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Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot

Who walks out onto the pitch in an international is decided by FIFA, but what should simply be a football match is no longer so simple.

If you want to play an international more than 3,000 metres above sea level, forget it. FIFA says ‘non’.

If you want to play an international in front of fans who like to stand up, forget it. FIFA says ‘non’.

And if you want to play a game against a place that FIFA decides does not really exist, forget it. FIFA says ‘non’.

But football exists, persists even, outside of the rules set down by FIFA and nowhere more so than among the countries that the game’s ruling body says cannot exist.

In this journey outside the boundaries of international football, Outcasts: The Lands That FIFA Forgot goes in search of the teams left kicking their heels on the sidelines of international football.

From the excluded national teams of Greenland to Gibraltar, to a Falklands conflict about football, Kosovans playing an eternal waiting game and football on top of the world with Scandinavian tribesmen, this is football among the Outcasts.

This book takes a sideways look at how the idea of nationality is defined both on and off the football field.

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