1892 Falkland Island Volunteers (F.I. Volunteers; currently called Falkland Islands Defence Force, FIDF) were formed and played soccer. 1916 Stanley Football Club apparently were formed around this year. The club later changed name to Athletic Club. 1930s A "Jubilee Club" was formed by local youngsters often playing the F.I. Volunteers in challenge matches. 1940s After the start of World War II, the Second Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment came to the Falklands and a league of 7 teams (apparently consisting of one local team (FIDF), and 6 garrison sides) was formed. The local side finished 6th. After the West Yorkshire Regiment was withdrawn, a new league with 6 teams was formed: The Service Corps I The Service Corps II Royal Scots I Royal Scots II Navy Falkland Islands Defence Force (FIDF) FIDF finished as runners-up. 1947 The Falkland Islands Football League was formed, and the initial league had 4 clubs: Hotspurs (Green & White Quarters) Stanley Dynamos (Yellow & Black stripes) Stanley Redsox (Blue & Red stripes) Stanley United (White) 1947 champions: Stanley Redsox 1950s-1970s The HMS Protector, a South Atlantic ice patrol ship, annually arrived at the Falklands and a 5-match series for the "Shield" was then organised. Later the Protector was replaced by the HMS Endurance who then entered the Shield series. At some year in the 1970s, a 4-team tournament was held which included a team of Argentine workers (building fuel tanks for the Argentine fuel company YPF), as well as teams from the Royal Marine Detachment, the Johnstones Construction Company (which was building Stanley airport) and a Stanley XI. Final: Stanley XI 2-1 YPF XI (this final was attended by possibly the largest ever crowd for a football game on the Falklands) 1982 HMS Endurance won the Shield at the eve of the Argentine invasion. 1999/2000 Stanley won the Veterans/Tri Services Cup (successor tournament of the Shield) for the first time ever, having lost two finals in earlier years.
list of champions
Sources: http://www.fifl.co.fk/history.html. http://fidpress.blogspot.co.at/2009/10/history-of-football-in-falkland-islands.html
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