Vatican City Football 1972-Present

Vatican Men’s National Team Results

Non-FIFA National Teams
San Marino
Club Teams
St. PauliL
2006SV Vollmond (Swi)W5-1
2015Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Ger)W1-0
Azzurri Schaan (Lie)L1-8
Weisweiler Elf (Ger)L1-8
Non-FIFA Autonomous Provinces
Vatican Men’s National Team Results [Reference: 1-2]

Vatican City Women’s National Team Results

2019Mariahilf (Aut)postponed
Vatican Women’s National Team Results [Reference: 1]


The Vatican City plays its own brand of soccer, with a blue card introduced in the 8-team Vatican City Football League to combat persistent fouling, whereby a player receiving the card spends 5 minutes in the sin-bin.

It is not a member of FIFA, one of nine sovereign Nations that aren’t, but has played International matches against Monaco (five times, losing every time, and only scoring one goal), as well as matches against club sides, including German Anarchist team St. Pauli, and other German teams Leisweiler Elf, losing 8-1, and Lutherstadt Wittenberg, a 1-0 win.

It has also played Swiss side SV Vollmond, winning 5-1 and Liechtenstein’s 8th Division side Azzurri Schaan, losing 8-1. In 2019 the Vatican City men’s team played Raetia, a Swiss province that speaks the fourth language in Switzerland (German, French and Italian are the other three), although it has never entered the CONIFA World Cup alongside non-recognised countries such as Northern Cyprus and Kurdistan.

In 2019 the Vatican City launched a Women’s National Team, with the blessing of Pope Francis, although the team’s first match against Austrian team Mariahilf was cancelled at the last minute due to protests in the stands against the Roman Catholic Church’s stance on Gays and Women.

Contrary to popular belief, anyone who is resident in 801-strong population of the Vatican City is eligible to play in both the League and National teams, not just Catholic Priests. [References: 1-2]

Vatican City team before the match with Raetia in 2019 [Reference: 3]



[1] Goal (2019) “Lose well rather than win badly” [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 4 August 2020]


[2] Anon. (2011) “Vatican City” World Soccer December 2011. pg.


[3] Goal (2019) “vatican-city-raetia-2019” [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 4 August 2020]


Thanks to Richard Conville, Conor Lynch, Maurice Lynch, Simon Brennan and Gordon Brennan.

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