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Football at the Commonwealth Games
Founded 1930
Number of teams 8
Current champions Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland (4th title)
Most successful team Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland (4 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg Current

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

History

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.

Champions

Year Host Final Third Place
Gold Medal Score Silver Medal Bronze Medal Score Fourth Place
1930 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957
Hamilton, Canada
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
2–1 Flag of Ireland.svg
Irish Free State
Flag of England.svg
England
2–0 Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg
Wales
1934 Flag of England
London, England
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
Round Robin Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg
Wales
Flag of England.svg
England
Round Robin Flag of Ireland.svg
Irish Free State
1938 Flag of Australia
Sydney, Australia
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
3–2 Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg
Wales
2–1 Flag of Northern Ireland.svg
Northern Ireland
1954 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957
Vancouver, Canada
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
1–0 Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Northern Ireland.svg
Northern Ireland
2–0 Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg
Wales

All-time medal table

Medals table for football at the British Empire Games

Updated after the 1954 British Empire Games

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 4 0 0 4
2 Flag of England.svg England 0 2 2 4
3 Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg Wales 0 1 1 2
4 Flag of Ireland.svg Irish Free State 0 1 0 1
5 Flag of Northern Ireland.svg Northern Ireland 0 0 1 1
Total 4 4 4 12

Note: Irish Free State is not in the Empire

External Links

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