At the moment we have to make do with other competitions such as the national championships which are exciting events in their own right. Each year the media and nations gather to follow the regional championships which determines which teams qualify for nationals. The nationals for both men and women are then held in the autumn (futsal) and in summer (football) each time in a different location.
You can also follow the Greenlandic futsal teams in the Arctic Winter Games. Multiple national teams from Greenland participate in the Arctic Winter Games in different age groups (if the required funding has been met that year.) There is good reason to be proud of the national teams since both men’s and women’s teams have returned with gold medals.
The national teams also sometimes participate in official and unofficial friendly matches on an international level. For example, Greenland has played the Faroe Islands, Tibet and the Czech republic in the past.
Why playing here is something else
In 2015 Kalaallit Arsaattartut Kattuffiat (KAK) set an ambitious goal of building eleven fields with artificial turf, which have resulted in shiny new outdoor fields in every single region of Greenland. All of the fields have picturesque surroundings. In Qeqertarsuaq for example the field is located right by the coast so you play next to icebergs drifting lazily through Disko Bay and in Tasiilaq the field location is in the middle of town surrounded by the warm glow of windows and street lights. Looming above is a view of tall, snow-covered mountain peaks.
Not all fields are artificial turf – some are dirt fields and the one in Igaliku is actual grass. During the Igaliku Fest each summer this destination hosts the dramatic match between the settlement and their rivals in Narsaq.