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The Greenland national football team represents Greenland in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Greenland. Although it has the same status as the Faroe Islands within the Kingdom of Denmark, Greenland is not, like the Faroe Islands national football team, a member of FIFA nor of any continental confederation and therefore is not eligible to enter the World Cup or other sanctioned tournaments. Most of the matches they have played have been against the Faroe Islands and Iceland, but neither of the two consider those games full internationals.


Greenland is a member of the International Island Games Association and has taken part in Football at the Island Games. Since 13 October 2005, it is a provisional member of the N.F.-Board and since 25 March 2006 it is full-member. On 17 October 2009 the team was accepted as a provisional member of the IFU. Greenland also played Tibet, another non-FIFA team, in 2001 at Copenhagen's Vanlose Arena. However, the team was composed of players who were of Tibetan heritage and not from Tibet themselves. The match drew international attention when China threatened to embargo Greenland's shrimp exports because of Tibet's contested sovereignty. Greenland won the match 4–1.[1][2]

Island Games[]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
File:Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg 1989 Semifinals 4th 4 1 0 3 4 8
File:Flag of Åland.svg 1991 Round 1 8th 4 0 0 4 8 15
Template:Country data Isle of Wight 1993 Semifinals 4th 4 2 0 2 1 6
File:Flag of Gibraltar.svg 1995 Semifinals 4th 5 2 0 3 10 10
File:Flag of Jersey.svg 1997 Round 1 9th 4 0 1 3 3 9
Template:Country data Gotland 1999 Quarterfinals 8th 5 2 0 3 11 19
File:Flag of the Isle of Man.svg 2001 Round 1 9th 4 2 1 1 6 2
File:Flag of Guernsey.svg 2003 Round 1 10th 2 3 0 2 22 5
Template:Country data Shetland 2005 Round 1 8th 5 1 2 2 8 14
Template:Country data Rhodes 2007 Did not enter
File:Flag of Åland.svg 2009 Round 1 9th 4 1 0 3 8 15
Template:Country data Isle of Wight 2011 Round 1 11th 4 1 0 3 5 7
File:Flag of Bermuda.svg 2013 Finals Runners-up 5 2 0 3 21 5
File:Flag of Jersey.svg 2015 Play-offs 5th 4 3 1 0 8 4

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**Red border color indicates the tournament was held at home.
File:Nuuk Stadium.jpg

Nuuk Stadium, Greenland's current national stadium

FIFI Wild Cup participation[]

Greenland participated in the 2006 FIFI Wild Cup. The team played two games and lost both, the first 0–1 against the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the second 2–4 against Zanzibar. They were eliminated in the First Round.

ELF Cup participation[]

Greenland was eliminated in Round 1 of the ELF Cup. They played three matches in total, beating the national team of Gagauzia 2–0, drawing 1–1 with Zanzibar and losing 1–0 to Kyrgyzstan.

Future international participation[]

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Typical playing surfaces in Greenland, such as this one in Ilulissat, do not meet FIFA regulations.

Greenland has been seeking to participate in confederated football since at least 1998 when then national team manager Sepp Piontek stated that he had already asked UEFA to look into the possibility of Greenland becoming a member of the organization.[3] About the issue, former DBU president Allan Hansen stated, "Concerning the GBU, I’m not convinced [they] officially applied for FIFA and UEFA membership at around the same time as Gibraltar. As I’m informed, the GBU in the late nineties sent a letter [requesting clarification on a number of issues] but..there were no follow-up actions." Additionally, he stated, "I can’t foretell what will happen in the future, but I have attended a meeting with UEFA, DBU and GBU and I'm convinced that the day DBU and GBU present a partnership agreement and a road-map for the development of Greenlandic football, UEFA will be ready to discuss options for supporting the development of Greenlandic football as well as football on an administrative level."[4] However, another report from 2010 states that an application was submitted but other factors such as the admittance of former Soviet and Yugoslav nations made for bad timing of the application.[5]

FIFA's approval of FieldTurf may allow Greenland to create FIFA-standard playing pitches and apply to play full internationals. They would join either UEFA (due to links with Denmark) or CONCACAF (geographically, Greenland is part of North America). The first artificial turf in Greenland was completed and inaugurated in Qaqortoq in September 2009. On 13 September 2010, FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived in Qaqortoq, Greenland, and announced FIFA's approval of the new field, which is seen as a major step towards the country being granted FIFA membership.[6]

In 2011, Allan Hansen, chairman of the Danish Football Association stated that he did not believe that Greenland had the opportunity to become a member of FIFA or a confederation immediately. However, in December 2014 the DBU and Greenland's GBU formed a partnership with the aim of having Greenland included as a UEFA and FIFA member by 2020. One of the greatest barriers to admittance at that time was FIFA's strict regulations on stadiums and playing surfaces. The DBU's support of a Greenlandic application to FIFA included financial support which would be used to replace the clay courts of at least one field in each of the country's four municipalities, with artificial turf. Additionally, it was announced in May 2015 the national government had allocated one million dollars to design a plan for the construction of a new covered national stadium in Nuuk.[7] The intentions of the plan were to design a covered and heated facility that would have a capacity of several thousand spectators, with the plan to be presented to the Parliament of Greenland later in the autumn session of 2016.[8] Although unrelated to the stadium proposal, the first artificial pitch was laid in Nuuk, the country's capital, in June 2015[9] and at the national stadium in July 2016.[10]

Before becoming a member of FIFA, Greenland would be required to be a member of a continental confederation. However, UEFA now requires new members to be recognized by the United Nations as fully independent. Another possibility would be for Greenland to join CONCACAF as it is geographically closer to North America and the confederation allows dependent territories to join as new members.[11]

New National Stadium[]

Main article: New National Stadium (Greenland)


Greenland's current kit is provided by Spanish sportswear company Kelme.[12]

Current squad[]

The following 20 players were called up by Rene Olsen and Tekle Ghrebrelul for the 2015 Island Games.[13]

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Greenland national team in Northern Cyprus

Manager Year (s)
Template:Country data GRL Niels Møller 1977
Template:Country data GRL Uvdlo Jakobsen
Template:Country data GRL Elisaeus Kreutzmann
Template:Country data GRL Lars Lundblad 1984
Template:Country data GRL Simon Simonsen 1989
Template:Country data GRL Isak Nielsen Kleist 1993–1995
Template:Country data GRL Ulf Abrahamsen 1996
Template:Country data GRL Lars Olsvig
File:Flag of Greenland.svg Jens Jorgen Egede
Germany Sepp Piontek 1999–2002
Denmark Jens Tang Olesen
File:Flag of Greenland.svg Kristian Lyberth
Germany Sepp Piontek 2004
Denmark Jens Tang Olesen
File:Flag of Greenland.svg Hans Frederik Olsen
Template:Country data GRL Tonnes Berthelsen
File:Flag of Greenland.svg René Olsen
Template:Country data GRL René Olsen
File:Flag of Eritrea.svg[14]Tekre Ghebrelul


International opponents[]

(Last update: 21 July 2013)

Team <templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />GP <templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />W <templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />D <templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />L <templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />GF <templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />GA
File:Flag of Åland.svg Åland 5 0 0 5 8 17
File:Flag of Alderney.svg Alderney 1 1 0 0 3 0
File:Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda 2 0 0 2 0 4
File:Flag of the Falkland Islands.svg Falkland Islands 2 2 0 0 13 0
File:Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands 7 0 1 6 6 20
Template:Country data Frøya 3 2 0 1 15 1
Template:Country data Gagauzia 1 1 0 0 2 0
File:Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar 4 2 0 2 7 7
Template:Country data Gotland 3 0 0 3 6 13
File:Flag of Guernsey.svg Guernsey 2 0 1 1 0 6
File:Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man 1 1 0 0 4 0
Template:Country data Isle of Wight 5 1 1 3 6 13
File:Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland 2 0 0 2 1 5
File:Flag of Jersey.svg Jersey 6 0 0 6 10 24
File:Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kyrgyzstan 1 0 1 0 1 1
File:Bandera de Menorca.svg Menorca 2 0 0 2 2 9
Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg Northern Cyprus 1 0 0 1 0 1
Template:Country data Orkney 1 1 0 0 2 1
Template:Country data Rhodes 3 0 0 3 1 6
Template:Country data Saaremaa 2 2 0 0 6 1
File:Sami flag.svg Sápmi 1 0 0 1 1 5
File:Flag of Sark.svg Sark 1 1 0 0 16 0
Template:Country data Shetland 3 2 0 1 9 7
Template:Country data Tibet 1 1 0 0 4 1
Template:Country data Western Isles 2 1 1 0 5 4
Template:Country data Anglesey 4 1 1 2 2 3
File:Flag of Zanzibar.svg Zanzibar 1 0 0 1 2 4
Total 67 19 6 42 132 153


  1. Knox, Tomos. "The unlikely success story of football on the massive island of Greenland". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  2. Thomsen, Per Bech. "Defiant Greenland will play Tibet". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. Burton, Mark. "Football: Greenland presses for recognition". Independent. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  5. "Grønlands dyre stadionprojekt er genvej til Fifa-familien". Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. Haydon, John (14 September 2010). "FIFA gives blessing to Greenland's new soccer venue". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on 22 July 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2015. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
  7. Krarup, Poul. "Nyt parløb skal bringe Grønland ind i Uefa-familien" (in Danish). Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  8. "Første skridt mod et nationalt stadion i Nuuk" (in Danish). Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  9. "Første kunstgræsbane i Nuuk klar til indvielse" (in Danish). Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  10. "Kunstgræsbanen klar til indvielse" (in Danish). Sermitsiaq. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  11. Homewood, Brian. "Danish FA supports Greenland's bid to join UEFA, FIFA". Reuters. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  12. "KELME Catálogo Team 2015–16". Kelme. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  13. Hansen, Nukappiaaluk. "Landsholdsspillerne i fodbold for kvinder og herrer er udtaget". Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  14. "Grønlandske fodboldspillere på græs for første gang" (in Danish). Retrieved 8 June 2015.

External links[]

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