Antarctica - football/soccer matches


NB: includes information on South Georgia which geographically belongs to (South) America.
NB: An excerpt taken from the website of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) mentioned that, sometime between April 1902 and September 1902, during the Antarctic winter, that is, sports activities became part of the routine. One of the first football/soccer records in Antarctica is taken from the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) website “For fun the men played football, he formed a theater group and learned to ski and toboggan. " Probably between April and September 1902.

During the Terra Nova expedition from 1910 to 1913, in Captain Robert Falcon Scott's diary he mentions some excerpts from football/soccer practice "Today I had our first football game; a violent south wind started blowing, which helped my own side with three goals. "written on May 02. In another excerpt he describes the following "We play football at noon - the game gets better as we improve our conditions and skills in football" on May 19, 1911. It is possible to observe that sport was an entertainment activity and because of the climatic situation it was necessary to take a break. "there is little to lure someone out of the house ... However, we are only nine days out of the" light value "of the day we left football - I hope we can start the game again in that period." June 17, 1911.

The football/soccer game on record was in 1914 by Sir Ernest Shackleton during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition. On January 5, 1915, there was another match for entertainment but it was necessary to be stopped after Captain Frank Worsley had an accident.

On South Georgia, which geographically belongs to (South) America), football/soccer matches continued to take place on the weekends of February. The Uruguayan, Eduardo Triunfo worked on a whaling factory in Grytviken, on the island of South Georgia, in the 1940s. He reports that he played "picados" as football/soccer was called, starting at 10:00 p.m. when it was daytime in Grytviken. He was the captain of his team. The opposing teams were formed by the Norwegian whale hunting crew as“Don Miles”, “Foca”, “Horca”, “Walrus” and “Narval”. Eduardo Triunfo said that he won all the matches and only lost to the Queen of Bermuda (UK) that had just arrived at the place.

On 1948, At Ensenada Martel on the King George island, there was a deactivated british base called the Station G. Argentina tried to take possession of that base but the british defended it causing a diplomatic crisis between the countries. So the US Department of State suggested a soccer match between argentine and british sailors to resolve the political crisis.

There was the first International football tournament in 1971 at the base of the argentine army called Esperanza. Adversary was the team of the aeronautical detachment Petrel and the chilean base called O'Higgins. The teams consisted of 6 players each and the temperature was minus 10 degrees. In the first match Esperanza won 7 to 3 over Petrel's team. In the second match there was a tie between Esperanza and O'Higgins. Esperanza was considered the champion, in addition to his topscorer Lieutenant Carlos F. Lazarte.

There are currently two civilian settlements in Antarctica. Esperanza Base is a permanent, all-year-round argentine research station based in Hope Bay. Administred by Argentine Antarctic Institute (under the supervision of the Argentine National Antarctic Directorate. Was established in 1953 and the last census (2014) had 55 people.

The other is Villa Las Estrellas, town and chilean research station located on permanent President Eduardo Frei Montalva Base, a military base chilean on King George Island. Administred by responsibility of Puerto Williams Mayor and de facto Base Commander. In summer it has a population of approximately 150 people and in winter 80 people.

There are football matches with the Vernadsky team against the tourist yacht teams that visited the Ukrainian station in Antarctica. The yacht sailors, "Podorange", "Selma" and "Spirit of Sidney" participate in the championship. Football/soccer matches are held at Akademik Vernadsky station during the winter, before the celebration of the Antarctic holiday known as "Midwinter" (it is a holiday in the middle of winter). Most of the station's inhabitants participate in the final. The winning team receives medals and real souvenirs from Antarctica.


1948

Played in Port Foster,  South Shetland Islands

Teams

ARA Seaver (ARG) - formed by the ship crew
HMS Snipe (UK) - formed by the ship crew

[Feb 5]

HMS Snipe 1 - 0 ARA Seaver

1949

2 times of 10 minutes, played in Deception Island (CHI) in parallel 63 south.
Time: 05:00 p.m.

Teams

Chileans - formed by the garrison military  General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme Base (CHI) -
           permanent chilean base. Based in Cape Legoupil.
English - formed by the british weather station. Possibly the Station F or Station G.

[Feb 12]

Chileans 1 - 1 English
[Navy lieutenant (Luis Mansilla), ?]

Referee: don C. Perrone (weather base
Argentine Orcadas)

Chileans: captain Bonaffos, el capellán naval Miguel Cadieux, naval doctor Beddings, Halves,
          lieutenant of Carabineros Ibarra, navy warrant officers Badiola and Seemann,
          warrant officers Ross, lieutenant navy, Mansilla, lieutenant Thorton (captain of team),
          lieutenant Venturini and lieutenant Araya.

1971

Teams

Esperanza Base (ARG) - permanent all-year-round argentine research station. Based in Hope Bay.
General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme Base (CHI) - permanent chilean base. Based in Cape Legoupil.
Petrel Base (ARG) - non-permanent argentine scientific station in summer. Based in Dundee Island

[May]

Esperanza 7 - 3 Petrel

Referee: Lieutenant Ochoa (CHI) and later
aeronautics cable first Arévalo.

Esperanza - O'Higgins [draw]

Esperanza was considered the champions

Esperanza: ensign Raúl J. Borges, sergeant first Silverio Rodríguez, navy cable first
Carlos E. Orozco; sergeant Ay. Domingo Zacarías; lieutenant Carlos F. Lazarte (Head of 
Esperanza Base) and sergeant. Ay. Genaro Luna. Team technical director, 
sergeant. Ay. Francisco Magarello, personal trainer Subofficial 1º Hugo E. Villegas.

1986

Teams

Artigas Base (URU) - permanent uruguayan scientific research stations.
                     Based in King George Island.
Tenente Marsh (CHI)

[Jan 19]

Artigas 2 - 2 Tenente Marsh

Artigas: Ferdinando Gelmini, Jacinto Acuña, José Melconian, Derceo Da Costa, Domingo Montaldo,
         Miguel Dornelles, Luis Laurías, Luis Freitas and Orosmán Pereira.

Tenente Marsh: Hugo Godoy, Pedro Sandoval, José Vidal, Alejandro Frías, Omar Sáez,
               Osvaldo Bahamondes, Gerardo Saavedra, Carlos Salazar, Marcos Arévalo,
               Raúl Cuadra and Reineri Merino.  

Referee: naval Rolando Carvallo

1988

Football championship between base team

Teams

All are based on King George Island.

Artigas Base (URU) - permanent uruguayan scientific research station.
Bellingshausen Station (RUS) - permanent russian research station.
Great Wall Station (CHN) - permanent chinese research station.
Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva Base (CHI) - permanent Chilean base. 

[Jan]

Artigas (URU) are champions

1996

Teams

NB: Play during the transfer of the station to ukrainians.

British
Ukrainians - Gennady Milinevsky base commander team

Ukrainians - British [ukrainians won]

Ukrainians: Milinevsky, Bakhmutov, Sitov, Sidorovsky and Bratchik P. 

2002

Teams

King Edward Point - KEP (UK) - marine and fisheries research station. Owned by the 
                               Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI)
                               and operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in
                               Cumberland East Bay, South Georgia.
HMS Endurance

[Dec 26]

KEP 2 - 4 HMS Endurance

2003

Teams

RRS James Clark Ross - annual supply replenishment loading ship.
South Georgia FC

[Feb]

South Georgia  1 - 3 RRS James Clark Ross

2005

Teams

Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.
RV Lawrence M Gould (USA) - north american scientific ship.

[Jan ?]
Rothera 2 - 0 RV Lawrence M Gould 

Teams

King Edward Point - KEP (UK) - marine and fisheries research station. Owned by the 
                               Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI)
                               and operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in
                               Cumberland East Bay, South Georgia.
RRS Ernest Shackleton - annual supply replenishment loading ship.

Played on the old whalers pitch behind the whaling station. Six-a-side match.

[Feb 27]

KEP 7 - 12 RRS Ernest Shackleton


Annual five-a-side football competition

Teams

Dash-7
Fish and Chips FC
Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
Twin Otters 

Others teams are unknown

[Mar]

Fish and Chips FC are champions

Teams

Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.
RRS James Clark Ross - annual supply replenishment loading ship.

Played in the hangar area

[Dec 20]
Rothera 1 - 4 RRS James Clark Ross

Teams

Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.
RRS James Clark Ross - annual supply replenishment loading ship.

Played in the hangar area

[Dec 20]
Rothera 1 - 4 RRS James Clark Ross

Teams

King Edward Point - KEP (UK) - marine and fisheries research station. Owned by the 
                               Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI)
                               and operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in
                               Cumberland East Bay, South Georgia.
Royal Navy

[Dec 26]
KEP - Royal Navy

2006

Teams

Halley
Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

[Jun]

Rothera 1 - 0 Halley
Rothera 1 - 2 Halley

Teams

Saint Kliment Ohridski Base (BUL) - non-permanent bulgarian base in summer. Based in Emona Anchorage, Livingston island.
Juan Carlos I Base (ESP) - non-permanent spanish base in summer. Based in South Bay, Livingston island.

[Feb 14]
Saint Kliment Ohridski 6 - 6 Juan Carlos I

Teams

RRS James Clark Ross - annual supply replenishment loading ship.
Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

[Dec]

Rothera - RRS James Clark Ross [RRS James Clark Ross won] 

2007

Teams

Morrisons Builders Dream
Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.

[Feb 26]
Rothera 0 - 0 Morrisons Builders Dream 

Teams 

Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.
RV Lawrence M Gould (USA) - north american scientific ship.

[Mar 2]
Rothera 4 - 0 RV Lawrence M Gould

Teams

Brazilians - Brazilian Antarctic Program  
Czechs - Non-permanent Czech research station - Mendel Polar Station. Based in James Ross Island. 

Played in Mendel Polar Station

Czechs 5 - 7 Brazilians

2009


Teams

HMS Clyde - patrol ship based in the Falkland Islands.
South Georgia Island

[Mar]

South Georgia Island 4 - ? HMS Clyde

Teams

Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.
RRS Ernest Shackleton - annual supply replenishment loading ship.

[Mar 18]
Rothera 5 - 1 RRS Ernest Shackleton

Teams

King Edward Point - KEP (UK) - marine and fisheries research station. Owned by the 
                               Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI)
                               and operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in
                               Cumberland East Bay, South Georgia.
Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

[Jun]

Rothera 0 - 5 KEP

Teams

HMS Clyde - patrol ship based in the Falkland Islands.
Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

[Oct]

Played on the Grytviken pitch
 
Rothera - HMS Clyde [Rothera won] 

2010

Teams

Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.
RV Lawrence M Gould (USA) - north american scientific ship.

[Jan 23]
Rothera 4 - 0 RV Lawrence M Gould 

Teams

King Edward Point - KEP (UK) - marine and fisheries research station. Owned by the 
                               Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI)
                               and operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in
                               Cumberland East Bay, South Georgia.
HMS Clyde patrol ship based in the Falkland Islands.

[May]

KEP 5 - 4 HMS Clyde

2011

Teams

McMurdo Station (USA) - permanent north american research station. Based in Ross Island.
Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.

[Feb ?]
Rothera 0 - 1 McMurdo 

2012

Teams

Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.
RV Lawrence M Gould (USA) - north american scientific ship.

[Jan 21]
Rothera 6 - 0 RV Lawrence M Gould

Teams

Base Prat
RRV Ernest Shackleton - annual supply replenishment loading ship.

[Mar 7]
Base Prat - RRV Ernest Shackleton [Base Prat won]

Teams

King Edward Point - KEP (UK) - marine and fisheries research station. Owned by the 
                               Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI)
                               and operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in
                               Cumberland East Bay, South Georgia.
Royal Navy

Played on the old recreation ground at Grytiviken 

[Mar]

KEP - Royal Navy [KEP won]

2013

Teams

Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.
RV Lawrence M Gould (USA) - north american scientific ship.

[Jan 20]

Rothera 1 - 0 RV Lawrence M Gould

2014

Teams

Palmer Station LTER (USA) - permanent north american research station. Based in Anvers Island.
Rothera Research Station (UK) - permanent British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Based in Adelaide Island.

[Jan 18]
Rothera 3 - 0 Palmer Station LTER

Teams

General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme Base (CHI) - permanent chilean base. Based in Cape Legoupil.
Rancagua (CHI) 

[Jun 7]
O'Higgins 3 - 2 Rancagua

2015

Teams

A.L.E. (USA) Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions - formed by the north american logistics company. 
Glaciar Unión (CHI) formed by military and scientific from the non-permanent chilean base summer
                    called Estación Polar Científica Conjunta Glaciar Unión. Based in Union Glacier.

Played in Union Glacier Camp 

[Nov 10]
Glaciar Unión (CHI) 3 - 3 A.L.E. (USA)

Referee: Head of Glaciar Unión, Patricio Gonzalez (CHI) 

A.L.E. (USA): David Beckham (ENG)

Teams

A.L.E. (USA) Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions - formed by the north american logistics company. 
Glaciar Unión (CHI) formed by military and scientific from the non-permanent chilean base summer
                    called Estación Polar Científica Conjunta Glaciar Unión. Based in Union Glacier.

Played in Union Glacier Camp

[Dec 4]
Glaciar Unión (CHI) 2 - 1 A.L.E. (USA)

2016

NB: South Georgia geographically belongs to (South) America.

Teams

Antarctic Endurance - formed by the mixed team Royal Navy and Royal Marines
South Georgia Island

[Feb 16]
South Georgia Island 3 - 0 Antarctic Endurance 

2017

Teams

Argentina - Decepción Station (ARG) - non-permanent argentine antarctic base. Based in 
                                      Deception Island, South Shetland Islands.
Spain - Gabriel de Castilla Base (ESP) - non-permanen spanish research station. Based in
                                         Deception Island, South Shetland Islands.
Shetland Islands - withdrew

Played on Piroclasto Stadium, Bahía Foster -Deception Island

[Jan 8]

Argentina - Spain

2018

Teams

British Antartic Survey (UK). Based in Adelaide Island.
HMS Protector

Played in British Antartic Survey's Rothera Research Station (UK)

British Antartic Survey - HMS Protector

2020

Teams

BAM Nuttall
British Antartic Survey (UK). Based in Adelaide Island.

Played in British Antartic Survey's Rothera Research Station (UK) 

[Mar 20]
British Antartic Survey 5 - 4 BAM Nuttall 

About this document

Sources:
Boletín de la Fuerza Aerea Chilena – January, 1986
Life diary of Sir Ernest Shackleton
Life diary of Robert Falcon Scott
Czech Antarctic Research Programme

Magazine:
Revista Estadio N° 312, May 07, 1949 (publication of Óscar Pinochet de la Barra)

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La Tribuna Popular.
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