Iceland’s road to the 2018 World Cup thus far has been nothing short of extraordinary. With a population of just 339,000, Iceland is the smallest country to ever earn a spot in the tournament.
Founded in 1912, the team’s first ever international match was in July 1930. Since then, Iceland’s team has come within inches of a World Cup qualifying spot in 2004, 2014, and 2016, but in October 2017, they finally made the tournament with a 2-0 win against Kosovo.
The team’s coach, Heimir Hallgrimsson, has been with the team since 2011 and will hopefully be leading them to victory this year with the help of team captain Aron Einar Gunnarsson, midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, and keeper Hannes Halldorsson- some of the team’s star players.
Iceland will compete in World Cup group D with Argentina, Croatia, and Nigeria. The World Cup 2018 schedule is already underway with the Friendlies. See below for a schedule of the upcoming games and ways to watch and root on the team as they represent the Nordic nation on a global scale. US residents can watch the World Cup live on Fox or Telemundo and Canadian residents can watch via CTV, RDS, or TSN.
January 14th: Iceland vs. Indonesia, 4-1 victory
March 24th: Iceland vs. Mexico, 2-0 loss
March 27th: Iceland vs. Peru, 3-1 loss
June 2nd: Iceland vs. Norway
Iceland makes its 2018 FIFA World Cup debut on June 16, 2018 in Russia!
June 16th: Iceland vs. Argentina
June 22nd: Iceland vs. Nigeria
June 26th: Iceland vs. Croatia
No matter where you are from, you can join #TeamIceland on their journey to the 2018 World Cup by signing up for the #TeamIceland digital hub! Members will also be entered to win a trip to Iceland in June when the Cup kicks off! Click here to join Team Iceland, get your very own Icelandic name and find out more information on how you can win a trip to the country in June.
Check back here often to find score updates as the Icelandic men’s soccer team takes on the world! Let us know how you’ll be cheering on #TeamIceland this World Cup by tweeting us @IcelandNatural!
Keep your eye out for a chance to win a trip to Iceland to cheer on Iceland against Norway in June!