Sealand national football team

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Sealand national football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Sealand National Football Association
Confederation NF-Board
Head coach Ed Stubbs
Most Cap Christian Gunn (5)
Top scorer Dan Hughes (5)
MFA Code SEA
Home colors
Away colours
First international
Flag of Sealand.png Sealand 2 – 2 Åland Islands Flag of Åland.png
(Unknown location; Summer 2004)
Biggest win
Noflag.png Raetia 1 – 6 Sealand Flag of Sealand.png
(Char, France; August 10, 2014)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Occitania (with star).png Occitania 8 – 0 Sealand Flag of Sealand.png
(St. John's, Isle of man; July 5, 2013)


The Sealand national football team is an association football team representing the Principality of Sealand in international competitions. The team is a member of non-FIFA organisation, the NF-Board, although the team is yet to appear at the organisation's bi-annual tournament, the VIVA World Cup.

History

Foundation

The Sealand National Football Association (SNFA) was founded 30 May, 2003, when Christian Olsen from Denmark wrote to Prince Regent Michael Bates about his veteran's side, Vestbjerg Vintage Idrætsforening, could represent Sealand at association football. Prince Bates accepted, and in the summer of 2004, Olsen's Sealand side played their first game against the Åland Islands, and suprised many by drawing 2–2. The following year, Sealand applied to join non-FIFA confederation the NF-Board, and were accepted as provisional members on 11 June 2005.[1] Earlier in 2005, Sealand also looked set to face Tibet in a match, but money proved to be to great an obstacle. After that, Olsen became inactive, and the SNFA fell into dis-use until 2009, when Neil Forsyth was appointed SNFA head. He announced intent in participating in the NF-Board's annual VIVA World Cup.[2]

Recent times

In February 2012, Sealand announced that Forsyth was arranging an international fixture[3] and a month later the SNFA announced that it would be playing the Chagos Islands in Godalming, Surrey in May 2012.[4][5] On 3 May 2012, Sealand announced its squad for the match against the Chagos Islands, including ex-Norwich City defender Simon Charlton as captain.[6] On 5 May 2012, Sealand played Chagos Islands at the ground of Godalming Town in Surrey, with Chagos winning 3–1.[7][8] On 25 August 2012 and 8 March 2013, Sealand played two games against the Alderney official football team winning both, the first game, held in Alderney, ended 1-1 in extra time and went to a penalty shootout, Sealand won 4-4 on penalties and went to sudden death. Sealand scored the winning penalty. Sealand and Alderney played again in March, Sealand's first game of 2013 at Meades Park, Francombe. Sealand won 2-1, Ryan Moore scoring his second goal in Sealand colours making him Sealand's record goal scorer.[9]

In the summer of 2013 Sealand took part in its first tournament, the Tynwald Hill Tournament. Sealand ended the tournament 5th after two loses against Tamil Eelam and Occitania, losing 5-3 and 8-0 respectfully, Sealand's heaviest losses. Sealand was able to bounce back in the final match, a 5th place fixture against Alderney which Sealand won 2-1.[10] After the tournament Sealand played a number of London league teams. Sealand's first match of 2014 and their first since the Tynwald Hill Tournament is against the Chagos Islands, their second match and Sealand's third at Godalming Town FC's Wey Court.[11]

Squad

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Sam Churchman 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
Toby Loveland 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
Dan Hughes 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
Matt Squires 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
Lewis Manor 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
Luke Wilson 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
Nathaniel Sharp 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
3 Jack Field 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
11 Josh Killen 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
12 Chris Jackson 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 0
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown
16 Baron Chay Press 0 December 0000 (0000-00-00) (age 2018) 1 1
Flag of Sealand.png Unknown

Notable Players

Ralf Little is the captain of the Sealand national football team. He had a brief career in the English non-league playing for clubs such as Maidstone United. Little is also known for his acting career, most famously playing Antony Royle in The Royle Family.

Gallery

Overall Record

Opponent P W D L F A
Flag of Åland.png Åland 1 0 1 0 2 2
Flag of Alderney.png Alderney 3 2 1 0 5 3
Border Chagos Islands 3 1 1 1 6 6
Border Panjab 1 0 0 1 1 4
Border Raetia 1 1 0 0 6 1
Border Seborga 1 1 0 0 3 2
Border Somaliland 1 0 1 0 2 2
Border Tamil Eelam 1 0 0 1 3 5
Border Occitania 1 0 0 1 0 8
Total 13 5 4 4 28 33

International results and upcoming fixtures

22-12-2014 Smethwick, England Border Panjab Flag of Sealand.png Sealand 4-1
10-05-2014 France Border Seborga Flag of Sealand.png Sealand 2-3
10-05-2014 Char, Raetia Border Raetia Flag of Sealand.png Sealand 1-6
17-05-2014 London, England Flag of Sealand.png Sealand Border Somaliland 2-2
05-05-2014 Crawley, England Border Chagos Islands Flag of Sealand.png Sealand 1-1*
23-02-2014 Godalming, England Flag of Sealand.png Sealand Border Chagos Islands 4-2
07-07-2013 St John's, Isle of Man Flag of Sealand.png Sealand Flag of Alderney.png Alderney 2-1
05-07-2013 St John's, Isle of Man Border Occitania Flag of Sealand.png Sealand 8-0
04-07-2013 St John's, Isle of Man Flag of Sealand.png Sealand Border Tamil Eelam 3-5
08-03-2013 Godalming, England Flag of Sealand.png Sealand Flag of Alderney.png Alderney 2-1
25-08-2012 Alderney Flag of Alderney.png Alderney Flag of Sealand.png Sealand 1-1‡
05-05-2012 Godalming, England Flag of Sealand.png Sealand Border Chagos Islands 1-3
15-05-2004 Åland Flag of Åland.png Åland Islands Flag of Sealand.png Sealand 2-2

‡ Sealand won 5-4 on penalties[12]

  • Sealand lost 4-3 on penalties

References