Football at the Commonwealth Games

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Football at the Commonwealth Games
Founded 1930
Number of teams 8
Current champions  Wales (2nd title)
Most successful team  Scotland (4 titles)
Current

Football is a sport that debuted in the first British Empire and Commonwealth Games and has been in every game's bar the 1950 edition in Auckland.

History[edit | edit source]

When the FIFA World Rankings was introduced in 1928, the British teams withdrew from competing in the 1930 FIFA World Cup qualification and wanted to put football in the British Empire Games. Without competition, all four of the British teams entered the first competition with Australia and host nation Canada joining the competition to make it a six-team competition. The British teams dominated with the medals being taken by all of them bar Wales who finished in fourth place.

The 1934 and 1938 were the same with Scotland finishing on top of the table with the other two medals going to Wales and England with the Irish Free State/Northern Ireland finishing in fourth place. When 1938 came round, New Zealand and Australia joined but was over-run to finish in fifth and sixth.

After skipping the 1950 edition in Auckland, the next edition was in 1954 with Vancouver hosting the football tournament. With the tournament expanded to an eight-team competition with Canada replacing New Zealand while Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago joining. Not that it mattered with Scotland once again taking the title after they defeated England by a single goal. Their run at the top of the Commonwealth Football would end in the following edition in Cardiff when they would lose to Wales in the semi-finals before they would go on to take the gold medal with Scotland being relegated to the bronze. The Welsh would win the following edition in 1962 as they defeated Scotland in the final by a single goal. With Northern Ireland competing though, India became the first non-British team to make the top four.

Champions[edit | edit source]

Year Host Final Third Place
Gold Medal Score Silver Medal Bronze Medal Score Fourth Place
1930
Hamilton, Canada

Scotland
2–1
Irish Free State

England
2–0
Wales
1934
London, England

Scotland
Round Robin
Wales

England
Round Robin
Irish Free State
1938 Australia
Sydney, Australia

Scotland
3–2
England

Wales
2–1
Northern Ireland
1954 Canada
Vancouver, Canada

Scotland
1–0
England

Northern Ireland
2–0
Wales
1958 Wales
Cardiff, Wales

Wales
2–0
England

Scotland
2–1
Northern Ireland
1962 Australia
Adelaide, Australia

Wales
1–0
Scotland

England
2–1
India

All-time medal table[edit | edit source]

Italics indicates nations that no longer exist.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Scotland4116
2 Wales2114
3 England0336
4 Irish Free State0101
5 Northern Ireland0011
Totals (5 nations)66618

Note: Irish Free State is not in the Empire

External Links[edit | edit source]

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