The CrFA

Craitish Football Association

National Team History

Craitland's national team had been available for games since League 1 started but no games were played. In 2006, however, after Craitland claimed land on the MCS map, an FMF World Cup was announced and Craitland were revealed as one of the 15 competing teams. Craitland were drawn into a group with Alexandria, New-Empire and New Brittania. Craitland topped the group but were defeated on penalties in the quarter-finals by Nova England.

Craitland won the FMF World Cup for the first time in 2007, after topping their qualifying group. They finished second in their group after facing Taesong, Jamzinia and Tokidoki. After narrowly beating Alexandria in the quarter-finals, they beat Passas to reach the final. Another narrow victory against Tokidoki ensured Craitland as Micras champions. Craitland also competed in the first EMU Championships; contested between nations and dependencies from the EMUFA section of the FMF. They finished second in their group and beat New South Vietnam in the quarter-finals. After losing to Riponia in the semi-finals, on penalties, they beat Nova England 1-0 in the third-place play-off. 

Craitland played in the third FMF World Cup in 2008 and were up against Hurmu, Shireroth and United Empire in their group. In their opening game, they fought hard to draw disappointingly 3-3 with Hurmu but managed to out-play The United Empire in their next game to take three points. After a 2-1 win over Shireroth in the final group game, Craitland won their quarter-final with a convincing 3-0 win over Hamland. They beat Bobalania in their semi-final to set-up a match against Passas in their second consecutive final. Craitland won the final 4-1 and, in doing so, became the first nation to win the FMF World Cup twice. Prior to the tournament, Craitland also won the football competition of the first MicrOlympics by beating hosts Vanderveer in a one-off final match.

Craitland competed in the 2009 World Cup; their fourth consecutive World Cup. They qualified automatically again as holders and have been drawn into a group which contains fellow EMUFA members Interland, underdogs Monovia and Beaugium; the only other nation to win the FMF World Cup, which they did in 2006. After draws against Interland and Beaugium, and beating Monovia, Craitland faced Bobalania in the quarter-finals. After extra time and penalties, Craitland scraped through to face the hosts Alexandria in the semi-finals, who beat them 3-1. In the resulting third-place play-off, Craitland played Beaugium again, this time beating them 5-2 to secure bronze. Prior to the World Cup, Craitland were invited to play in the 2009 EMU Championships, where they came second after losing to Passas 2-1 in the final, in extra time, after a successful group stage.

Craitland qualified in 2010 on goal difference after beating-off Bobalania, Netherlands and Ocia in qualifying, and went on to win their third FMF World Cup. Having been drawn against Natopia, Nova England and Novatainia in their group, which they topped with seven points, the Craits won comfortably against Valencia and Toketi, 2-0 and 4-0, respectively, to reach the final against hosts Hamland. A slender 1-0 victory secured Craitland's third World Cup title and wrote the team further into the history books.

In early 2011, Craitland were announced as the hosts of the third EMU Championships. For this, the nation's top-flight stadia's capacities were increased to accommodate the tournament properly, meaning that Craitland became home to eight international-standard grounds. Craitland were drawn against Flatland, Interland, Nova English Korea, Ocia and Taeland in their group, and topped the table after a couple of nervy games before confidently beating Hamland 3-0 in the final for their first EMU Championships title. Craitland again also automatically qualified for the FMF World Cup as previous winners and were drawn against Nova England, Tellia and débutants Antica in their group, which they progressed from with six points. After a fortunate win against Alexandria on penalties in the quarter-finals, a one-goal win was enough for them to beat Hamland to set-up a final against hosts Shireroth. Craitland won thanks to a last-minute goal from Markko Edmildón and a fourth World Cup title was theirs.

As double winners in 2011, Craitland automatically qualified for both the 2012 FMF World Cup and EMU 2012. The team managed to advance from a tough group in the World Cup in Antica, finishing behind eventual winners Tellia and above Mercury, but were comfortably beaten by Alexandria 3-0 in the quarter-finals. The Craitish fortunes improved later in the summer in EMU 2012, where the team topped their group ahead of Nova English Korea and Uantir. Despite losing in the semi-finals to eventual champions Hamland, the Craits beat Interland in the third-place play-off to seal third.

In their first qualifying campaign since 2010, Craitland won their group against Tiana, Normark and Lolland. In the subsequent EMU Championships, the team drew their two group games against Høgmårk and Nova English Korea and failed to advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time ever. However, Craitland were more successful in the 2013 World Cup, with a 100% record in a group including co-hosts Zandarijn and a quarter-final penalty win over North Antarctica. After losing in the semi-final on penalties to Mercury, the team also lost the third-place play-off to Alexandria 4-2 in extra time.

Craitland's story for 2014 was similar to the previous year's. After a relatively pain-free qualifying campaign group win over Nova England, Juclandia and Haifa, the team missed-out on a place in the EMU semi-finals after finishing second in their group on head-to-head record to Passas after beating Interland. Despite that, the Craits bounced back to win all three of their World Cup group games - against North Antarctica, Elwynn and hosts Indokistan - and beat Birgeshir in the quarter-finals. However, the team lost to holders Hamland in the semi-finals, but did beat Senya 3-1 to register a third-place finish. Following the completion of the tournament, Craitland switched confederations from the EMUFA, of which it was a founding member, to the WMFA, which more closely matched the nation's geographical placement.

After switching affiliation to the WMFA, Craitland bid successfully to host the 2015 World Cup; the tenth staging of the tournament and the first with an expanded format. As hosts, the national team qualified automatically. The team topped the group despite losing their opener to Tellia, beating Birgeshir, Valencia and Gotzborg without conceding, and advanced to the quarter-finals. At this stage, for a second World Cup in succession, Craitland were knocked-out by rivals and eventual champions Hamland, who became the first nation other than Craitland to secure multiple world titles

In the first year with no World Cup to be played following the FMF's adoption of a biennial scheduling, Craitland participated in their first Benacia Cup. After an unbeaten ten-match qualifying campaign, the team faced Tellia and Nordzibola in their finals group, losing to the former but beating the latter comfortably to advance, before losing on penalties to hosts Elwynn in the semi-finals. Craitland did overcome Karalakh 3-0 to clinch third place, however, as they became the first national team to compete in two separate confederational tournaments.

In early 2017, Craitland competed in its first ever friendly tournament, after co-founding the Treesian Memorial Cup. After a single round robin against Elwynn and Arboria, Craitland were victorious by virtue of goals scored. In the year's World Cup qualifiers, the team were equally as fortunate to top their group on goal difference ahead of Shireroth and qualified for an eleventh consecutive finals. In their group, the Craits were surprisingly dominant and scored a record 19 goals as they won all four matches against Gerenia, Gotzborg, New Vaduz and Birgeshir. However, for the second World Cup in succession, the team faltered in the quarter-finals and were knocked-out by eventual champions Tellia by 3-1.

Craitland won every match in their qualifying campaign for the first time ever as they eased their way into a second Benacia Cup, held in Shireroth, in 2018. The Craits were less convincing in the finals, but advanced from their group with three points to make the semi-finals, before beating Tellia on penalties and the hosts 2-1 after extra time in the final to become the first ever nation on Micras to lift two separate confederations' championship trophies.

After winning a second Treesian Memorial Cup with two comfortable victories, Craitland performed well in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers, where they lost just once to top their group with 19 points. In qualifying, the Craits became the only side to successfully play in every edition of the FMF's flagship competition. At the finals, the team progressed to the knock-out stages after winning three of their four group matches, and beat Freeland 3-0 in the play-off round before being eliminated in the last eight for the third World Cup in succession through a 2-1 defeat to hosts Birgeshir.

As Benacia Cup holders, the team qualified for the 2020 edition automatically and also featured in their first Confederations Cup finals, where they finished bottom of a very tough group which included Senya, Mercury and Birgeshir. At the Benacia Cup, the Craits' fortune improved as they topped their group with six points before beating hosts Batavia 5-0 in the semi-finals, but fell to Sanama on penalties in the final as they failed to win back-to-back titles.

The CrFA are currently open for friendly matches to be played against other Micrasian national teams.

Stadium

For "home" international games, Craitland use the Oesst Whiteside stadium. This stadium is used domestically by Cherry Trees, in League 1. Its capacity is 68,000 and it is the largest stadium in Craitland.

There are three other stadia in Craitland that are accepted by the FMF to host high-profile international football games. These are Osĵätoņ Aztecs' Oesst Harbór Arenä (57,000), Oesst Darrä Arenä (45,000) in Hänävissen-ó-Cräiteland and Sverige Tiem's Jämtfall Stadión (38,000). Four further League 1 stadia - Biulya äqi Jedu's Johaņ Mortensen Cómunähl Grónd, Grey Park in Kealb, Diamond Län in Róndlinga and the Xäiville City Arenä - were used for Craitland's hosting of the 2011 EMU Championships, while Eĵars' Marstadt was added to the hosting eligibility list for the 2015 FMF World Cup.

Badge and Kit

Promotional material for Craitland's home kit for 2013-14:

Statistics

All of the national team's results and upcoming fixtures, as well as player records, can be found on the statistics page.

Honours and Records

FMF World Cup

  • 2006 - Quarter-Finalists
  • 2007 - Winners
  • 2008 - Winners
  • 2009 - Third Place
  • 2010 - Winners
  • 2011 - Winners
  • 2012 - Quarter-Finalists
  • 2013 - Fourth Place
  • 2014 - Third Place
  • 2015 - Quarter-Finalists
  • 2017 - Quarter-Finalists
  • 2019 - Quarter-Finalists
  • 2021 - ?
 
FMF Confederations Cup
  • 2020 - Group Stage

EMU Championships
  • 2007 - Third Place
  • 2009 - Runners-Up
  • 2011 - Winners
  • 2012 - Third Place
  • 2013 - Group Stage
  • 2014 - Group Stage

Benacia Cup
  • 2016 - Third Place
  • 2018 - Winners
  • 2020 - Runners-Up

MicrOlympics
  • 2008 - Gold Medal

Treesian Memorial Cup
  • 2017 - Winners
  • 2019 - Winners

Additional Facts

Craitland previously had an under-21 national side but due to the FMF abandoning all under-21 tournaments, it was defunct until 2016. The team won the first ever FMF U21 World Cup, in 2007, and competed in the group stages in 2008, before the tournament was cancelled. The team was reestablished in 2016 to compete in friendly tournaments.