By Amelia Fisher Starzynski, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, September 27, 2019: The Faroe Islands will host its first ever UEFA finals tournament with news that Europe’s football governing body has awarded the islands the honour of hosting the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championships 2021.
UEFA confirmed its decision at its Executive Committee meeting in Ljubljana this week.
Jon Hestoy, Vice President of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee said:
“This is tremendous news for the Faroe Islands and demonstrates our wider sporting ambition.
We have been a proud member of FIFA since 1988 and of UEFA since 1990 and, in this time, the professionalism of football on the islands has developed considerably, while our wider hosting infrastructure such as hotel capacity has also grown a great deal.
The Faroe Islands is a hugely ambitious, proud sporting nation and the decision by UEFA to award us the honour of staging the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championships is a reflection of our ambition.
The Faroe Islands Football Association is looking forward to working with UEFA to host a memorable tournament in 2021 (UEFA finals tournament).”
About the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands, which has a population of 52,000, has been a self-governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948 and competes in the Olympic Games as Denmark.
Located north-west of Scotland’s Shetland Islands and almost 1,000km from Denmark, the Faroe Islands has been campaigning for more than 40 years for Olympic recognition.
The Faroese Confederation of Sports established in 1939 and its Olympic Committee in 1982.
Sport on the islands is 100% self-funded, including all anti-doping activities [no sport funding comes from Denmark].
18,000 Faroese members of sports clubs which drives and overseen by the FCSOC.
Faroe Islands is a founding member of the IPC and has competed in every Paralympic Summer Games since 1984.
It also recognises in its own right by eight International Federations: archery, badminton, football, handball, judo, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.
Visit our website: https://isf.fo/faroese-confederation-of-sports-olympic-committee/