Greenland is applying for admission to Concacaf

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  1. carnifex2005

    carnifex2005 Member+

    Jul 1, 2008
    Vancouver Whitecaps
    From this article today...

    The Greenland Football Association is applying for membership of the North and Central American football association Concacaf.

    The Greenlandic national team may eventually play qualifying matches against North and Central American national teams.

    In any case, the Greenland Football Association, KAK, plans to join Concacaf in the future, and the application process is already under way.

    • It is almost impossible to become a member of the European football association UEFA without the support of the Danish football association DBU.
    • KAK has therefore decided that we will prepare the application process to Concacaf ourselves, says the chairman of the application committee Tønnes Berthelsen to the Greenlandic media Sermitsiaq.
    Greenland does not have a football stadium that can be approved according to the international requirements. Therefore, the team's home matches may be played abroad.

    Home matches in the USA, Canada or Iceland are mentioned by Berthelsen as possibilities for Greenland.

    Greenland has a Danish national coach in the form of Morten Rutkjær. He sees great prospects in Greenland's expected admission to Concacaf.

    • It is clearly realistic that we are admitted, and I have great ambitions for Greenland's football. The possibilities are endless, and with the foundation we are building, we are ready to take on the challenge.
    • We will take on the great nations. It is also of great value that we showcase Greenland and that there is a huge support from the entire population.
    • We may not win many battles in the beginning, but it means a lot that it is a common mission and we stand together as a nation. The whole country is ready, says Rutkjær.
    Morten Rutkjær has a past as a coach in several Danish division clubs and explains that the Greenland national team level is very similar to what he has worked with in the past.

    The level of the team is similar to the 3rd division or the top of the Denmark Series, but with the right amount of training and a boost of the coaches and training facilities in Greenland, our goal is that the players will be lifted to a higher level.

    • Our players play primarily in Greenland, but we also have some in Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The goal is to send more out in the coming years. We will make a big effort to find players in Denmark who have Greenlandic roots and who can play for the national team, Rutkjær explains.
    Would love to see it happen. Their new national stadium they're building in Nuuk could look stunning...


  2. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Havent read it, but would love to see it if true.
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  3. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    DC United
    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. Jay510

    Jay510 Member+

    Apr 21, 2002
    Gadsden Purchase, AZ
    Blackburn Rovers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    nice to see.
  5. song219

    song219 BigSoccer Supporter

    Apr 5, 2004
    La Norte
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Road Trip.
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  6. ceezmad

    ceezmad Member+

    Mar 4, 2010
    Chicago Red Stars
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Would they be like Guadalupe, a concacaf member good for Gold cups and champions league, but not for WC qualifying.

    Imagine a champions league game in Greenland in February.
  7. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston Dynamo
    It's tricky. Greenland is going to have a hard time joining FIFA. They have tightened the requirements for non-independent countries to join.

    It is different than the situation with Guadalupe. They are blocked by France who considers their overseas possessions as part of the nation.

    It is more likely that Greenland would only be a CONCACAF member so they would not be participating in World Cup qualifiers.
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  8. GalaxyBowl

    GalaxyBowl Member

    LA Galaxy
    United States
    Aug 21, 2020
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No new information since this past summer. Not even a squeak. Is it safe to say "Greenland to CONCACAF" is most likely never going to happen?
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  9. PJ234

    PJ234 Member

    DC united
    United States
    Oct 17, 2021
    Probably gonna have to wait awhile tbh. These things take time
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  10. Mmmcounts

    Mmmcounts Member

    Dec 28, 2013
    Chicago Fire
    Assuming Greenland can get a national team up and running with a great home stadium, I do wonder if it will be possible to create a professional team that is effectively one and the same as the national team.

    And maybe play in the Canadian Premier League.

    That would be quite a bit of travel, but that league has oddly good access to CONCACAF Champion's League. They need more teams- they're looking to expand as much as they can. There's no pro/rel and the cost of getting in is not much.

    Even if they can't do WCQ, that would still put a lot on their plate.
  11. winster

    winster Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Besiktas JK
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The only way Greenland could have a CPL team is if they join FIFA and get the World Cup pay-outs. Even then, Bermuda and Antigua & Barbuda both tried to do that within the USL/PDL system. They couldn't sustain it, and the financials will be even more difficult for Greenland. There are no commercial flights between Greenland and CONCACAF nations.

    Greenland is only looking at CONCACAF as a back-up plan anyways. They would very much prefer to be in UEFA.
  12. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Update to this, they will play in the 2023 Island Games.


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