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Gambia National Football Team:
The soccer squad, who are also nicknamed The Scorpions, are the national football team of Gambia who are overseen by the Gambia Football Association. Until 1965, the team, and the country, were known as "British Gambia". It has never qualified for the World Cup.

The country kicked off the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations 2004 with an historic Independence  Stadium Bakaudraw against Senegal and silver-medallists at the African Cup of Nations 2002) and also enjoyed a short period at the top of their qualifying group. Gambia's most famous soccer players are Jatto Ceesay, Ebou Sillah, Seffo Soley and Edrissa Sonko.

Uniform Team Kit:
Shorts: Red/blue/white
Jerseys: Red/blue/white
Socks: Red/blue/white

Popularity:
Soccer is by far the most popular sport as a spectators sport and pastime, loved by Gambians of all ages and in particular the young. The country's international success is very limited due to its small size which limits the pool size from which talent can be drawn.

In the last few years, football in Gambia has experienced a considerable rise in popularity particularly with the advent and increasing use of satellite television which has bought the likes of David Beckham & international league games to people's homes.

All seven regions of the nation are represented by clubs in the first, second and third divisions of the national championship. Recently, an official women's championship has also been organised. At youth level, Gambia qualified for the African U-17 Championship for the first time in 2003, when the event was held in Swaziland.

Independence Stadium in Bakau frequently hosts local and international matches, attended by large crowds, as tickets are free or quite inexpensive.

Major League Championships:
The major league, Gambia Football Federation (GFF), has perhaps the largest following, with teams such as Wallidan, Real de Banjul, Hawks, Ports, Armed Forces, and Bakau United. Tickets are free for regular season games and about $0.35-$1.25 for finals.

Minor League Championships:
The birthplace of the Super Nawettan Championship, also known as the Zonal Championship is Bakau. Nawettan is the minor league which is played during the rainy season, often on water logged pitches. Tickets cost about $0.10-$0.18.

Serrekunda East won the 2006 Zonal Cup after defeating the Brikama team in the final. Bakau defeated Banjul's City Boys in the Africell sponsored zonal tournament after defeating Banjul 1-0 in a replay held on Sunday December 9th, 2007.

On September 7th, 2008 Wallidan came from 2 goals down to win their 18th Gamtel sponsored FA cup title over Samger and their second this season. The game which had ended in a 2-2 draw was decided on penalties which went in favour of Wallidan. The team scored 4 while their opponents scored 2 goals.

This result has made Wallidan Champions of both the 2007/08 Gambia Football Federation League and FA Cup. The triumphant Wallidan side went away with a trophy and a prize of D50,000 while Samger received D30,000.

Futsal:
In June 2008 over 20 Gambian coaches underwent a training course on Futsal by Six British instructors. It is essentially an indoor five-a-side soccer game with small goal posts and a small ball. The game,  which is endorsed by UEFA and FIFA, is derived from the Spanish words for 'football - Fútbol and 'hall' – Sala and was coined by the United States Futsal Federation.





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Gambia Football Federation:
The GFF is the governing body of football in Gambia. It was founded in 1952, and affiliated to FIFA since 1968 and to CAF (Confederation Of African Football or Confédération Africaine de Football) in 1968. It organizes the national league matches and the national team.

Postal Address:
Gambia Football Federation
Bakau
P.O. Box 523, Banjul
Tel:  +220 4496980
                9714778
                9965575

Fax: +220 4494802

Email: info@gff.gm
            

President: Mr. Seedy M.B. Kinteh
Vice President: Colonel Lang Tombong Tamba
Secretary: Jammeh E.K. Bojang
Treasurer: Buba Janneh

In August 2007 they were handed over the keys to their new administrative buildings as part of the Goal Bureau project called the Football House to which FIFA contributed $400,000 of the cost while $50,000 was contributed by the GFA.

There is a yearly $250,000 subvention from the world governing body (FIFA) for national associations only.

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