While football is the most popular sport in the world and is generally seen as a “global” sport, it is yet to have an impact on quite a number of islands in the world for various reasons. Such uncharted islands are spread around the world and can generally be categorized in three different groups, in terms of football development:
In a few islands across the globe, football never played an active role in the local community and was never organized by an association. Those completely uncharted islands are often found in Oceania, where football is not part of the traditional sports scene and was either never, or unsuccessfully, introduced from outside. Only a few completely uncharted islands are found elsewhere, i.e. in regions with harsh weather conditions in the far North or far South of our planet.
We will call islands that have or had their own football association on paper, but are today nearly completely defunct, partially uncharted. Partially uncharted islands usually were introduced to football once and had a vivid football scene for a short while, which went completely dormant over time.
Charted, but disconnected:
In a large number of islands across the globe football is regularly played and organized in a structured way, but is disconnected to the global football family. Disconnected islands typically enjoy football in their spare time, but have no opportunity to ever compete internationally or even on the neighboring island. Football programs on such disconnected islands usually hit a glass ceiling, where further development and impact becomes impossible due to the lack of dreams to chase.
While the Isle of Man, a charted but disconnected island, Saint Barthelemy, a partially uncharted island, and the Marshall Islands, a set of completely uncharted islands, have little in common, they all would fit into the scope of Uncharted Football in theory. However, to be able to effectively use synergy effects and profit from our own learning on the way, we will initially focus on three regional focus groups: