wight 1993 Did not enter
Gibraltar 1995
Jersey 1997
Gotland 1999
Isle of Man 2001
Guernsey 2003
Shetland 2005
Rhodes 2007
Åland Islands 2009
Isle of Wight 2011
Bermuda 2013
Jersey 2015
Gotland 2017
Gibraltar 2019 No Football tournament
TOTAL 8 8 0 0 33 6

Notable matches

  • Friendly matches not included.
As of match played 17 November 2020
12 September 1990 Faroe Islands  1-0  Austria Idrottsparken, Landskrona (N)
Nielsen [43] Attendance: 1,265
11 October 1995 San Marino  1-3  Faroe Islands Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle (A)
[46] T. Jónsson (3) Attendance: 928
8 June 1997 Faroe Islands  2-1  Malta Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
T. Jónsson (2) [47] Attendance: 6,400
10 October 1998 Lithuania  0-0  Faroe Islands ?algiris Stadium, Vilnius (A)
[48] Attendance: 1,500
5 June 1999 Faroe Islands  1-1  Scotland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
H. Hansen [49] Attendance: 4,100
3 September 2000 Faroe Islands  2-2  Slovenia Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Arge
Ø. Hansen
[50] Attendance: 3,200
31 January 2001 Sweden  0-0  Faroe Islands Tipshallen, Växjö (A)
[51] Attendance: 2,204
1 September 2001 Faroe Islands  1-0  Luxembourg Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Hansen [52] Attendance: 1,464
7 September 2002 Faroe Islands  2-2  Scotland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
J. Petersen (2) [53] Attendance: 4,000
9 October 2004 Cyprus  2-2  Faroe Islands GSP Stadium, Nicosia (A)
[54] Jørgensen
R. Jacobsen
Attendance: 1,400
11 October 2008 Faroe Islands  1-1  Austria Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Løkin [55] Attendance: 1,890
9 September 2009 Faroe Islands  2-1  Lithuania Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
S. Olsen
A. Hansen
[55] Attendance: 1,942
12 October 2010 Faroe Islands  1-1  Northern Ireland Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Holst [56] Attendance: 1,921
7 June 2011 Faroe Islands  2-0  Estonia Svangaskarð, Toftir (H)
Benjaminsen
A. Hansen
[56] Attendance: 1,715
14 November 2014 Greece  0-1  Faroe Islands Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus (A)
Edmundsson Attendance: 16,821
13 June 2015 Faroe Islands  2-1  Greece Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Hansson
Hendriksson
Attendance: 5,000
6 September 2016 Faroe Islands  0-0  Hungary Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Attendance: 4,066
7 October 2016 Latvia  0-2  Faroe Islands Skonto Stadium, Riga (A)
Nattestad
Edmundsson
Attendance: 4,823
25 March 2017 Andorra  0-0  Faroe Islands Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (A)
Attendance: 1,000
3 September 2017 Faroe Islands  1-0  Andorra Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Rólantsson Attendance: 4,357
8 October 2017 Faroe Islands  0-0  Latvia Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Attendance: 4,206
3 September 2020 Faroe Islands  3-2  Malta Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
K. Olsen, A. Olsen, Hendriksson [57] Attendance: 0
6 September 2020 Andorra  0-1  Faroe Islands Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (A)
[58] K. Olsen Attendance: 0
10 October 2020 Faroe Islands  1-1  Latvia Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
Færø [59] Attendance: 447
13 October 2020 Faroe Islands  2-0  Andorra Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (H)
K.Olsen (2) [60] Attendance: 500
14 November 2020 Latvia  1-1  Faroe Islands Skonto Stadium, Riga (A)
[61] G. Vatnhamar Attendance: 500
17 November 2020 Malta  1-1  Faroe Islands Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (A)
[62] Á. Jónsson Attendance: 0

FIFA ranking history

Source:[63]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
115 133 120 135 117 125 112 117 117 114 126 131 132 181 194 184 117 136 116 153 170 104 97 83 95 94 110 TBD

All-time record

As of match played 17 November 2020
All-time record of the Faroe Islands national football team
Opponents Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Andorra 5 3 2 0 4 0 11
 Austria 6 1 1 4 3 16 4
 Azerbaijan 3 0 0 3 0 8 0
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 6 0
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
 Canada 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
 Cyprus 4 0 1 3 3 10 1
 Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 0 7 0
 Czechoslovakia 2 0 0 2 0 7 0
 Denmark 4 0 0 4 1 14 0
 Estonia 7 2 1 4 10 15 7
 Finland 5 0 0 5 1 14 0
 France 6 0 0 6 0 22 0
 Georgia 2 0 0 2 1 9 0
 Germany 4 0 0 4 1 10 0
 Gibraltar 1 1 0 0 4 1 3
 Greece 4 2 0 2 4 11 6
 Hungary 4 0 1 3 1 4 1
 Iceland 13 1 0 12 8 24 3
 Israel 3 0 1 2 2 5 1
 Italy 4 0 0 4 2 11 0
 Kazakhstan 6 2 2 2 8 9 8
 Kosovo 3 0 1 2 1 5 1
 Latvia 5 1 4 0 5 3 7
 Liechtenstein 5 4 1 0 9 4 13
 Lithuania 9 1 1 7 5 13 4
 Luxembourg 3 2 1 0 3 0 7
 Malta 10 6 2 2 19 14 20
 Netherlands 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
 Northern Ireland 6 0 2 4 3 16 2
 Norway 4 0 0 4 0 15 0
 Poland 3 0 0 3 1 12 0
 Portugal 3 0 0 3 1 16 0
 Republic of Ireland 4 0 0 4 1 11 0
 Romania 8 0 0 8 2 26 0
 Russia 4 0 0 4 2 12 0
 San Marino 2 2 0 0 6 1 6
 Scotland 9 0 2 7 6 26 2
 Serbia 4 0 0 4 1 10 0
 Slovakia 2 0 0 2 1 5 0
 Slovenia 4 0 1 3 3 12 1
 Spain 4 0 0 4 4 17 0
 Sweden 5 0 1 4 1 13 1
  Switzerland 6 0 0 6 2 19 0
 Turkey 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 7 0
 Wales 2 0 0 2 0 9 0
 Yugoslavia 6 0 0 6 2 28 0

Honours

UEFA Nations League:

League D, Group D1:

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 were played behind closed doors.[34][35]
  2. ^ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the match was played behind closed doors.

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